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i May 1630, 2008; Volume 15, Issue 10
uelpiNg Boade G ro o~ow R esponisib
Kunuku Shimaruku, PO Box 407, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles, Phone 790-8988, 790-6518, email: reporter@bonairenews.com Since 1994

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T he meeting to set a date
for setting a new date for
the dissolution of the Antilles
was postponed. Dutch techno-
crats announced last month that
they believe the islands can't at-
tain their new status before De-
cember 2010. Reasons given were
that the Consensus Kingdom
Laws have to be approved by the
Dutch Second Chamber first.
Curagao and St. Maarten want the
status change for the islands to
happen before the next Parliamen-
tary elections which were to occur
in early 2010.
A final decision on a realistic
plan for constitutional change is
supposed to be taken during the
political consultation scheduled
for May 22.

I In anticipation of the upcom-
ing restructuring, by a vote of 14
to three, the Antillean Parliament
made December 15 Kingdom
Day, a new official holiday in
the Netherlands Antilles. It will
replace the Day of the Antilles
which was October 21.

Beginning last month resi-
dents of the Netherlands Antil-
les have had to specify a reason
when they either send or receive
NAf 150.000 or more from their
account. The transferring com-
mercial bank has the responsibil-
ity to get the information.
In a press release the Central
Bank of the Netherlands Antilles
said the decision had been taken
in light of its task to regulate pay-
ments to and monies received
from abroad.

D This year the Bonaire Hei-
neken Jazz Festival promises to
be the best yet. In the past few
years we have been very fortunate
to have some of the world's most
talented and successful musicians
perform. This year you will find a

sublime combination of Carib-
bean flavored jazz mixed with
jazz from other parts of the world.
And if you really want to get up
close to your favorite musicians
join a late night jam session at one
of Bonaire's hotspots. Don't miss
As a prelude to the festival be at
Kas di Arte on May 21 for an
Opening Art Exhibition with live
jazz starting at 5 pm followed by
an Indonesian meal with live jazz
at The Reef Restaurant.
Page 10 has full details. Presale
Tickets at: Plaza Resort, Divi
Flamingo Resort, Flamingo Book-
store, Valerie's Airport Shop and
the Hotel Rochaline.

D Want even more jazz? Lis-
ten to Mega Jazz on the air!
Mega Jazz is a weekly two-hour
program for jazz lovers, presented
by Guus Gerritsen and Henk
Roozendaal. Listen on FM 101.1
every Sunday and Thursday from
8 to 10 pm. Or go to
www.megafm.com for live
streaming or download of the last
Every week there will be new
guests (musicians and jazz lovers)
with favorite CDs and recordings,
an overview of all jazz spots on
Bonaire, Aruba and Curacao,
listing of the jazz festivals and a
lot of swinging old and new jazz.

SRincon's Catholic Church
will be 150 years old this month
with lots of activities to celebrate,
according to the organizing com-
mittee. This Friday, May 16, at
the Centro di Bario in Rincon
historian B6i Antoin will speak of
the church's history at 8 pm. Then
on the 22, 23 and 24 there will be
ceremonies in the church begin-
ning at 7 pm. On Sunday, May
25, another celebration and toast
will be held in the church starting
at 10 am.

1 Seventeen teenagers, mem-
bers of the St. Maarten Archae-
ology Centre, SIMARC, were
on Bonaire last week for a three
-day exchange with Bonaire
archaeology students, members
of the Bonaire Archaeological
Institute (BONAI). The young-
sters were accompanied by SI-

) Bonaire's 21-meter-long version of The Hague's 50-meter
long "Constitution Bench" has been built at the Mentor inter-
section. Citizens concerned about their future when Bonaire be-
comes a Dutch municipality created it to illustrate their fear that
following the shift they won't be treated equally as European
Dutch. (See the article,"Implosion of the Netherlands Antilles," in
the last issue of The Reporter.).
The original bench in The Hague at Hofweg, near Binnenhof,
says "Everybody in the Netherlands is treated equally in equal
situations. Discrimination because of religion, creed, political incli-
nation, race, sex or on any other grounds is not allowed." The Bon-
aire bench has the same text as the one in the Netherlands but sub-
stitutes the second sentence (Discrimination...) with a Papiamentu

translation of the first sentence.

MARC Director, Dr. Jay Haviser,
and discussed youth, heritage,
science and culture with their
counterparts on Bonaire.
One of the group's recommen-
dations was for Bonaire to map
and tag its oldest and historic trees
as was done on St. Maarten.
The programs were initiated and
directed by Haviser, with Anita
Broer of St. Maarten and Jackie
Bemabela on Bonaire. SIMARC
and BONAI are designed to
stimulate more high school stu-
dents to take an interest and active
role in scientific research of their
island's culture and environment.
The youth exchange is spon-
sored by EU-funded Support to
the Netherlands Antilles Youth
Development Program -SNADYP
and the Obersi Group of Compa-
nies. Next month BONAI students
will go to St. Maarten.

0 In an unrelated incident, St
Maarten authorities have ar-
rested five young men they say
were involved in tossing a
homemade bomb at the Bonaire
sports delegation three weeks
ago, resulting in injury to one of
the soccer coaches of the Bonaire

delegation, Shakairo Oleana. One
young man confessed to making
the "crofty bomb" an easily as-
sembled mixture of highly reac-
tive chemicals in a plastic con-
tainer and throwing it at mem-
bers of a Bonaire delegation, said
St. Maarten Police Chief, Taco
The injuries to the victim was
not severe. Nevertheless, the
young bomb makers could be tried
for attempted murder, as the reac-
tion of a crofty is very unstable,
highly unpredictable and has
proven to be even fatal. The con-
struction and aftermath of a crofty
bomb can be seen on You Tube.
The Governor of the Island Ter-
ritory of St. Maarten, Franklyn E.
Richards, sent a personal letter of
solidarity to Bonaire's people and
Governor shortly after the inci-

) Selling prices of Dutch
homes are expected to rise
around 3% annually according to
Rabobank analysts. The median
house price in Holland is currently
244.000 ($378,000), up 6.000
($9,300) from last year. In the US
(Continued on page 4)


Table of Contents

This Week's Stories
Flotsam & Jetsam, Constitution
Bench 2
Waterlands Art Wall 3
Marine Park Algae Search 3
Salba Nos Lora Art 6
Dutch Soccer team to visit 7
Bonfysio -Fit & Healthy 8
Ombudsman Visit 9
Bonaire Jazz Festival 2008 10
Asyla Ten Holt Art Show 11
Bonaire's Dolphin Groupies 11
Letters to the Editor (SGB Is-
sues, Quad Control, Algae No 13
The Seven Colors and Mam-
paria Cutu 18
Bonaire On Wheels (Land
Rover) 19

Weekly Features
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Profiles-Eddie Christiaan 5
Bonairean Voices (Animal Lov-
ers) 7
Sudoku Puzzle 7
Sudoku Answer 12
Dining & Shopping Guides 12
Tide Table 13
Reporter Masthead 13
Classifieds 14
Picture Yourself (Spain, Baha-
mas) 15
Did You Know (Fiddler Crab)
What's Happening 16
Sky Park (Mars/Manger) 17
Pet of the Week (Henk-dog) 18
Star Power-Astrology 17
Island View (Friends) 19

How to contact us
Letters to the Editor:
Story tip or idea:
Print and Online
Bonairenews.com, then click
on "Go to Archives"
The Publisher:

The Bonaire Reporter,
P. Box 407, Bonaire,
Neth. Antilles.
Phone 790-8988
Phone 790-6518
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Flotsam and Jetsam (Cont. from page 2)
home prices are dropping and ex-
pected to trend that way through
this year. The median home price
in California fell from $554,280 (
360.282) in February 2007 to
$429,790 ( 279.363) in January
2008. Bonaire housing prices
have risen 5-10% in the past 12
months according to our sources.

West African sand storms
boosted by rising hot air can
reach up to 15,000 feet high. The
dust carried by wind travels over
the Atlantic Ocean for thousands
of miles, reaches the Caribbean
turning the tropical blue skies
hazy, reducing visibility and
affecting air quality. Research
by Trinidad immunologist, Dr.
Michelle Monteil, has shown
that more children seek asthma
treatment when there is a Sa-
haran dust cloud over the area.
Concerns about the effects of
Saharan dust were again sparked
last year when scientists, discov-
ered six harmful pesticides
which can cause severe health
hazards and affect coral reefs in
Sahara dust samples They are
DDE dichlorodiphenyldichloro-
ethylene) a breakdown product
of DDT (Dichloro-Diphenyl-
Trichloroethane), HCB
(hexachlorobenzene), Endosul-
fan 1, Endosulfan 2, Endosulfan
Sulphate and Trans Chlordane,
Chlorpyrisos and Dacthal.

D A special team from the US
is working on removing the as-
bestos from the Scientology
cruise ship Freewinds in the dry
dock in Curacao. The team is be-
ing supervised by an independent
agency from the Netherlands. On
April 28 the Freewinds was sealed
and quarantined at the Mathey
Wharf following the discovery of
significant amounts of harmful
blue asbestos in the ship's struc-
ture. The Freewinds is a frequent
visitor to Bonaire and numerous
island activities have been hosted
aboard the ship.
MV Freewinds is a cruise ship
owned and operated by the Church
of Scientology under the name
"Majestic Cruise Lines." Thou-
sands of people have been aboard
the Freewinds after paying to at-
tend Scientology courses, training
services and functions. Stories
have appeared in Dutch newspa-
pers suggesting that people who
spent time aboard Freewinds
should be checked by a doctor.

D An article in the UK newspa-
per publication, The Guardian,
gives facts about calorie burning
during a scuba dive. They pro-
vide the following information,
which suggests that regular scuba
diving can assist/promote weight
loss and increase strength and
general fitness.
Shapely legs: Swimming with
fins (flippers) is like water-based
weight-training firming the front
of the thighs as you kick down and
the back of the thighs as you kick
Weight loss: Surprisingly good

for burning energy. Someone
weighing approximately 70kg
(155 lbs.) burns 13 calories a min-
ute while scuba diving, so a 45-
minute dive would use 585 calo-
Cardio respiratory fitness:
According to the British Thoracic
Society, scuba divers tend to have
larger-than-average lungs and an
increased vital capacity.
Upper body strength: The
back, shoulders and arms get a
certain amount of work lugging
around equipment.

D A bill that would place
"ocean rangers" on cruise ships
that operate from California
ports passed its first stage in
becoming law because the cruise
industry does not adequately pro-
tect its passengers from crime and
has a poor record of self-policing
its environmental law compliance.
Cruise lines would pay for the
program through a $1 surcharge
per passenger for each day the
ocean ranger would be onboard.
Bonaire's environmental protec-
tion efforts may benefit if all
cruise ships were required to have
an ocean ranger program

> CIEE Research Station
Bonaire (Kaya Gob. Debrot 21)
announces its next free public
lecture on Wednesday May 21st
at 7:30. The subject will be
"Reefs in the Greenhouse," a
look at the possible future of
coral reefs under conditions of
global climate change, presented
by John Ware, PhD, President,
SeaServices, Inc.( seaser-
vices.org ). To many people,
global climate change equals
global warming, but there are
more aspects of human-induced
climate change than increasing
temperature. Dr. Ware will pro-
vide a reasonably objective
evaluation of the current state of
coral reefs and some best
guesses for the next 100 years.
Everyone is welcome. It's still

I Last Friday was the last get-
together of the "I Like to
Read" (Mi Gusta Lesa) group
organized by SEBIKI, Bon-
aire's social agency that helps
with early childhood develop-
ment. The topic was "A Story
for my Mother." The animated
session of mothers and children
featured gift giving, songs and
poems to commemorate
Mother's Day.

I Bonaire plans its own Walk
of Four Days, loosely modeled
after the "Vierdaagse" Interna-
tional Four-Day Marches in Ni-
jmegen, The Netherlands. It's set
for July 31, August, 1,2,3 2008.
Bonaire plans an event of 100
km. total, divided into four 25-
km. segments with camps at So-
robon, Landhuis Karpata and
Slagbaai, Washington Park. It's
to give walkers and cyclists a
chance to prove their fitness
while enjoying the natural

beauty of Bonaire. The event is
to benefit the Center For Chil-
dren in Poverty Foundation
which helps single mothers and
children. Contact (09) 697-1235
for more information.

Each year, on the 12th of
May, nurses worldwide cele-
brate their profession and
unite to take pride in their jobs
and show the world the impor-
tance of their work in a variety
of ways and events. International
Nurses Day is held each year on
the 12th of May, the birth date
of Florence Nightingale. She
made many reforms to nursing
and health care as a result of her
hard work, dedication and train-
ing of fellow nurses.

Did you know that motor-
cycles are environmentally
friendly, emitting much less

CO2 and pollut-
ants per mile
than almost any
automobile? In
addition, they are
fun to ride. For
example a Harley
-Davidson Sport-
ster gets between
47 MPG and 60
MPG. Scooters
use even less.
There are several
shops on Bonaire
that rent scooters
and motorcycles
of various sizes.

Wonder why
the prices are so
affordable at
Interiyours, the
furniture and
antique empo-
rium? It's because
there is no middle
man. Their con-
tainers filled with
unique and beauti-
ful things for the
home and garden
come directly
from Indonesia -
no stops in
Europe. Interiy-
ours is located on
the dirt road be-
hind Rocargo and
They're open 9 am
to 6 pm, non-stop
Tuesday through

Page 4

0 Bonaire is this year's re-
cipient of the prestigious Is-
lands Magazine/Caribbean
Tourism Organization 2008
Sustainable Tourism Award,
one of the most prestigious and
significant honors it has ever
received. Bonaire was honored
for its longstanding commitment
and leadership role in marine
conservation and for proactive
measures in protecting the ma-
rine environment.
The award was presented by
Mr. Ty Sawyer, Editorial Direc-
tor for Islands, during an awards
luncheon at the 10th Annual

Friday; Saturday until 1 pm. Tel.
717-5449. Stop by and see for
yourself. It's like visiting a mu-
seum of distinctive furnishings.

D The Reporter welcomes two

Sustainable Tourism Conference
in the Turks and Caicos. Bon-
aire's Lt. Governor Herbert Do-
macass6 accepted the award on
behalf of the island and was
accompanied by Mrs. Ronella
Tjin Asjoe-Croes, Director of
Tourism, and Elsmarie Beuken-
boom, Director of STINAPA.
The Sustainable Tourism
Award recipient was selected by
a panel of judges from Islands
Magazine and the Caribbean
Tourism Organization who re-
viewed all of the entries submit-
ted by CTO member countries.

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Profi es: Eddie Cistiaan. Fisherman, Motivator and Philosopher

Eddie Cristiaan was born on
Bonaire. The day of his
birth he was flown to Curacao
because he was born with a big
hole in his stomach. Miraculously,
that day a small plane was due to
fly to Curacao, and miraculously, a
woman from Rincon was on that
flight and offered to deliver him to
the hospital. Ever since his life has
continued to be full of miracles.
Eddie grew up with six brothers
and sisters, but he spent the years
between his third and ninth birth-
days at the house of this woman in
Rincon. As a gesture of gratitude
his parents allowed her to be his
second mother in his formative
She was a strict, religious
woman. He learned about a God
that one must fear and be ex-
tremely careful not to provoke to
revenge. The women in this family
didn't marry, and most of them
became nuns. They went to the
Catholic Church every day, pray-
ing to be spared the wrath of God.
Even at a young age Eddie ques-
tioned why one had to be friends
with a Higher Power who would
punish you for sure. These
thoughts laid the foundation for his
spiritual search later in life.
Eddie is well known for his
swimming lessons for kids and
elderly people. He's been doing
this for 35 years and has taught
four generations on Bonaire how
to feel and be safe in the water. He

started to give his first classes at
Sunset Beach in 1970 when the
hotel still existed. Unfortunately
that beach won't be accessible in
the future because a new private
project by Divi is being built there.
In those days, parents paid for
the lessons according to their fi-
nancial situation. Eddie just asked
for a small compensation for his
time, which was three to four
times a week. In the very begin-
ning the kids he taught to swim
were Dutch kids and tourists' kids
who were staying at the hotel.
When he started his swimming
classes, about 70% of the Bo-
nairean population couldn't swim
at all in spite of the nearby ocean.
They weren't very interested in
learning how to swim either. Even
most of the fishermen didn't know
how to swim. But when Eddie
started taking his own kids, a son
and a daughter, and their friends to
the beach to teach them, it drew
more and more interest.
The first Bonairean who he
taught to swim was Dr. Giovanni
Frans. In 35 years Eddie estimates
to have taught around 16,000 chil-
dren how to swim. The friendships
with the families often remain
close. Last year he was invited to
be the godfather of the son of one
of his first pupils. And he was
invited to attend the wedding of a
couple who grew up on Bonaire,
learned to swim here and returned

Eddie went to school when the
Fraters (Christian Brothers) were
in charge of the schools. From the
age of 12 he helped his father fish,
a way of earning his living that he
has been doing ever since. He
owns his own boat and is proud of
the fact that he's always remained

"He experienced a
huge void in his life
after his mother's
death, but it was
more a spiritual void
than it was her actual

Eddie once had a radio program
talking about sports and later on
more diverse subjects. He is the
founder of Copi Bon, a coopera-
tive for fishermen on Bonaire. He
is also a board member of several
football associations and is active
in establishing Aveste, an organi-
zation that hopes to set up a social
consciousness in the various bar-
rios of Bonaire to prevent crime.
The program's aim is to encourage
parents to take responsibility for
their children. Last year he went to
all the elementary schools to speak
to the children about how to be-
have in a social, responsible way,
to respect each and every human

here to get married. being.

These kinds of
contributions to
society started to
take a different
shape some four
years ago when
a profound
change took
place in Eddie's
life after his
mother died.
He experi-
enced a huge
void in his life
after her death,
but it was more
a spiritual void
than it was her
actual death.
One night he had
a spiritual awak-
ening which
showed him
universal spiri-
tual truths. He understood that love
is the most essential truth of all
and that it all starts with respect
and love for oneself. He stopped
drinking from that very day and
started studying all kinds of phi-
losophies, world religions and
Eastern traditions. Books came to
him often by surprise (he couldn't
find them in the local library).
Sometimes tourists sent him a
book he was looking for, and
sometimes people gave him a spe-
cific book he was interested in. He
spends all his free time now read-
ing, and he has stacks of books all

over his house. He has developed a
broad view of life and is not lim-
ited to one particular spiritual view
or philosophy or religion, but he
does believe in reincarnation and
karma. "Cause and effect is just a
fact of life," he says. He doesn't
see God as a personalized figure
but as the goodness and love in
each and every living being.
"Advocating or holding on to one
particular religion has been and
still is very destructive," he says.
"All the books I have read, in es-
sence, state the same thing: all
(Continued on page 7)

Bonaire Reporter May 16-30, 2008

Page 5


T he Salba Nos Lora art
competition was a great
success, with over 100 pieces of
art in a variety of mediums in-
cluding glass, wood, canvas,
fabric, as well as many on paper.
The entries were divided into
categories by age. There were
between two and four prize win-
ners per category depending on
the number of entries and those
winners got to chose which of
the many fantastic prizes they
10 Years and under
lst Charlotte Uding
2nd Chanel
11-13 Years
1"t Vera Ghazzooli
2nd Emily Fisher
3rd Jlona Lane
4th Alexandra Platijn
14-18 Years
1"t Timo van der Veen
2nd Ruanlys Martis
3rd Nethanja Bendt
4th Gideon Jansen
l"t Anita Vader
2nd Gemma van der Linden
3rd Judy Bijman
All but one prize was donated.
Salba Nos Lora would like to
thank the following:
Dive and Adventure, Kiteboarding
Bonaire, Jibe City, Outdoor Bonaire,
Land sailing Bonaire, Jerry Ligon

Bird Tours, Bonaire
Motorcycle Shop, The
Bonaire Bikers, Chat 'n'
Browse, Pasa Bon Pizza
and Mangazina Di Rei.
This year Salba Nos
Lora had a stand on
Rincon day and the
top art from the com-
petition was dis-
played. There was
also information
about the wild loras,
the care of pet loras
and about the founda-
tion itself. Many peo-
ple stopped in to have
a look at the artwork
or to ask parrot ques-
tions with the Salba
Nos Lora crew on The w
hand. Later in the day, trapun
having recovered Bonair
somewhat from their
morning run to Rin-
con, the parrot team donned the
incredible lora costumes loaned
by Warehouse Bonaire. Immedi-
ately things were different, so
many more people noticed the
stall, kids and adults alike
wanted their picture taken and
stickers were being given out to
everyone. The parrot team know
not of fatigue!
The artwork events were not

inning adult entry, an embroidered
to lora scene by Anita Vader. The
e Reporterplaced the winning bid
for this superb artwork.

over. The following Saturday
Salba Nos Lora held a fundrais-
ing Art Auction at Captain Don's
Habitat. A few technical hitches
early on gave the attendees more
time to enjoy the free wine gen-
erously donated by the Antilean
Wine Company. The parrot
lovin' movie "Amore!" was
playing as people arrived but this
was not nearly as "saucy" as had
been promised. Despite no

Winner in the 14-18year age group, Timo van der Veen, at the
Rincon Day lora exhibit.

knowledge of how to run an auc-
tion the Salba Nos Lora crew
managed to pull it off and a fun
and cash liberating evening was
had by all. Nearly NAf 1.400
was raised and this will go a long
way to protecting the loras on
There is one more stage in this
amazing artwork adventure and

that is to create a new campaign
poster highlighting the lora's
protected status. A montage of
the winning art will somehow be
sculped into a poster and this will
be displayed around Bonaire.
Look out for it in the coming
months. U Story & photos by
Sam Williams


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laL Nos LeR Art Qleebltian~


When we talk about animal lovers
we might think of Marina Melis
with her more than 300 donkeys or Mar-
lies Tiepel at the Animal Shelter. But be-
sides these two people there are a lot of
Bonaireans who love animals. I myself
was raised among all kinds of animals,
which helped me to appreciate them
more. Their cute, innocent faces and their
naughty looks make you understand they
too have feelings as some of the ladies I
interviewed said.
She (34) confirms: "Some people have
animals as a protection for their homes.
That is true, they can protect your prop-
erty very well. As it is in their nature they
tend to protect what belongs to them, but I
like to have them because they bring a
pleasant atmosphere into my home. They
make me happy when I'm sad, they keep
me company when I'm alone. I care for
my dogs as part of the family. They have
fresh food and water every day. They
have their regular bath, and I take them
for a ride, to the beach and wherever else
I can take them. Animals have feelings

and as well as you take care of them they
will take care of you.
Like this experience I had with an old
lady that I knew. She had this dog that
was overprotective. Nobody could come
into the yard or the house. One day the
old lady got very sick and fell on the
floor. The dog sensed what was going on
and cried and made unhappy noises until
all the neighbors came out of their houses
to see what was going on. That day the
dog let people come into the house be-
cause he sensed that something was
wrong with his owner. So if you under-
stand, those unpleasant noises that he was
making were a cry for help and he got
help. Unfortunately, the old lady died.
Dogs really care for their owner if they
are treated right. If you don't have time
and can't give the animal the love and
care they need it's better that you leave
them where they are. Don't forget they
have feelings too."
Another lady (38) said, "I love animals,
but when I was living in Sint Maarten I
couldn't have an animal at the house be-
cause I didn't have enough space. So
when I got to Bonaire the first thing I

wanted for my children was a dog.
Our first dog that we got in August
2003 we named Princess because it
was the first pet we owned in Bon-
aire and we treated her like a prin-
cess She was so friendly and was
part of the family. Thoughtless peo-
ple poisoned the dog in our own
yard in February 2004. We cried so
much because we'd lost a member
of the family. We had a regular fu-
neral for her and mourned her for
days. Then in Mach 2004 we got
two other dogs, Tiger and Beertje.
Unfortunately Beertje got sick and
died. Last April 30, we were at Rin-
con Day, but when we came home
we saw Tiger dead in the yard. Someone
had shot him. That was a very unpleasant
I like to have animals so the kids can
learn how to take care of an animal, give
it food, water and give it its bath. The
animals bring joy, fun and protection into
the house. You must love animals, and
don't forget a dog is man's best friend.
They give you good company. So if you
have a dog, he or she deserves to be well

taken care of. Otherwise, find a solution.
You can bring it to the animal shelter or
give it to someone who can really take
good care of it. Love and care is all they
need, just as you need love and care." 0
Siomara E. Albertus

Send your comments to
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Profiles (Continued from page 5)
living beings are here on earth to
express their divine source, in
whatever way they choose. To
judge someone else is ignorance.
Nobody is perfect; all we can do is
to try."
Eddie lives his life now feeling
like he is having a vacation. He
feels happy and enjoys being with
all kinds of people, exchanging
thoughts, accepting whatever life
brings him. "One can only be an
example of kindness," he says.
"One cannot preach kindness if
one doesn't live it. This goes for
everything else. Don't tell kids or
grown ups what to do. Show them

alternatives by discussing other
possibilities, and if they choose to
try another way, support and help
them. Life is a journey," Eddie
says. "The longest stretch we have
to take is the journey from our
heads towards our hearts, but if we
reach this goal, life really makes
Eddie Cristiaan, an exceptional
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Dutch Soccer Team To Visit

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Peter Oerlemans (organizer), Jacco Swart (member of the Board of Directors of NEC, Ni-
jmegen), Ferdinand Bernabela (coach F.F.B.), Burney Elhage (Commissioner of the island of
Bonaire), Silvio "Chio" Semeleer (Sedrebo) and Jan Willem 't Hoorst (Caribbean Club Bonaire).
(Photograph: J@n Brouwer)

n Friday, May 9, a conference was held at the Caribbean Club Bonaire. Subject was the in-
tended visit in June of a team of Dutch soccer players. The goal is triple. The Dutch soccer
Club NEC, Nijmegen, established in 1900, wants to organize an intensive training camp for their
group of 22 soccer players. As well the Dutch soccer club wants to organize several football clinics,
especially for the youngsters (male and female) of Bonaire, and third, the NEC soccer club wants to
pay serious attention to the aspect of team building.
According to Silvio "Chio" Semeleer, three soccer clinics will be organized by NEC for the boys
and girls of Bonaire. Oerlemans informed the public about the competition between Dutch and Bo-
nairean players on Saturday, June 28, in the stadium in Kralendijk. Some 4,000 visitors are expected.
The Dutch soccer team will be on Bonaire from June 24 until July 1 or 2, some eight days. The
delegation will exist of 22 soccer players, eight assistants and two directors. Oerlemans is expecting
a great happening. Tickets for the match are available from Saturday, June 7.
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PRobert Smaal, who previ-
ously worked at BonFysio for
six years, is back on the island
again, this time as owner of Bon-
Fysio. Although he'd fallen in
love with Bonaire in those days,
Smaal left the island five years
ago to open his own practice in
Holland. The Antilles still called
to him so after three years in
Holland he sold his practice and
went to work in Aruba ulti-
mately working for two years in
the hospital there with a
big orthopedic and neurologi-
cal rehab team. "I learned so
much there," Robert explains.
But when well known physio-
therapist and frequent visitor to
Bonaire, Dos Winkel, saw
Robert in Aruba he told him that
BonFysio was for sale and that
he would be the perfect person to
buy it. "That brought up my old
love for Bonaire," Smaal says.
"And I still know a lot of the
people and the doctors here."
Robert and his staff of physio-
therapists are everywhere. They
work with patients at BonFysio,
at the hospital and in the patients'
homes. They work with people
who have had operations or who
are in bad shape after having had
pneumonia, or patients who've
had fractures teaching them to
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(s) again. Or patients who've had
total knee, hip and shoulder
replacement operations. "But
what's really difficult and a real
challenge," Robert says, "is
working with children. For in-
stance after having a fracture
they're afraid to use that specific
limb. Ourjob is to play a game
with them, to be inventive, to
distract them, so they forget and
start moving that limb without
thinking about it. Their brain has
to get the message. That's very
He continues, "Often we work
with people who are really moti-
vated to get better and out of the
hospital. Afterwards they come
back to say, 'Hi, look at me, I'm
running again!'"
The team works specifically
with stroke and heart attack vic-
tims, the overweight and obese,
those with chronic low back
pain and diabetics. "Did you
know," Smaal asks, "that the
Antilles has the highest percent-
age of Type 2 diabetics in the
whole world? We are starting to
work with diabetic groups, doc-
tors, dietitians and diabetic
nurses. With a specific exercise
program, after awhile they can
often go back from injecting
insulin to oral medicines or no
medicines at all! We're hoping to

get medical insurance to cover
this for our patients," he adds.
BonFysio also offers medical
fitness, in small groups, for in-
stance weight loss or back pain.
"We give them advice on pos-
ture, how they can exercise here
and at home," Smaal says, pre-
ventative exercises."
People signing up for normal
fitness get a schedule designed
for them and a check up before
and after 12 sessions. There's
also unguided fitness with an
introduction, or personal train-
ing, one on one. And they all get
to train on high tech rehab equip-
ment made by Technogym in
A final word from Robert:
"Listen to your body. Most peo-
ple don't. It's telling your some-
thing when you have for instance
tiredness, sharp pain or a burning
Call BonFysio. They can help
you interpret what your body is
telling you. They're located at
Kaya Grandi 67, across from
Xerox. Tel. 717-7030, 717-7850.

The BonFysio team is a major
player in "Bonaire Wellness
Month" starting June 1. All dur-
ing the month of June there will
be free running clinics, physio-
therapy health checkups: blood
pressure, fat percentage checks,

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An Ombudsman is an official,
usually (but not always) ap-
pointed by the government who
is charged with representing the
interests of the public by investi-
gating and addressing com-
plaints reported by individual

On May 7, Dr. Alex
Brenninkmeijer, the Na-
tional Ombudsman for the Neth-
erlands, held a short press con-
ference in Bonaire's Passangra-
han. He has been visiting with
the local governments of the
Antilles to discuss the role of the
Ombudsman and the implica-
tions of having such official in-
stitutions on each island to deal
with aggrieved individuals and
will aim to find acceptable solu-
tions to their problems.
The goal of Dr. Brenninkmei-
jer's visit will be to examine how
the National Ombudsman will
play a role for the BES islands
(Bonaire, St Eustatius, Saba).

What is the added bonus of
having the Ombudsman here?

The institution of the National
Ombudsman of the Netherlands
has existed since 1982, and its
status as a High Council of State
guarantees its independence and
impartiality. The procedures and
jurisdiction ofthe Ombudsman

are enshrined in a statute. The
present National Ombudsman is
Alex Brenninkmeijer (appointed
in October 2005), and the Dep-
uty National Ombudsman is
Frank van Dooren. Both are
appointed by the lower house of
the Dutch parliament (the House
ofRepresentatives) for six years.
(source: 2006 Annual Report
of the National Ombudsman of
the Netherlands)

The role of the Ombudsman in
the BES islands, all small com-
munities, will be to allow the
people to have easier access to
local government in regard to
dealing with problems they may
experience. Individual citizens
who feel aggrieved or unjustly
treated can turn to an independ-
ent body for protection: the Om-
budsman. There will be an Om-
budsman office on each of the
BES islands.
Although there will be guid-
ance from the National Ombuds-
man offices in Holland it will not
be a case of their telling the Bon-
aire office what to do. It is im-
portant for the Ombudsman in
Bonaire to operate from a local
standpoint, with local employees
who are familiar with Bonairean
customs and practices. A highly
visible place will be created here
where people can go to have
their story heard, where they are

pointed in the right direction for
finding a solution to their prob-
lem and helped in putting their
problem on paper so it can be
dealt with in a more formal man-
The office of the Ombudsman
will have a representative to all
government bodies, a contact
who will deal with the problems
put to that particular government
body. And the Ombudsman will
engage in constant dialogue with
these government bodies in order
to draw attention to the problem
and to find an effective action to
solve it. Instituting investiga-
tions, raising instances of unfair-
ness, cutting through red tape
and sharing expertise with gov-
ernment bodies are ways in
which the Ombudsman will try
and resolve problems.
As Bonaire is a very small
community where everyone
knows one another one has to
take into consideration the
"culture of fear." This means that
when you "rock the boat" there
may be repercussions when you
voice your dissatisfaction with a
situation, and you may experi-
ence some negative reactions
from the people involved. The
Ombudsman will help break
down this culture of fear by al-
lowing the complainants to re-
main anonymous. This will cre-
ate an atmosphere where the

people will feel that the
Ombudsman is a trust-
worthy and powerful
ally, meaning that going
through the Ombuds-
man's offices will not do
damage to the complain-
ant, that they will be pro-
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In the Netherlands the Om
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plaints from the general public
in regard to police and law injus-
tices. The Ombudsman is aiming
for an authority to act against
police and local law enforce-
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This ultimately results in the
government bodies having to
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into account the individual's
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gations of the Ombudsman and
their mediating between com-
plainants and administrative
authorities are key to restoring
the public's confidence in their

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F or the fourth consecutive year Bon-
aire will host a top-notch Heineken
Jazz Festival The Heineken Jazz Festi-
val, 2008, will be held from May 22 to 25
and promises to become another big suc-
cess. The festival will be opened by the
Lt. Governor on May 22 with a "Jazz and
Poetry" presentation in Fort Oranje. The
evening will start off with local "Poets
and Musicians," followed by Izaline Cal-
ister and her trio. Izaline will perform her
personal musical style which is a mixture
of jazz and the music of her native Cura-
The second evening, May 23, will be
held at Plaza Resort and will start with the
Bonaire Student band, strengthened by
professional musicians from the Festival.
Last year this band "stole the show" with
a fantastic performance. Frankie Yanga's
Quintet "Footsteps Ahead" will follow
along with local percussionist Boy Janga
and a Cuban saxophonist. Izaline Calister
will again perform, this time with her full
band of nine musicians.
The third evening will also be held at
the Plaza Resort and will start with local
band, Jon Hilgers' Blues Band, Tin Foil.
This performance will be followed by the
Venezuelan Jazz band Empatia, led by
prize winning Pablo Gil, com-
poser, saxophonist and flutist. The main
act this third evening will be Willie Marti-
nes with his La Familia Sextet playing
New York Style Latin Jazz. Willie is a
professional drummer, percussionist and
singer and he and his band play regularly
in the Lennox Lounge in New York City.
The fourth and final day of the Festival,

May 25, will be held at the Divi Flamingo
Resort with a Jazz Brunch where festival
musicians and local jazz artists will hold a
rousing jam session while guests can en-
joy a wonderful brunch. Last year this
jazz brunch was one of the highlights of
the Festival.
Scott Katzev, Philadelphia saxophonist,
whose parents own a home on Bonaire,
will perform as guest soloist with several
of the bands during the Festival, including
the Student band and Tin Foil.
During the Jazz Festival there will be an
art exposition at Kas di Arte sponsored by
the Bonaire Jazz Foundation. The opening
on May 21 is scheduled at 5 pm to a back-
ground of live jazz. The expositions on
May 22 and 23 from 5 until 7 pm will also
be accompanied by local jazz groups and
guest players.
Starting times on Thursday, Friday and
Saturday will be at 7:30 pm and the pro-
grams will end around midnight. The Jazz
Brunch will start at 11:30 am. Entrance

fees are low due to
generous sponsoring
by many of our is-
land's businesses.
Entrance fee for the
first evening at Fort
Oranje with "Jazz
and Poetry" will be
NAf 10 and for the
main concerts on
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day an entrance
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50 for both. A ticket
to the Jazz Brunch will cost
$25 or NAf 45 including the
buffet brunch. For regular
updates about the Festival and details
about the bands please visit
www.bonairejazz.com. 0 Photos & story
Bonaire Jazz Foundation

The supporters for the Festival are a
cross section of the island and include:
Heineken, the Title Sponsor, RE/MAX Para-
dise Homes- Main Sponsor, Littman's -Main
Sponsor, Plaza Resort Bonaire -Main Sponsor,
MCB Bonaire who is Sponsoring Izaline Cal-
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Asyla Ten Holt (left) presents the photo of Elisabeth Booi, Bonaire's first recog-
nized (by the Queen) woman artist and poet, to Jackie Bernabelafor the Bonaire
Museum. The Museum has four or five ofMs. Booi's paintings but no photo of
her until now.

A syla Ten Holt's exhibition going on
at the Kas di Arte right now is a
retrospective of her years in Bonaire dur-
ing the 80s. Viewing her oils and multi-
media renderings of that period is particu-
larly poignant as the face of Bonaire
changes daily with all the new develop-
ment and building. Changes are apparent
in the views of the harbor and in the work
of the people. During that period in Bon-
aire, Asyla worked with children, with
other artists and had exhibitions. Her work
lives on in the coral stone flamingos in
the pavement of Kaya Grandi. Many of
her paintings are on permanent display at
the Maduro Bank Bonaire and the WEB
Asyla is a Reiki master, a yoga therapist,
art practitioner and poet. She conducts art
classes, hand crafting and flowing yoga.
Her sense of spirituality is reflected in all
of her works.
In addition to her paintings, on display
and for sale are herjewelry designs made
of healing stones and crystals, prints of her
work and exotic hand-tie-dyed tee shirts.
For more information about the artist,

see her website: WWW.asylatenholt.com.
Tel. 526-8813
The exhibition, "Remembering Bon-
aire from the 80s," will continue until
Sunday, May 18. Open hours are 9 am
to noon and 4 to 8 pm. 0 L.D.

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T hanks to the collabo-
I- ration of an island
resident and a visiting bi-
ologist it's almost 100% certain that
Bonaire has a group of resident bottle-
nose dolphins. When Ron Sewell learned
that a dolphin specialist, Dr Daniela Mald-
ini, had begun teaching Marine Biology at
CIEE, he arranged to meet.
Ron has been keeping records of BND
sightings for 10 years and until meeting
Dr Maldini didn't know how to interpret
the value and the implications of his re-
cords. But Dr. Maldini did.
Dr Maldini, who specializes in ocean
mammals research took hundreds of pho-
tographs (see photos) of the dorsal fins of
passing dolphins during the past months.
As a result about 50 dolphins have now
been catalogued and named using the
unique fin patterns. With Ron the "The
Bonaire Coastal Bottlenose Dolphin
Group" has been founded.
Local volunteers have agreed to be on
duty several times each week to spring
into action when groups of dolphins are
sighted. Using boats or cars, they photo-
graph the dorsal fins of any passing
groups so that it can be confirmed that the
same dolphin pods continue to be present
throughout the whole year.
An informal sighting network had been
in place for some years, with kind resi-
dents living along the coast calling Ron
each time a group was spotted in order to
identify the species and gather information
about group size, number of young, direc-
tion of travel, feeding pattern and so on.
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dive operators, kite surfers, etc. in the
event of a dolphin sighting.
Dr. Maldini has offered to continue to
help analyze results and provide extra
scientific input.
If any reader with suitable camera equip-
ment would like to become a volunteer
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Bella Vista Restaurant, Buddy's Pool Bar Moderate. Breakfast daily 6:30-10 am Buddy's Magnificent Theme Nights: Sat. Steak Night; Mon. "Dive and
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At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort Waterfront Open 7 days from 6-9pm. Only NAf 28,50 or $16.
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SGB High School Issues

Dear Editor:
I completely agree with Mary
Ann Koops' article on the state of
the SGB buildings in The Reporter
of May 2-16, but did you know
that things are much worse? Now
that her article and the pictures of
the SGB grounds in The Reporter
have opened Pandora's box, I will
add some more.
Did you know, for example, that
SGB teachers have been earning
the same salary, except for living
cost index raises, for the last 15
years? How can people be moti-
vated to keep on doing their work
well if they are never shown appre-
ciation in the form of a rise in sal-
ary? Kids on Bonaire and their
school can be considered lucky
that every year there are still teach-
ers at SGB, some of whom have
been working here for years, who
are still doing their utmost to edu-
cate Bonairean youngsters in a
refreshing way. But for how long,
now that the prices for housing and
for food in our supermarkets are
However, there are also problems
at the school itself. Like the man-
agement that changes every cou-
ple of years because there's no
agreement on how to run a school
well. As a result the school has to
make decisions on policies and
vision time and time again, and up
to this moment there is hardly any
vision and even less policy on im-
portant issues such as safety. If a
catastrophe should occur (the pos-
sibility of an explosion around the
science department was a pretty

big issue a few weeks ago), no-
body would know what to do be-
cause there is no set plan.
There is conflict within the
school's management due to
strife and politics. This does not
contribute to a team atmosphere
among the different departments in
the school. Decision-taking is also
hampered because of this. And
who are the victims of this? That's
right, it's always the students.
Did you know that, since SGB is
the only government funded high
school on Bonaire students of all
ages and all abilities have to go to
the same place, the SGB. You
would expect a lot of care and at-
tention given by specialized people
for problems that may result from
having these mixed groups of kids.
For example, if there are students
who tend to be more violent than
others, there needs to be a good
policy on how to deal with this and
one would expect to find people
who have studied how to deal with
troubled adolescents.
At SGB there are many hard-
working teachers, two counsellors
with a part-time job, but hardly
any other specialised persons.
Without this support it's more
probable that an unresolved issue
can lead to increasing schoolyard
Last, but not least, SGB is not
only Bonaire's secondary school
but also Bonaire's community col-
lege. This means that the grounds,
the buildings and the furniture,
which are not in a good state as it
is, are used from 7.30 to 18.30. In
order to maintain everything the
school needs someone to head the
maintenance department, alas,

Quad Control
the Editor Waste water NO

Sam Williams photo

there is no such person at SGB.
Sometimes one wonders whether
there are any maintenance people
at all. So if the windows are bro-
ken, they will remain like that. And
then we get to Mary Ann's broken
window theory again and the circle
is complete.
Another concerned and
involved individual.

Quad Control & Compromise
Dear Editor:
I read with interest about the new
sign to discourage vehicles from
damaging the mangrove area near
at Lac (Envirowatch, April 18th-
May2nd). I often go to the north of
the island and I regularly see vehi-
cle tracks in inappropriate places.
Last week I found quad tracks that
had churned up a small walking
trail in a remote area. As an envi-
ronmentally concerned individual I
find this damage frustrating. How-
ever, I wear two hats, and the other
one is that of a thrill seeking petrol
head so I can understand the ill
placed motivation of the damaging
motorist. For those who enjoy such
things, nearly getting stuck on a
quad bike or going sideways in a
buggy is great fun.
I wonder whether it is possible to
find a solution where people can
have motorised fun here on Bon-
aire without destroying the envi-
ronment? I believe that finding a
solution is possible, but there is a
fundamental problem to be ad-
dressed before this will happen.
The problem is that anyone can
easily rent one of these off-road
vehicles yet there are few appropri-
ate places for that individual to use
such vehicles. In a way this breaks
down into two problems, the per-
son and the place they go.
People who choose to rent an off
road vehicle have not made that
choice so that they can act respon-
sibly. If they were going to they

Waste Water NO.
Dear Editor,
I have been a regular visitor to
Bonaire, my favorite diving desti-
nation of the many Caribbean Is-
lands I've visited and dived, since
the early 1980s. I was there in
January of this year, and could not
help but notice the slow but clear
deterioration of the reef, especially
in the heavily populated area near
the resorts and hotels (we had our
compulsory first dive out in front
of Buddy's, and later did a night
dive near there). I wondered if
global warming might be responsi-
ble, but then I saw the article in
The Reporter, "Clear Blue Water
News," concerned about release of
waste water into the sea.
I am dismayed and saddened at
the thought that the release of un-
treated human waste is allowed. I
must strongly urge those in Bon-
aire who are responsible for ad-
dressing this problem to do so with
the utmost haste and serious pur-
pose! I am already planning my
next trip there for next winter, and
I hope that clear, specific steps will
have been taken to address this
problem by time I get there.
Jim Ogletree

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You can also come in for
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would probably rent a car. Re-
questing that people who rent these
vehicles act responsibly is simply
pointless. They will simply go
somewhere where they believe
they will not get caught. So one
solution would be to stop renting
vehicles without supervision. To
my knowledge there is only one
company responsible enough to
only rent quad bikes under supervi-
sion and these are not the people
disturbing wading birds at Go-
As for the place, well it is unreal-
istic to expect a tourist to know
that the seemingly desolate muddy
shores of Gotomeer are essential
for birds migrating from South
America to the Arctic. And even
when they are told not to, people
will still go on to the dirt there.
The dirt tracks are not the place
either as there are other road users
on them. Perhaps it's time to con-
sider providing a dedicated area
where these vehicles can go. A
place where neither people nor
animals are disturbed. This is a
popular and economically viable
alternative that works elsewhere in
the world.
Sam Williams

Kaya Gloria 7, Bonaire Local Art, Art
Supplies, Framing, and Art Classes.
Open Tu.-We.-Th. & Sat 10 am- 5 pm Fri-
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Make it more livable from the start.
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The leading consumer and business in-
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Lots and lots of great

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Women & Men
Lagoen Hill 18
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ladies' clothes from America size M.
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The popular SGB High School
restaurant, Chez Nous, is now open
to the public. Four-course dinners with
welcome cocktail on Tuesdays. Seat-
ing begins at 6 pm. Lunches on
Wednesday & Thursdays. Call 717-
8120, ask for Chez Nous or email:
HH 2 for 1 (all beverages) 6-7
pm, Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach
* HH-50% off- Buddy Dive Re-
sort, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Divi Flamingo Casino open
daily for hot slot machines, roulette
and blackjack, Monday to Saturday
8 pm- 4 am; Sunday 7 pm- 3 am.
By appointment Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours
$21 (includes tax). Discounts for
residents and local people. Tel. 717-
Parke Publico children's play-
ground open every day into the eve-
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Steak Night On the Beach (a la carte)
with live mariachi- Buddy Dive Re-
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* 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. Big
March first Saturday of the
* All You Can Eat BBQ at Divi
Flamingo with live music, 6 to 9 pm.
Call for reservations 717-8285 ext.
Soldachi Tours-See the real
Bonaire and be transported back in
time. Learn about the history, culture
and nature by Bonaireans from Rin-
con. Call Maria Koeks for more infor-
Mountain Bike Training for
riders of all levels (also Tuesday) at
5pm. Bonaire Wellness Connexions,
Eden Beach, 785-0767, email
info @bonairewellness.com
* Live music 6-9 pm while enjoy-
ing a great dinner in colorful tropical
ambiance at the Chibi Chibi Restau-
rant & Bar, Divi Flamingo. Open
daily 5-10 pm.
* "Dive & Dine" Buddy Dive
Resort, 6:30 -9:30 pm
* Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the
heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call
Maria 717-6435
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Body Vive (Low impact aerobics)
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Resort, 6-10 pm
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* Flamingo Rockers at
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and others, Vespucci Restaurant,
Harbour Village Marina. HH drinks,
gratis tapas, 5-7 pm
* Bonairiaan Restaurant, open 9
-10:30 am, run by teens in training.
Only on Thursdays and Fridays. Cof-
fee, tea, homemade baked goods.
Stichting Project. Kaya J.A. Abra-
* Divi Fitness, Body Balance 6-
7 pm
* Bonairiaan Restaurant, open 9
-10:30 am, run by teens in training.
Only on Thursdays and Fridays. Cof-
fee, tea, homemade baked goods.
Stichting Project. Kaya J.A. Abra-

* Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7-10 pm. $10 per per-
son. Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth
Vos at 565-5225
* Manager's Bash-free Flamingo
Smash & snacks, Live music by Fla-
mingo Rockers, Divi Flamingo,
Balashi Beach Bar 6-7 pm
* Free Rum Punch Party (5:30-
6:30 pm) with Moogie Nation, fol-
lowed by all-u-can-eat BBQ, 7-10 pm,
Buddy Dive Resort
* Divi Fitness, Body Balance 8-9
am; Body Vive 9-10 am

Sunday- Creature Feature- John
and Suzie Wall of Buddy's Digital
photo center present a multimedia
slide Presentation about Buddy's
House Reef pool bar Buddy Dive,
6:30-7 pm, 717-5080
Monday-Dee Scarr's Touch the Sea
Slide Presentation, Capt. Don's Habitat,
8:30 pm. 717-8529
Monday- Land & Ocean Bonaire
by Fish-Eye photo staff, 8 pm on the
big screen in front of Bonaire Dive &
Tuesday -Sea Turtle Conservation
Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles of
Bonaire Slide Show. Every 1st & 3rd
Tuesday, Buddy Dive Resort, 7 pm-
Tuesday-Diving Facts And Fiction
- An Evening with DIR slide/video
show by Caribbean Gas Training, 8
pm, Bonaire Dive & Adventure,786-
Wednesday- Sea Turtle Conserva-
tion Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles
ofBonaire Slide Show, every 2nd &
4th Wednesday at Bruce Bowker's
Carib Inn (717-8819) at 7pm.


Kas Kriyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's
past in this venerable old home that has
been restored and furnished so it appears the
family has just stepped out Local ladies will
tell you the story. Open Monday thru Fri-
day, 9 -12,2-4. Weekends by appointment
Call 717-2445.
Mangasina di Rei, Rincon. Enjoy the
view from "The King's Storehouse." Learn
about Bonaire's culture. Visit homes from
the 17thcentuiy. Daily. Call 717-4060 /
Bonaire Museum onKaya J. v.d. Ree,
behind the Catholic Church in town Open
weekdays from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm Tel.
Washington-Slagbaai National
Park, Museum and Visitors' Center.
Open daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on
some holidays. 717-8444/785-0017


AA meetings every Wednesday at
7:00 PM-every Sunday at 5:00 PM.
Phone: 786-7699 .
Al-Anon meetings every Monday
evening at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Weekly Bonaire Talker Gathering
and Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30
pm call 567-0655 for directions.
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7.30

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pm) All levels, NAf2,50. Call Joop
717-5903 for venue.
Darts Club plays every other Sun-
day at City Caf6. Registration at 4,
games at 5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI First Wednesday of the Month
- Junior Chamber International Bon-
aire (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 wel-
come. Contact: Renata Domacass6
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other
Tuesday, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595,
Jeannette Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at
Kaya Sabana #1. All Lions welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday,
12 noon-2 pm '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.


Protestant Congregation of Bonaire:
Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. In
Papiamentu, Dutch, English, Sundays,
10 am.
Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian, in Papia-
mentu, Sundays, 8:30 am.
Children's club, Saturdays, 5 pm, in
Sunday School, Sundays, 4 pm, in
Rincon. Bible Study and Prayer meet-
ings, Thursdays, at 8 pm, Kralendijk.
New Apostolic Church: Centro di
Bario Nord Salifia, Sundays, 10 am.
Services in Dutch. 700-0379.
International Bible Church of Bon-
aire, at SGB High School auditorium
(Kaya Frater Odulfinus, off Kaya
Korona.) Sunday services in English
at 9 am; Sunday evening prayer meet-
ing at Pastor's home, 7 pm. Fridays, 6
to 8 pm, Light & Life Club, children 5
to 12 yrs. Tel. 717-8332.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Lat-
ter Day Saints: Kaya Sabana #26,
Sundays 8:30 11:30am. In Papia-
mentu, Spanish and English.
Catholic: San Bernardus in Kral-
endijk Services, Sunday at 8 am and
7 pm in Papiamentu, 717-8304.
Our Lady ofCoromoto in Antriol,
Saturday at 6 pm 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 Sun-
day at 10 am. Wednesday Prayer
Meeting at 7:30 pm. 717-2194
Ministerio di Kristu Hesus Services
Sunday mornings at 10 am at Jong Bon-
aire Youth Center in English, Dutch and
Papiamentu. Preaching the full gospel.
Contact: 786-2557.

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"Mars and the Manger and the Beehive"

O n the evenings
of Thursday,
May 22nd, and Friday,
May 23rd, the red
planet Mars will pay a
visit to an exquisite
cluster of stars known
as both the Manger
and the Beehive. So if
you've never seen the
Manger or the Beehive
before now is your
chance to find it using
Mars as the finder.
On Thursday eve-
ning, May 22nd, about
10 pm, face due west
in the Sky Park where
directly above the ho-
rizon you'll see a
steadily glowing rouge
gold light which is our
old friend planet #4, 4,000-mile-wide Mars. And if you're away from city lights
and if you have very good eyesight you'll be able to see a handful of dim stars
clustered together in what some fancifully imagine to be the shape of a beehive or
a manger. But to really see it well you'll need a pair of binoculars which will bring
it crisply into focus. And I guess it does look something like the shape of a bee-
hive. But since most people don't know what a manger looks like, your guess is
good as mine as to why it is also called the Manger.
At any rate on Thursday night, the 22nd, as seen through a pair of binoculars
Mars will stand out brilliantly against this cluster of dim stars. And on Friday
night, the 23rd, Mars will have moved just a little bit farther beyond. So go out
Thursday night and look for Mars' position in front of the Beehive Cluster and
then go out 24 hours later and note how it has moved in relationship to it. Now
this cluster has been noted for thousands of years. In fact in ancient China it was
called Tseih She Ke, which translated means "an exhalation of piled up corpses,"
and believe me I have no idea what that's all about.
But in modem times we refer to this cluster as M-44 which is object #44 in a list
of objects put together by a gentleman named Messier, objects which do not
change their position among the stars and thus should not be mistaken for comets
even though they sometimes resemble them. At any rate back in the early 1600s
Galileo, who was the first person to look at this cluster with a telescope, said that
he saw more than 40 small stars here. Although in modem telescopes we can see
about 200 stars in this group. And all told this group of stars is an incredible 11
light years in diameter and 515 light years away. Plus we now know these stars
are very, very young compared to our own Sun which is about 5 billion years old.
In fact these stars are estimated to have been born only about 400 million years
ago, the same time as dinosaurs ruled our planet.
So on Thursday, the 22nd, and Friday, the 23rd, go outside at 10 pm, look west
and train your binoculars on Mars as it passes in front of a star cluster born less
than half a billion years ago. And see how many stars you can count. Can you
count 40 like Galileo or even more? You just may surprise yourself. Happy Mars,
Beehive, and Manger hunting. U Jack Horkheimer

By Jenny

_f J kLMay 2008

ARIES: March 20th April 20th A New Moon in your house of money will help you
focus more on personal finances. You may even discover new ways to make money from
one of your passions or talents. Avoid emails that could be confusing, it's better to connect
one to one while sharing your thoughts.
TAURUS: April 20th May 21st With a New Moon and Venus in your sign you'll feel
refreshed and ready to tackle new projects. While Mercury back pedals in your money house
you may be able to find new ways to cut expenses. Double check your digits before you
shop. Take extra time to hunt for bargains, otherwise you'll find you've spent too much.
GEMINI: May 21st June 21st Now that Mercury is in your sign, you'll be sharper and
more focused With Venus in your house of secrets you may discover someone has a crush
on you. It's best to move slowly and give things some time to develop.
CANCER: June 21st July 22nd This month marks a time of new beginnings, when you
feel ready to embark on achieving new goals, wishes and dreams. It's also promising for the
formation of new important friendships. Since lucky Jupiter is in positive aspect to this
month's new Moon, you'll be sure to benefit from partnerships you begin now. All your
relationships should be improving; yet if you're open to romance, you'll find it with some-
one very social and wise.
LEO: July 22nd August 23rd This month your past hard work will bring respect and
admiration from others. Still, good PR won't pay the bills and with Saturn (in your house of
money, in harsh aspect to the Full Moon) you could be feeling the effects of inflationary
recession. You'll be ready to attract a great new romance.
VIRGO: August 23rd September 22nd Travel and love come hand in hand this month.
The New Moon and Venus in your house of long distance affairs could make you fall for a
foreigner. For this reason, it's a great time to take a class or study up. You're most attracted
to brainiac types now, as you need someone to feed your mind.
LIBRA: September 23rd October 23rd The new Moon in your 8th house puts you in a
serious mood. You'll be especially interested in the mysteries of life and will enjoy probing
into taboo areas or looking for answers to your 'bigger questions.' You may even discover
that you have suddenly outgrown some of your current beliefs and that it's time to release
some myths. Romance is strong this month and if single, you'll be drawn into some strong
SCORPIO: October 23rd November 22nd A new Moon in your house of relation-
ships marks a favorable time for partnerships. If you already have a mate, then expect good
times. If single, you're able to attract someone special. Since your ruler (Mars) is mutually
received by Jupiter, it marks an auspicious time when you are guided towards a favorable
someone or situation.
SAGITTARIUS: November 22nd December 21st A new Moon in your house of
health should inspire you to take better care of yourself. Romance wise things could be
challenging. Sags love new adventures; however, this month could be a time of reunion
instead of new beginnings. I say this because Mercury, the planet that rules communication,
goes retrograde in your house of partners. No doubt you'll hear from someone in your past
who wants to reconnect with you. Yet if you opt for someone new, you'll find a refined,
artistic type in your future.
CAPRICORN: December 21st January 20th Caps got the rap of being stable and
sometimes boring, but that's not likely now. This could be babies, creative projects or a new
love affair. On the flip side, the full Moon forms a harsh aspect to your ruler. Don't expect
others to agree with you; focus on your blessings instead of courting confrontations now.
AQUARIUS: January 20th February 19th A new Moon and Venus in your 4th house
of comfort marks a perfect time to throw an at home party. It's a good time to showcase
your culinary and home decor talents. If you're single you'll be attracting a stable, depend-
able, mate now. Try not to give into whims this month. With Mercury retro in your house
of pleasure (in stressful aspect to your ruler in your house of money), you'll be tempted to
spend and live large. Exercise some financial control.
PISCES: February 19th March 20th A new Moon favorably aspected to your ruler
Jupiter in your 11th house of friends and goals means that one of your friends can help you
move towards your dreams by offering you timely information about new opportunities.
Your mind is ready and ripe to receive and share; so network all you can. This Mercury
retrograde wants you to get more organized at home. Clean the closets, fix up things and
catch up with family members. U

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Seven Colors and Mamparia Cutu

Around Bonaire are what used to be empty
pedestals. The idea was to have an explanation
of the particular area and why it was important-
historically, traditionally and/or mythologically.
The pedestals sat empty for years. However, as a
gift to the island and its visitors Frans Booi and
his wife Maggie have transformed these pedes-
tals into the cultural showpieces they were in-
tended to be, with paintings by Booi and Winfred
Dania and explanatory text in Papiamentu and
English. .
T his stretch of shoreline is so flat that
from the sea you often can't see the land
on dark nights. No lighthouses existed on Bon-
aire until the 17th century so there were many
shipwrecks along this shoreline. There were
huge mounds of finger coral along this shore
During high winds the ocean waves would
crash up on these mounds of finger coral and as
the waves were pulled back out again they
made a sound like tinkling bells as they ground

and polished against each other. The coast was
alive with the beautiful music of the corals with
the sound of tinkling bells and the pounding of
the sea. These sounds warned many a ship off
and kept them from wrecking. Much of the cor-
als were removed for building projects in the
20th century.
The Bonairean Legend of Mamparia
Cutu of the Black Rock
An old legend tells of a Mermaid called Mam-
paria Cutu. She was half-woman and half-fish
and would sit on the black rock, golden hair
blowing the wind. Her fish body shimmered
green like a parrotfish., During storms the local
villagers would hear the waves hitting the holes
in the rocks making a sound like a large drum.
They would say that Mampana Cutu (Green
Flesh Woman) was beating on her drums and
making music with the corals.
Good people would say that she was warning
the sailors off the dangerous coast. Those not of
the villages would say that Mamparia Cutu was
luring the sailors to the coast to be ship-
wrecked so that the people of the villages of
Nikiboko and Terra Cora could take the plunder
from the wrecks.
In the early morning after a fierce storm peo-
ple would go to the coast to rescue whomever
they could and salvage whatever they could
from the wreck. They would mark their haul
with colored flags. There were usually seven
groups and the stretch of coast was called the
"Coast of Colors." The salvaging was "Shete
Colo" "Seven Colors."D Frans Booi

Meet handsome "Henk," a
big stunning Rottweiler
mix, who looks very menacing but
is a sweet, friendly boy inside! He
has the sturdy, broad physique of
the Rottweiler. Henk is three
years old, is sterilized and has
been a family dog for all his life,
but his owners moved and had no
more space for him. What a pity
as he is such an affectionate and
nice dog. He's only been at the
Shelter a short time and he should-
n't last long as an adoptee. So if
you're looking for a great family
dog who can protect you and your
family, Henk's the guy. Stop in
soon to see him at the Shelter on
the Lagoen Road, open Monday
through Saturday, 8 am to 1 pm
and 3 to 5 pm.

The puppies and kittens are still
coming into the Shelter, and
they're always welcome. But it
emphasizes the extreme impor-
tance of the Sterilization project
which provides sterilization for
those animals whose owners can-
not afford it. Please, if you can,
support this program with your
donations: "Sterilization Fund,"
MCB Account #10616410. The
money goes ONLY for steriliza-
tions. Or use your credit card to
donate through Support Bonaire:

Handsome Henk


What to do with your old car
license plates? Give them to the
Shelter which in turn will sell
them, with all proceeds going to-
ward running this safe haven.
The Shelter is on the Lagoen
Road, open Monday through Sat-
urday, 8 am to 1 pm and 3 to 5
pm. Telephone 717-4989. Website:

IS L U 111111 KK rC NS L A H [WI OINB II

2007 Donors
Major Donors
DCNA (Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance)
Truus & Gerrit van Riemsdijk Foundation
MINAFunds Rotterdam Zoo STCB Netherlands
Kim Anway-Anastasia Bruce Brabec & Marlene Robinson
Cher Floyd Ria Heitkoning Code Koning
Maduro & Curiel's Bank Bonaire Albert de Soet
Andy Uhr & Lee Bray World Wildlife Fund Netherlands
Divi Flamingo Beach Resort Rien van der Gun
M. Labouchere Michael & Jenni Stanfield
ProjectAWARE Foundation REMAX Paradise Homes
Robby & Bob Revel Sunbelt Realty WIDECAST (Wider
Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network)
Debra Babcock Ben & Laura Buchbinder
CIEE Research Station Bonaire Cynthia Callahan
Michael Carey Barbara Chu Anna & Ed DeLoach
Patti Dougherty Carla Goudeswaard Catherine Levin
Patrick Holian William Holman Richard Hoyer
Pauline Kayes Lois & Eldon Kretsch-Gemmill
Rick & Lila Nicholson Linda Olsen Marabeth Owens
Lee Scruggs Sierra Canyon School Students
Don Stewart on behalf of Gwen Dee Stewart
Philip Tobias on behalf of John & Sara Tobias Sandra Veel
Alexandra Brown Tim & Jennie Clements Beach Conger
Thomas Cousino Jerome Gauron Michael & Mary Griffith
Roger Howard Fredericka Hughes RosAnne Nandan
Sharon Spray Marie-Ann Tenbult Judy Trafford
Anonymous donors

STCB says thanks!
To all of those who volunteered and gave
generously in 2007.

Since 1991 donors and volunteers from
Bonaire and abroad have played a vital
role in helping Sea Turtle Conservation
Bonaire protect endangered sea turtles.

2007 Conservation Partners &
Donors of In-Kind Services
BITS (Bonaire IT Services) Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn
Cargill Salt Bonaire Freewinds Gaia Productions
Harbour Village Marina Jong Bonaire Kantika di Amor
Support Bonaire The Beach Shop at Harbour Village

2007 Volunteers
Thank you to our hundreds of volunteers! In 2007, you
helped us clean nesting beaches, collect scientific data,
monitor habitat, rescue turtles, and spread the word about
how everyone can enjoy and protect Bonaire's endangered
sea turtles.

Find out about what we do!
Read STCB's Progress Report 2007,
available online now at bonaireturtles.org

To learn more about sea turtles and how you can
help, contact us:
web site: www.bonaireturtles.org
email: stcb@bonaireturtles.org
phone: 717-2225


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Bonaire Reporter May 16-30, 2008


this, my friend
is celebrating
her birthday.
She has been a
real friend for
over 25 years.
Even though
there is an
ocean between .
us, when we
meet we just
take off where
we left off. With real friends I
mean: the ones you can call at 3
o'clock in the morning and they
will come and help; the ones
with whom you can laugh about
absolutely nothing until you
almost pee in your pants; the
ones with whom you can share
Is it easier to make friends
when you are younger? As ado-
lescents we are put together in a
group of our own age and those
are our peers for years to come.
The chance that a couple of 17-
year-olds will have a lot in com-
mon is fairly high. And as we
narrow down the subject of our
education in further studies, this
becomes even higher.
But when you start to work
your horizon widens and the
group of people with whom you
are in daily contact becomes
more diverse. By then you
probably will have a partner or
maybe a family who may de-
mand a lot of your time. That
could leave less room for finding
more real friends.
On Bonaire you will find there
is an extra handicap working
against you finding the real
friends: people leave. People
born and raised here decide that
another country or island might
better suit their lifestyle or ambi-
tions. And a lot of people who
come to the island do so for only
a few years of adventure.
Who can blame them? Bon-
aire is a perfect island to have
your tropical adventures because
it is relatively safe. There is not
a lot of poverty (compared to the
rest of this region), there are
almost no dangerous animals
(this is even a rabies-free is-
land!), there is a democracy, the
climate is fantastic, the island is
not plagued by hurricanes every
year, and most importantly, the
people here speak four different
languages: Papiamentu (of
course), Dutch, English and
Spanish. So people from all over
the world can come here and still
be understood. They can live
here with most of the comforts
they are used to.
But for a lot of them there
comes a time that the island
"becomes too small," and they
will seek new opportunities and

The Best Four by Four by Far: Land-Rover (Made in England)
The 29"t of a series of Bonaire Reporter articles by J@n Brouwer, featuring some ofBonaire's
interesting vehicles that are "on wheels."

adventures, or they will go back
to the safety they came from. So
every year there is a coming and
going of people. This means that
people are leaving and also that
people are being left behind.
As someone who is still
"being left behind" I can hon-
estly say it affects you in a sort
of negative way. When you meet
a new person you will immedi-
ately assume they will be gone
in a few years, especially if the
person is not a Bonairean. Your
attitude will probably be a bit
nonchalant or even blase,
thereby lowering your chances
of making new friends. But what
if that person was to be that one
real friend out of a million?
From the perspective of the
newcomer: how does it feel
when you start working some-
where and your colleagues can-
not look at you without seeing
the queue of people who have
come and gone before you? It is
only logical that they are waiting
to see which way the wind blows
because you are just one in a
very long line and you are defi-
nitely not the last one.
However, meeting new people
will certainly enhance your
world, so you will handicap
yourself by denying it. Just be-
cause someone only stays for a
short period of time does not
mean he or she cannot be a "real
friend." Also on Bonaire every-
body is a potential friend.
for e-mail because keeping a
long-distance friendship going in
letters is very tiresome and de-
mands an ocean of patience for
even the best of friends. Finally,
there is good news for the people
"being left behind" on Bonaire:
when people leave, a part of this
island will settle in their minds
in such a way that they often
have no choice but to COME
For my friend of course:
Happy Birthday! MaryAnn

Koops teaches
Biology at the
SGB High School.

Kralendijk -

In February 2008
John Tribhawan-
singh and Jennifer
Meyer started their new
enterprise named Voy-
ager Events Car Rental
& Tours. They organize
guided tours on the is-
land, going south and in
the northern direction,
heading for Goto Lake
and the northern coast.
They intend to organize
a tour through Washing-
ton Park every Friday
and a tour to Playa
Frans on Sundays. Voy-
ager Events has connec-
tions with the resorts
and hotels and with
travel agencies abroad.

It is the safari tours
division of this enter-
prise that attracted spe-
cial attention from The
Bonaire Reporter be-
cause of the use of two
huge Land-Rover 127
inch Defenders. These
two impressive vehicles
were manufactured in
England in 1992 and are
fitted with very nice and
very smooth running V8

"These two Land-
Rovers," John explains,
"were for sale for some
time on our island. I
always liked the Land Rover all
terrain vehicles so when the op-
portunity came up I decided to
buy the cars and to start with my
Land Rover Safari Tours."

The cars are almost the biggest
Land Rovers you can get. There
is even a larger model, named
the Defender 130. Only the afi-
cionados can tell you the differ-
ence: the wheelbase is three
inches longer.

A ridged chassis is made of
sturdy though flexible steel.
Massive 16-inch wheels, huge
Michelin 750X16 tires, designed
for rough terrain. Two very
strong and stiff axles, an un-
breakable Salisbury axle in the
rear. Permanent four-wheel drive
and differential locks. An im-
pressive ground clearance. A
very rectangular all-aluminum
body that can last for 90 years!
The spare wheel is mounted on
the hood on top of the engine
bay. A huge engine producing

Land Rover Excursion

Nice (sustainablyfished) catch at Sorobon

countless original British Horse
Powers at a very low amount of
revolutions. This is a real vehi-
cle. This is not just a four by four
car. This is an impressive four by
four truck, a state of the art top
quality product of the British car

The cabin of the car appears to
be quite cramped. Never change
a winning team, the English
seem to think. The size of the
cabin is basically the same as the
size of the first model, the series
I, introduced in 1948. But in the
last decades people grew...
So let's go for a drive! Some
12 tourists are picked up from
one of the biggest cruise ships
and we are heading south. First
gear engaged, hydraulic clutch,
low revs, power steering. Twenty
miles an hour, 30 miles an hour.
The airport, Donkey Beach, the
Cargill Salt Company, the slave
huts, the Willemstoren light-
house. Primitive art along the
coast, made of drift wood and

shoes. Several stops are made,
questions and answers ex-
changed. The guests loved the
island and enjoyed the trip.

When we arrive at Sorobon
some fishermen are cleaning big
fish. The tourists are surprised.
We check the shallows of the sea
for conches. We know they are
protected. Then we find one. The
tourists are surprised again by
the nature of Bonaire and the
explanation by the guides. Then
it is time to enjoy a soft drink or
a beer in the water. The tourists
enjoy the view of the windsurf-
ers flying up and down over the
surface of the sea. A watch tells
us it is time to go back to the
ship. Following the curly road
we are heading for Nikiboko and
Kralendijk. The ship is waiting.
The tourists enjoyed their trip.
This was just a small impression
of our beautiful island. 0
Story & photos by J@n Brouwer

Bonaire Reporter May 16-30, 2008


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