ao 2 El Ago Wol Wo I ss
There will be no Bonaire Re-
porter published next week in
keeping with our policy of
printing four issues a month.
(June has five Fridays.) The
next Reporter will be printed
on June 27 (dated June 29-
July 6, 2007).
may be able to
fly this summer
without a pass-
ily, under a new
by the Bush ad-
ministration last Friday. The report by
the Associated Press comes amidst a back-
log in passport processing by the US De-
partment of State and Homeland Security.
The Department set new records in March
and April, issuing more than three million
passports to Americans planning intera-
tional travel. With passport demand at re-
cord levels, passport production time was
pushed back to 10 to 12 weeks. Caribbean
tourism officials complained about the
rule's impact on tourism to the region.
Officials are expected to announce that
the passport rule will be temporarily
waived if air travelers can show they have
already applied for a passport for air travel
to and from Canada and Mexico, South
and Central America and the Caribbean.
The waiver is slated to last until Septem-
ber. Air travelers will be allowed back into
the country if they now present a State
Department receipt showing their passport
application is being processed and a gov-
ernment-issued photo ID such as a driver's
license, the report said. US citizens with
pending passport applications can obtain
proof of application at http://
travel. state. gov.
the Caribbean will not be able to check
extra bags or boxes during the embargo
period due to heavy summer loads and
high volumes of checked baggage to spe-
cific destinations. This is in addition to the
box embargo for flights originating from
and passing through New York's John F.
Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to all
Caribbean and Latin America destinations.
The baggage embargo applies to the Do-
minican Republic, Haiti and as well as all
American Eagle flights to and from San
Oversize, overweight and excess baggage
will not be accepted for flights to the desti-
nations covered by the bag and box em-
bargo. Passengers may check two bags
weighing a maximum of 50 pounds each at
no charge. The maximum weight for em-
bargoed cities is 70 pounds, with bags
weighing between 51-70 pounds subject to
a $25 fee. One carry-on bag will be al-
lowed with a maximum size of 45 inches
and a maximum weight of 40 pounds.
Sports equipment, such as golf bags,
bikes and surfboards, can be accepted as
part of the total checked bag allowance,
although additional charges may apply.
Jamaica's House of Representatives
last Tuesday gave the nod to a resolution
calling for US$125 million to assist in
financing the cash-strapped Air Ja-
maica, less than a week after the govern-
ment announced the sale of the airline's
money-losing London route to Virgin At-
lantic. Perhaps now they can add an extra
flight to Bonaire?
b Following complaints by island offi-
cials, the financial supervision proposed
in a draft document relating to the new
status of Bonaire, Statia and Saba begin-
ning December next year got cleared up.
The Dutch financial supervision for Bon-
aire, Saba and St. Eustatius will be similar
to the financial supervision that is in place
for all Dutch municipalities, Dutch State
Secretary of Kingdom Relations Ank Bi-
jleveld-Schouten said Friday. The Dutch
will intervene only when an island govern-
ment is faltering in handling its finances.
Leader of Bonaire's ruling party,
Ramonsito Booi, said he believed the
discussions had been fruitful and the
draft Kingdom law the Dutch had pre-
sented would be modified. "They under-
stood our complaints," he added.
eral decree approving amnesty for 3,000
drug couriers who received jail sen-
tences before 2004 but haven't served
their time in prison. Half of them will
lose their passports for one to three years.
To get amnesty they will have to hand over
their passports to the Prosecutor's Office.
According to Curagao Prosecutor, Giselle
Veen-Jonkhout, her office is busy with
people turning in their passports. The
Prosecutor's Office requested the grace
period because it is highly unlikely that
these couriers would ever go to jail, simply
because there is no room for them in the
> New Post Netherlands Antilles
(NPNA) plans to break its contract for
postal services with the Central Govern-
ment, effective December 1st following a
Central Government notice of default.
The Canadian company, a branch of Can-
ada Post, had not complied with their con-
tractual obligations. It's alleged that the
Canadians have not invested in the Antil-
lean postal services as required. And,
what's more, that the New Post is extorting
high management fees, although the con-
tract is not for managing the company but
for a long-term concession. A total of 245
people work for the New Post on the five
> JCI Bonaire, formerly named the Jay-
cees, will install three prospective mem-
bers, Jo-Ann Thielman, Amelia Saleh
and Lea Lau, on June 22 and 23. They're
pictured above with President Claire Sealy,
of JCI Bonaire.
Airlines and n Governor of the Netherlands Antil- > Inside the studios of Radio Caracas
American Enole to certain destinntinns in les, Frits (nedfedrafo has siofned a fed- Televisinn actnrs are still filmino snan
Table of Contents
This Week's Stories
Letters to the Editor 4
(Tourism hurtsthe Environment)
Imprisoned Innocents 7
Cits Bang up End to 10th Anniversary Party 8
SGB Students Play Tourist 9
Bonaire on Wheels 9
(Volkswagen Beetle /Bajabug)
Miss Aruba Contestants in Bonaire 10
(Miss FRaingo Beach 2007)
Google for Real Estate (Caribbean Homes) 14
Culinary Team Off to Compete 18
"Adrif' Exhibit a Huge Success 18
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Diving with Dee (If you're a reef lover) 3
Bubbles (Biodiesel) 4
Parrot Watch 5
Ask Olivia 5
Picture Yourself With the Reporter 6
Coral Glimpses 11
Pet of this & last Week 13
(Lisette & Snoetje)
Tide Table 14
Reporter Masthead 14
What's Happening 15
Movieland Film Schedule 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
Sky Park (Moon, Regulus, Venus) 17
The Stars Have It 17
On the Island Since 19
(Rik & Marieke Roozenburg -Postema)
operas and news anchors
are still going on camera
more than a week after
President Hugo Chavez
forced the station off the
air. A proposal to broad- _
cast from Curagao was
vetoed by the Antilles gov- r -m
Some of the programs are making their
way to viewers on the Internet or by satel-
lite to stations abroad. Other shows are not
reaching any audience at all, but camera-
men, sound engineers and actors are con-
tinuing to produce most of RCTV's pro-
grams in hopes they may once again reach
viewers across Venezuela, if only by cable.
Near-daily street protests have raised the
spirits of RCTV's nearly 3,000 workers,
whose bosses have told them to keep re-
porting for work as usual. Chavez insists
he will not go back on his refusal to renew
the channel's broadcast license, but in the
studios many express optimism that RCTV
will not be shuttered for good.
(Continupd on nnqp 6)
Bonaire Reporter June 15-29, 2007
DIVING with DEE
If you're a Reef Lover ...
Swas waiting for the lunch break in the
Caribbean Nature Alliance meeting so
I could bring in the "Living with a Razor
Sharp Skeleton" stickers. I ran into Gabi
Nicholaas, who had been a divemaster at
Habitat for many years, and showed him
Gabi remembers clearly his frustrations
with all the misunderstandings divers have
about coral. As we parted, he smiled at me
and said, "Don't forget, Dee: 'If you're a
reef lover ... better hover! '"
What a great phrase! If only the act of hov-
ering was as simple as the desire to hover!
"Hover" is defined by Encarta as "to float
in the air without moving very far from the
same spot," or "to stay in the air in the
same position by rapidly beating the
wings." Let's adapt that for underwater by
removing "in the air" and adjusting
"wings," and we're left with "to float with-
out moving very far from the same spot,"
or "to stay in the same position by rapidly
beating the fins."
"Hovering," when referring to scuba
divers, should describe those who can
remain in the same place with only minor
adjustments from arms or legs. We can't
hover without being neutrally buoyant.
The next time you're diving, swim out
into the blue water and stop kicking. If
you begin to drift toward the surface, let
air out of your BC until you stop ascend-
ing, then hover. If your BC is empty of
air and you're still ascending, you need
more weight. Not a lot!
If you begin to sink when you stop kick-
ing, introduce small amounts of air into
your BC. When you stop sinking, stop
putting air into your BC, and hover.
If you've got some air in your BC and
are successfully hovering in place, de-
scend 5 feet or so and stop. You're likely
to find if you don't kick, you'll continue
to sink. This happens because when you
went deeper, the air in your BC com-
pressed a little and gave you less buoy-
ancy. Go back to where you can hover
without kicking, and ascend another 5
feet or so. You'll probably continue to
rise-because the air in your BC in-
creased in volume as the depth lessened.
We make adjustments for our buoyancy
changes throughout each dive, sometimes
with air in or out of our BCs, and some-
times by simply kicking more or harder.
One thing to bear in mind is that if you've
always got air in your BC, you've always
got bigger adjustments to make. Why
bother? Diving will be easier and more
tranquil if you remove that extra weight.
Here's how: at the end of a dive, take the
time to put some of your weights where
you can get to them, make sure your BC
has no air in it, and go to a sand patch in
shallow water. Your negative buoyancy
should have you resting on the sand. Take
off a single 2# weight and put it on the
sand. If any part of you (including your
tank) is still in contact with the sand, take
off another pound or two. Continue this
process until you begin to drift slowly
If you're used to being overweighted,
to dive with
for a bit.
ally, take off
the end of your dive, which brings you to
the surface more easily and enables you
to be a Reef Angel.
A few years ago I learned that having the
right amount of weight wasn't always
enough. Although I'd checked her
weighting and it was fine, one of my dive
buddies couldn't stop struggling underwa-
ter. Suddenly I remembered something
Cathy Church had told me, that BCs with
weight pockets sometimes put the weights
in the wrong position for the diver. My
dive buddy needed just two pounds
moved from her BC to a weight belt and
placed at her stomach, and she could eas-
ily hover horizontally above the reef. One
problem with hovering perfectly horizon-
tally: if you're close to the reef, a big kick
could result in your fin hitting the coral.
So I prefer what I call the Reef Angel
position: slightly head-down, slightly fins
-up in the water. This enables us to look
closely at the reef, while keeping our fins
- one of the parts of us that causes the
most damage to coral safely away. We
achieve the Reef Angel position by being
slightly positively buoyant- by adding a
little air to the BC. If we stopped kicking,
we'd drift slowly upwards. This helps
protect the coral from the second part of
us that causes the most damage to coral:
our hands. The Reef Angel position isn't
precisely hovering, since it requires gentle
kicking for us to keep our position. The
Reef Angel position is the way reef lovers
hover. Thanks, Gabi! O Dee Scarr
Dee will be off-island from early July
and will return in early November. June
25 will be her last slide show until No-
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 15-29, 2007
Letter to the Editor o0o o o oo000o,
To [u To M DD O MOf[Wt Bubbles from ie Biologist
In what fairy tale world is TCB director Ronella Croes living
when she claims that growth in tourism will not affect the flora
Sand fauna of Bonaire? The TCB's goal of 80,000 tourists per year
until 2009 is a recipe for disaster without a comprehensive, envi-
ronmentally-sensitive infrastructure to process and make sure all
those tourists' excrement nutrient-rich wastewater does not end
up in the sea. It's been proven to fuel the algae blooms that are slowly suffocating
Bonaire's reefs. In fact, the Littlers' algae survey conducted in November 2006 re-
ported an "overly stressed environment" on Bonaire's reefs with a "disturbing abun-
dance of dead and diseased coral" with many sites dominated by blue-green algae
slime smothering coral. Do the TCB and the government just ignore these reports
and continue with business as usual? Instead they should be collaborating on how to
take advantage of the plans and the money already available to expeditiously create
wastewater treatment so Bonaire doesn't lose the tourists already coming to dive and
When Croes contends that "Bonaire has to develop economically and not always all
decisions should be taken 100% in favor of nature and culture," she ignores an es-
sential fact: the natural world of Bonaire is Bonaire's economy! What will Croes
propose as a solution when the reefs are degraded, when divers, snorkelers, and eco-
tourists no longer spend their money to come to Bonaire, and all that's left are the
cruise ship passengers swimming in sewage over dead coral rubble and looking for
salves and balms to heal their sores and lesions caused by fecal matter in the water?
More casinos? More duty free shops? More
all inclusive resorts? Hmm, sounds suspi-
ciously like Aruba, doesn't it?
It is time for the TCB, government offi- mum i
cials, and the transition team from Holland
to heed the science and ecology of a
healthy reef so Bonaire does not become
Dr. Pauline Kayes,
Bonaire and Champaign, Illinois
D id you Know...Algae
can make fuel?
There have been giant ad-
vances in the field of biodiesel
production in the past few
years as a result of increasing
demands for oil and growing
pressure to reduce the burning
of fossil fuels. The most excit-
ing, in my opinion (since I'm a
marine biologist), is the use of
algae to make biodiesel. Uni-
cellular algae are grown in
ponds or specially manufac-
tured tanks in sunny regions.
The brilliant part is that some
companies and research groups
are feeding the algae scum
from smokestacks and in some
cases sewage! Talk about recy-
cling! So these algae grow
exponentially, eat the nasties,
and produce a type of 'clean'
fuel that our current transporta-
tion system can easily convert
to. In tests, algae have been
shown to be easy to grow, take less space than most crops that produce biodiesel,
and produce more oil than soybeans. Don't be surprised if you start hearing more
about algae and biodiesel. Perhaps Bonaire will even be able to produce it's own
type of clean fuel in the near future. O Caren Eckrich
Caren Eckrich teaches Coral Reef Ecology and Scientific Diving to American
University students at the CIEE Research Station Bonaire. She's also the Di-
rector of Sea & Discover, a marine education center offering interactive learn-
ing programs to kids and adults. You can reach her at 717-5322 E .
Bonaire Reporter June 15-29, 2007
t's all "go" in the world of
Bonaire's Loras. Chicks
are hatching out from their
eggs, and the parrot team has
been rushing around trying to Dear Olivia,
work out who is hatching on It is good to hear that your husband Oswald helps to feed the chicks when they
which days. Many of the tree are growing up. I know from experience that bringing up four youngsters can be
nests are difficult to see into so hard work! But what do you do about food for yourself when you are sitting in-
we use one of the parrotwatch side your nest on eggs all day long and when you are busy feeding your chicks?
night vision cameras on the end 7 Faithfully,
of a pole so that we can see Joan E. Mitchell
what is going on deep inside
the cavity. Poachers have a Dear Joan,
different approach, and they cut I certainly couldn't manage to bring up my chicks on my own and Oswald is a
holes in the trees with chain parreally attentive husband and father. When I'm sitting on my eggs I have to rely
saws which ruins the nest for entirely on Oswald for food. He brings me about four meals a day and most of
future years and is so wide- his day is spent foraging in the nearby mondi, or least that's what he tells me he's
spread on Bonaire that it actually limits the number of pairs that can breed in a year. been doing. He flies back to our nest and calls from outside. When I hear him I
Olivia is still sitting on eggs, and any day now her chicks will be hatching out. The take a break and we fly off together to our favorite tree. There he regurgitates
latest movie on parrotwatch.org shows Oswald, the loyal husband, visiting the nest to food to me from his crop. It sounds disgusting when you are not used to it, but
have a look at the eggs and to check that everything is ok! The noises he and Olivia like many things in life you learn to love it!
make are really entertaining. We're sure that next week the movie will be of chicks. When the eggs have hatched I first share this food with the chicks who raven-
These are exciting times! ously devour it, and I still stay in the nest most of the time. Even then, I remain
Part of the parrot team's work involves visiting nests to weigh and measure the dependent on my dear Oswald. When the chicks are a little bit older I can leave
chicks and generally record how they are developing. One of the new parrot team them by themselves more and go and forage for myself along with Oswald.
members suggested the chicks were ugly, but dear reader, do not be fooled for this is I do hope this gives you an insight into my day-to-day life, Joan. If you are up
certainly not the case! At this age baby parrots are beautiful tiny pink bundles of joy. and in the mondi early in the morning you might even see other Loras' husbands
Their eyes and ears are not open, and they have only a few wisps of white down on sharing food with their loved ones!
their bodies. One chick that was checked recently weighed only
18 grams, the same weight as three, one-guilder coins! It is Best wishes,
amazing to think that in two months this "tiny pink bundle of- Olivia Parrot
joy" will be a colorful beautiful parrot about to fly from their a
nest into the big wide world. See it for yourself and help pro- b
tect Bonaire's Loras by visiting www.parrotwatch.org. 1O Story
& photo by Sam Williams co ae
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(Flotsam & Jetsam Continued from page 2)
Venezuela is sponsoring Argentina
in its desire to possess the Falklands-
Malvinas islands. In 2006, Argentina be-
gan a new diplomatic drive to gain control
of the islands. Argentina still bases its
claim to the islands on geographic prox-
imity and historical ties, but this time it has
enlisted the support of Cuba's Fidel Castro
and Venezuela's Hugo Chavez. Argentina
emphasizes that its current efforts to
"reclaim" the islands are political, not mili-
Not so for Chavez. Chavez has added
land claims to his list of grievances with
Domestic resentment is increasing in
Venezuela a vague echo of Argentina in
1982. Chavez styles himself as the new
Simon Bolivar who will reunite the South
American continent while cowing the US
and other imperialists. He also bills himself
as the 21st century's Fidel Castro.
Chavez is buying a modem air force and
expanding his navy. Venezuela may pur-
chase up to nine Russian submarines.
Chavez says he needs the hardware to de-
feat a US invasion. The military might also
gives Venezuela the ability to enforce land
claims against Colombia, Guyana, and
Holland -- yes, the Kingdom of the Neth-
erlands, still sovereign on the close-to-
Venezuela Caribbean islands of Aruba,
Curacao and Bonaire.
With the Falklands in mind, Holland has
garrisoned the islands with a small naval
force and an infantry battalion supported
by a few American F-16 fighter jets and
helicopters. In a March 8, 2007, article,
StrategyPage.com, concluded that geogra-
phy, oil power and military hardware give
Venezuela a huge tactical and operational
advantage over the Dutch. Venezuela could
take the islands, and the Dutch "lack the
ability to retake the islands on their own.
What happens if Chavez calculates that a
Bolivar-like "liberation" of the islands
from the prison of European colonial op-
pression would galvanize support for him
throughout Latin America? Outlandish,
grandiose and delusional? Twenty-five
years ago, Argentina's dictatorship con-
cluded the risks of outlandish action were
worth the grand rewards. Austin Bay
(Austin Bay is author of three novels and
has co-authored four non-fiction books
including A Quick and Dirty Guide to
Defense Minister Eimert van Mid-
delkoop told Radio Netherlands that he
is definitely not planning to reduce the
presence of Dutch military in Curacao
and Aruba. That would be giving the
neighboring countries a wrong political
signal. Last week the Dutch press, based
on a leaked document, reported that the
Royal Marine presence in the islands
would be cut and regular Army personnel
stationed instead. Karen Gelijms, informa-
tion staff officer for the Royal Navy, said,
"A set of 98 economizing measures is be-
ing considered and a political decision will
probably be taken at the end of this month.
Do you know someone deserving of
royal recognition, to be honored by
nomination to the Order of Orange or
similar tribute? If you do, you have until
June 20th to present an application for 2008
candidates. Every year, outstanding peo-
ple who have done volunteer work are hon-
ored on the Queen's Birthday. Anyone can
propose a person for the royal honor. The
committee puts the proposition through
official channels so that a decision can be
For more information on the criteria, visit
the website www.linties.nl.
The members of the committee also have
folders that provide the information needed
on the application. The recently installed
committee is made up of Robert Sances
(chairman), Mervis Dissel (secretary), Elka
Coffi (second secretary), and members
Ermin Pourier and Edward Thielman. For
additional information please call Mervis
Dissel at 717-3015 or 791-3896 or via e-
The Real Rincon soccer team will
get 500 second-hand stadium seats from
Holland for free. It's the second time
Bonaire will receive seats from a Dutch
stadium that is being demolished. Last
year, when the Dutch soccer team AZ Alk-
maar was being broken down, Bonaire
received 1,000 seats for the Kralendijk
(Playa) stadium. With the help of the
mayor of The Hague, Wilbert Stolte, Real
Rincon got the seats from the old stadium
of the soccer club ADO The Hague. Minis-
ter Burney El Hage (UPB) gladly accepted
this donation. The chairs will soon be
shipped to Bonaire courtesy of the National
By voice vote the Antillean Parlia-
ment voted on Wednesday to increase the
age of compulsory education. Schooling is
required by law for children from four
to 18 years old.
Aruba's Justice Minister, Rudy
Croes, thinks that Aruban citizens must
have dual passports: an Aruban and a
Dutch one. He calls this the next step in
the phase for an independent Aruba. Cur-
rently Aruba and Holland are at odds over
various matters like same-sex marriage and
money. He uses Canadians and Australians
as examples. As independent states, both
countries are part of the British Common-
wealth of Nations, the former British Com-
monwealth, with the British Queen as sym-
bolic leader. Both countries are examples
for Aruba, said Croes. "We can also be an
independent sovereignty with two pass-
ports and one queen."
The Rotary Club of Bonaire made
a donated NAf 1.000 to the Music
School of Bonaire in hopes of helping to
give young music students a better educa-
tion and training in the cultural music of
Bonaire. In the photo Rotary President
Marianela Croes hands over the check.
On World Environmental Day,
Wednesday, June 6, Health Minister Ersi-
lia de Lanooy announced a ban on the
import of products containing asbestos.
No more new supplies of asbestos are to be
imported to the Netherlands Antilles, the
Central Government Information Service
Breathe IT, a Bonairean company
specializing in computer hardware and
software, announced the installation of
an underwater Mega-pixel web cam
with image upload every 5 seconds. The
web cam is located about 100 meters south
of the Something Special dive mooring, 15
meters deep. The camera used is a
MOBOTIX M22 camera, which Breathe IT
distributes in the Caribbean.
The purpose of this Bonaire underwater
Mega-pixel webcam project is to demon-
strate the use of MOBOTIX cameras for
underwater security monitoring of docks,
piers and ships and to show that the cam-
eras can also serve educational, scientific
and recreational applications.
The images of the underwater Mega-
pixel webcam on Bonaire can be seen at
www.breathebonaire.com. For more infor-
mation of the other services of Breathe IT
Bonaire, go to their website www.breathe-
it.net, or visit them at Kaya Gob N Debrot
41A; telephone: 717-2626 or 786-2626.
Web Cam view of dock at Yellow Sub.
Still another Bonaire web cam is
focused on the Dive Friends Yellow Sub
dock and the anchorage and ocean-side
promenade fronting their Kralendijk
Divers can now wave to friends and fam-
ily as they enter the water for a dive, or
simply re-live their memories when back at
home. Another unique feature for those
who find their images captured on the Yel-
low Sub Pier Cam is that they can send an
e-postcard of themselves over the Internet
and via the archives.
This cam will prove to be exceptionally
popular each Monday night when Dive
Friends hosts their weekly Pier Rum Punch
Party. The current view of the cam is
prominently displayed on the main page of
Dive Friends' web site at http://www.dive-
friends-bonaire.com as well as at http://
Buddy Dive Resort opened its on-
premises Digital Photo Center last
The Center features a full line of rental
products ranging from Olympus SP 350
digital cameras with housings to digital
SLR equipment, to photography lessons
and PADI Digital Photographer Certifica-
tion. Video rental services and video pro-
duction services will be available for
Buddy's guests to create souvenir vacation
(Continued on page 12)
Bonaire Reporter June 15-29, 2007
By any measure the view of theprison camp was grim
eing in the wrong place at the wrong time was the fate of many Germans who
lived on the ABC islands on April 10, 1940. Because Germany invaded Hol-
land that day, hundreds of innocent people on Aruba and Curaqao were arrested and
brought to the prison internment camp on Bonaire.
Junnes Sint Jago's recent book, Wuiven vanafde Waranda (Waving From the
Porch), tells all about this trying time. He presented his book recently at the Divi Fla-
mingo Beach Resort. Not coincidently, the hotel is on the same spot where the camp
was located. The book presentation was in cooperation with the organization FEBON
(Fundashon Enciklopedia Bonaire). The main mission of this foundation is to compile
an encyclopedia of and for Bonaire.
The first part of the evening's presentation was based on Junnes Sint Jago's book
and was followed by poems being read and songs performed which were composed
by the famous Bonairean WW II inmate, the late Medado d& Marchena.
Wuiven vanaf de Waranda is the first book that's completely devoted to the prison
camps that existed during World War II on Bonaire and Curaqao. When Sint Jago
started to investigate these camps he got a good view of the conditions the prisoners
were forced to live in, and he found out these conditions were far from good. Sint
Jago says he had two goals in writing this book. One was to ." The other reason
was to "rehabilitate the names and information of the prisoners, and make sure they
won't be forgotten." "Most of the people who were in the prison camps," he says,
"aren't alive anymore, but I'm sure their families have a desire to get more knowl-
edge about the situation their relatives were in. That's why my next step will be to
translate the books from Dutch into German, English and Papiamentu."
Sint Jago explains it wasn't easy to find new information about the prisoners. He
studied a very long time at the central historic archive in Curaqao. He explained, "It
was very hard to find out how many years the camps were being used and how long
people were held in the camps. What I also found out is that almost all the people in
the prisons were innocent of having committed a crime."
enough toilets. The people had to sleep
In the meantime the Dutch were work-
ing hard to build a real prison camp.
Across from the camp, they also con-
structed a new sports complex. It was
300 by 400 meters with a soccer field,
walking trails, jumping areas and a play-
ground for kids. The new camp was lo-
cated just outside of Kralendijk (Playa)
in the neighborhood called Playa Pariba
(located on the site of the present Divi
After a while, the male prisoners were
brought to the barracks. Because Bonaire
is a tropical island it was necessary to
keep the windows and doors open. The
men also could spend time on the porch
(weranda) all day (photo). Although it
wasn't allowed, the men could see the Author Junnes Sint Jago
women's camp from there could wave and his daughter, Sonana
(wuiven) to them.
Small, single houses were built for the women with children, and the single women
were housed in long barracks.
In this group there were some famous local names, such as the Zielinski and Gress-
man families. Other well known personalities who lived in the same barracks and
were born in Germany and Austria, but lived in Curaqao were the Jewish Fred Fisher
and Doctor Benesch. Sint Jago explains further, "They were moved later on to a
country house on the Guatemala Plantation because they were being teased a lot by
their Aryan compatriots." Another group of prisoners, those who criticized the sys-
tem, were seen as a danger to the state. They were arrested on a later date than the
10th of April. This group consisted of 20 men. They weren't immediately sent over
to Bonaire but were kept for two and a half months in the punishment camps under
terrible conditions before being sent to the camp in Bonaire. A famous prisoner in this
group is the poet and singer, Medardo de Marchena.
Sint Jago continued his presentation by showing some pictures of the prison camps
and of the guards and inmates of the prison. Some interesting things came out of this,
such as an escape attempt by two inmates who wanted to paddle to Venezuela in a
rowboat. "They didn't get very far though," says Sint Jago. "They couldn't believe
how they got to Venezuela so fast with the boat and were already celebrating their
successful escape attempt when they found out they weren't on Venezuela. Instead
they were on the beach at Klein Bonaire, and they had to wait until the guards picked
them up again."
There was also one more escape attempt, which failed as well. "I think it was more
out of boredom to attempt the escape, instead of a necessity," said Sint Jago.
According to the writer, the prison camp on Bonaire "had a great influence on the
island, and it was the start of the building of many hotels and even a hospital to take
care of the military and the police officers who were needed on the island to secure
the prison camps."
Sint Jago emphasizes again the importance of the book he has written. "I think that
it's about time that after 60 years, the history has finally been documented."
The night of the presentation was concluded with two poems and a song from Me-
dardo de Marchena. The first poem, Salve Bonaire (Greet Bonaire), was presented by
poetess Tica Sealy. The second poem, Ai Bonairu (Oh Bonaire), was presented by
Hubert Vis. The song, Bu Lawaya, performed and sung by Capt. Johnny Craane, was
known to nearly the entire audience as the song was in the top popular list in 1945. 0
A generation of children were raised in the camp
As mentioned, the reasons for all the arrests were because of the German invasion
of Holland. As Aruba and Curaqao were providing 80% of the oil needed for the al-
lied air forces, it was important that those islands be protected. "There were three
ways to attack the oil refineries," Sint Jago continued. "One, by torpedo attacks by
German U-boats (submarines). Two, by bombardments from the air. Three, by sabo-
tage of the installations. Soon it was clear that the first two points were impossible for
the Germans to achieve. The third possibility was a great risk though. As a precau-
tionary measure, the Dutch started to arrest all the Germans or people with a German
background on the island."
According to Sint Jago and what the book is about as well, is that there were several
different groups of people arrested and sent to the prison camps in Bonaire. The first
were 220 Germans who were working on ships in the harbors of Curaqao and Aruba.
The second group was made up of 202 Germans living in Aruba and Curacao. Within
a single day they were arrested and sent to the prison camp in Bonaire. The women
were placed in schools, the children in kindergarten and the men were quartered in
the Sint Bernardus girls' school. Because all this had to be arranged so quickly the
facilities weren't adequate at all. There wasn't enough food, water, and there weren't
Bonaire Reporter June 15-29, 2007
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T he festivities of City Caf's 10-year anniversary were probably impossible to
miss for anybody living here or any tourist visiting Bonaire. It's mainly because
City Cafr is located in the center of town and every hour of the day there was something going on. But
the 10-day-long 10th anniversary of City Cafk has finally reached its end. Last Sunday the festivities
were concluded with an amazing show of fireworks. In a period of 10 years City Cafe, starting from
scratch, has developed itself into a booming business. General Manager Sigma Stuart explains the secret
behind it. "Is it the best restaurant? Maybe. Is it the best disco? I don't think so. But what I know for sure
is that City Cafk has become the heart of Playa (Kralendijk)."
During the 10-year celebration many different activities were organized, and at night bands played
until closing time. After this intensive period of events, City was closed for three days as the employees,
the entire staff, were rewarded for their hard work and got to spend a three-day holiday in Valencia,
Venezuela, for some R and R. All the festivities attracted huge crowds. Many of the bands that had per-
formed during City's 10-year life returned to play during the anniversary events. One group that returns
again and again is the Chispa band which got the crowd moving with their Latin Salsa tunes.
Other activities ranged from bike parades to mini triathlons; from card playing and dart tournaments to
children's matinees. There were free lunches for the elders and jump-ups for the younger ones. During
the last weekend the street in front of City was crammed with stands selling all sorts of things, games
and more. The Caf6 collected money to support Jong Bonaire,
the youth activity organization, to help provide them with a
sound system. The money will be handed over to Jong Bon-
aire on June 18. The end of the anniversary celebration does-
n't mean there won't be any more activities at City Caf6 for
the rest of the year. On the contrary! In October they will, as
always, play a big role in the Regatta festivities, and many
other bands are already scheduled D DavidRadomisli
Bonaire Reporter June 15-29, 2007
The 15th in a series of Bonaire Reporter articles by J@n Brouwer, featuring some of Bon-
aire's interesting vehicles that are "on wheels."
WoDWn 0 o@R B3ooNo // BaIaIu
B onaire/Hato -
Parked in front
of Roy Winklaar's
house in Hato is a
white Volkswagen Bee-
tle in mint condition.
The car must have been
made in Mexico be-
cause of the fact that
there is only one ex- -
haust pipe attached to
the muffler instead of
two. This also means A
that the car is fitted
with a 1.6 liter, four-
air cooled boxer engine
with fuel injection and Roy Winklaar and his Volkswagen Beetle/Bajabug
Mr. Winklaar invites me in and tells me that I am right; it is a Mexican-made car.
The vehicle was built in 1997 and registered, B-4206. Roy has removed the running
boards and the bumpers from the car because he has big plans for his white lady. Mr.
Winklaar will transform his original "Buggy" into a so called "Bajabug." The front
and the rear of the car will be shortened; the front boot (trunk) will be changed; the
four mudguards will be taken off and be replaced with fiberglass ones. Four wide
and impressive 15-inch wheels are waiting in the garden to be fitted to the axles. The
car will undergo a complete metamorphosis.
Roy just loves the Volkswagen Beetle. He has been buying and selling, repairing
and restoring Volkswagens for ages. He bought this white one in Curaqao. The car
didn't run and was parked from 2004 until 2007 without going even a mile! Roy
bought it, brought it to Bonaire and just put it on the road again.
Another Volkswagen Beetle is parked in a shed in the garden. This one is painted
yellow. Roy just uses the car for parts. And in another corer I recognize a real Opel
GT. The German-made car is fitted with a powerful 1.9 liter engine and was built in
1971. This car is made of the right metals, before the oil crises and is screaming for a
restoration. According to Mr. Winklaar this is the only Opel GT on the island. At the
moment he is not quite sure about what to do with the Opel because his first and
main target is to convert the Mexican Beetle into a real Bajabug.
He continues his work. He is searching for four adapters to fit the five-hole big
steel rims to the four-bolt fitted drum brakes. Finally the car will be resprayed white
and airbrushed with aggressive flame patterns. Good luck, Roy! EO Story & photos
by J(a)n Brouwer
h School Students Play Tourist
Rounding off the school year, stu-
dents from the SGB Hospitality
Classes 3 and 4 participated in an excur-
sion under the supervision of their Tour-
ism teacher, Roosje van der Hoek-
Goeloe and TCB employee, Rolando
With the cooperation of the TCB, Divi
Flamingo Resort, Jibe City and Land
Sailing Bonaire, the students enjoyed
three fun and educational days learning
about their island and its future possibili-
ties. The excursion was organized so that
students could better understand the im-
portance of their studies in tourism and
what Bonaire can offer to tourists as well -
as to locals. Ol Story & photos provided
by Roosje van der Hoek-Goeloe
Hamming it up at the slave huts
Bonaire Reporter June 15-29, 2007
en Miss Aruba contestants came to
1 Bonaire for a four-day visit last
week to compete against each other for
the new Miss Flamingo Beach crown. It
was a sort of try out for the real thing
which happens on July 13 when they com-
pete to become the new Miss Aruba. The
contest was organized by Tourism Corpo-
ration Bonaire (TCB).
It all started with a Welcoming Cocktail
Party at Divi Flamingo Resort, although
almost all the girls were drinking water.
Contestant, 19-year old Jonella Oduber,
explained that this visit to Bonaire and the
Miss Flamingo Beach contest is a sort of
test to see whether they can handle them-
selves in regard to the Miss Aruba contest.
"So we can't cross the line," she said.
"I'm also on a strict diet. There's one girl
in our group who is a dancer so she can
eat whatever she wants. When we have
dinner everybody is jealous of what she's
eating, as we only end up with a salad."
Oduber was very confident of her chances
with the Miss Flamingo Beach contest,
although she said, "Of course I think I'll
win, otherwise I wouldn't have bothered
to come here. If you're not self-confident
there's no chance of becoming the new
Miss Flamingo Beach or Miss Aruba."
The trip to Bonaire was also meant for the
girls to get to know each other better.
"Like Bonaire," Oduber said, "Aruba isn't
a very big island, so although I've seen
many of the girls before we've never spo-
ken to each. This trip is a good way of
finding out who I am competing against."
The four-day trip consisted of some
promotional work for the contestants,
Sara Matera (r) crowns Miss Flamingo
Beach, Tracy Nicolaas extra photo
and members were very disappointed.)
The Miss Flamingo contest on Saturday
night consisted of three rounds: evening
dress, answering questions and the famous
bikini round. The questions asked were
the typical questions one could expect at a
beauty contest. For example: What is
negative about being beautiful? Answer:
"That you have the chance of getting bad
publicity." Or "That your ego goes over
the limit." Does beauty have an effect on a
person's life? Answer: "Yes, first impres-
sions are very important." On which
magazine cover would you like to be?
Answer: "On Time Magazine because that
means I've done something special for the
community." At the end of the night the
jury decided that Tracy Nicolaas was the
new Miss Flamingo Beach 2007. She will
hold this title for one year. I
snorkeling on Klein Bonaire and an island
tour. They visited the new
Friday night market, "Taste
of Bonaire," at Wilhelmina
Park, where the girls, dancing
together, soon attracted a lot
of attention. On Sunday
morning they posed for pho-
tos on Sorobon beach. (Ed.
The beauty contestants were
scheduled to visit the FKPD
handicapped center where
the members had prepared
refreshments, displays of Seven of the 10 Miss Aruba contestants: (not in order)
their handicrafts and were Tracy Nicolaas, Carolina Ramos, Monique Pulido, Jonella
dressed in native costumes. Oduber, Maureen Valdis, Stephanie Croes, Boyora Rarin,
When the Miss Aruba contest- Nabilach de Palm, Tammy Wever, and Miranne German.
ants didn 't show up the staff extra photo
Bonaire Reporter June 15-29, 2007
T here's a dead
these corals meet, indi-
cating that the corals
are battling each
other. A look at the
shapes indicates that the
sheet coral is winning
the battle: it is over-
growing the head
coral. A second look at
the shapes indicates that
the victory is a slow
one, since the living
part of the head coral is
than its overgrown side.
Bonaire Reporter June 15-29, 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?
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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
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
Cozy guest cottage available
TV, two sin-
gle beds (or
private entrance. Five minute walk to sea-
side promenade; 10 minute walk to town.
For rent: Nice apartment for rent
in Hato. Rent per month: NAf 1.500,.
All included. 796-3637, digital-
Apartment Separate from the
house, at Hato. For 1/2 persons, in-
cluding water, electricity, dishwasher,
linen, boiler, 220V -127V, kitchen
with furniture, washing machine. Per
July 1st per month NAf 1200,--/1500,--
no animals. Monique tel.717-2529
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
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
Twin Cab Toyota Pickup 4-Cyl.
Diesel; New front suspension, tires,
battery. Low mileage. Low price: NAf
4999.99. Call: 790-7272 ; 717-7892.
Jeep Cherokee Limited Edition
High Output 4.0, straight six, metallic
red, alloy rims, new tires, all options:
NAf5500. 796 3637, digital-
firstname.lastname@example.org, Kaya Gober-
nador Nicolaas Debrot 166, or on the
Pro pe rty
For Sale- Large one bedroom, 2 bath
apartment located in a secluded all condo
building away from the hotel traffic. Full
kitchen and laundry, tons of storage
space, large patio with walkout to marina
dock. Private owner sale.
Reporter staff member wishes to house
sit long-term starting now. Call David 700-
Looking for: a bed for one person
with mattress, table model fridge, 2-
burner electric stove, kitchen sink, tap,
shower tap, white toilet, outside door,
door frame, inside doors, locks. Tel.
Newbie Scuba Diver Needs Used
fins, snorkel and mask. Size 6
women's. Please call 786-3134
Looking for a spare rim for a
Chevrolet S10 pick up, 15 inch, 5
holes, 796 3637, digital-
Looking for a spare rim for a Toy-
ota Hilux pick up, 14 inch, 5 holes,
796 3637, digital-
Rento-Fun Scooter & Car Hire are
looking for a person with technical/
mechanical knowledge to be responsi-
ble for the maintenance and repair of
scooters, motorcycles and bicycles and
the checking of motor vehicles for
rental. The applicant must have a li-
cense to drive a car and motorcycle.
Please apply to: Rento-Fun Drive,
Kaya Grande 47. Or call: 717-2408
The Bonaire Reporter is seeking a
person experienced in newspaper lay-
out using Microsoft Publisher. Part-
time, good pay. Call George 786-6125
Reporters and feature writers
wanted for The Reporter. Get paid by
the word and for your photos. Call
John Wall and Susan Schmidt, former
owners of "The" Dive Shop in Fairfax,
Virginia, will operate the new photo cen-
ter. "Their knowledge, experience and
education will make the difference be-
tween just having a photo shop and being
able to offer an extra dimension to our
dive operation," says Buddy's Managing
Director Ruud van Baal.
Over the years Buddy Dive has im-
proved and expanded its services and fa-
cilities while realizing that personal ser-
vice and top dive operations are the keys
for continued appreciation from the dive
community. Expansion of its dive boat
fleet, upgrading of the airfill-/nitrox sys-
tem, Buddy's Marine Life Education Pro-
gram in September each year are just a
few of those improvements.
And a final reminder. The next Bon-
aire Reporter will be available June 29.
There will be no issue next week. O
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O ne of the friendliest
pups at the Bonaire
Animal Shelter, "Lisette,"
gives a little wave with her
paw, as if to say, "Hi! Look at
me; aren't I the smartest and
cutest?" Little light brown
Lisette with the pretty eyes
was brought into the Shelter
with her litter mates. While
she was on the street as a very
young pup she was hit by a
car. As a result she had some
stiffness in her back legs, but as
as she grows that is going
away. She's now about three
and a half months old. At first
she was smaller than her sis-
ters and brothers due to her
injury, but she's doing so well
now and is catching up with
the rest. She'll be a medium
sized dog when she does fi-
nally grow up. She's a happy,
playful pup who would appre- "Lisette"
ciate love and attention.
Lisette has been checked out by the vet and has had her shots and tests. All is well and
she's ready to be adopted. You may see her at the Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open
Monday through Saturday, 8 am to 1 pm. Tel. 717-4989. Enjoy a visit at a wonderfully
run operation with happy and contented pets. O L.D.
Pet oft is
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t turns out that last week's Pet of the
Week, "Charles," the very handsome
black and white cat, has an owner, none
)ther than artist Henk Roozendaal and his
family. We just knew he was a very spe-
ial cat! Henk wrote: I'm very proud that
ny cat, "'Snoetje" (Snooty), was declared
Pet of the Week! Now after two weeks
e's home again at Sabadeco. He's our
-ldest cat, saved from the Shelter in 1999.
any cats followed. He's been my model
or several early paintings." (See Henk's
)ainting of Snoetje)
Henk was in Holland at the time when
Snoetje went on an adventure. The cat
)ecame entranced apparently with a house
ith three indoor cats and because he was
ranging around their house so often the
)eople naturally assumed he was without
a home. And as we are always asking
)eople to bring in found animals to the
Bonaire Animal Shelter, they did so. And
he Roozendaals, after checking every-
where else, called the Shelter as well and
ere very happy and relieved to learn that
Snoetje, aka Charles, was safe and sound
here. Henk thinks that because of Sno-
tje's two-week internment at the Shelter
hat he'll most likely not want to take off
)n many more adventures in the near fu-
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of Caribbean Homes Bonaire. See their ad on page 11. O Press Release
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WEEIKL MDYlE SHOMTIME
Late Show (Usually 9pm)
Cal to make sure
( Shia Leboeuf)
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
Saturday, June 16- 3-hour Nature
and Historical Walk in the Hills
Around Rincon. A unique experience
guided by Rincon's Maria Koeks.
Don't miss this opportunity if you
want to learn about the real Bonaire.
Meet at 6 am at Marsh6 Rincon
(center of Rincon). The walk will be
followed by a kunuku breakfast. Cost
is NAl15. Wear good shoes, a hat;
bring a bottle of water and a good atti-
tude. For reservations call 796-7870 or
Sunday, June 17-Father's Day
Sunday, June 24-St. John's Day-
San Juan Festival. Music, food, fire-
jumping in the barios, at the home of
Doei Diaz, at the Museum, in Rincon
Thursday, June 28 -San Pedro Festi-
val-Same as San Juan Festival above
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. Call Edwin Martijn 786
-8400, Mishuyla Sint Jago 786-2292
Friday Weekly Market 9am- 2pm
at Wilhelmina Park with local art, mu-
sic and food; summer fashions, jewelry,
glasswork, Bonaire pictures, driftwood
art, paintings and all kinds of Bonaire
* HH 2 for 1 (all beverages) 6-7 pm,
Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar
* HH-50% off- Buddy Dive Re-
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
Bonaire Reporter June 15-29, 2007
tax). Discounts for residents and local
people. Tel. 717-8489, 540-9800.
* Parke Publico children's play-
ground open every day into the evening
* Steak Night On the Beach (a la
carte) Buddy Dive Resort, 6-10 pm
* Rincon 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
Marshes 1st Saturday of the month, 6
* All You Can Eat BBQ at Divi
Flamingo 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
Warehouse Bonaire. Great wines. NAf20
per person for 6 to 8 wines.
Flea Market every first Satur-
day of the month from 3 to 7 pm, Parke
Publico. Everyone welcome to buy and
to sell. NAf5 per selling table. For more
information and reservations for a spot,
* Live music 6-9 pm while enjoying
a great dinner in colorful tropical ambi-
ance at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant &
Bar, Divi Flamingo. Open daily 5-10 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
& 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
* Caribbean Gas Training free
"Beyond Gravity An Evening with
DIR," 6 pm, Bonaire Dive & Adventure
* 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 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
* 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 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-
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 Resort (717-
3802) at 7m. Every 2nd & 4th Wednesday
at the Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn (717-8817)
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
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
hasjust stepped out. Local ladies will tell you
the story. Open Monday thru Friday, 9 -12, 2-
4. Weekends by appointment. Call 717-2445.
Mangasina diRei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse." Leam about
Bonaire's culture. Visit homes from the 17th
century. Daily. Call 717-4060 / 790-2018
Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree, behind
the Catholic Church in town Open weekdays
from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holi-
CLUBS and MEETINGS
AA meetings every Wednesday; Phone :
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
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th Thurs-
day of the month at 8 pm at Kaya Sabana
#1. All Lions welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12
noon-2 pm Now meeting at 'Pirate House',
above Zeezicht Restaurant. All Rotarians
welcome. Tel. 717-8434
Bonaire Arts & Crafts (Fundashon Arte
Industrial Bonaireano) 717-5246 or 7117
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Valarie
Stimpson at 785-3451; Valarie@telbonet.an
Bonaire National Marine Park 717-8444.
Bonaire Animal Shelter -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. 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
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.
Send event info to:
The Bonaire Reporter
Tel:786-6518 or 786-6125
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Casablanca Argentinean Restaurant Moderate Indulge your whim-beef seafood, chicken, vegetarian
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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 Tuesday through Friday
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.
Pasa Bon Pizza Low-Moderate Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest ingre-
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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
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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 TV/ 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 down-
town 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-
Intemational/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. Full service dive shop and photo shop too.
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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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*to find it... just look up
Early next week you'll be able to use an exquisite waxing Moon to find both planet
#2 and planet #6 and the brightest star of springtime's most famous constellation.
On Monday, June 17t, just after sunset, face west where you'll see an exquisite crescent
Moon complete with Earthshine, which will look like a dim full Moon nestled within the
bright crescent, or as some people like to call it, "the old Moon in the new Moon's arms."
Then if you look up to its left you'll see the most brilliant planet of them all, our so-called
sister planet because it's almost the same size as Earth, the planet named for the Roman
goddess of love super bright and absolutely dazzling Venus. Twenty four hours later, on
Tuesday June 18t, a slightly fatter crescent Moon will be well past Venus and still exhib-
iting Earthshine. And once again if you look up to its left you'll see another beautiful
planet, planet #6, the ringed planet Saturn which we're visiting right now with our Cas-
sini space probe. If you look at it through a small telescope it will absolutely stun you.
And if you look at Venus you will notice that it looks like a tiny thick crescent Moon. So
you've now been able to use the Moon on two nights to find two planets.
On Monday the Moon is down to the right of Venus, and on Tuesday it's between Venus
and Saturn. But our Moon finder journey is not over because 24 hours later, on Wednes-
day the 19t, the Moon will be parked right next to, visually speaking, the brightest star of
springtime's most famous constellation, Leo the Lion. But if you look at it through a tele-
scope it won't look any bigger, only brighter. And that's because it's so incredibly far
away. How far? Well let's compare its distance to that of the Moon, Venus and Saturn.
Early next week our 2,000-mile-wide Moon will be only 236,000 miles away; 8,000-
mile-wide Venus will be 60 million miles away; and 75,000-mile-wide Saturn will be 900
million miles away. But Regulus, which is a hot blue-white star, is a whopping 4 million
miles wide and so far away we don't use the term miles. Instead we measure its distance
with the speed of light. For instance next week when you look at the Moon you will be
seeing the light that left it only 1 1/3 seconds ago. But when you look at Venus you'll be
seeing the light that left it 5 1/3 minutes ago. And when you look at Saturn you'll be see-
ing the light that left it 82 minutes ago. Regulus, however, is so whopping far away it
takes its light 78 years to reach us. Wow!
Once again use the Moon on Monday to find Venus, use the Moon on Tuesday to find
Saturn, and on Wednesday use the Moon to find Regulus. O JackHorkheimer
3 gVi n
SSunday June 10 to Saturday June 16,
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) It might be best to work on your own; if possible, do
your job out of your home this week. Take time to explain your intentions to loved
ones. Opposition is present and you should be prepared to counteract it as best you
can. You may be tempted to get involved in secret affairs or love triangles. Your
lucky day this week will be Saturday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) You have to believe in yourself and your talents.
Rewards for past good deeds will be yours. You will meet new romantic partners
through the company you keep. Chances to express your ideas and beliefs can bring
popularity as long as you're not arrogant. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Keep an eye on your weight. You will be in a high
cycle regarding work. Communications with loved ones may be strained. Take a trip
or just spend some quality time with your mate. Your lucky day this week will be
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Be quiet about your intentions or ideas that might
bring added cash. Your attitude is changing rapidly and your plate is overloaded.
Try not to lend or borrow money this week. Don't overdo it. You need to enjoy your-
self. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Don't jump into investments too quickly. It won't take
much to upset your lover. You can make new connections if you play your cards
right. Your ability to be practical in business will help. Your lucky day this week
will be Monday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Your communication skills are at an all-time high.
Loved ones may be annoyed if they feel restricted. Your home environment may be
hectic, which could result in emotional upset if you aren't well organized. Be pre-
pared to deal with groups and organizations of greater magnitude. Your lucky day
this week will be Tuesday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You need to refrain from being the generous one in
the group. Don't be disappointed if you don't get your way emotionally. Don't be too
quick to let friends and relatives know what you're up to. Romantic opportunities
will develop through friends or relatives. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You could have a need to make some changes this
week. Real estate investments could be to your advantage. You will probably have
to defend your mate. You may want to take a look at the personal papers of elders in
your family. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Your partner may blame you for everything.
You need to look into new philosophies. If you have treated them equitably, you
might be able to count on their loyalty. You will be uncertain of your feelings. Your
lucky day this week will be Friday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Express your interest if you want the relation-
ship to progress. You will have no problem getting your point across to those in a
position to help you. You are best to put your efforts into redecorating or inviting
friends over. Your emotional life may be up in the air if your mate has been going
through a change of heart. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
AOUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You may be able to impart knowledge that's inno-
vative to those searching for a new angle. Plan your day thoughtfully, but try not to
rely on others. Refrain from arguing with your mate. Advancement can be yours if
you put your efforts into work related matters. Your lucky day this week will be
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Opportunities may come up at prestigious affairs. Go
out with friends and avoid the situation on the home front. You can meet new
friends who will let you know just how valuable you are. Self-deception is likely.
Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
tonaire Reporter June 15-29, 2PUU
Culinary Tean Offi o Conpete
A happy, but tired team and their help-
ers pose at the end ofthe meal.
The Bonaire Bartender/
Culinary Team for 2007
had its last fund raising dinner
for the public last Sunday, and
they're ready to go to the Car-
ibbean Hotel Association's
"Taste of the Caribbean" culi-
nary Olympics in Miami. They
leave Saturday and return
The final dinner was a
monumental extravaganza of
cuisine. Each of the three
courses were made up of sev-
eral tastes and textures, with a
bare flavoring of salt as the
We wish all the very best to
our team who has worked so
hard and so long to reach the
pinnacle of fine cuisine we
tasted last Sunday. O L.D.
Ant... h ..... r
And this is just the first course...
"Adrift" Exhibit a Huge Success
L ast Saturday's sculpture show
by Wilna Groenenboom seemed
to be a magnet for art lovers on the
island. Wilna has been called a "Master
of the Makeover" because of how she
turns materials, once adrift, into fine
crafted works of art. A lot of the raw
materials she uses floated in from
South America due to the heavy rains
there two years ago, she recalled. And
they inspired the artist to make some-
thing beautiful out of them.
writer is known for her series, "Antique
Living Houses," as well as numerous
outstanding photos in The Reporter.
Her photos of details of Bonairean ar-
chitecture appear in the Sunbelt Realty
magazine. She's an art teacher at the SGB and has had exhibits at Kas di Arte and
Cinnamon Art Gallery, among others.
For the show, Wilna's traditional Bonairean home was transformed into a breezy
and elegant gallery and drinks were served in the shady garden. Her young sons,
Almar and Niek,
and their friends
passed hot hors
of her works were
sold at the show on
Saturday, but there
are still a few ta-
bles for sale.
Sadly, Wilna will
be leaving shortly
to return to Hol-
land so if you want
to see them call her
soon at 717-6832
or 700-2378.0 W
L.D. The house transformed into an art gallery
Bonaire Reporter June 15-29, 2007
Rik and Marieke Roozenburg-Postema
hen we got married in Holland
VV two years ago we had four
options considering our names: Rik is Rik
Roozenburg and I am Marieke Postema, so
we could choose. Either I would take Rik's
last name or he would take mine, or we
could have my last name first followed by
his last name, or his last name first fol-
lowed by mine. As we felt that we were
marrying each other we wanted to use
both names; so now Rik and I are both
Roozenburg-Postema one name. But...
when we came to Bonaire and our son
Roan was born, Rik went to have him reg-
istered and it appeared that Roan could get
either Rik's last name or mine no other
choice. So we gave him Rik's last name;
that's a pity in a way because we wanted to
have the same last names for the three of
Why are we here? When I finished my
studies Rik's temporary job was ending
and we felt the whole world was open to us
to do something exciting. I was a first
grade cultural artistic education teacher and
Rik was a gymnastics teacher. We went
looking all over the world for a paid job,
but with the little work experience we had
we didn't have a chance. So, we started
looking for volunteer jobs. We could afford
it because we live very economically and
because we ended up in a third world coun-
try where everything was very cheap: Bo-
At a school in Cochabamba, founded by a
Dutch foundation, they were looking for
people who could teach the children crafts
and sports, and so it had to be us! Cocha-
bamba is located in a valley and the school
with 450 children is on the outskirts of the
valley, next to the landfill. People live in
sod huts; they wash their clothes in a filthy
little stream; and there's a constant lack of
water. We started teaching children from
the ages of four to 14, and we also took
care of the library and six old computers.
Rik describes it. "I'll never forget the first
time I saw the children doing gymnastics.
They had to march around like little sol-
diers and when the teacher yelled, 'manos
arriba!' 'hands up!' they would stick their
hands in the air and... that was about it.
When I put two teams together to teach
them how to play soccer and told them that
they had to kick the ball into the goal to
score points, one of the boys pulled my
shirt and said, 'But Sir, there are so many
children standing in front of me, I could
never kick the ball in the goal!' They didn't
have the slightest idea..."
Marieke continues, "I would give the
children a blank sheet of paper and tell
them, 'You may draw whatever you like,'
and not one student could come up with
something and the few who wanted to draw
a certain thing needed an example, other-
wise they couldn't do it. In general, the
children didn't have any initiative and they
Bonaire Reporter June 15-29, 2007
didn't dare to ask any questions.
We experienced truly horrible things:
children with terrible injuries, children
sniffing glue, abuse and incest, people liv-
ing in the river, hunger and constant alco-
hol abuse by the men. But our respect for
the Bolivian women is sky high. They have
so much willpower and so much persever-
ance. They are the ones who keep every-
thing going without any complaint.
We worked for three organizations, six
days a week, and we did everything we
could, but in the end the only thing we
could do was give people love and atten-
tion. To make a significant difference is
Rik (28) and Marieke (26) are people who
live according to their principals; they
spend very little money; they have a
healthy lifestyle; and they're happy, outgo-
ing people who also think about the envi-
ronment. For example they don't use paper
diapers for their baby, but cotton ones-
they are true to their beliefs.
"When the year was over our money was
gone, but we came back much richer than
"We experienced truly hor-
rible things: children with ter-
rible injuries, children sniff-
ing glue, abuse and incest,
people living in the river, hun-
ger and constant alcohol
abuse by the men."
any money could have made us feel. We
went back to Holland and stayed for a year,
but then we had to look for something new
and again we wanted to go abroad. And, at
the vacancy bank where we looked for job
offers there was the SGB high school Bon-
aire looking for an art teacher for me!"
Marieke laughs. "I was appointed almost
immediately and then everything went very
fast. We got married on May 27, 2005, then
we started reading everything we could
find about Bonaire. We watched the com-
plete series, 'Huize Huisman,' made by a
Dutch TV maker about Bonaire and we
spoke with people who had lived on Bon-
We arrived July 13, 2005. A week later,
sitting on the balcony of our apartment,
we said to each other, 'Jeez, imagine be-
ing born on such a divine island and
growing up here and then, when you're
16, you move to Holland like many An-
tillean youngsters do and you have to
live in a grey apartment building in the
outskirts of big city...' That was the first
feeling we had about the island it is a
wonderful place to live.
The first day I started working I saw the
list of the names of the teachers and one
name jumped out, 'Mr. Postema.' I asked
everyone, 'Do you know that man? I would
like to meet him, and then... it turned out
to be my husband whom I already knew
"I came here without a job," Rik says,
"but soon enough I found one with Amado
Felix as a mover. I was already working for
Amado when SGB asked me to pass by. I
had to show my diploma and immediately I
got my new schedule. Then the school year
started. I went to work part time and
Marieke full time. After Marieke had got-
ten the job, when we were still in Holland,
she found out she was pregnant. We had a
lot of doubts at the time, but nevertheless
we decided to go. Roan, our son, was born
on Bonaire, at home, under the inspiring
guidance of midwife Marita, January 11,
2006. He was full term but very little. He
only weighed four pounds, but his health
was very good and he started eating imme-
diately. Marieke's mom was there and her
dad came two days later. We were ever so
happy having them with us. When I'm not
working I take care of Roan; otherwise he
goes to a babysitter who takes care of three
other little boys. He's doing great; he's
learning Papiamentu and he eats every-
Well, I came here and my passion is run-
ning, so I went to see what was happening
here in that aspect. I asked around to see
whether there were people who were doing
something in athletics, and I met Glenn
Albertina, the island's athletics guru. He's
the Government's Sports Coordinator. To-
gether we revived a club called Quick-Pro.
We started with two children and now,
after 18 months, the club has a board, uni-
forms, and we've already won gold, silver
and bronze medals in competitions in Cura-
gao. I teach training three times a week,
voluntarily, and now we have 20 children,
some of whom have great talents. Our head
sponsor is Auto City, and because of them
we don't have to ask the children for a con-
At school I am also trying to make the
students more conscious of what they're
eating and what the consequences are of
their diet. Authentic local food is very
healthy, but the soft drinks and the snacks
the children are consuming are taking their
toll, and many of them are overweight.
They see me as skinny, but they know I'm
strong and it impresses them that I win a lot
of competitions in spite of the fact that I'm
not so talented, but because I'm training
every day. I think as a teacher you should
set the example."
"I'm giving cultural artistic education,"
Marieke explains, "and I'm setting it up for
HAVO/VWO. What I see is that it's going
better and better and that the students love
it. I give theatre classes, dancing classes,
music, film and art classes and all that as
far as possible from the Antillean culture.
On Bonaire the children are very creative.
They have great original ideas, and they're
good in finding solutions. I really enjoy it
when the students give a presentation that
gives me the goose bumps something that
Well, we're staying here for one more
year and then we're going back to Holland
for the family and from then on we'll see.
We'll take whatever the future will bring.
To us Bonaire will always be the island of
freedom and the warm sunshine, and for a
child it's a wonderful place to grow up."
"Winfried Dania told me once," Rik says,
"that the sun is his medicine,
and I think that's a beautiful
way to put it." 1
Story & photo by Greta
On The Island Since: Jul)