oW\V\August 3.17, 2007; Volume 14, Issue 28
on the Reef
Salt I Freestyle
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0 Many Bonairean youngsters said farewell to parents and friends at Fl
Airport last week as they departed for The Netherlands to continue their s
least 13 students received scholarships. Some of these students are picture
T_ he cable comes ashore
T here's a new optical fiber cable
between Bonaire and Curacao.
The ship, Tycom Reliance, lay offshore
the western side of Bonaire last week
while the hookup to land was completed.
Bonaire National Marine park personnel
monitored the work to ensure minimal
damage to the undersea environment.
This cable compliments the existing
Amerigo Vespucci cable that comes
ashore south of Kralendijk.
0r Veteran politi-
cian, Robby Beuke-
boom, was finally
sworn in as Member
of Bonaire's Island
Council for the De-
party after the Court
of Justice ruled in his favor.
The Patriotiko party majority in the
Island Council had refused to approve
his credentials because he is the life part-
ner of the Island Secretary which would
create a pr conflict. The island Council
in now at its full 9-member membership
Over 1,700 years ago, oi
10, 258, a young Christian d
Rome was martyred by the E
Valerian by being roasted ali
gridiron. And that night as hi
carried his body away dozen
of light fell from the sky, wl
prompted his followers to bel
even the heavens were weepi
dear friend. And every year s
to the date the skies weep ago
many call the night of St. Lay
Tears. Read more about this c
annual Perseid meteor showe
Bonaire Sky Park column on
-7 .11, .
) Tiara Air initiated non
vice between Aruba and Bo
week. The inaugural flight ca
passengers including manage
bers, officials and press. The
comfortable Short 360 aircra
body" of the commuter airlin
Flights are on Friday, Saturdc
and Monday with the fare arc
each way for the 45-minute f
airport taxes in Aruba of $33
Bonaire $25. The frequent and inexpen-
sive US-Aruba flights in coordination
with Tiara Air offer yet another way to
travel to Bonaire. For more information
go to www.tiara-air.com/.
"The global decline of reef-
building corals is of particular concern"
says Professor John F. Bruno.
"Infectious diseases are thought to be
key to this mass coral death and many
reef ecologists suspect that high ocean
\ temperatures contribute to the increased
L' incidence and severity of disease out-
breaks. This hypothesis is supported by
local observations-for example, that
some coral diseases become more preva-
amingo lent in the summertime-but it has never
tudies. At been tested at large spatial scales or over
ed above. relatively long periods." Until now.
In a recent paper in the journal, PLoS
n August Biology, a peer-reviewed journal pub-
eacon of lished online by the Public Library of
ror Science, author John F. Bruno of the
emperor Department of Marine Sciences at the
s mourners University of North Carolina at Chapel
s of streaks Hill and his team used satellite data and
which six years of coral disease and coral cover
lieve that data to assess whether warm water tem-
ng for their perature is related to the frequency of
ince almost coral disease across approximately 1,000
in on what miles of Australia's Great Barrier Reef.
wrence's They discovered a correlation with an
vent, the emerging disease known as white syn-
r, in the drome. This has been present on the
page 19. Great Barrier Reef since at least 1998,
but its frequency increased 20-fold in
SOr W 2002. While similarly threatened, Bon-
aire's reefs are in better condition than
many because of an almost-50-year-long
The authors note that this rise came
after the Barrier Reef had experienced
its second warmest year in the 20-year
satellite record, and indeed, Bruno and
colleagues found that outbreaks of white
syndrome were most prevalent following
ht warm years-suggesting that the in-
creased temperatures caused physiologi-
i-stop ser- cal stress and lowered immune system
naire last response in corals. For more informa-
ried 33 tion contact Professor Bruno. E-mail:
....t ._ firstname.lastname@example.org.
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0 MCB (Bonaire) issued a special
alert about fraudulent emails that
may be sent to bank customers in an
attempt to obtain information for ille-
gal purposes. "These requests can look
very real and can come from what ap-
near to be legitimate banks. Unfortu-
Table of Contents
This Week's Stories
Bonaire's Salt 3
Obelisk Restoration 4
Joint Court Report 4
Pro Kids Freestyle 5
Ayo, Phil (Phil Kazevobit) 5
Where To Find The Reporter 5
40 years of Service-MCB's Evert Piar 7
Jurrie Mellema retires 7
Bonaire On Wheels Ford Mustang V-8 9
Aesthetics on the Reef 10
Springtime In Bonaire 10
Mountain Bike Race 13
Peruvians Celebrate 13
Art for Fun Napkin Rngs 18
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Parrot Watch ("Wee Ben") 8
Bubbles/Did You Know (Bbluminescence) 11
Sudoku solution 12
Pet of the Week (Trudy cat) 12
Tide Table 14
Reporter Masthead 14
What's Happening 15
Movieland Film Schedule 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
Sky Park (Perseids, Mars) 17
The Stars Have It Month of August 17
Picture Yourself With The Reporter 18
(Limebeerin B.C., Canada)
On The Island Since (W. Gonsari) 19
nately this is all too common in today's
Internet banking environment," they
"We will never send you unsolicited
emails asking for confidential informa-
tion, such as your password, PIN, credit
card and account numbers. We will
never ask you to validate or restore your
account access through email. Further,
we strongly recommend you do not re-
spond to emails of this nature or emails
asking you to verify confidential infor-
mation by clicking on a link in the email,
even if the link leads to a modified web-
page that looks like a Bank site."
Contact your bank as soon as possible
if you fall into one of these traps. Inter-
net fraud can even happen on Bonaire.
(Continued on page 6)
Bonaire Reporter August 3-17, 2007
*"B onaire's solar salt is the best in
J the world," says Bret Schutt-
pelz, Cargill Salt Works Manager. Jan
Gielen, retired Works Manager and Con-
sultant for Cargill adds that it's produced
from pure sea water and Bonaire's near-
perfect climate. Nothing is added. The
production is slow and steady. Bonaire's
transparent salt crystals are the most beau-
tiful salt crystals available and most desir-
able for industrial processes demanding
sodium chloride. Add to that Bonaire's
deep-water loading pier for fast, economi-
cal shipping and you have a combination
that allows Bonaire salt to command a
Salt company management prides itself
on its environmental responsibility. That's
why they were so concerned when the
nutrient survey recently completed discov-
ered a high concentration of ammonia, a
potent natural fertilizer, present in high
concentrations in one of the salt works'
shallow crystallizer ponds. They were
puzzled because the concentrations meas-
ured would mean that their salt production
was out of balance and would drop. But
that wasn't happening. Further investiga-
tion, which is still under way, indicates
that standard nutrient measurement tech-
niques are not appropriate when the salt
concentration is very high in the samples
Manager Bret Schuttpelz and Consultant
Jan Gielen inspect the concrete-hard
bottom of a drained crystallizer pond.
their high concentration salt solution, pro-
duced over months of evaporation of sea-
water, would be wasted. The strength of
the lining must be considerable because it
supports the very heavy machinery used to
harvest the salt.
A substantial portion of the Cargill salt
property is devoted to the flamingo sanctu-
ary. In a good year 2,000 flamingos will be
born and raised in the Peklemeer salifia
preserve removed from poaching and other
human traffic. Not generally known is that
the area is a refuge for numerous other
birds besides flamingos. No kitesurfing or
fishing is permitted, even in the non-
sanctuary parts of Pekelmeer. The area is a
1994 Ramsar Treaty Site internationally
protected. A low dike was added years ago
to minimize the effects of natural freshwa-
ter runoff during heavy rains which would
threaten the hatchlings during the breeding
season in April, May, and June. There are
substantial stands of mangroves in the area
I The sea water used to produce salt enters from the east side of Bonaire, The head
of the Pekelmeer is rich in birds and mangroves. Locked gates block vehicles.
I T s wt ue pou sl nesr t es i o oar T ha
measured. An alternate
methodology was discov-
ered and the measurements
will be repeated as soon as
The nutrient study re-
searchers speculated that
leaks from the crystallizer
ponds could spread ammo-
nia-based nutrients, if they Electric
were indeed present, onto e
the near offshore reef.
However, we observed that
the lining of the ponds appeared to be leak
proof concrete-hard solid salt. Company
officials said that crystallizer leaks were
not permitted because that would mean
pumps maintain properflows and levels.
irks waterflow is from east to west
Salt production began here in the 17th
century. The Dutch issued regulations for
(Continued on page 7)
Bonaire Reporter August 3-17, 2007
Obelisk Restoration Joint Court Report
A restored obelisk was officially
unveiled near Kabay6 along the
south coast in mid-July The obelisk is
one of four in the area that served as
reference marks for the ships that
transported salt from Bonaire. Today
they are more often used to locate
Their colors were orange, red, white
and blue in connection with the col-
ors of the Dutch flag's red, white and
blue with an orange streamer.
The Bonaire Economic Platform ,
Foundation had the idea of restoring ,
the obelisks and rebuilding the white r ,r
one that was destroyed by a hurricane years ago. A group of young people from
BONAI, under the direction of Dr. Jay Haviser, helped the foundation paint the obe-
The Cargill Salt Company, building contractor Sidney Manuel, artist Ady Figaroa
and the government's Culture Department also assisted. Commissioner of Culture,
Maritsa Silberie, unveiled the white obelisk.
tion is aware that
monuments is of
and is willing to
continue with pro-
jects of this kind.
The next one is to
first airport near
Subi Blanku to its
original form and
story & photos
T he justice system of the Dutch
Caribbean is administered by a
Joint Court based on Dutch procedure.
Last week it issued its annual report that
contained some remarkable facts.
Of all the divorces filed with the Joint g
Court last year, the majority were from
Aruba: 616 versus 418 in Curaqao. In
Bonaire 43 divorces were filed and in Former Head Judge Luis de Lannoy
St. Maarten, 162. The figures in the An-
nual Report show more variations and peculiarities between the six islands. "And it
raises the necessary questions," concluded the former Head Judge Luis de Lannoy in
the preface of the annual report. (de Lannoy was succeeded last month by Lisbeth
"Compared to all the couples in the Antilles together," de Lannoy continued,
more couples in Aruba get a divorce. Is there something wrong with the conjugal
fidelity and the wedded happiness in Aruba? And why in Bonaire are there more
requests for custody placement (40) than in Curaqao and Aruba (38 and 40)?
These islands have more inhabitants. Does Bonaire have a problem with growing
De Lannoy also briefly mentioned the appearance of the Supervisory Council of
the Bar. Last year, as many as 102 of these cases were filed in Curaqao, while
Aruba filed only 12 and St. Maarten 55. "Are the lawyers in Curaqao much more
wicked and do they make more mistakes than their Aruban learned friends," won-
ders de Lannoy. The necessary interested information can in any case be filtered
from the figures and tables presented. "It looks like 'Sudoku,"' he says. I wish you
much reading and puzzle pleasure."
On all the islands last year, more lawsuits were submitted than could be handled.
However, in general the differences weren't so big. In Aruba for example, 2,339
new criminal cases were entered on the docket and 2,282 trials were settled. In Cura-
qao this was 1,613, with 1,464 settled. In Bonaire there were 174 with 163 settled;
and in St. Maarten 1,692 and 1,662 settled.
In order to calculate the average completion time of a case, a random spot check of
10% of all the closed cases was made. The results in civil procedures are 151 days in
Bonaire, 56 days in Curacao, and 93 in St. Maarten. In lawsuit procedures, these
were 6 days in St. Maarten and 29 days in Aruba. Tax cases took 617 days on all
the islands. 1O Press Release
Bonaire Reporter August 3-17, 2007
B onaire is blessed with having
one the most perfect bays for
windsurfing. With solid steady trades
blowing onshore, shallow, gin clear
water and two professional shops, it's
windsurf heaven. Local sailors started
windsurfing in the 80s and over the
years the sport grew, windsurf tourism
expanded, local talent went Pro and
the island hosted three professional
windsurfing events. The youth of Bon-
aire starts sailing young, right out of
diapers sometimes. The local talent
has grown to over 70 kids windsurf-
ing. Many travel regionally to events
in the Caribbean and beyond. Team
Bonaire has visited the hottest sites
including Maui, Australia, Barbados, France, Germany Austria, Tur-
key and beyond. The word Bonaire is synonymous with excellence in
the windsurf world. Because local windsurf guru, Elvis Martinus, rec-
ognized the youth in windsurfing, he spearheaded the challenge to cre-
ate a Pro Kid Event in Bonaire. Entering its third year it has grown
annually. In 2006 it hosted over 100 kids from around the world.
The event, set for August 1 to 5, is expected to eclipse all others
with over 150 competitors expected. Windsurfers flock to this event
knowing they can expect fabulous freestyle conditions, great parties,
camaraderie and fun. Come enjoy the festivities, the competition and
the beach culture. Bon Bini! O Ann Phelan
B onaire lost one of its true benefac-
tors and a genuine philanthropist
with the passing of Phil Katzev on July 17.
Although Phil had been ill for quite some
time news of his death came suddenly and
as a shock to all of us. Phil passed peace-
fully in America with his family around
him. A memorial gathering was held in
Cranbury, New Jersey, last Saturday. An-
other will be held in Bonaire.
Phil's was born January 16, 1930, in Los
Angeles, California. He studied Marketing
and Biochemistry at the University of
Southern California and he used that experience to have a very successful career in innovation
and advertising. Among other things, he worked on the Betadine surgical scrub formula, which
he once drank to prove it wasn't poisonous like iodine. Some said he invented Preparation-H,
which he denied. It was originally designed to be used as sun block but the fish oil in it stunk.
Somebody (Phil?) said, "stick it up your ass," and Preparation-H for hemorrhoids was born.
Phil's products earned lots of money. For him, the fun of making money is using it wisely
and sharing it with others and Bonaire benefited. He supported Bonaire artists, charities and
projects, a few of which included Jong Bonaire, the Maria Hoppner Home, the Amboina Dol-
phins football team, the Klein Bonaire Foundation, the Bonaire culinary team, youth sailing and
the Bonaire Animal Shelter. He also funded a documentary on Captain Don Stewart to record
the story of the start of the business that Bonaire's economy is founded upon. He worked to get
lower fuel prices for the island. He frequented the International Bible Church when he was on-
island which was about half the year.
We most remember Phil for his doggedness, original thinking and sense of humor. He was a
practical joker and seemed to always have a trick up his sleeve. He played the nose kazoo and
was a champion spoon-on-the-nose dangler. He accepted life on its own, firmly believing that
the soul goes on. When confronted with a growing cancer that finally took him he said to his
wife, Laraine, "We've all gotta go someday from something." l G.D.
Bonaire Reporter August 3-17, 2007
Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 2)
0 The restored Mangazina di Rei,
Bonaire's "Storehouse of the King," is
one of the wonders of the island. Its out-
door museum of historical houses, char-
coal making pit, limestone furnace and
aloe oven transport us to another time.
The Mangazina itself has been restored
and houses artifacts from another era.
The work has been accomplished by
Edith Strauss-Mercera, her husband Rob
Strauss and devoted volunteers. Danilo
Cristiaan is the now the manager and the
work continues. To help defray costs,
the Mangazina offers its site for parties
and festivities. In order to make the op-
eration more cost effective and to help
with maintaining a botanical garden now
under construction the board wants to
install solar and wind power. This is
such a worthy cause and so much of it
has been accomplished more with vol-
unteer labor than a lot of money. If you
can help with a donation call Danilo at
795-3843. See their website at
www:mangazinadirei.org. Or donate to
their MCB account #104304-08.
one of the
the world-famous four-day walk through
the Nijmegen area of Holland. We think
it's his fifth walk. Congratulations!
) Last week we mentioned that Bon-
aire's Rudy Ellis would serve as a
member of the Dutch Council of State.
We made a mistake. The "Ellis" nomi-
nated was another man from St. Martin.
Welcome to our latest advertiser,
Tropical Car Care. Our auto editor
(see Bonaire On Wheels on page 9)
thinks they can do a top notch job to
repair your car. See their ad on this
According to Telecommunications
Minister Maurice Adriaens, the Antilles
cellular phone providers have been
offering poor service. Based on several
complaints he had received, he asked the
Bureau Telecommunication & Post
(BT&P) to conduct an investigation
starting in Curaqao. Results showed that
the service provided by both UTS and
Digicel was far below standard in at
least one area. "There are too many in-
terrupted calls and the percentage of call
completion is also too low," he said.
There have been unresolved complaints
of poor service from Digicel, especially
in kunuku areas of Bonaire.
The Bureau of Telecommunica-
tion and Post (BTP) has finished the
final draft of a new telecommunica-
tion law. The Council of Ministers will
debate this law in the coming weeks.
The old law was based on a regulated
telecommunications market which was
deregulated five years ago so a new one
is needed. Telecommunications Minis-
ter Maurice Adriaens said, "One of the
issues with which the new and more
flexible law would deal with was the
portability of phone numbers. This
means that a client can maintain the
same phone number even when switch-
Bonaire cell phone subscribers were
thrown into chaos when Digicel/Telbo
took over the 78x numbers from UTS
last year and many had to change to
preserve their phone numbers.
Another issue the new law will address
is Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP).
"In the existing law, this technology is
not mentioned because the technology
did not exist when the law was drafted.
It then might be possible for VOIP cli-
ents to make free emergency calls to
phone numbers such as 911."
In addition, Adriaens said local com-
panies too would be able to start offer-
ing VOIP accounts to their clients.
Asked about the liberalization of the
telecommunications market on the
whole, he said the new law, as was the
case with the old law, would leave some
details to each island territory.
It is not clear whether Bonaire will fall
under Dutch Telecom regulations or the
new Antillean rules after the Antilles are
dissolved in December 2008.
0 Timothy Dunn will succeed
Robert Sorenson as the Consul Gen-
eral of the US for the Netherlands An-
tilles and Aruba. The new Consul Gen-
eralarrived in Curaqao last Tuesday, the
US Consulate announced on Thursday.
Dunn is a professional diplomat and
until recently was department head at
the Foreign Affairs Ministry in the US
and faculty advisor for the national mili-
He holds a Juris Doctor degree from
Georgetown University Law Center, a
Bachelor of Science degree in Foreign
Service from Georgetown University,
and has studied at Johns Hopkins School
of Advanced International Studies and
University of Fribourg (Switzerland).
Dunn will be accompanied by his wife
Denise and two daughters, Monica and
1 The Antillean National Lottery,
now 55 years old, will be computer-
ized. The National Lottery has never
defaulted in its payouts to winners, more
than NAf 20 million per year. Each
drawing offers 2,249 prizes from the
35,000 tickets available in Bonaire.
Tickets are available in lottery shops and
from street vendors.
1 The UN's weather agency said on
Friday that a disruptive La Nifia cli-
mate pattern was taking shape in the
Pacific, raising the prospect of an active
Atlantic hurricane season and strong
monsoons in Asia. The World Meteoro-
logical Organization (WMO) said in a
statement that the development of La
Nifia in the second half of 2007 was now
"more likely than not." The combination
of tropical wind patterns over the Pacific
Ocean and cooler-than-normal sea tem-
peratures off the Pacific seaboard of
Latin America generally has an impact
(Continued on page 7)
DO YOU SUDOKIU?
S uDoku means "the digits must remain single" in Japanese. To solve the puzzle,
enter the numbers 1 through 9 to the partially filled in puzzle without repeating
a number in any row, column or 3 x 3 region. For a tutorial visit the web site www.
Sudoku shack. com. Answer on page 12.
Supplied by Molly Kearney (who has to solve all the puzzles first)
9 4 7 6
__ 5 2 3 1
8 5 4 2
6 7 _8 _9
1 3 5 4
2 7 8 6
9 8 2 5
4 6 5 9
7 4 6 3
Bonaire Reporter August 3-17, 2007
MCB Bonaire Managing Director Evert Piar receiving his pin from
Nicole Henriquez, board member of the MCB Group.
The Bonaire Friendly Bank's top banker, Evert Piar celebrated his 40th anni-
versary working for Maduro & Curiel's Bank (MCB) last week. Evert started
his career with MCB as a teller in 1967 and, as he continued his education and ex-
perience, he moved into the administration of the bank. He was appointed Assistant
Manager in 1975 and Director of MCB (Bonaire) in 1990.
His anniversary was celebrated throughout the entire day. A "wabi' (old time car)
picked him up at his home in the morning. At work his colleagues greeted him with
a real red carpet for a memorable welcome. The Bonaire, Rincon and MCB flags
were raised as he and colleagues sang Bonaire's national anthem under the leader-
ship of Lucy Diaz. All bank customers of the main branch received a a piece of
birthday cake and a sweet that day.
The party continued at the Divi Flamingo Resort in the evening with family,
friends, colleagues and MCB management members from Curaqao including Man-
aging Director Ron Gomes Casseres, Shaffie Wihby and Nicole Henriquez who pre-
sented Evert with a commemorative pin and the customary envelope. It was appar-
ent from the comments of both his employees and bosses that Evert Piar is loved
The evening was filled with music by the Four Bees and steel pan music by Al-
fred Ronde. O G.D.
0 Jurrie Mellema has retired as manager of
the Bonaire Animal Shelter. He wrote a new
chapter of professionalism in the history of the
facility that will have a lasting effect.
For the last seven and a half years Jurrie has
headed the Shelter. He's done a magnificent job
that has taken not only management competence
but plenty of heart and sensitivity. During his ten-
ure the Shelter reached a high level of service to
the community. The grounds and the kennels were
cleaned up and landscaped. The boarding kennels
were improved to accept more dogs, so that more
income could be realized to support the Shelter.
The Sterilization Program was expanded so that even adopted pets could have their
sterilization included in the standard adoption fee, at no extra cost. And who can
forget the two awesome Sterilization Weeks in October 2004 he organized when
volunteer vets from the US, Canada and Holland came to Bonaire and did non-stop
sterilization operations on 222 dogs.
The education program among the school children has been very popular and more
and more school and other groups are coming to see and play with the resident cats
and dogs. An SGB art teacher and her students painted a whimsical mural on the
wall of the cat cage.
It's an emotionally toughjob with life and death decisions to be made almost
daily. After all, the Shelter can house just so many animals, and the criteria have
been that an animal up for adoption must be healthy and social. But, as Jurrie says,
"Every puppy or kitten, every cat or dog has the same chance, and that chance is not
affected by the person who brings it in." Every year an average of 300 dogs and 100
cats are brought in by people or the dog catcher. But, and this is where the heart
comes in again, there are some cats and dogs who are lifetime "residents" of the
Shelter. They are not adoptable but they have such fine characters that they're al-
lowed to stay on.
He's got some big shoes to fill. We wish him well and thank him for those years of
devotion to the unwanted pets of Bonaire.
We congratulate Marlis Tiepel, a familiar face at the Shelter for the last year and a
half, who has been named the new Shelter Manager. May you continue to grow the
Shelter's reputation and importance to Bonaire. OIG.L. D.
Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 6)
"of planetary scale," WMO scientist
Rupa Kumar Kolli said.
The Atlantic hurricane season is at its
most active in August and September.
Bonaire is out of the "hurricane belt" but
is sometimes is affected by storm surges
and wind calms when the storms pass
north of the island.
) At the Pan-American Games in Rio
de Janeiro, Antillean sprinter
Churandy Martina (from Curacao)
won the gold in the 100-meter sprint
earning him the title of the Fastest
Man in the Games. His time was 10.15
seconds. This was the second medal for
the Antilles in the competition, when
earlier the women's hockey team took a
On Wednesday, 18 July, Montser-
rat island residents held a thanksgiv-
ing service on the 12th anniversary of
the first eruption of the Soufriere Hills
volcano. During the period, the volcano
has had spells of eruption and repose. At
least 19 persons have died while 60% of
the island has been rendered unsafe,
covered in volcanic material and mud
flows. Love placid Bonaire. OG./L. D.
Bonaire is Salt (Continued from page 3)
the salt gathering in 1658 and vestiges of
the centuries-long labor is apparent in the
navigation obelisks (see story on page 4)
and the slave huts.
According to the Works Manager the
loading facility offers an important advan-
tage, A small bulk freighter can be filled in
about 12 hours and smaller ships and ships
un tn 5 0000-tonn cann come dockside
Customers are from the Dominican Re-
public and Trinidad -they use refined salt
for water conditioning and chemicals.
Different grades are available from the
Works: super coarse, screen coarse, me-
dium, crushed. Works operators can influ-
ence the growth of crystals to a certain
extent. Bonaire salt isn't used for road-de-
icing much. There are about nine months
between salt harvests none during rainy
Because of the corrosive environment
maintenance of the equipment is a big
item, about 40% of the production cost
The Work's competition comes from
producers in South America Venezuela,
Colombia, Chile Mexico, Asia and Aus-
The salt is produced by evaporation of
When the water in the crystallizer turns
pink it's ready to be harvested.
seawater. The water becomes more and
more salty as it moves from the entrance
through evaporator ponds and finally to
the crystallizers where it becomes so satu-
rated that crystals form. In some sections
windmills are used for pumping.
There are underwater caverns and chan-
nels where the water levels are affected by
tidal action called "Wowo di Laman," but
they are not part of the crystallizer system.
There's lots of sea life in the ponds. In
Pekelmeer the fish can move in and out.
Pond #1 has lots of fish but no coral as the
temperature rises too much during the
day....In Pond #5 fish can move in and out
to the sea during high tides. The colors of
the various ponds- green, brown/rust color
are a result of plankton population.
In the future Cargill may use part of its
extensive property to grow algae to pro-
duce biodiesel, fuel oil that could be used
in Bonaire's next generation of electric
generators. Algae is far more productive
than corn or beans for fuel production. The
effort is in an evaluation stage and great
care is being taken to ensure the algae
strain used cannot survive in the open sea.
If the work is successful it would go a long
way to make Bonaire self-sustaining for its
energy needs. O G./L. D.
Bonaire Reporter August 3-17, 2007
one are the Parrot Watch up-
datesfull of gloom and sadness.
We shall have no more of that here in
parrot paradise. Instead this week's
instalment will be a more upbeat update
and eventually we 'll get to "The Amaz-
ing Adventures of Wee Ben. "
The Lora team has taken to giving the
Lora nests memorable names. The
imaginative team members stretch
themselves to come up with ever more
elaborate names like the inconvenient
"Far Far Away" and the technically
challenging "Enigma. "
"Bill" is so named as it can be found
on a hill, and "Ben" is Ben because it
is in a nearby Glen, which is Scottish
for valley, although technically it's not
really a glen but more of an undulating
lowland. Not to matter, these details
only stand in the way of less imagina-
The nest known as Ben has only ever
had one chick, who is best described as
an ill tempered and poorly disciplined
spoiled brat. This little darling has be-
come known as "Wee Ben. Wee being
Scottish for small. The alert reader will
have noticed a Scottish pattern emerg-
ing. Whilst we have nothing against
this, we are confused by its origin as
the team member giving these names
usually resides on the Welsh border of
England, far from Scotland, and to our
knowledge he has never been to Scot-
land and has certainly never eaten hag-
Two members of the parrot team re-
cently visited Wee Ben to check up on
him. Most parrots are sexually mono-
morphic, that is you cannot tell males
from females. Wee Ben is described
here as a boy parrot only for conven-
ience and there is an equal probability
that he is in fact female. Little did the
parrot team doing the visiting know that
the nest inspection was to involve afew
seconds of heart stopping terror. Ifyou
don't count daily abseils (rappels)
down high cliffs, on poor anchor points
in remote areas where there is every
possibility that no one would find you
for several hours should something go
wrong, then you could say research into
the development ofLora chicks rarely
involves any great excitement. Conse-
quently heart stopping terror which
lasts for a duration of a few seconds
cannot go unreported, and so on to ...
"USie ma ing bbentures;
of Wee Wen"
t was another beautiful dawn in the
undulating lowlands of the Wash-
ington Slaagbai National Park. Wee
Ben awoke inside his dark, yet cosy
nest and prepared for his daily routine.
The preparations didn't take all that
long as Wee Ben's daily routine largely
involves sitting around waiting for food
to be regurgitated into his mouth by his
parents, digesting the food in order to
grow and expelling the food. It's not
exactly a taxing schedule, and troupials
Wee Ben is now almost fully grown he had waited
and ready to fledge. It's a difficult age for approxi-
for young Loras. Soon he will be forced mately half
to leave the security of his nest and join an hour be-
the wild birds flying over the hills of fore his ever-
Washington Park. Unless of course he attentive par-
is poached and then he can expect to ents arrived
spend 30 years in a small cage com- to feed him.
paratively absent of physical activity, Feeding visits
mental stimulation or dietary interest, are best de-
Since waking to the songs of thrashers (Continued on page 9)
Bonaire Reporter August 3-17, 2007
BONAIRE ON WHEELS
The 16th of a series of Bonaire Reporter articles by J@n Brower,
featuring some ofBonaire's interesting vehicles that are "on wheels."
The only Ford Mustang V-8 Mach I big bore convertible
on the island ofBonaire.
Some months ago someone towed a red-painted Ford Mustang to Hato and parked
it on my neighbor's property. They knew I had something to do with cars and the
target was to prepare the car and make it roadworthy again. So then the problems to be
According to some stickers glued on the inside of the front windshield of the muscle
car the vehicle had been imported from South Carolina, US. The Bonairean license
plates were outdated, colored yellow, from 2004. So maybe the car had not been on the
road for three years.
There were no official papers, there was no instruction manual, no workshop manual,
no nothing, no information at all about the car. I didn't even know the name of the
owner. The only thing I found out was that the car was equipped with a V-8 engine and
an automatic gearbox. The car was covered with dust and a very thin layer of rust. It
was fitted with a rather small but brand new battery. This was the first American made
car I ever heard of that had the positive pole of the battery connected to ground. The
interior light was glowing, but it turned out that the battery had been wrongly con-
nected, so maybe some parts of the electrical system were destroyed.
I disconnected the battery, took it out of the car and charged it slowly. I hesitated for
a very long time before re-installing the battery in the car, now connecting the negative
pole to the body of the car: negative ground: no sparks, no short cuts, no problems. The
lights were glowing, but how about all those other electrical things?
Then I shifted the car into "park" and I turned the ignition key. Lights in the
dashboard started to glow. I turned the key a little further and the starter motor got its
power from the battery. The crankshaft and all the pistons were moving. No further
noises. No fuel? No ignition? No spark? Then I disassembled the air filter and poured
in some super fuel. No nothing... A lot of carburetor cleaning spray. The engine re-
mained dead. Then I decided to drain the gasoline tank and to dismantle the carburetor:
rubberized fuel and a lot of dirt. I rebuilt the carburetor, poured in some fresh fuel. No
result. What to do now? I checked the electrical system and after a lot of time I found
the distributor. The contact points and the condenser were refreshed, the rotor and
points were in good condition. I recharged the battery again and the next morning I
poured in some carburetor cleaner and some fresh high octane fuel. The engine started
hissing and finally came alive. The oil pressure was building up and the alternator was
charging the battery. The car was not leaking and after some adjustment the engine
revved up easily. The idling was okay too!
I topped up all the liquids and shifted the car into reverse. It worked! And in "drive"
it worked. Then, carefully, I drove the car around the block for some time. Brakes,
lights, wipers. The heart of the car was pumping and all the functions came back. Then
I drove to an isolated strip of tarmac. The engine had reached the right temperature and
I pushed the pedal to the metal. The fat rear wheels started spinning and small clouds
of evaporated rubber showed up in both mirrors. Then I was pushed in the back of my
seat and the big bore V-8 engine dragged the car forward. Whooooaaahhhh! This is
fun. After days of work this was the result! And the power brakes were functioning
too! I stopped the vehicle and the motor was idling. The lovely noise of a nervous V-8:
"Gloh, gloh, gloh, gloh, gloh, gloh, gloh, gloh." Then I turned the car and revved it for
another quarter of a mile. This was fun! Unfortunately, the car was not mine. Carefully
I drove it home and parked it on my neighbor's property. One of Bonaire's muscle cars
had come alive again. Look for a red painted Ford Mustang with a white soft top and
enjoy the noise! O
Story & photos by J](n Brouwer
Parrot Watch-Wee Ben (Continued from page 8)
fleeting moments of frenzied activity.
On this morning it was "Mrs Ben" who
first hurled herself through the nest en-
trance. At the sight of a parent arriving
Wee Ben launched into action, begging
loudly and trying to grab his mother's
beak. Nearly 12 hours had passed since
the last feeding visit and he was hungry.
Their beaks engaged and his weary
mother duly regurgitated the contents of
her crop. Wee Ben's enthusiasm was so
great and his head bobbing so vigor-
ously that he soon caused their beaks to
lose each other. Poor "Mrs Ben" real-
ised immediately, but it was too late and
she puked a beak full of food over the
head of her dear offspring before man-
aging to stop herself. This unfortunate
situation did little to deter Wee Ben
who swiftly returned to getting all he
could from his mother. Once Mrs Ben
was content that her duty had been ful-
filled she made her exit despite her
son's forceful demands for more food.
It was now Mr Ben's turn to accommo-
date their offspring. He did this cor-
dially and soon Wee Ben was satiated.
Mr and Mrs Ben then flew off into the
hills that surround their nest to continue
their foraging. Once again Wee Ben
was alone, sitting, waiting, growing and
crapping. It was his intent to do this all
day long, just as he had done for the
past seven weeks. It was an easy and
stress free lifestyle.
But suddenly this peace was inter-
rupted. A human hand plummeted into
the nest. Wee Ben hurriedly shuffled to
the back of his nest. The home that had
afforded him such security was now a
dead end where he could not escape the
groping hand of a scientist. Fingers
teased a grip on a leg and then his body
was held. Wee Ben bit and nipped. He
screamed an ear piercing scream but it
was not enough to prevent him being
plucked from his nest. Whilst this truth-
ful account of chick extraction may
seem rather gruesome, readers should
note that the parrot team do everything
possible to minimise the distress to the
chicks we handle. And we put them
back into their nests within minutes
whereas poachers supplying the pet
trade steal these babies from their fami-
Wee Ben's eyes quickly adjusted to
the bright lights and fascinating sur-
roundings in which he found himself.
The scientists moved him around,
checking over his body, looking under
his feathers for parasites and measuring
this and that. He did what he could to
bite them and to dig his nails into their
soft flesh but he was also distracted by
this new world. Wee Ben could see
cacti, trees and blue sky. His eyes sim-
ply couldn't take it all in. Was this the
place his mother had whispered about
when he was just a tiny pink bundle of
The scientists kept muttering things to
one another. They manipulated him and
he could do nothing but submit. "Two
hundred and ninety five grams, 128
millimetres, no quill sheaf on the tail.
He's going to fledge any day now.
Could you hold him for a second."
Wee Ben felt the grip of the hand
loosen as the other human reached for-
ward to take him. Following a rapid
chain of thoughts he punctured the fin-
ger of the first with a toe nail and with
all his might he bit the hand of the sec-
ond. This was enough to create a fum-
ble, the kind not normally experienced
by such highly skilled and well trained
scientists. Suddenly Wee Ben burst free.
"My wings, my wings." He stretched
his brand new muscles, their fibres
twitching in a bid for freedom. His un-
used feathers discovered their purpose.
His unaccustomed eyes frantically try-
ing to navigate a path through the trees.
The humans sprung into action. Their
carefully taken notes being scattered in
the panic, never mind the wind. Their
precision instruments discarded as if
worthless. Never mind the cactus now
embedding in your calf. Worry not
about the blood on your finger. Catch
Wee Ben, with his heavy crop of food,
was struggling to gain altitude. The
chasing human was struggling with the
loose boulders and low branches. 10
meters had passed and the human was
gaining: each stride of his long legs
worth two of Wee Ben's wing beats.
Another five meters and Wee Ben was
within kicking distance, but that was not
going to help the current situation in-
volving this precious and endangered
species. The none-bloody hand
swooped down but it failed to catch
Wee Ben cleanly. He spun out of con-
trol, landing in a confused heap in the
dirt. Before he knew what had happened
his bid for freedom was over. "Did I
just fly" his eyes asked the scientist in
confusion but before anyone offered an
answer Wee Ben
was being returned
to the peace and
security of his nest.
There would be no
more excitement for
him today. Gosh
no, a few seconds
are quite enough. O
Bonaire Reporter August 3-17, 2007
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O ne of the most unusual phi-
losophy courses I took in col-
lege was on "aesthetics," the study of
what constitutes beauty and art. A
typical assignment in Professor
Werner Krieglstein's Aesthetics 101
class was to listen to the Beatles'
White Album to analyze which songs
were composed according to Hegel's
dialectic of thesis-antithesis-synthesis
in order to create "art." Very esoteric,
I know, especially for a 19-year-old.
If I were to teach such a class today,
however, my assignment would focus
on the underwater beauties of Bonaire
to determine which visual artists de-
signed which creature according to
For the intellectually adventurous snorkeler (and diver), I
invite you to take on this assignment in order to refine further
your descriptions of what you consider "beautiful" on the
reefs of Bonaire. Indulge me as I present a few examples of
"which-artist-designed-which-creature" so you can get the
hang of this new way of reveling in the artistry of the under-
Let's begin with the Queen Triggerfish who I am
sure many of you will agree is a stunning sight with all of her
multi-colored lines and iridescent fins. Which artist could
have conjured her up as one of the reef's "works of art?" A
closer look at the pattern of her lines will immediately evoke
Picasso's techniques for drawing lines in every direction to
form a visually-pleasing design. And herein is one aesthetic:
beauty should be visually pleasing. Of course, what is consid-
ered visually appealing is, as they say, in the "eye of the be-
holder." But to many who venture into the underwater world,
the Queen Triggerfish is the epitome of visual pleasure be-
cause of the colorful composition of her lines.
Representing the Impressionist school of art (i.e.
Claude Monet, Mary Cassatt, Berthe Morisot) are all kinds
of Parrotfish and Wrasses whose pastel colors blend so ef-
fortlessly as if painted on a canvas. Another reason these fish
are excellent examples of impressionism is that the goal of
impressionist artists was to record visual reality, accurately
and objectively, in terms of the transient effects of light and
color. Anyone who has witnessed a Rainbow Parrotfish or
Clown Wrasse illuminated by a beam of light will agree that
light and color work together to make them one of the most
breath-taking visual realities of the underwater world. This
principle of fully capturing all dimensions of visual reality in
order to capture beauty is one reason why we snorkelers and
divers keep going back into the water, isn't it?
Abstract expressionism might be a bit more difficult
to discern if you have Jackson Pollock or Willem de Koon-
ing in mind as your defining artist for this movement, but if
you think about the abstract patterning on the smooth Trunk-
fish or the Spotted Drum, for example, you can become
dizzy with the three-dimensional effect of their black and
white spots and lines. This effect is especially evident when
viewing the post-larval juvenile of the smooth trunkfish,
which definitely fits the anti-figurative theme of abstract ex-
pressionists, with its yellow spots suspended in space almost
as if it has no body. See how much fun this can be!
My final examples come from the surrealist move-
ment, which was fueled by the nightmarish imagery and sym-
bolism of the dream world. Artists like Magritte, Dali,
Kahlo, Varos, and Carrington often invented animals that
were bizarre combinations of different species in order to con-
vey the range of feelings evoked by dreams. I can find this
same aesthetic paradigm at work in the Peacock Flounder,
the Trumpetfish, the Scorpionfish, and the Coronetfish, all
of whom have ended up in my nightmares at one time or an-
other. There is no doubt that each of these creatures appears a
bit strange (even frightening) yet fascinates and intrigues us
nevertheless as if they have a symbolic meaning that we are
all trying to surmise. Perhaps this is why regular snorkeling
intensifies our dreams.
Now that you have the basic idea of how to use aes-
thetics to enhance your snorkeling experience, please send me
your examples of "which-artist-designed-which-creature" to
pkaves(@diversitvworksinc.net. I promise there will be no
grades! O Pauline Kayes
Pauline Kayes is a college professor ofEnglish, Humanities
and Women's Studies from Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. She
is a part-time Bonaire resident.
It may be summertime in other parts
of the world but thanks to our re-
cent rains Bonaire is experiencing her
own unique "Springtime." Accenting
the dark greens of the cactus are bud-
ding trees and shrubs, sporting rusts,
yellows and all the spectrums of greens
in between from a light lime to a gray-
ish green. So many trees that you were
sure were totally dead have come alive.
The spiky Palu di Lele (Five Fingers or
Goatthor) bursts with tiny apple green
leaves. And the venerable Divi Divis,
also known as the Watapana, begin their
leafing looking just like Japanese split
The rain jump-started the West Indian
Cherry trees (Shimaruku) and the blos-
soms are covered with frantically polli-
nating bees. The Brazilwood on the
eastern side of the island have taken the
opportunity to leaf and blossom with
their yellow flowers. There are so many
more discoveries a this time of year.
Now's the time to get out and enjoy
Bonaire's natural beauty. And, like The
Bonaire Reporter, it's still free! LO L.D.
Bonaire Reporter August 3-17, 2007
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Did You Know...
Some of the most beautiful marine
creatures are microscopic? One
of my favorite things to do is to snorkel
at night and watch the millions of
dinoflagellates bioluminesce. These
unicellular organisms are so small that
you can only see them under a good
microscope until they flash a brilliant
blue-green. 'Bioluminescence' is a i
fancy word for the light produced by
chemical reactions in an organism. Some organisms ingest or produce luciferin that
reacts with oxygen and luciferase to produce 'cold light.' It's believed that about
90% of marine organisms can bioluminesce! Some do it to scare off predators,
while others do it to attract prey. Some use bioluminescence to communicate or to
attract mates. Dinoflagellates are always in the water, but you can only see them at
night when it's really dark. And you must stir them up to get them to biolumi-
nesce. I find a nice calm site away from streetlights and try to time it so that there
is no moon out a week to two weeks after the full moon. No underwater flash-
lights are necessary to see this brilliant display -just jump in with your mask and
start waving your arms underwater. It's like a swirling uni-
verse at your fingertips like Tinkerbelle's wand but a thou-
sand times more beautiful. O
Caren Eckrich, Photo by Zac Kohl
Bonaire Reporter August 3-17, 2007
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In the true spirit of "hanging out,"
"Trudy" shows just how relaxed a
cat can be in the cat cage at the Bonaire
Animal Shelter. Trudy was found
stranded at the top of a tree, hungry and
thirsty. This cat has a lot of faith in hu-
man nature and it paid off when she was
rescued and brought into the Shelter.
With good accommodations, good food
and friendly roommates Trudy has
thrived. She's alert and a real beauty
with her coal black fur, accentuated by a
caramel colored fur necklace and line
down her face very unique. She has
been examined by the vet, as are all the
new animals brought into the Shelter,
tested for feline leukemia, wormed,
given her shots and sterilized and is
ready to go. Trudy is about a year old
now. You may meet her at the Shelter
on the Lagoen Road, open Monday
through Saturday, 8 am to 1 pm. Tele-
Thanks to her being featured in the
last issue's "Pet of the Week," the dar-
ling little puppy, "Marie" has been
adopted. Congratulations and our best to
her and her new family.
Any and all unwanted cats and dogs
are welcome at the Bonaire Animal
Shelter with no questions asked. Give
them a chance at life by dropping them
off at the Shelter. O L.D.
Bonaire Reporter August 3-17, 2007
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Sunday at the Iea
Nikiboko Sen- aianS
tro di Barrio,
activities many of Bonaire's Peruvians are
involved in the building trades. The Peru-
vians have long had a sports association,
Arriba Peru, but recently they formed a
social organization as well. The new presi-
dent of the Peru Association is Pepe Sanchez, one of the Directors of the Josan Con-
Recently Ramonsito Booi, on behalf of the Bonaire Government, granted a 700
square meter plot of
land near the Kral-
endijk Stadium for a
Cultural Center for
the center will be the
focus of the Peru As-
It's been reported
that "300 more work-
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arrive this year." They
will be welcomed to
help build the "New
Bonaire." OG. /L.D.
untain Bike Ra
SA Great Success
The last weekend of July saw the
1st BWC Mountain Bike Race
starting at the Subi Rincon antennas off
the Kaminda Broertje Janga. Even
though it was a rainy day, kids and
adults proved their abilities, physical
condition and commitment to the sport
of mountain biking.
In the 1 loop category, Kids 12-13
years old (4.9 km), Siegal Francees
from Aruba won the first place with a
total time of 16:37:21. The second place
was for Alejandro de Lima (20:21:49)
from Bonaire who's becoming the
champion of Bonaire in his category.
The third place went to Asdrubl Mar-
cano who is racing faster and faster
In the 2 loop category, Kids 14-16
years old (9.8 km), Gerald Martines
from Bonaire won the first place with a
total time of 30:41:81. There were no
other kids in this category.
Rayson Juliana (33:37:10) from Bon-
aire, took the win in the 2 loop category
Beginners MEN (9.8 km) with Roland
Verbeek who finished second with a total
time of 34:34:64. Behind Roland, Peter
Werdath finished 3rd with a total time of
The Master MENrace (19.6 km) turned
into a battle between Yorkshire rider Sam
Williams and Bonaire's Dirk Jan
Methorst who raced the challenging 4
loop (15.6 km) course. Sam Williams,
from the UK, finished the first lap in only
11:32:71, the fastest lap of the race, and
finished 1st with a total time of 49:58:68.
Dirk Jan finished second in 51:43:51.
Four minutes later, the best-dressed rider,
Frank Bohm, from de Freewieler, rode
confidently into the finish to claim the 3rd
place in this grueling category.
The next race will be this November
when more local riders and international
riders are expected. More information
about regular training sessions, mountain
biking tours and upcoming events can be
found on the Bonaire Wellness Center
website www.BonaireWellness.com. H
Photos & story BWC press release
tonaire Reporter August 3-1 200/
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
8-06 4:48 0.9FT. 19:54 2.OFT. 59
8-07 5:46 0.8FT. 20:37 2.1FT. 56
8-08 6:29 0.7FT. 21:27 2.1FT. 59
8-09 7:17 0.7FT. 22:10 2.1FT. 66
8-10 8:00 0.7FT. 22:52 2.1FT. 75
8-11 8:35 0.8FT. 23:38 2.1FT. 82
8-12 0:15 2.0FT. 9:13 0.9FT. 88
8-13 0:57 1.8FT. 9:43 0.9FT. 89
8-14 1:35 1.7FT. 10:01 1.0FT. 88
8-15 2:13 1.5FT. 10:10 1.1FT. 16:46 1.3FT. 18:14 1.3FT. 84
8-16 2:54 1.4FT. 10:00 1.1FT. 17:10 1.4FT. 23:44 1.3FT. 77
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02007 The Bonaire Reporter
Bonaire Reporter August 3-17, 2007
StartAug. 2 (Usually9pm)
White Noise: The
Light (Nathan Fillion)
Start Aug. 9 (Usually 9 pm)
Live Free or Die
Hard (Bruce Willis)
Call 717-2400 fordetails
Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tickets NAfl4 (incl. Tax)
NEW FILMS BEGIN FRIDAY
OPEN-THURS THRU SUN
SATURDAY 4 PM
To Be Announced
August 1-5-Pro Kids Windsurfing
16 00 18:00 Registration at event site
18 00 18:30 Press Conference at event site
18: 30 20:00 Opening Ceremony event site
13: 00 Skipper's Meeting
14 00 Competition starts
17:00 Happy Hour
10:00 Skipper's Meeting
11:00 Competition continue
17:00 Happy Hour
18:00 BBQ Beach Party
10:00 Skipper's Meeting
11:00 Competition continue
16:00 DJ Contest
17:00 Happy Hours
09:00 Skipper's Meeting
10:00 Competition continue
14:00 Beach Culture, Dance Contest, Fashion Show,
Rap, Brass Band
17:00 Awards Ceremony
Friday, August 3-FFB Football Tour-
nament Final-Real Rincon vs Vespo,
Rincon Stadium, 6 pm
Saturday, August 4 Big Monthly Rin-
con Marshe now a Bonairean tradition.
Stands selling gifts, fruits and vegetables,
candles, drinks, BBQ, local foods and
sweets. Music, friendly people 6 am to 2
pm. In the center of Rincon
Saturday August 4 Monthly Flea
Market at Parke Publico, 3 to 7 pm. Eve-
ryone welcome to buy and to sell. NAf5
per selling table. More info and reserva-
tions for a spot call 787-0466
Sunday, August 5-Taste of Bon-
naire-6-9 pm, Wilhelmina Park. See page
13 for details.
Sunday, August 12-Dart Tournament,
Thursday, August 16 Elvis' Retire-
ment Party at Lee's Bar. See ad on page 4
September 6 Bonaire Day
September 3 Bonaire Fishing Tour-
October Regatta, Jong Bonaire
Swim to Klein Bonaire
Bonaire Reporter August 3-17, 2007
* HH 2 for 1 (all beverages) 6-7 pm,
Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar
* HH-50% off- Buddy Dive Resort,
Divi Flamingo Casino open daily for
hot slot machines, roulette and black jack,
Mon. to Sat. 8 pm- 4 am; Sun. 7 pm- 3
*By appointment Rooi Lamoenchi
Kunuku Park Tours $21 (includes tax).
Discounts for residents and local people.
Tel. 717-8489, 540-9800.
Parke Publico children's playground
open every day into the evening hours.
* Steak Night On the Beach (a la carte)
- Buddy Dive Resort, 6-10 pm
* Rincon 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 Marshe 1st Saturday of
the month, 6 am-2 pm.
* All You Can Eat BBQ at Divi Fla-
mingo with live music, 6 to 9 pm,
NAf26,50. Call for reservations 717-8285
Wine Tasting at AWC's ware-
house, 2nd Saturday of the month, 7 to 9
pm, Kaya Industria #23, across from Ware-
house Bonaire. Great wines. NAf20 per
person for 6 to 8 wines.
Flea Market every first Saturday
of the month from 3 to 7 pm, Parke Pub-
lico. Everyone welcome to buy and to sell.
NAf5 per selling table. For more informa-
tion and reservations for a spot, call 787-
* Live music 6-9 pm while enjoying a
great dinner in colorful tropical ambiance
at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant & Bar,
Divi Flamingo. Open daily 5-10 pm
* Fish or Meat Dinner Special for only
$10. Buddy Dive Resort, 6 -9:30 pm
* 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 717-
* 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
* Beach BBQ and music at The Wind-
surf Place at Sorobon, 7-10 pm. Reserve
ahead. Tel. 717-5091, 717-2288
* Live music by Flamingo Rockers,
Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar 5-6:30.
* 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-
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 -Caribbean Gas Training
"Beyond Gravity An Evening with DIR,"
6 pm, Bonaire Dive & Adventure 786-
"Diving Facts And Fiction An Eve-
ning with DIR" slide/video show by Carib-
bean Gas Training, 8 pm, Bonaire Dive &
Kas Kriyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's past in
this venerable old home that has been restored and
finished 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 Bon-
aire's culture. Visit homes from the 17th century.
Daily. Call 7174060 / 790-2018
Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d Ree, behind the
Catholic Church in town. Open weekdays from 8
am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open daily
8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holidays. 717-
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 Majes-
tic Journeys Bonaire N.V. Lourdes Shop-
ping Center 2nd Level Kaya LD Gerharts #
10. Call 717-2482/566-6093.
Weekly BonaireTalker Gathering and
Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30 pm -
call 567-0655 for directions.
Bridge Club Wednesdays, Bridge
Club: Wednesday 7.30 p.m. at 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 Caf6. Registration at 4, games at 5.
Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI First Wednesday of the Month-
Junior Chamber International Bonaire (JCI
Bonaire, formerly known as Bonaire Jay-
cees) meets at the ABVO building,
Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to 9:30
pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact: Renata
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza, Kaya
International, every other Tuesday, 7 pm.
Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th Thurs-
day of the month at 8 pm at Kaya Sabana
#1. All Lions welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12
noon-2 pm Now meeting at 'Pirate House',
above Zeezicht Restaurant. All Rotarians
welcome. Tel. 717-8434
Toastmasters Club meets every two
weeks. For more information call Crusita
de Palm at 786-3827 or Lucia Martinez
Beck, at 786-2953.
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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Bar and Beach Service 8am- 8pm. Extensive snack/salad/burger menu
At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort Waterfront Happy Hour, two for one, 6-7 pm. available daily from noon.
Bella Vista Restaurant Moderate. Breakfast daily 6:30-10 am Buddy's Magnificent Theme Nights: Sat. Steak Night A la Carte; Mon. Fish
Sea Side Restaurant at Buddy Dive Resort Lunch daily 11:30 or Meat Dinner Special ($10,-); Wed. Caribbean Night a la Carte; Fri. Free
717-5080, ext. 538 Dinner on theme nights 6-10 pm Rum Punch Party (5:30- 6:30 pm) and All-u-can-eat BBQ for $ 19.50 (7-10 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-Sat-11:30-2:30 Mondays-All you can eat and special slide shows starting at 6 pm
717-4433 Dinner 7 nights- starting at 6 pm Great value anytime.
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
On Kaya Gob. Debrot Oen from 5-11 m Wednesday-Sunday ingredients. Salads, desserts. Eat in or take away. Nice bar too.
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Patagonia Argentinean Restaurant Moderate Authentic Argentinean Cuisine
At the hghthouse, 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. Bonaire's original Argentine steakhouse,
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.
Get away from it all. 717-5091, 717-2288
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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 bikes, scooters and quads. Profes-
sional repairs on 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 I 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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Getting Ready for the Perseid Meteor Shower and Mars'
Have we got two goodies for you to get ready for: the Perseid meteor shower
which occurs on the night of August 12th and morning of August 13h and
the closest approach of the planet Mars during Christmas week.
Around 3 am Monday morning, August 13th, face northeast, and if you have clear
and very dark skies and are far from bright lights, you can expect to see a couple of
dozen Perseid meteors per hour until dawn. And I encourage you to make the
effort this year because there will be no Moonlight whatsoever to wipe out the faint-
est of meteors because it will be time of the new Moon. And new Moon means no
Moon. Now you have a better chance of seeing more meteors from around 3 am
until dawn because then the night side of our Earth is facing more directly into the
meteor stream called the Perseids. However, you'll probably see a few Perseids even
before midnight Sunday night the 12t. So if you want to pull an all-nighter in the
Sky Park go out about 11 pm Sunday night and hang out until dawn.
And while you're out there, if you look due east between 4 and 5 am you'll see not
only the lovely star cluster, the Seven Sisters, but parked just to the right of it the 4t
planet from the Sun, 4,000-mile-wide Mars. And I suggest starting your Mars watch
either on the morning of your Perseid meteor watch or even now. Although, if you
need a little help finding Mars, on Monday, August 6th you can use an exquisite
crescent Moon parked above it which will form a triangle with Mars and the Seven
Sisters. Or you can go out Tuesday, August 7th and the Moon will be even closer to
Mars and form yet a different triangle with Mars and the Seven Sisters. Now the
reason I want you to start looking for Mars now is because it is racing closer and
closer to our planet for a super close and very bright meeting during Christmas week
of this year. In fact whereas Mars will be 120 million miles away on Monday and
Tuesday August 6th and 7t, it will be 65 million miles closer on Christmas Eve,
only 55 million miles away! And in fact will be an astonishing 7 times brighter than
it is right now!
And in case you'd like a preview of winter's stars, well, all you have to do is look
below Mars and the Seven Sisters between 4 and 5 am and you will see that winter's
most famous constellation, Orion the Hunter, is rising just above the horizon.
Three stars mark his belt, two bright stars mark his shoulders and two more bright
stars mark his knees. So you can experience a little bit of Christmas in August, at
least cosmic-wise, because every August before sunrise Orion starts to make his
presence known over the eastern horizon. So start your Mars Christmas watch now
and get ready for the Perseids on August 12th and 13t. .0 Jack Horkheimer
SFor the Month of August 2007
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20)You will get bored quickly, so make sure that you have
scheduled enough activity to hold your interest. You can beautify your surroundings
by renovating or redecorating. Your mind will be wandering to exotic destinations.
You can write beautiful love letters this month. Your luckiest events this month will
occur on a Tuesday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) It's time to let loose. This will be a good day for
research and for sitting down with some good, informative reading material. Secret
affairs can only lead to devastating circumstances. Loans will be attainable and legal
matters easily taken care of. Your luckiest events will occur on a Wednesday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) You'll be surprised how much you can accomplish.
Don't be afraid to make a move if you aren't happy with your emotional situation.
You need to distance yourself from the situation for a little while first. You can en-
joy your involvement in organizations that make charitable contributions.
Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Wednesday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Your high energy will help you through this rather
hectic month. You will be able to close any deals successfully. It's time to make pro-
fessional changes. Hobbies will be good for your emotional well being. Your lucki-
est events this month will occur on a Sunday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) A quiet restful day just staying in bed or catching up on
reading will be your best bet. Changes in your home may be alarming at first. Oppo-
sition is present and you should be prepared to counteract it as best you can. You
should visit a friend or relative who hasn't been feeling up to par. Your luckiest
events this month will occur on a Monday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) You can clear up important legalities and sign con-
tracts this month. Relatives will want to get together. You will gain new friends if
you get involved in environmental issues. Travel will result in new romantic attrac-
tions. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You won't get the reaction you want from your mate
this month. Try to be understanding. Your mate may not be too sure about your in-
tentions. Get involved in the activities of children. They will teach you far more than
you expect.Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Wednesday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You should put your efforts into creative projects.
Your irritability will lead to family squabbles. Sudden disruptions will cause upset
and a change of routine in your home environment. Personal alterations will be in
your best interest. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thursday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Lack of funds may add stress to your already
uncertain situation. Insincere gestures of friendliness may be misleading. Situations
will get out of hand if you allow others to interfere. Draw up contracts regarding
your personal situation. Your luckiest events will occur on a Sunday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) You will get out of shape easily if you don't
keep on top of things. Don't let your lover put demands on you. Don't forget to read
the fine print. You need activity. Your luckiest events will occur on a Monday.
AOUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Try not to take others for granted. Tempers could
get out of hand this month. You may find that your anger stems from lending or bor-
rowing money. You need to interact with others if you want to expand your knowl-
edge. You will gain new friends if you get involved in environmental issues. Your
luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You are likely to reveal information unintentionally.
Offer good conversation and a nice soothing lunch. You can make money if you put
your mind to it. Don't be critical or overly opinionated with dislikes; it could cause
disannroval and unwanted onnosition Your luckiest events will occur on a Saturday
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Now is a good time to do a project
with the whole family. Paper mache
napkin rings should brighten up your dining
table. They are also fun to use for birthday
parties or other events. Don't worry if you
don't use linen napkins. We used brightly
colored paper napkins and they make a big
impression in the napkin rings.
You will need:
Ruler, pencil, scissors or cutting blade
Cardboard tube from paper towels
Newspaper or magazines
Wallpaper paste known as Bison
Behang Plaksel- mixed with water
Gesso (base coat paint) or white paint
Acrylic or water based craft paint
Spray Varnish or water base varnish
Step 1 Measure and mark the card-
board tube every 3cm or 1-1/2". Cut pieces
Kaile creates her rings
apart with scissors or cutting blade. Now
you have about 7 to 8 rings.
Step 2 Cut paper strips slightly larger
than the width as your rings. (5cm/ 2")
It doesn't matter how long they are. You
should cut enough strips to cover the ring
at least 4 times. The more layers you add,
the sturdier the rings will be.
Step 3 Mix about 4 Tablespoons of the
dry wallpaper paste with approximately 1
With The Reporter
British Colunbia, Canada
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Bonaire Reporter August 3-17, 2007
T he first time I came for a week in
2003 to cook Iranian food for the
owner of the Angel boat-restaurant, the
same boat that's now parked on the boule-
vard. I didn't do so much cooking because
I couldn't find any of the ingredients I
needed; there was no saffron, and for the
meat you had to go here, and for the green
beans you had to go there. It was compli-
cated and I was very surprised, but I was
enjoying the island tremendously. I was
living in the Netherlands and there you
could get almost everything except for
happy people they are hard to find in
I fell completely in love with Bonaire
after that week the peace and tranquility
you could get here for free and the
charm it was very special. But when the
days passed by I found there was very
little to do and so I left for Curacao and
that was something completely different.
After 10 days I went back to Holland
where I began to realize that Curacao was
very much like Holland: stress, traffic
jams, and running back and forth. You
start missing something when it's not
there anymore and I missed Bonaire it
was so special. Also, I saw a lot of oppor-
tunities to lead a simple life here, without
a great deal of money or means, because
only then can you really enjoy life to the
So, I started making all the arrange-
ments to come here before it was too late.
I wanted to do it quickly because I
thought once I got older I'd be afraid to
make the move. So, 18 months later I ar-
rived on Bonaire.
In Groningen, in the north of Holland
where I lived, I had my own business, a
bicycle shop. I had my diploma as a
teacher and at my workshop I was also
teaching bicycle techniques to trainees
who would work four days a week at my
shop and go to school one day a week.
When my friends heard that I wanted to
leave the country they couldn't believe it.
They told me, 'You've got your own busi-
ness and a good income everything
that's important.' It was a good life ac-
cording to Dutch norms and values, I'd
done a great job.
I had been living in Holland for eight
years. Before that I lived in other coun-
tries. I like to say that I am originally
from the mountains behind Rincon. I
came to live here with my Bonairean girl-
friend in Nikiboko-South. The first month
I had a complete different view about the
way things are done here. I was compar-
ing everything with The Netherlands and I
thought that everything here would be like
it is in Holland because it is the Dutch
However, everything here goes the An-
tillean way and that works fine. You can
accomplish everything your way in your
own tempo and on the way nobody laughs
at you because you are so slow and you
have no obligation to accomplish some-
thing fast. Everyone is accepted here, re-
gardless of the color of their skin or na-
tionality we won't talk about money...
It's great, the way it functions!
Well, we arrived on Friday and because
of all sorts of miscommunications, many
things were not the way they were sup-
posed to be. So, Saturday I called Holland
and asked my friends, my son and my
sister not to send my bicycle shop to Bon-
aire. It was a shock; all the preparations
and appointments had been in vain. But I
wouldn't be me if I'd give up!
Then I found something I'd never be-
lieved in before and that was God the
Almighty. Before I came here I was bap-
tized as a Catholic, but here I was bap-
tized Evangelic in the sea of Bonaire and
it gave me great strength and trust in other
people. It was the greatest thing I've ever
"Life is a river. We
don't know where the
source is or where the
sea is, but there's a lot
to see while we're go-
ing with the flow."
found, something I could have never
I say the island has magic, it's special -
I've heard other people speaking about
the good spirit of Bonaire and the strong
energy it has and once I'd experienced it
myself I was completely convinced, but
that was then... because in the 18 months
I've been here many things have changed.
It seems like we're speeding up, we're
driving faster and maybe we'll get bigger
roads, more beautiful, where we can drive
even faster... of course we have to fasten
our seatbelts then and watch the traffic
signs constantly in order not to lose our
way. It would be so sad if we would lose
our way on this little island. It looks like
we're going down the same road every-
body in this world is going. But we're an
island and that means we're surrounded
by water everywhere, wherever you have
to go so fast there's always the sea -
you can't go any further. The faster you
go, the less you enjoy the charm of the
island and everything it has to offer. I
think the slower you live the more you
The good things I've experienced in the
time I've been here are the slow-motion
bureaucracy, my beautiful empty mailbox
- never stuffed with flyers, advertise-
ments and other useless paperwork and
the people. In all the eight years I was in
Holland I never met so many good people
as I've met here Arthur Sealy, Daniel,
Mario the hairdresser and his family,
Jorge, Dufi Martijn, Charlie, the Keller
family, Susie and Arnold and Nelly..."
W. is one ofa kind, an original mind;
eccentric, philosophic, great sense ofhu-
mor and lovely to talk to. He's an unusual
person who lights up your life the moment
you meet him- he's good a real good
"Only when I left the mountains behind
Rincon did I begin to understand what
culture really stands for. Before, I'd been
reading about it in many different books
and theoretically I could understand what
they meant, but in reality it is far from
simple. The most important help is time
and openness towards others. I've worked
at Kristu Bon Wardador elementary
school in the after school program where I
taught handicrafts to the children, then I
found out sort of how the Bonairean
culture works for the Bonaireans. In fact,
I didn't get much wiser; I need more time,
that's for sure. To understand a culture
you need at least five to 10 years and you
have to be fluent in the language. My big-
gest handicap is that I speak Dutch. If it
wasn't for that I would have learned
Papiamentu by now I guess, because it
would have been a must. And even to
speak a language doesn't mean that you
master it, because what about playing
upon the words, the sense of humor that's
hidden between the lines, the right way to
pronounce a word. All that takes long -
believe me. I'm talking from experience. I
had to learn Dutch. Maybe after Decem-
ber 15th 2008, I'll be fluent in Papia-
mentu. I don't think it's a difficult lan-
guage, but I don't dare to let the words
come out of my mouth... yet!
Another beautiful thing about Bonaire is
its 50 nationalities, plus one that's me -
51 nationalities on such a small island! I
think I've figured out the secret to why
we get along so beautifully without any
problems or quarrels: one nationality lives
in Sabadeco, the other one in Santa Bar-
bara, another one in Belnem, another
group lives in Antriol, some live in Rin-
con, other people live in Nikiboko, one in
Tera Kora and one in North di Salina and
then you have the people in Playa. So 51
nationalities live happily on one small
island. I think the people on the mainland
could learn of lot from us or did they
teach us how to do it?
Life is a river. We don't know where the
source is or where the sea is, but there's a
lot to see while we're going with the flow.
When it runs through cold areas you start
to freeze and in the warmer parts you be-
come damp and in spring the fishes lay
their eggs and multiply and you go on
happily all together that's real life. Life
is beautiful. The future is tomorrow the
sun will rise at five and we will have
light, and at 11 it will start to heat up a
bit. Between 12 and 2 we'll be in the airco
to take a little rest and by 2:30 we'll have
a couple of Polars, some cigarettes and a
'tiki' food. By 7 I think it will get a bit
cooler and from 8
o'clock I will seri-
ously start making
plans for the future
and believe me... I
have plenty of
Story & photo by
tonaire Reporter August 3-1 2UU0
On The Island Sinec