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Bonaire's winning team: Isidoor van Riemsdijk, Egbert
deVries, Team Manager SelimahAgostien, Coach Wil
Heemskerk, Vladimir Gijsbertha, Floris van Loo. Not pic-
tured Jenmarie Coffie.
Last Sunday The Reporter was
notified about a mass death of
birds in Rincon. Elsmarie Beukenboom,
STINAPA's Director, investigated. Here
is what she reported: "It was very pecu-
liar since 47 troupials and 2 doves were
dead. Peculiar because there were a lot
of birds flying around and only troupial
were dead. I wish we can find out what
happened to them, more for scientific
investigation than for legal investiga-
Troupial do not fall under any form of
protection. They are exotic birds which
we suspect to be causing harm to pro-
tected birds like our endemic lora
(Bonaire parrot) and the native troupial
kacho (yellow oriole).
The troupial were all dead under a tree
of an abandoned house at Kaya
Giuambo 9, in Rincon. If anyone can
give more information on what was
given to these birds to have caused
their death can do so by calling me at
STINAPA (717-8444). I repeat that
there will be no legal consequences
since troupials are not legally protected.
For conservation purposes it would be
good to know what happened to these
birds to have caused their death." A
reader who was part of the alert won-
dered if it were "true that people are
being encouraged to kill them as they
are harmful to other species?"
A new regulation requiring for-
eigners to pass a naturalization exam
before qualifying for Dutch citizen-
ship will probably go into effect as of
October 1, Justice Minister David Dick
informed Parliament last Tuesday. Dick
explained that the Ministry of Education
will oversee the process of the naturali-
zation exams. This regulation is part of
the Law on Expulsion and Admittance
and says in part that every foreigner
who wants to work and live in the Neth-
erlands Antilles will have to pass this
The main language in the Antilles will
remain Dutch while English and Papia-
mentu will be recognized as the second
languages. The Netherlands Antilles
also requested maintaining the required
condition that a foreigner must have an
uninterrupted stay of at least 10 years in
the Antilles to apply for Dutch citizen-
ship. The Dutch have changed the King-
dom Law on this matter, making it only
five years. In Holland the citizenship
test is already mandatory.
> The government in Curacao may
soon find itself the owner of the most
famous brothel in the Caribbean. Last
week the Court of First Instance af-
firmed a government claim of about
NAfl8 million against Campo Alegrd.
The brothel's owner was sentenced to 12
years imprisonment for laundering mil-
lions of drug guilders via the brothel.
The more than NA 18 million is the
estimated amount that the owner had
made in this business. He is still in
prison. If he can't pay up he will get
another six years in prison and Curaqao
will own the brothel. If the ruling holds
up in higher courts, the government may
auction off the place.
Brothels are legal and regulated in the
Dutch Kingdom. Bonaire's most famous
brothel is Pachie's Place.
> The Dutch government will be
making 24 million euros available for
the Education Delta Plan. Dutch State
Secretary for Kingdom Relations Ank
Bijleveld-Schouten and Education Min-
ister Omayra Leeflang signed the neces-
sary documents last week. In addition,
Bijleveld-Schouten said that the Dutch
government has agreed that another 24
million euros of 2006 unused funds,
which had been frozen, would be avail-
able as well.
The Delta Plan is a comprehensive
education plan which not only deals
with the education of a child but also
provides guidance to the job market and
sees to it that dropouts get a second
> Based on a proposal by Dutch
State Secretary of Kingdom Relations
Ank Bijleveld-Schouten, the Kingdom
Council of Ministers agreed to nomi-
nate six new judges to be appointed to
the Joint Court of Justice of the Neth-
erlands Antilles and Aruba.
> The Antillean postal system is
operated by a privatized branch of the
Canadian Postal Service, and the Cana-
dians want to back out of the agree-
ment. Consequently, the Dutch For-
eign Affairs Minister, Maxime Verha-
gen, has been asked to use diplomatic
channels to draw the attention of the
Canadian government to the problems
between the Central Government of the
Netherlands Antilles and Canada Post
> Robert Zoellick, the US choice to
head the World Bank, warned Satur-
day that Venezuela's economic and
political troubles were growing under
President Hugo Chavez's leftist gov-
ernment. "It's a country where eco-
nomic problems are mounting and we
are seeing (that) on the political and
press side it's not moving in a healthy
direction," Zoellick told a news confer-
ence in Mexico City. He also suggested
that the World Bank's influence would
not suffer if Chavez goes through with
his plan to pull Venezuela out of the
Chavez has said the World Bank is a
tool of the US that keeps poor nations in
debt. He has set up a commission to
examine leaving the institution.
> Preliminary results announced
last Friday indicated that 80% of
HAVO-level SGB High School students
passed their kingdom standardized ex-
ams. This rate is better than schools on
some of the other Antillean islands.
According to reports, 27 of the 33 can-
didates passed their exam the first time.
This percentage can become higher after
the re-examinations. The next issue of
The Reporter will have complete details.
Director of the school, Serapio Pop,
said other departments need improve-
ment. All eight AGO candidates have
passed. These are students who take an
interim exam, and once they pass they
can start working right away. Of the
PBL students, 73% passed; PKL, 64%;
TKL-4 (MAVO-level) 55%. Students
in this sector have the chance to do a re-
exam which can result in a higher per-
centage. Graduation June 28th.
Table of Contents
This Week's Stories
Bonaire Reefs at Point of No Retur 3
Bonaire Chefs WVn SiKler Plus 4
Shrink Looks at Scuba
(Ding Musdan Gieves) 7
Bonaire Windsurfer Reports -LeDef 7
Divi's Digital Shootout 8
Dia di Arte 9
Help! Pelikaan School Play 10
Herring on the Beach 10
Indonesian Cuisine 11
Letter Balance for Nature 13
Step Closerto Holland (TransitonAgreement) 13
Olympic Day Run 18
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Parrot Watch 8
Ask Olivia 8
Pet of the Week (Mario) 12
Tide Table 14
Reporter Masthead 14
What's Happening 15
Movieland Film Schedule 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
Sky Park (Venus & Saturn) 17
The Stars Have It 17
Picture Yourself With the Reporter 17
Born on the Island
(Ryan Engelhart) 19
> Parliament approved a draft
amendment to the law regarding
ships' registry, giving the Netherlands
Antilles a more competitive position
in the world shipping industry. The
amendment changes the fee for ships
registered in the Netherlands Antilles to
a net tonnage basis instead of the gross
> A new airline, Constellation
West Indian Airways based in Trini-
dad, started this Wednesday with bi-
weekly flights from Port of Spain to
Panama City via Curacao. The second
weekly flight is on Sundays. Service is
via Boeings 757s. The fare for a return
ticket for Port of Spain-Curaqao or
Curaqao -Panama, are US$139 or $300
respectively. CWIA is the competitor of
Caribbean Airlines, the successor of the
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Bonaire Reporter June 29-July 6, 2007
BITRfl' JANh[O 'UfNCEJVL ME
Unto this world
SA boy is born
L To the grandparents
a new generation unfolds
To the aunts and uncles
a nephew is welcomed
To the family and friends
a reason for celebration
To us, the parents,
The most beautiful gift from God
Is welcomed with love by Jan-Pieter & Roosje van der Hoek
Poetry by RvdH
"Bonaire Reefs At Point of No Return"
"Careful policy and management are required now or conditions will worsen and the corals will not survive...." Coral researcher Brian LaPointe
On June 11 and 12th, Captain Don's Habitat played host to the workshop, "Nutrient
Levels in the Costal Waters of Bonaire, Curaqao and St. Lucia and the Relationship
to Waste Water," sponsored by the Department of Environment of the Ministry of
Public Health and Social Development, STINAPA Bonaire, and SMMA St. Lucia.
About 40 people from Bonaire, Curaqao St. Lucia, St. Maarten, and Martinique
attended the first day of the workshop to hear Brian LaPointe, an international expert
on nutrients in coastal waters, give an overview of the effects of wastewater pollu-
tion on coral reefs. LaPointe's presentation was followed by a description and dis-
cussion of the nutrient monitoring program on Bonaire and Curaqao by Paul Hoetjes
and Mark Wieggers of MINA and Frank van Slobbe of DROB. The highlight of the
first day of the workshop was the presentation of four months of data from the new
monitoring program for 14 sites on Bonaire and 11 sites on Curaqao The results
are cause for concern and action.
Brian LaPointe, a top researcher from the Center for Coastal Research at
the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution in Ft. Pierce, Florida,
characterizes Bonaire's reefs as "between the border of healthy and polluted."
He should know. When an excess of nitrogen and phosphorus built up in the Florida
Everglades, much coming from the sugar industry, a lawsuit resulted to establish
"thresholds" for dangerous nutrients and to determine the exact causes of the toxic
pollution that decimated 100,000 acres of sea grass and killed huge coral colonies
from white-spot disease. In fact, Florida lost 90% of its elkhorn coral while snap-
pers, groupers, and grunts decreased from 24% to 5%, and parrotfish and blue tangs
doubled in a "no take" marine sanctuary Both the Florida Everglades and the Florida
Keys are examples of what happens when excess nitrogen "undermines nature's
equilibrium." That's happening on Bonaire right now.
Given the fact that corals have existed for roughly 50 million years, LaPointe ar-
gued that the effects of nutrients on corals are very recent, with human waste being
implicated as a major source. LaPointe graphically summarized the "domino" ef-
fect of increased nutrients on corals: large macroalgae ("killer algae") invade the
reef, which undermine coral symbiosis and cause them to "starve to death," while at
the same time microbial diseases compromise the corals further, making them more
vulnerable to predators like sea urchins and parrotfish. As the reef dies, fish diver-
sity and abundance decrease drastically, severely impacting humans who depend on
fish and reefs for food and tourism. According to LaPointe, reefs can disappear in
just months, as is the case in St. Lucia and Jamaica.
In the last 20 years, scientists have arrived at a consensus about the nutrient
"thresholds" at which reefs begin to get overgrown by algae, sicken and die. For
example, there are "tipping points" for nitrogen, phosphorus, ammonium, chloro-
phyll, etc. which indicate the imminent change from a healthy reef to a sick one.
And now with the initiation of a monitoring program that can "fingerprint" the
sources of nitrogen-(i.e. is it coming from agricultural run-off (fertilizer) or human
sewage?)-it is possible to deduce the exact source of the nutrient input in order to
mitigate the problem. LaPointe cited the National Academy of Science's Millen-
nium Report (2005) in which 1,300 scientists agreed that nutrient-rich freshwater
spilling into oceans is the most significant source of pollution. For coral reefs, there
is no question that the results of nutrient-rich freshwater is the decline and death of
(Continued on page 6)
Bonaire Reporter June 29-July 6, 2007
tional and it was stressful," reports Chef
Floris Van Loo, "but there was a lot of
camaraderie among the teams." Third
year chef contender Isidoor van Riems-
dijk says, "The levels keep getting
higher, but I think we did a great job!"
Bonaire competed against 12 other
teams from islands and countries which
are in many cases much larger and
richer, with more restaurants and hotels:
Anguilla, Bahamas, Barbados, British
Virgin Islands, Curaqao Grenada,
Puerto Rico, St. Maarten/St. Martin, St.
Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname,
Trinidad & Tobago and the US Virgin
Islands. The only Gold winners were
Puerto Rico and Trinidad & Tobago.
This is a very intense time for the culi-
nary teams. After all their months of
practice and trying out new recipe con-
cepts they are "on stage" 13 teams
working at the same time in 13 individ-
ual kitchens. Each team has three hours
Members of the Bonaire Team: in which to choose their ingredients
Bartender Jenmarie Coffie (Divi Flamingo) from a Mystery Basket, create three-
Chef Vladimir Gijsbertha (It Rains Fishes) course menu with recipes and prepare
Chef Egbert de Vries (Le Flamboyant) the meals for 20 persons. The judging is
Pastry Chef lsidoor van Riemskijk (Rum Runners) based on execution of skills, presenta-
Chef Floris Van Loo (Rum Runners) tion, portion size, taste, nutrition, use of
Team Manager Selimah Agostien (Divi Flamingo) their island's products and more. They
are even judged on what the cost of the
B onaire's proud chef/bartender for The Most Innovative and Creative dish would be and if it can make money
team returned from the Carib- Menu. The menu used Bonairean Sea for the restaurant as well as how much
bean Hotel Association's "Taste of the Salt in each dish. This year, for the first waste is thrown away Bartenders must
Caribbean" Culinary Olympics with not time, the team was judged as a whole prepare three drinks non-alcoholic,
only a Silver Medal but a special award culinary and bartender. "It was emo- vodka and rum and demonstrate their
Bartender Jenmarie Coffie with
her vodka drink, "My Seahorse."
creativity, skills, personality and show-
manship. They have 10 minutes to pre-
pare each drink. Bonaire's Bartender
Jenmarie Coffie's drinks sported super
creative garnishes. Non-alcoholic was
"Banana Joe;" vodka drink was called
"My Seahorse;" Rum drink, "Dushi
A very special and fun event this year
and last was a power point presentation,
put on by each of the team's managers,
which emphasized the colorful and dif-
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Bonaire Reporter June 29-July 6, 2007
Bonaire Chefs... (Continued from page 4)
ferent cultural aspects of each island.
Often with imaginative showmanship
they showed us the island's signature
dish, its origins and history and how to
prepare it. This was a real highlight and
showed the culinary diversity of the
Caribbean. We learned about Pom from
Suriname, Sofrito from Puerto Rico,
Doubles from Trinidad & Tobago,
Conch from the Bahamas, Bajan Black
Pudding & Souse from Barbados. Bon-
Bonaire's Winning Menu:
Grilled watermelon, tomato, fresh
green herb salad and Angostura infused
with Bonairean Sea Salt.
Coconut foam topped cold tomato
ginger shooter Watermelon Pearls Va-
nilla, coriander and Bonairean sea salt
cured yellowtail snapper
Guava glazed pork loin medallion
and barbeque rubbed beef loin with
rosemary and roasted bell pepper in-
fused, flatap and potato tuille with
smoked sea salt.
Bonairean sea salt caramel ice cream.
Banana fritter served with spiced or-
ange horseradish sauce with a dash of
Bonairean sea salt chocolate toffee
lollipop. Banana creme brulee.
aire's Selimah Agostien gave an ani-
mated and colorful description of Bon-
aire and Kabrito Stoba ku Funchi.
Hats off to the CHA who sponsors this
event every year. Many of the judges
and sponsors are the same diligent indi-
viduals who started it in the 90s and
have striven to make the event better
and better each year.
Why is this event so important to
Bonaire? Because it honors the profes-
sion and raises the consciousness of all
our chefs, inspiring them to learn, to
experiment, to be creative and competi-
tive. And since even the 1997 competi-
tion the level of the island's cuisine has
risen. Everyone wins-the chefs, the
diners, the local restaurants, the econ-
omy and the island's reputation.
All this takes a lot of commitment and
dedication from many people. The chefs
and bartender have to give a lot of their
time on their days off to plan and prac-
tice. They must create and test new reci-
pes and learn to work together as a team.
The restaurants that employ the member
About the Organizers
The Taste of the Caribbean event is
sponsored by the Caribbean Hotel
Association (CHA) and was held at
the Hyatt Regency in Miami. CHA is
a federation of 36 national hotel asso-
ciations, from Bermuda in the north
to Guyana in the south, from Barba-
dos in the east to Mexico and Belize
in the west.
About 900 member hotels in 36
member destinations represent some
120,000 rooms in the Caribbean,
from small independent guest houses
to the chain megaresorts. Allied
members comprise airlines, tour
wholesalers, travel agents, ad agen-
cies, and hotel and restaurant suppli-
ers making up close to 600 allied
members. All together they are the
Caribbean hospitality industry and
CHA is their voice.
of the team have to give their employee
extra time off, often with pay. The mem-
bers of the committee organize all the
background support, do publicity, solicit
financial donations, arrange for meet-
ings, do the shopping and more. Local
business support the team through finan-
And because of this Bonaire has
become an island known for its culi-
nary excellence. O L.D.
tonaire Reporter June 29-July b, 2UU0
The judges critique the team.
Bonaire Reefs... (Continued from page 3)
coral reefs. Unfortunately, secondary
sewage treatment is incapable of solving
the problem as it only changes organic
matter into inorganic while leaving in
nutrients that are flushed into the sea.
According to LaPointe, the solution is
"tertiary" treatment, which removes
nutrients, and is not that expensive to
include when building a new plant (as
would be the case on Bonaire).
Paul Hoetjes, Senior Policy Advisor for
the Department of Environment, described
the nutrient monitoring program that was
set up in cooperation with LaPointe in
March of 2006 and began with four
rounds of sampling on Bonaire and Cura-
qao in January 2007. After getting the
needed volunteers and interns, the project
worked with DROB, STINAPA, Captain
Don's Habitat and other dive shops. Ac-
cording to Hoetjes, the challenge now is
how to continue the monitoring program
so there is constant information about the
state of the coastal waters around Bonaire
and Curaqao. Mark Wieggers of MINA
then explained the methods used to gather
and evaluate samples in 9 different areas:
What Gets Checked?
1. coral cover of the reefs
2. ratio between macro algae cover
and turf algae cover
3. chlorophyll a concentration in sea-
4. ratio between nitrogen isotopes
5. phosphate concentration in seawater
6. total dissolved phosphor concentra-
tion in seawater
7. Nitrite and nitrate concentration in
8. ammonium concentration in sea-
9. dissolved inorganic nitrogen in sea-
Wieggers and Frank van Slobbe from
DROB then provided a detailed descrip-
tion of the results for Bonaire and Cura-
gao. In Bonaire, the following sites were
tested: Red Slave, Angel City, 18th Palm,
Playa Lechi, Front Porch, Habitat Bon-
aire, Karpata, Playa Funchi, Ebo's Spe-
cial, Lagun, Salt Company, Cargill Chan-
nel, and Cargill Pond. The overall assess-
ment by these experts, based on the nutri-
ent monitoring results, is that both Bon-
aire and Curacao are "at or just above
the nutrient thresholds" for decline of
In particular, Bonaire's reefs are
"between the border of healthy and
polluted reefs." In fact, LaPointe de-
scribes them as at the "point-of-no-
return" and stresses that careful policy
and management are required immedi-
ately or conditions will worsen and the
corals will not survive. All the experts
pointed to the need for further research
and monitoring, particularly for the
impact of sewage, groundwater run-off,
and salt company discharge and perco-
lation. One telling fact is the level of
chlorophyll a on Bonaire's reefs: the
threshold is .2 and all of the Bonaire sites
are nearing .2 or a bit over .2. If this data
is compared to that of the Bahamas
(between. 1 and .2 signifying more
"healthy" reefs) and Florida (which is
at .6 with rapid die-offs of reefs), it is
clear that Bonaire's reefs are exhibiting
the symptoms of the long-term effect by
Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 2)
Brian LaPointe explains nutrient monitoring results for various Bonaire sites.
Dive Sites Checked in Bonaire
1. Red Slave
2. Angel City
3. Eighteenth Palm
4. Playa Lechi
5. Front Porch
6. Habitat Bonaire
8. Playa Funchi
9. Ebo's Special
11. Salt Company
12. Cargill Channel
13. Cargill Pond
nutrients coming from the island itself
(in the forms of sewage and fertilizer)
and not from the rain, Venezuela, or the
Orinoco River, as some have theorized.
Finally, all the experts issued a "wake-
up call" for those in the government to
prioritize a sewage plant with tertiary
treatment before it is too late. As La-
Pointe clarified, once the thresholds for
nutrients have been surpassed and corals
begin dying, it is virtually impossible to
reverse their decline. O Story & Photos
by Pauline Kayes
Next Issue: Part II-Inspection and
Analysis of Specific Monitoring Sites on
Bonaire-Playa Lechi, Lagun, Red Slave,
Salt Company, and LW sewerage canals.
Breaking News: As we go to
press Minguel Martis, Department
Head at DROB (Public Works), has
confirmed that the sewage plant with
tertiary treatment has been approved
and the contract has been signed with
the German firm of Dorsch Con-
sult. Dorsch was hired on June 25 and
will be on Bonaire on July 25 to begin
implementation of the project.
Further details will be forthcoming
in Part III of our series on the effect of
nutrient wastewater on coral reefs.
> Roan Jaspers of Kiteboarding
Bonaire reports: "Last weekend the
first kiteboard clinic for kids aged 10
to 16 was organized by Kiteboarding
Bonaire. The participants first learned to
fly a small kite on the beach and then
moved on as soon as they mastered all
the exercises with the trainer kite.
Next they entered the water with a real
kite and board under the strict supervi-
sion of our staff. Within only a few
hours many made great progress, surfed
their first distance and impressed us all!
A stack of burgers helped replenish the
energy levels at the end of the day.
It was a huge success as many learned
to master this new sport with great en-
thusiasm. The clinic will continue for
the next several Sundays, starting at
1300. All are welcome to come. In order
to continue to provide free kiteboard
lessons to Kiteboarding Bonaire is
looking for sponsors. For more info or
to become a sponsor, call me (Roan) at
> The Bonaire Pro Windsurfing
Kids' Team will be heading off island
this summer to compete in several
events and to promote Bonaire's Au-
gust Starboard Pro Kids Freestyle
World Event. The first stop is in Aruba
at the Aruba Hi Winds. Over 60 Bonaire
sailors will be there to compete in the
freestyle and slalom action. Another
team of Pro Kids head to the Slalom Pro
Kids Worlds in Turkey later in July:
Jurgen Saragoza (9), Amado Vrieswijk
(10), Dylen Robles (12), Bjom Saragoza
(15), Clifton Pier (15) and his older
brother Harvey. The adult chaperon will
be former Bonaire Olympian Patun
Saragoza. Bonaire Reporter writer, rap
star and windsurfing pro, Ruben Pet-
risie, will be on hand to help raise the
Bonaire flag at the Pro Kids opening
ceremony. Ruben has been representing
Bonaire on the European Freestyle Tour
for several years. Later, Bjom Saragoza,
a Starboard and Hot Sails Team rider,
will head to the EFPT Turkey event
celebrating his rise to Pro status. For
event details contact
bean Wind & Sun Vacations
(www.prokidsfreestyle.com) will ar-
range accommodations, gear and vehicle
rental as well as hospitality support.
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A Shrink Looks at SCUBA
E very now and then life's events transcend what we
thought was important. A dive buddy and neighbor at Andy Owens
Sand Dollar Condo Resort named Andy Owens, who was featured in this column a
few months ago, had such an experience this spring on Bonaire.
"I turned 50 this past year and it
was kind of a wake-up call. I
was writing about making the
best use of your time. I wrote
some love songs. I was writing
more ethereal songs-more
about life and getting older,
songs that are more philosophi-
cal in nature.
But, I think I just had the weird-
est songwriting experience
ever. My best friend of 35
years, who got me started in
music, was recently diagnosed
with terminal cancer. I felt that
losing him was going to be like
losing a journal of my life his-
While doing a night scuba dive,
I had this song line pop into my
head underwater, which was,
'Tell me my life story,' a song
about losing a good friend.
This buddy of mine loved to
hear about all my adventures.
The Hilma Hooker Karen Oliver photo He was a stay-on-the-farm kind
He was a stay-on-the-farm kind
I thought I would finish the song under water, so a few days later I dove by myself
to a shipwreck called the Hilma Hooker. (ed. DivePsych does not endorse solo wreck
diving) At 100 feet deep I crawled inside in the dark, hung up a light, and with sev-
eral tanks of air wrote the rest of the lyrics. When I tried to get out I was by myself
and I got stuck. I thought, 'Oh, no, I don't have the melody yet-I can't die here!'
but I wrenched myself free and got out.
The sad part is that although I didn't know it while I was writing the song, simulta-
neously my friend was dying of complications from his cancer. I had to rush back
and bury him. I will finish the song soon... and maybe put it on the next album."
Andy's story reminded me of another dive buddy, Bob, who approached me a few
years ago for lunch to talk about the recent death of one of his regular dive buddies
during decompression on a 160-foot wreck dive in Lake Michigan he had opted out
of. He was dealing with grief and survivor guilt and needed a good listener. That
was the start of a close friendship and since then we have collaborated on several
scuba research projects and articles for The Bonaire Reporter and The Undersea
Sublimation in the form of artistic and intellectual pursuits is one of the most ma-
ture coping mechanisms, as Andy and Bob illustrate. Another is altruism, serving
others without expecting any direct benefit to oneself.
When my wife and I started studying scuba panic back in 2000, I started getting
emails from around the world from divers who had lost friends in dive accidents and
were still struggling with grief. That is not the kind of statistic that shows up in
DAN's Annual Diving Report, but for every diver fatality, there are hurting survi-
vors out there, some of whom just need someone to listen to their story. Will you be
available to help another diver? Ol David Colvard
David F. Colvard, M.D., is a private psychiatrist and clinical <
investigator in Raleigh NC, and a divemaster. He hosts
www.DivePsvch.com which provides evidence-based information
for divers on psychological and stress factors in scuba divers. He
will be on island at Sand Dollar from July 1 through 12.
The World's Biggest-
After the European Free-
style Windsurfing Pro-
fessional Tour event in Austria,
I headed back to Germany and
hung out with my producer,
Roon, preparing to move the
studio to Alacati, Turkey,
which is more to our taste with
sunshine and proximity to the
beach. Surf by day and record
tracks by night sounds pretty
okay. How did we do that? We
drove with all the electronic
equipment to Anconas Port in
Italy. From there we took the
two-day ferry crossing to
The same day we arrived in
Turkey I had to arrange a trip
to be in Gruissan, France, the
next day for a photo shoot on
the beach. It was a long trip to
get there, flying via three dif-
ferent airports. But In the end I
made it on time and was wel-
comed by the Exocet crew and
At that same time the Le
Defi long distance event was underway.
Le Defi is an event that has become the
biggest-ever get together of windsurfers
in the world... and how! About 700 rid-
ers registered for the Defi Wind, with
450 on the waiting list.
There were 100 more riders than the
previous year and 100 riders less space
on the water, even less on the beach
once all the gear was out of the carriers.
As everyone had hoped, the wind was
up, well up... the infamous Tramontana
(blowing across the mountain), notorious
for its sustained strength. Already blow-
ing 30-35 knots at breakfast, it steadily
filled in during the morning, quickly
reaching 40-45 knots. All of which had
the riders racing to get up their smallest
sails possible. But the wind was still too
strong. In town especially for the screen-
ing of Windsurfing, the Movie, Jason
Polakow didn't bother wasting time; he
went straight onto this 3.5 m2 small sail
On the water it was as tough for the
pros as it was for the amateurs, with the
wind now surging stronger and
stronger... 50, 55, 58, even up to 62
knots. The anemometer on the officials'
boat was fit to bust... The event site was
full of caravans, cars and everywhere
you could see people trying to find a
windless spot to rig up their gear. Sand
was flying everywhere... sometimes you
felt like you were being pushed by the
force of the wind.
At 2 pm the 700 riders were invited to
a skippers' meeting. Race director and
overall bigwig of the Defi Wind, Phil-
ippe Bru, had left it as long as possible
before admitting that the wind had got
the better of the event, putting all the
riders on standby. It was a wise decision
considering the 55 knots now blowing
steadily. Seasoned pros like Antoine
Albeau agreed. "Even on my 5.0 there've
been some hairy moments!"
In the interests of putting on some kind
of show, some of the top pro riders were
invited to take part in a fun slalom con-
test, a slalom won by the said Albeau,
after a tussle with Anders Bringdal that
showed you can't count him out in big
I had a session in the afternoon and
was struggling on a 4.3 m2 sail which
was way too big. The second day of the
Le Defi Wind looked a lot smoother. The
wind decreased a bit, still blowing be-
tween 25 and 35knots.
Our photo shoot was held in the late
afternoon so I hung out at our boards
stand and got my freestyle equipment
The skippers' meeting was held and
everybody got the one-hour countdown
to get themselves ready for the big start.
With 30 minutes to go before the start
my sponsor advised me to join the race
for fun; I couldn't say no because I was
excited about joining the race since day
one, but I didn't come with my own gear
because of being focused on the photo
shoot. Luckily I got to borrow a Loft
Blade from my team rider Joss and a
Warp Slalom 58 from Exocet.
I got myself ready as fast as possible
and went for the start with 10 minutes to
go. We had to sail about 40kms in all.
There were 700 riders at the start, all
trying to get over the one-km-long start-
ing line at the same time. I just made it
right on time to squeeze between all the
riders at full speed heading to the first
mark. The French star and last year's
champion, Antoine Albeau, had a bit of a
bad start. Way up front were two big
names and most experienced old boys
like Anders Bringdal and Phil Mc Gain,
until they took the wrong buoy and let
the French star take the lead.
I got to test my skills and beat some
interesting people along the way such as
Robby Swift, Ben van der Steen, and
many more. I finished the race in 15h
Back on the beach everybody got a
little break shortly after the second
countdown started. This time the start
seemed to be a lot better than in the
(Continued on page 18)
Bonaire Reporter June 29-July 6, 2007
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Photo courtesy Wetpixel's ChiefEditor, Eric Cheng
D ivi Flamingo Beach Resort and Divi Dive Bon-
aire again hosted Bonaire's traditional underwa-
ter competition event with more than 60 participants
from all over the diving world, The week-long event
began on June 16 and offered technology and knowl-
edge to bring each of its participant to the next skill
level. Every day four dive boats ventured out with the
latest photo and video gear aboard, guided by photo
pros, to Bonaire's coral reefs to try to capture the per-
The event was sponsored and organized by Dan Bal-
dochi from Light and Motion Industries together with
Berckley White from Backscatter. Jon Dary, Sea & Sea
Marketing Manager, unloaded boxes of high tech cam-
era gear including the D200 housings, digital cameras
and strobes. All were free to use by the participants.
Russ Sanoian from Light and Motion had lots of great
It was five days of diving with intense photo and
video seminars. Jim Watt was one of the first photo
pros to switch to digital photography and is a highly
published underwater photographer. Jim gave seminars
on cutting edge digital techniques and split image com-
Other classes filled the week, but with the digital era
here, there's also new printing technology. The Divi
Flamingo classroom was equipped with the latest print-
ing technology by Mark Liebman from Pictopia. To-
gether with Daniel Brown, the Adobe evangelist, par-
ticipants learned how to fully use the digital technology
and create the perfect images and prints. Eric Cheng
from Wetpixel.com uploaded the images for the world
wide web to enjoy every day.
Capture Photo, Divi's new photo shop, sponsored
and helped the participants first hand with camera re-
pairs and the building of Divi's Photo Wall, a gigantic
surface covered with images from this year's Digital
Shootout. But video was not forgotten. Mary Lynn, the
video pro, guided the video participants.
On Friday the shootout ended with a photo-video
competition. It all began with money prizes and moved
to Sea & Sea camera gear and diving trips to locations
like Wakatibi, Southeast Sulawesi and Kumodo.
The Digital Shootout will be back in 2008 with an
even bigger event. Check it out at www. thedigital-
The exceptional equipment packages sponsored by Sea
& Sea and Light and Motion along with the Divi Fla-
mingo chemistry made this event into an unforgettable
shootout experience. O
Special to The Bonaire Reporter by
Hendrik Wuyts Scubavision Nature Films Bonaire
Olivia has babies! At least two of
the eggs have hatched and we
even have a movie of the second chick
hatching from its egg on parrot-
watch.org. There are also movies on the
website of Olivia feeding both chicks.
They are amazing to see. The chicks are
tiny and she feeds them so delicately
with a beak strong enough to tear holes
in people's fingers. We'll soon try and
give the chicks names, and sponsors of
parrotwatch will be able to vote on
This week we have also uploaded a
couple of project movies including a
nest inspection involving an abseil down
a 40-meter (120 foot) cliff. It was so
windy the rope didn't drop down the
cliff but instead blew sideways.
The really great news is that the Wa-
takeli nest is finally active again. We'd
almost given up on Walter and Wilhel-
mina and were thinking they were hav-
ing a year off, but the good news is she
is actually sitting on four eggs. Natu-
rally there is a movie on parrot-
watch.org. Please have a look at the site
and help us in our efforts to protect Bon-
aire's lora. O Sam Williams
I saw the Parrotwatch
website for the first
time yesterday and plan
to sign up later today. It
looks fantastic! I was
wondering about the
development of your chicks; how fully
grown are they when they hatch? How
long does it take for them to reach full
maturity and look like an adult?
I'm glad that you are going to sign up
for the parrot watch website. You'll see
on the videos that the chicks are com-
pletely naked when they hatch. Their
eyes are also closed and don't open for a
week or so. Their ears are not developed
but that happens quite quickly and within
a week their ears open. It's amazing to
see how fast they grow. Some of the
chicks double their weight in two days!
It takes about two months for the
chicks to grow all their feathers and
fledge the nest. Before the chicks fledge
they are heavier than an adult, but we
stop feeding them before they fledge
because otherwise they'd just stay in the
nest forever! It's an exciting but emo-
tional time when all my babies fly for the
You'll be able to watch all the progress
of the chicks if you sign up. Enjoy!
Bonaire Reporter June 29-July 6, 2007
D i S
Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 6)
teries to the
old batteries, none of which will poison
D Once again it's time for the Great
Annual Fish Count held each July to
introduce divers and snorkelers to fish
watching and to educate the public about
marine resources. Under REEF guid-
ance, volunteer divers and snorkelers are
mobilized and taught to identify and
document fish diversity and population
trends in REEF projects areas.
Currently there are three REEF stations
in Bonaire: DiveFriends/Yellow Subma-
rine, Bonaire Dive and Adventure, and
Capture Photo at Divi Flamingo.
Classes in Basic Fish Identification are
being held each Wednesday at Capture
Photo at 6 pm and Advanced Fish ID at
The kick-off event for GAFC will be
held this year at Dive Friends/Yellow
Submarine on Saturday, July 7th at
9:30am. For more information call 791-
> A unique underwater park has
been created on Buddy's Reef, the
Buddy Dive Resort house reef. In an
effort to create awareness and educate
divers about the importance of our reefs,
Buddy Dive, with the consent of the
Bonaire National Marine Park, decided
to create an educational underwater div-
Initiated and created by Buddy's Dive
Operations Manager, Augusto Mont-
brun, "The Underwater Park has two
diving trails allowing multi level dives.
During the dive our guests will get to see
different species of coral that grow in
colonies at different depths along the
topography of Buddy's Reef Underwater
Park. The corals will be clearly marked
with an underwater sign that has a
printed photo and its common and scien-
tific name on it. The sign will be fixed to
the sea bottom to prevent divers from
damaging the coral. All signs and mate-
rials used are environmental friendly."
"The more we learn about our coral reefs
the more we'll understand about the im-
portant role they play for the environ-
ment," says Buddy's Managing Director
Ruud van Baal.
During the month of September
Buddy's Marine Life Education Program
with world-renowned naturalists and
marine life authors, Ned and Anna
DeLoach, will educate and entertain
Buddy's guests for the entire month.
"Without their help and advice this
unique underwater park wouldn't be
what it is and we'll ask Ned and Anna to
do the official opening this coming Sep-
tember," says van Baal, "since originally
it was supposed to be opened by them in
> Like The Reporter, they are free:
Spanish lessons at the Instituto Vene-
zolano Para Cultura y La Cooperacidn
(The Venezuelan Institute for Culture
and Cooperation) at Abraham Boule-
vard #11. The excellent lessons, with a
more-than-15-year history and numerous
successful graduates, are being re-
started. Your instructor will be Raphael
Fernandez who will teach you Spanish at
introductory to advanced levels. To sign
up visit the office between 9 am and 3
pm or call 717-5275.
Bonaire contributing writer, Dive
Shrink, David Colvard, will be on-
island July 1st through 12th. He'sjust
back from South Africa where he dis-
cussed psychological and other issues
regarding diving. Dive shop owners and
individuals who would like to contact
him can email: dfcolvard(tbellsouth.net.
> Congratulations to a friend of
Bonaire, photo-journalist Els Kroon,
who won the 2007 Caribbean Tourism
Media Award-Travel Feature Cate-
gory at the Caribbean Hotel Associa-
tion's "Taste of the Caribbean" last
week. The award is sponsored by the
CHA, American Express and the Carib-
bean Tourist Organization.
Els is a familiar face and personality in
Bonaire as she snaps award winning
shots and writes articles about Bonaire's
on-the-water sports during Regatta and
> In response to requests for more
copies of The Bonaire Reporter, begin-
ning with the July 20-August 3 issue,
we will print twice the number of
newspapers that we do now and
switch to a twice monthly schedule. D
Bonaire Reporter June 29-July 6, 2007
Ielp! A Play at Delikaan Schccl
Kees Kok(Jorge) was the unlucky one right after his wife gave birth to seven ba-
bies at the hospital Now he's choking on a bone. Boy, Jaimy, Nikita, Yvette, Merel,
Noah, Finn, Ties, Chip, Deidre, Jordan, Bas, Samson, Urs, Yana, and Allan (lying
down) play the parts.
S tress" was the main theme of the musical Help! performed by students of
the Pelikaan primary school recently, but the young students acting in the
musical clearly didn't suffer from it. They gave an impressive show with ease at
Jong Bonaire. The show was full of music, dance, and clearly, lots of fun. The per-
formance by the students of the seventh and eighth grades was a great success. The
audience was packed with parents proudly watching their kids.
The musical took place in the first aid room of a hospital, beginning in the morning
when the nurses take their posts until night when everyone goes home again. In the
department everything is taken care of that needs attention-from a broken leg to a
broken heart, and from a sick gold fish to a broken x-ray machine. In the meantime
funny and silly things happen.
Teacher Femke used the occasion to say goodbye to the departing eighth graders
who will move on to high school next year. O Story & photo by DavidRadomisli
T he relationship
and the Dutch is inex-
tricable. The Dutch
have been beating this
raw fish for centuries.
In almost every market
square in Holland
there's a stand selling
herring, especially in
May or June It's
Nieuwe (New Dutch).
Homesick Dutchies on
Bonaire had the oppor-
tunity to satisfy their
craving at Plaza Resort
recently when the fish
was especially flown
over from Holland and
prepared by chef cook
Although it's a little
strange to have this
Dutch delicacy on the
tropical beach of Bon-
aire, the plate with the
herring that was being To eat a herring properly, one must drench it in slices of
passed at the Coconut onions, take it by the tail, bend the head backwards and
Crash Bar was empty eat the entire fish in one or two bites. Plaza employees
in no time. Many Chantal Schuijling (Head of Sports & Entertainment),
Dutch gourmands were Mark van Slooten (F&B Manager) and Michiel Bokhorst
at the bar just to renew (alias DJ Shrek) give a demonstration.
their taste for the fish.
The event will be repeated next year. People who can't wait until then to get a taste
of the fish can go to Watta Burger. O Story & photo by David Radomisli
Bonaire Reporter June 29-July 6, 2007
A new Indonesian restaurant, Warung Louise, opened on Kaya Grandi next to
Wilhelmina Park and guests were invited to have a taste of the food that will
be served. Elsmarie Beukenboom, owner of the building, officially opened the res-
taurant by cutting the ribbon at the entrance.
The family recipes for the restaurant's dishes have been passed down from gen-
eration to generation. That's why the owners of the restaurant gave it the name Wa-
rung Louise. Warung in Indonesian means "Little Restaurant." Louise is the name
of the grandmother of hostess Debbie van Suylenkom and mother of hostess and
cook, Jessyca Boermeester. Louise lived in many places, like Sumatra, Java, Bali,
Sumba, Flores, Timor, and Halmahera. "With Louise's written recipes we want to
give our guests the opportunity to enjoy authentic Indonesian taste." The ingredi-
ents, impossible for the owners to get on the island, are being flown in from Indone-
sia through Holland. At the moment only dinner is being served, but the owners also
want to expand to lunch and take-away. O Story & photo by David Radomisli
Bonaire Reporter June 29-July 6, 2007
Kaya Gloria 7, Bonaire Local Art, Art
Supplies, Framing, and Art Classes.
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FENG SHUI CONSULTATIONS
Also interior or exterior design advice,
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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
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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-
tion visit www.supportbonaire.org and
help make a difference!
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
2002 PT Cruiser 4 cyj. 2.0L
DOHC. Aut. Trans. A/C. Pwr. Win-
dows, Radio AM/FM CD Low miles.
Very fuel efficient. Very good condi-
tion, (owned by fanatic car technician).
Clean Title. Naf. 18,000.00 o.b.o.
Call: 786-2953 or 717-2953
1988 Toyota Supra Turbo (unique
on Bonaire). 6 cyl. inline, 3.0L DOHC.
5 spd. Manual Trans., with Turbo.
Intercooler very low miles. AM/FM
CD very good sound. Kept clean, all
original. (owned by fanatic car techni-
cian). Naf. 12,500.00 o.b.o. Cool car
for fast drivers. Call: 527-7520
Jeep Cherokee Limited Edition
High Output 4.0, straight six, metallic
red, alloy rims, new tires, all options:
NAf5500. 796 3637, digital-
email@example.com, Kaya Gober-
nador Nicolaas Debrot 166, or on the
Pro pe rty
Front .- .
Sale- Large one bedroom, 2 bath apart-
ment 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.
Apartment Separate from the
house, at Hato. For 1 person NAf
1000.- by 2p. NAf 1300.-, one bed-
room. gas, dishwasher,. No animals.
Apartment for two ladies or couple,
32m2 in Hato, 2-bedrooms, bath/
shower,. Minimum stay 2 months. No
animals. NAf. 1000.-(450.-+550.-).
Monique Reekers 717 2529.
Reporter staff member wishes to
house sit long-term starting now. Call
David 700-7536, email: dra-
Looking for table model fridge,
tap, bicycle store, kitchen sink,
Monique, Tel. 717-2529.
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
Toyota 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 re-
sponsible for the maintenance and
repair of scooters, motorcycles and
bicycles and the checking of motor
vehicles for rental. The applicant
must have a license to drive a car
and motorcycle. Please apply to:
Rento-Fun Drive, Kaya Grande 47.
Or call: 717-2408
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ooking for a big solid dog who
you can play with, swim and run
with? "Julio" is the perfect answer. He's
a little more than a year old and is a
handsome boy with his black coat and tan
trim- a Bonairean shepherd type. He has
a lot of pep and enthusiasm for new
things and he should respond well to
training. Julio gets along beautifully with
his kennel mates; he's certainly no prima
donna. That may be because he's had a
hard life but only he knows for sure.
But we do know that this is a terrific dog
with fine character. As are all the other
pets up for adoption at the Bonaire Ani-
mal Shelter Julio has had his shots, tests,
is sterilized and is in perfect health. You
may see him at the Shelter on the Lagoen
Road, open Monday through Saturday, 8
am to 1 pm. Tel. 717-4989.
It's still puppy season and pups are
coming in. The good news is that people
are bringing in their unwanted dogs and
cats, but a lot of this could be avoided by
having the dogs and cats sterilized. The
Shelter is behind this 100% and has es-
tablished a Sterilization Fund which aids
those pet owners who cannot afford the
full price of sterilization. As of this week,
the Fund has made possible 67 steriliza-
tions so far this year. You don't have to
be a brilliant mathematician to compute
just how many unwanted puppies and
kittens that this has spared. And you can
help. Donate what you can to the Sterili-
zation Fund, MCB Account #1061-
6410 or through Support Bonaire, Inc.
for credit card donations. Their web-
site is WWW.supportbonaire.org
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LAGOEN HILL 36
Various household goods for sale due
to emigration. EVERYTHING MUST
GO! Tel: 786-8648 for details.
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To the Editor
BALANCE FOR NATURE
I just wanted to send a short mes-
sage in support of much of what
Dr. Kayes says in The Reporter,
I fully understand the position of
Ms. Croes saying that "Bonaire has
to develop economically" as I'm
sure everyone will, BUT no one
should lose sight of the fact that it
is purely the natural world that
makes Bonaire viable.
Let's be honest here. If it wasn't
for the diving, snorkelling, wind
surfing and other nature based ac-
tivities nobody would really visit
Bonaire, at least not in enough numbers to make it economic.
I like Bonaire very much and intend to move to the island just as soon as I can,
but even I wouldn't call it a golden, sandy tropical paradise and I'm pretty biased!
It seems to me that this reliance on nature is a key factor and must be at the top of
the list when considering future developments.
I know it is difficult when trying to balance the needs of various groups, and
sometimes unpopular decisions need to be made, but PLEASE don't kill the goose
that lays the golden eggs.
Kibrahacha photo by Herman van Leeuwen during the recent bloom
A Step Closer to Holland
(L to R) Will Johnson (Saba), Ank Bi-
jleveld (Holland), Ramonsito Booi
(Bonaire), Roy Hooker (Saint Eustatius)
had a hard time coming to an agreement.
But in the end they all signed.
mportant agreements were signed last
week following a meeting at the
Plaza Resort between the Dutch State Sec-
retary, Ank Bijleveld of Kingdom Rela-
tions, and representatives of Bonaire, Saint
Eustatius and Saba (the so called BES-
islands). These new agreements affect the
new status the islands will have in Decem-
ber 2008 when they become part of The
"It was a very positive meeting, and the
results show all parties are willing to co-
operate in the future," says Ank Bijleveld.
"Some important decisions have been
made, but it's also clear that there's still a
lot of work to be done before the islands
receive their new status."
The Secretary and the representatives of
the islands signed a list of commitments
and agreements during the meeting, most
importantly that of the financial surveil-
lance the Netherlands wants to have over
the islands after December 15, 2008. As a
result the islands will be supervised finan-
cially by Holland after they receive their
new status. "Of course it hasn't been easy
for the islands to agree on this heavy sub-
ject, and we have had some long discus-
sions about it during the meeting," ex-
plained Bijleveld. We'll just keep an eye
on it and help them by providing some
experts. The islands are still responsible
for their own budget. The surveillance is
only meant to guard the islands for possi-
ble debts in the future."
The ranking representative of Bonaire,
UPB party leader Ramonsito Booi ,said
that he was happy about the outcome of
the meeting but that it wasn't easy to agree
with issues. "It's not easy to make a deci-
sion about tolerating surveillance on your
own country, but because we want to cre-
ate the best situation for our citizens we
have signed the agreements. Bonaire is on
the right track now, but there is also still a
lot left to discuss." D
Story & photo by David Radomisli
tonaire Reporter June 29-July b, 200z
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
6-29 10:10 0.7FT. 23:57 2.1FT. 72
6-30 0:25 2.1FT. 10:41 0.7FT. 80
7-01 1:01 2.1FT. 11:17 0.7FT. 86
7-02 1:41 2.0FT. 11:47 0.7FT. 90
7-03 2:24 1.9FT. 12:08 0.8FT. 90
7-04 3:15 1.7FT. 12:22 0.9FT. 86
7-05 4:04 1.6FT. 12:27 1.0FT. 80
7-06 1:48 1.3FT. 5:18 1.4FT. 12:19 1.0FT. 19:44 1.5FT. 71
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02007 The Bonaire Reporter
Bonaire Reporter June 29-July 6, 2007
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Late Show (Usually 9pm)
To Be Announced
Early Show (Usually 7pm)
To Be Announced
Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tickets NAfl4 (incl. Tax)
NEW FILMS BEGIN FRIDAY
OPEN-THURS THRU SUN
SATURDAY 4 PM
To Be Announced
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. More on page 9
Sunday, July 1, Monthly Rock 'n Roll
party Musical guests, drink specials
and snacks, and the Flamingo Rockers
perform, 4:30 -7:30pm. Sunrise Pool
Bar. Great place for the family to kick
back and enjoy the music, food and pool.
Sunday July 1 Silver Award win-
ning Bonaire Culinary/Bartender
Team presents their menu and
drinks, Divi Flamingo Beach Resort
Calabas Restaurant, 7 pm.
Dress: Caribbean Bright Colors, NAf
70 ($40) cash only, per person includes
wine & soft and Janie's Cocktail sam-
ples. Call or write A.S.A.P. Mar-
Phone: 717-2897. More on pages 4-5
Saturday, July 7- Big Monthly
Rincon Marsh3, now a Bonairean
tradition. Stands selling gifts, fruits and
vegetables, candles, drinks, BBQW,
local foods and sweets, music, friendly
people. 6 am to 2 pm. In the center of
Saturday, July 7- Monthly Flea
Market at Parke Publico, 3 to 7 pm.
Everyone welcome to buy and to sell.
NAf5 per selling table. More info and
reservations for a spot call 787-0466
Saturday, July 7 Kick-off event for
(GAFC) Great Annual Fish Count,
Dive Friends/Yellow Submarine on
9:30 am. For more information call 791
-4262. See page 9 for details.
Sunday, July 8- "Taste of Bonaire"
sponsored by TCB at Wilhelmina Park,
6 to 9 pm. Stands selling food from
local restaurants, handicrafts, gifts, and
more. Music, fun.
* 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
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
Marsh6 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
*Friday Weekly Market at Wilhelmina
Park with local art, music and food; sum-
mer fashions, jewelry, glasswork, Bonaire
pictures, driftwood art, paintings and all
kinds of Bonaire souvenirs, 9 am to 2 pm..
* 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 fumished 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.
Mangasina diRei, 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 pmi 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
Email reporterhbonairenews. com
Tel:786-6518 or 786-6125
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RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE I WHEN OPEN FEATURES
Balashi Beach Bar Open every day
Bar and Beach Service 8am- 8pm. Extensive snack/salad/burger.
At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort Waterfront Happy Hour, two for one, 6-7 pm. Menu available daily from noon.
SR star tModerate. kfad i -Buddy's Magnificent Theme Nights: Sat. Steak Night A la Carte; Mon. Fish
Sea Side lla Vista Restaurant Moderate. Breakfast esort Lunch daily 6:30-10 am r Meat Dinner Special ($10,-); Wed. Caribbean Night A la Carte; Fri. Free
717-5080, ext. 538 Dinner on theme nights 6-10 pm Rum Punch Party (5:30- 6:30 pm) and All-u-can-eat BBQ for $ 19.50 (7-1 pm)
Bistro de Paris 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 &Moderate pensive
Chibi Chibi Restaurant and Bar Moderate-E pensive Biggest BBQ Buffet on Bonaire every Saturday
At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort Waterfront Breakfa, and Dinner from 6-9p. Only NA 28 or $15.75.
717-8285 Open 7 days
Casablanca Argentinean Restaurant Moderate Indulge your whim-beef seafood, chicken, vegetarian
One block south of the Post Office Lunch Tues-Satl 1:30-2 30 Indulge your whim-beef seafood, chicken, vegetarian
Oneblocksouth of7-4433 Dinnethe Post Office Lunch Tues- starting at 6-1 pm30-2:30 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 NAfl0 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 PizzaLow-Moderate Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest ingre-
On Kaya Gob. Debrot o 11 m Wednsday-Sunddients. Salads, desserts. Eat m or take away. Nice bar too.
2 mile north of town center. 780-1111 Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday Call ahead to eat-in or take out 780-1111
Patagonia Argentinean Restaurant Moderate Authentic Argentinean Cuisine
At the lighthouse, Harbour Village Marina Lunch Tuesday-Friday Owned and operated by the Pablo Palacios Family from Argentina
717-7725 Dinner Tuesday-Sunday The beef is here and more.
The Bonaire Windsurfing Place Low-Moderate A genuine sandy beach restaurant cooled by the trade winds
At Sorobon Beach Open from 10am-6 pm daily, Top quality food and friendly service. Reserve for the Wednesday Beach BBQ.
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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:
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-
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. Full service dive shop and photo shop too.
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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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A Super Close Meeting of the Goddess of Love and the
Lord of the Rings this Weekend!
H ave we ever got
goodie happening this
weekend because the
planet named for the
goddess of love will have
an incredibly close meet-
ing with the planet often
called the Lord of the
Did you Sky Park visi-
tors notice earlier this
week high in the west
just after sunset the
brightest of all the plan-
Venus? Now and for the
next month it's about as
bright as it ever gets and
is the third brightest ob-
ject in the sky after the
Sun and our Moon. Now
the reason it's so bright is
because it is shrouded in
a bright cloud cover
which acts like a mirror because Venus, like all planets, does not make its own light
but shines by the reflected light of the Sun. And Venus is the most reflective planet in
our solar system.
Now up to Venus' left a much bigger planet, 75,000-mile-wide Saturn, can be eas-
ily seen even though it will be less than 1% as bright as Venus because it is so in-
credibly far away. In fact, whereas Venus this week is only 50 million miles away
from Earth, Saturn is a whopping 925 million miles away! Now last Monday Saturn
and Venus were only 3 12 degrees apart from each other. And since a full Moon is half
a degree wide this means that 7 Moons could have fit between Saturn and Venus.
But things are always changing in the night sky, and on Tuesday the 26th only 3
degrees separated them, on Wednesday 2 '/3 degrees, Thursday, 1 2/3 of a degree and
on Friday the 29th only 1 degree separates them, which means that only 2 full Moons
could fit between them. But this weekend, Saturday and Sunday night, they'll be at
their absolute closest, less than one degree apart, which means that only 1/2 full
Moons could fit between them. And while they'll look wonderful to the naked eye
they'll be even more wonderful through a pair of binoculars. And if you have a small
telescope use it because not only will you be able to see the rings of Saturn but you'll
also be able to see that Venus will look like a tiny crescent Moon.
Don't miss this weekend please. But if you do they'll still be very close on Monday
July 2nd only slightly more than one degree apart, on Tuesday July 3r, 13/4 degrees
apart and on Wednesday the 4th of July they'll still be pretty close, only 21/4 degrees
apart. Once again. Monday the 25th, Tuesday the 26th, Wednesday, the 27th, Thursday
the 28th, Friday the 29th, Saturday and Sunday June 30th and July 1st, Venus and Sat-
urn can almost reach out and shake hands with each other! Don't miss this weekend
please! OE Jack Horkheimer
F OHAVE T/\
SSunday June 24 to Saturday June 30, 2007
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Don't be afraid to push your beliefs and attitudes. Try
not to be too lavish with your lover. Any contributions you make to organizations
will enhance your reputation and bring you offers. Keep your thoughts and opinions
to yourself and you won't get dragged into an unsavory debate. Your lucky day this
week will be Saturday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) You like to stay busy and now is your chance to do
just that. Don't share your dilemma with those you work with. Take precautions
while traveling; you don't have to get anywhere that fast. Someone you like may be
receptive and actively seeking your company. Your lucky day this week will be
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Don't be too quick to let friends and relatives know
what you're up to. Problems with large corporations or institutions are apparent.
Sudden romantic connections may be short lived. Opportunities will unfold; how-
ever, you must be willing to pay the price. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Be cautious who you deal with financially. Resist
any idle chatter. Opportunities for new partnerships and lovers will develop through
the organizations you encounter. Be prepared to lose friends or alienate other people
if you insist on being stubborn. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) If possible, rely on coworkers to back your objectives,
and talk to superiors in order to get approval. You should be able to get involved in
an interesting proposition this week. You will enjoy lavish forms of entertainment
and should consider making arrangements early. You'll be tempted to spend extrava-
gantly this week. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Protect your interests legally if necessary. Health
problems may prevail if you haven't been getting enough rest. If you join intellectual
or cultural groups, you should meet individuals who stimulate you. Be careful not to
divulge secret information this week. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You will have some problems with children, but if
you are patient you will win their favor. Things at home may be somewhat rocky.
Romance and social activity will be a promising combination. You will find that
social activities will lead you into passionate meetings. Your lucky day this week
will be Friday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You will want to take off and have some recrea-
tion. Be careful what you say. Someone left a real mess for you to sift through. You
must avoid gossip and focus on what you have to do. Your lucky day this week will
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Don't give in too quickly. You will be de-
pressed and irritable with family. You should be on the road. You won't have much
time for your mate this week. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Try to curb your bad habits. It is time to clear
your decks. Romance could be exciting if you are spontaneous. You will get bored
quickly, so make sure that you have scheduled enough activity to hold your interest.
Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Take care of your personal needs. You can deal
with large institutions or government agencies successfully this week. You will eas-
ily charm members of the opposite sex. You will not be able to contain your emo-
tions this week. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You will have to face each issue separately and in
person. You may have a problem with coworkers if you try to tell them what to do.
Your lack of interest in your partner is a problem. Try to mix business with pleasure
while traveling. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday. [
Bonaire Reporter June 29-July 6, 2007
Thanks to Aubrey Sealyfor text and photo.
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T his year's Olympic Day Run was, as usual, sponsored by the Netherlands
Antilles Olympic Committee in cooperation with local sports groups. Starting
and ending at the Sporthall on Kaya Amsterdam, it was divided into three classes for
youngsters, adults as well as fast walkers and attracted the largest turnout ever.
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Windsurfing ....(Continuedfrom page 7)
morning. Everybody had fewer prob-
lems and were kind of on time. The
wind also dropped even more, blowing
between 18 and 25 knots. Shortly after
the start a huge windless spot appeared.
Some of us got stuck for at least 30 sec-
onds with no one planning. Then the
wind kicked in again and everybody
cruised at full speed. I had lots of fun
this time passing people one by one even
struggling to pass Exocet chief and
shaper Patrice Bellbouch on his Long
Board. Anders and Albeau were again
way up front at full speed while Peter
Bij1, sailmaker Neil Pryde's head tester,
was getting closer and closer to even
pass Anders on the last run. Phil Mc
Gain was still fast and holding a solid 5t
Muscles already aching, the riders
were up for it anyway when the organiz-
ers suggested a third race of the day. A
shorter race, same course, but just one
lap... with the wind still solid at 18-25
knots. Albeau got off to a flying start,
this time with Phil McGain hot on his
heels, but to no avail, the French maes-
tro taking his third first place of the day.
Mr. Consistency, Pieter Bijl, was second
and Israeli rider Arnon Dagan, third.
McGain eventually finished fourth, fol-
lowed by Micah Buzianis and Dan Ellis.
I didn't take part in the third race.
Exocet arranged a helicopter shoot in
the afternoon for their new line of
boards- the new line of the KONAS,
EXO WAVE Boards and the WARP S
series. (For further info surf to
We all had lots of fun on the water and
really enjoyed the shoot.
At 6:10 pm, at the end of the day, at a
huge happy hour in Gruissan there were
big smiles on everyone's faces pros and
amateurs. Antoine Albeau confirmed his
good early season form, but on that day
windsurfing itself was the real winner, a
page of the sport's history written and
superb conditions to celebrate the occa-
Next day it was time to pack and head
back to Turkey. I skipped the EFPT
event on the Greek island of Lefkas be-
cause I had just one day to make it there
and it was not a really important event
that would play a role in the overall
Back in Turkey I'm helping to organ-
ize one of the best freestyle events on
the EFPT tour, the Alacati King of the
Bay, that will be held from June 19-24. I
began training hard for the next EFPT
event on the Greek island of Rhodos on
June 14-17. See the next Reporter
windsurf reports for the exclusive sto-
Thanks for reading. O Ruben Petrsie
Bonaire Reporter June 29-July 6, 2007
J | always wanted to work at an
I office. Sitting inside in the airco:
that seemed really attractive to me! I
went to SGB high school to study
ETAO, where they prepare you to work
in hotels and restaurants. After that I did
MAVO. My first job was at Harbour
Village. I worked at the front desk for
only a month to replace someone. After
that they asked me if I wanted to work
behind the bar. From that moment on I
worked in the restaurant business and
I've been doing it for 18 years now. I
like it a lot; I like to prepare the drinks,
talk to people; there's always time to
chat and I speak four languages so I can
talk to everyone. You get to know many
people from all different cultures and
you learn about the way they live in
other countries and I tell them about
how we live here, about our beaches
and the dive sites.
I used to dive too. I got my certificate
at Bon Bini Dive shop with Susan Davis
15 years ago, but I haven't been diving
for a long time because I don't like it
anymore and also my ear bothers me.
I was born here at the hospital. My
father was Frank Engelhart from Playa
Pabou; my mother was Maria Beacinta
Boezem from Nort di Salinja. I have a
sister, Justra, who's living in Holland
working at a school where she does the
administration. She has a 15-year-old
daughter, Maria. My brother Steven
died here on Bonaire three years ago of
a heart attack at the age of 33. He'd
been living in Holland for 10 years.
I had a very good childhood; my par-
ents weren't very strict, they were quiet
people. My dad was a fisherman and he
took me out to sea many times. My
mother worked in the kitchen of Divi
Flamingo doing the dishes. My father
passed away 10 years ago; my mother
died five years ago, and ever since my
sister has been asking me to come to
live with her in Holland, but I don't
want to. I like it here.
After Harbour Village I worked at
Coral Regency, then at Habitat. For the
last three years I've been working at
City Cafe, the last year only in the day-
time. I don't like to work at night any-
more; I prefer to have the evenings off.
I like Bonaire because it's quiet. I
don't need anymore than this. I've been
on vacations to Venezuela, Curagao,
Santo Domingo and Aruba and it's
great to be there for a while, but to live I
like a tranquil place. Many of my
friends left for Holland
years ago, but lately quite
a few have come back
because life with the euro
has become too expen-
sive. They like to be back
but they get bored too as
they say, 'There's nothing
to do on the island.'
When I'm free I go to
visit my aunts, my
mother's sisters, who are
living close to me in Nort
di Salinja. It's a very quiet
and cozy area, different
from Playa because if I
need anything or I have a
problem, people will al-
ways help me and they
also look after my house
when I am not there. In
Playa they don't do that.
Here it's more like family.
My grandmother, "Chepa" Boezem,
lived here too. She was of Indian de-
scent and had very long black hair. She
passed away at 96, three years ago. It
was a big blow because I loved her a
"I never think some-
one's a bore or a nui-
sance. I talk to the
people and somehow
they change during
the conversation and
by the time they leave
they're in a good
mood, making jokes"
lot. She liked the kitchen very much and
knew how to prepare different krioyo
dishes, like kadushi a soup made from
cactus yambo, kabes ku igra made
from the head and liver of a goat and
iguana soup and stew. I always cook for
myself too, easy food, like chicken in
red wine, shrimp in garlic sauce and I
can make a very good rice dish like nasi
goreng" he smiles. "Maybe I'll open my
own restaurant some day but not
Ryan Engelhardt (33) is a sweet per-
son. He's gracious, elegant andpatient.
He has a very attractive personality.
He 'sjust real cute. "Americans are my
best customers, but lately we're getting
good Dutch people too. I always get
good tips. I'm friendly with people and
I've got tons of patience maybe too
much I think sometimes but I never
think someone's a bore or a nuisance. I
talk to the people and somehow they
change during the conversation and by
the time they leave they're in a good
mood, making jokes. That's the good
thing about my job I can make people
happy! Many times I get invited by
tourists to go out for dinner and I accept
the invitation. They often bring me pre-
sents when they return. At restaurants'
opening nights I'm often asked by the
owners to help them out. I helped
Miriam and Martin at KonTiki when
there was jazz every first Sunday of the
month, and it was fun. Sometimes I help
at Buddy Dive. I helped Joyce at La
Guemica's opening and Orlando and
Ana at the opening of Zatara, the Red
Some years ago when Queen Beatrix
was visiting Bonaire I served her a pri-
vate lunch at Karpata. At the time I was
working at Harbour Village and they'd
asked me because I was one of the best
waiters on the island. There were six of
us waiters, eight people in the kitchen
and three bartenders. We were all
dressed for the occasion in black and
white with white gloves and a black
cummerbund. It was in the afternoon
and it was very hot at Karpata, but the
Queen was very nice, quiet.
I myself like to go out for dinner and I
try all the restaurants. I love to eat and I
don't get fat! Before I used to party a
lot, but those were the days... I've be-
come very quiet. I don't have a car.
When I go somewhere I walk. I like to
walk, but when I need it there's always
a friend to give me a ride.
To me Bonaire is still the same as it
was when I was a kid, but there are a
few things I would like to change.
There should be more things for chil-
dren to do. I see many children roaming
the streets after school, and also I see
many children not going to school at all.
Another thing is that the old people are
going through hard times because their
pension is too little and everything has
gone up, especially the utility bills. And
if they have no family here it gets really
difficult for them to make ends meet.
For me the most important thing in
life is family. And I am always trying to
help people and people help me too.
You see, to me that's the real beauty of
Bonaire: Its people..." 1
Story & photo by Greta Kooistra
First published in The Bonaire Re-
porter in 2006
Bonaire Reporter June 29-July 6, 2007
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