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Y ou will have to pay a
minimum of NAf1 just to
pick up or drop off a passenger
close to the airport entrance.
The 15 minute "free" period to
drop-off or pick up passengers has
been rescinded by the airport au-
This has inspired disgust in the
local press and the following
opinion from one of our readers:
"Bonaire used to have the most
user-friendly airport in the world
but the design freaks changed all
that. Now we have empty parking
lots and long walks for all passen-
gers. Clearly there needs to be
some real-world thinking applied
to the traffic pattern and parking
situation. A pick-up and drop-off
lane with no charge should be
created at the roofline of the
airport, with no parking allowed
here and a taxi stand nearby.
This way people can quickly get
in and out of the airport without
getting wet and without having to
pay. (Sounds a lot like what we
used to have!)
Many of our visitors and resi-
dents are of an advanced age or
are traveling with a large amount
of sports gear and often there are
handicap groups visiting the is-
land. These three groups should
have primary consideration
when planning the pick- up and
drop off space if we want to
maintain these visitors."
If you want to express your
opinion contact: Bonaire Interna-
tional Airport- Plaza Medardo
S.V. Thielman #1 Kralendijk,
Bonaire, N.A. Phone: (599) 717-
5600. Fax (599) 717-5607 E-mail:

0 Insel Air has started an
intensive program to undergo
an IATA Operational Safety
Audit (IOSA). IOSA is an inter-
national acknowledged standard
for airline companies, which guar-
antees that the relevant airline
company complies with the high-
est demands in the field of safety
and operational management. This
will be a milestone for Antillean
Insel Air, which flies from Bon-
aire to Miami and Curagao is al-
ready on the White List of safe

D New electric power for Bon-
aire is fast building toward real-
ity. This week the CMA CGM
Ship Togo delivered the compo-
nent parts for Bonaire's 12 new
wind turbines. Last month the
massive bio-diesel-capable MAN
generators landed. More towers
and transformers are on the way
from Germany and Brazil.
The wind turbines are designed
by Sir Norman Foster, perhaps the
leading urban stylist of our age.
His elegant, efficient buildings
grace cities around the globe.
The 300-ton Boekestijn crane from
Mils Trucking of Curagao is
needed to handle the assembly of
the turbines. The pillars weigh 31
tons and the nacelle of the genera-
tor is 26 tons.
The parts were stored at Kral-
endijk stadium for later transport
to the Morotin wind park.
Each of the 12 wind turbines will
produce over 1 million watts. They
will be 55 m. tall with 44 m. di-
ameter blades. On average the
wind should provide 40-50% of
the island's power needs.
The new power system is de-
signed to be reliable, a problem
with the present WEB system.
There will be five main diesel gen-
erators and two backup generators.
Excess power from the wind farm
or generators will be stored in a
huge three-megawatt battery to
smooth our power fluctuations and
for backup. Operation is set for
year end 2009.

companies in the Netherlands and
has the permission to fly to the US
after having successfully com-
plied with the mandatory audit.

Dive Friends Bonaire has
been named a Five-Star Gold
Palm PADI Instructor Develop-
ment Dive Resort.
These facilities have a responsi-
bility of developing qualified
PADI Instructors. Dive Friends
Bonaire will hold its first Instruc-
tor Development Course (IDC)
beginning November 25t, to coin-
cide with the next Instructor Ex-
amination (IE) to be held in Bon-
aire on December 5 and 6.

Unloading op-
erations at Kral-


D Digicel, Bonaire's leading
cellphone service provider has
announced it's offering cellular
phone service to the Pacific
island of Nauru. Slightly smaller
than Bonaire, with a bit fewer
people, Nauru had no cellular
service until now.
Environmentally, Nauru is the
opposite of Bonaire. The beautiful
island was gutted by phosphate
mining and uninhabitable except
for a surrounding narrow green
zone. More than 40% of its reef
was destroyed by soil runoff.
Digicel's GSM services should
help in the recovery of the island's
economy now that the phosphate
is depleted.

The archives of the
Fundashon Historiko Kultural
Boneriano (FuHiKuBo) are in
desperate need of voluntary
help. Time is taking its toll on this
invaluable material and volunteers
are needed now to assist in
transferring text and audio visual
information into computers. This
includes the Herensia programs,
music from the past, historical
photos and negatives as well as
other historical documents.
Volunteers need not know
Papiamentu. Those who speak
Dutch and/or English will be
welcomed. These archives are a
major source of information for
students on Bonaire. If you can
help or would like more


Table of Contents

This Week's Stories
Wind Turbines Arrive 2
RSC Workng For Direct Ties 3
Snorkelers Notebook-
Sewage Dreams 6
Op-Ed Power of One 6
Aysla ten Holt-30 Year Show 7
Document Bonaire Debut 8
Parrot (Lora) Watch (Poachers Toll) 9
Letters to the Editor-Aaska, Bikes 10
Studentsto Holland 14
Kibrahacha Bloom 16

Weekly Features
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
On the Island Since (Ans Donker-
Wassink) 4
Bonairean Voices (Business-Tokos) 7
Bon Quiz#12 Pali'lele 8
Body Talk( Sugar) Substitutes 10
Picture Yourself (Epcot) 11
Classifieds 11
Tide Table 11
BonQuiz Answer 12
Reporter Masthead 12
Whats Happening 12
Dining, Shopping Guides 13
Bonaire On Wheels (Red Baron) 14
Pet of the Week (Jill) 14
Bubbles-Did You Know (UW Stars) 14
SkyPark(Sorpio/CenterofGalaxy) 15
The Stars Have it (Asrology) 15

How to contact us
Letters to the Editor:
Story tip or idea:
info@mto Archives"
The Publisher:
Box 407, Bonaire,
Neth. Antilles.
Phone 790-8988
Phone 790-6518 / 786-6518
Available on-line at:
Printed Every Fortnight,
On-line Every day, 24/7
Next edition printing on
August 19, 2009.
Story and Ad deadline:
August 15

information please call B6i
Antoin at 786-6818 or email him
at b.antoin@telbonet.an

lIt's back to school for Bon-
aire's youngsters. Primary and
secondary schools will open on
various dates in early August,
and Unicollege, Bonaire's alter-
native high school for HAVO and
VWO students will reopen on
August 24. MG./L.D.

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Page 2

Working For

OWilna Groneneboom photo

Queen's Commissionerfor the BES Islands, Henk Kamp, in his
austere office in the RSC

A team is in place and al-
ready there has been pro-
gress towards establishing direct
ties between the BES Islands and
The Netherlands. So reported
Queen's Commissioner for Bon-
aire, Sint Eustatius and Saba, Henk
Kamp last Thursday, July 30. It's
been a bit over six months since
Kamp arrived on Bonaire to lead
the transition effort.
The transition staff is now
mostly in place with its members
resident on Bonaire with offices in
the Regional Service Center
(RSC), the former APNA building
just off Kaya International. RSCs
have also been set up on Saba and
Apart from the RSC, in response
to an earlier request of Bonaire,
Dutchmen have already been
working together with the island
departments in the areas of tax
services, judicial organization,
social services and health.
Other functionaries now on the
island are RSC staff, who have a
three-year appointment, RSC
crown commissioners/
representatives and the RSC kwar-
The RSC staff handles adminis-
trative duties such as personnel,
finances and facilities manage-
ment. Eventually Bonaireans are
expected to fill these posts.

The crown commissioners/
representatives handle the Justice
tasks, liaison with the island gov-
ernments and The Hague including
the 13 Dutch Ministries. They are
"experts" in their field. They are
on temporary assignment from the
crown and the focal point for the
local and European activities.
The kwartiermakers are the in-
dividuals, assigned to Bonaire by
the various ministries, who will
work most directly with the offi-
cials of Bonaire, the NGOs, and
others to define and perform the
tasks that will make the transition
happen and establish what follows.
They are the ones who "work in
the field."
Kwartiermakers is literally
translated into English as Quarter-
masters, but the Dutch meaning is
quite different from the English
translation. In English, Quarter-
master always has a military or
nautical connection. But in Dutch,
where the term also has a military
use, its alternative meaning is per-
haps best suited for the current
situation. Kwartiermakers means
pioneers... the ones who are the
scouts sent ahead to pave the
way for the future. Bonaire's
kwartiermakers are ministry pro-
fessionals assigned here for 18
months. Eventually Bonaireans
will replace these scouts.

All RSC staff will soon start an orientation program assisted by for-
mer governor Herbert Domacass6 about the BES Islands including
history, culture, "dos and don'ts" and, Papiamentu language lessons.
The kwartiermakers are :
BZK (Ministry of Home Affairs)
Fire Department Wim Goedhart
Pension Math Mager
Police John Schagen (Egbert Jules)
EZ (Economic Affairs) Hans Obdejin
Finance/Tax Service Hans Visser
Youth and Family Marga Drewes
IND (Immigration and Naturalization) Jan de Jong
DJI (Prisons) Leo van der Meulen (Esther Balledunks)
LNV (Agriculture/Fisheries and Food Quality)
Ton Akkerman
OCW (Ministry of Education, Culture and Science)
Fleur Lagcher / Hemmie van Xanten
SZW (Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment)
Hans Bor/ Johan van der Graaff
Verkeer & Waterstaat (Transport, Public Works and Water Manage-


Pieter Langebaerd

Some members of the Kwartiermakers Korps: Standing, 1. to r.: Jozef van Brussel,
Dido Kalma, Ed van Haveren, Henk Kamp, Pieter Langebaerd, Egbert Jules.
Sitting L to r. starting at the top: Maarten Stoffels, Marga Drewes, Fleur Lagcher, Esther
Balledunks, RSC Director Wil van Delft (wearing a tie) and Math Mager.

VROM (Housing, Physical Planning and Environment)
Manfred Beckman Lapr/ Josef van Brussel/ Wim Hofman
VWS (Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport)
Finance Koen Jansen
Health Dido Kalma


Maarten Stoffels

These men and women are on Bonaire to help make the shift from a Curaqao-led central govern-
ment structure to a Bonaire that, while becoming part of Holland politically, can maintain its rural
charm and protected environment.
The switch to direct governmental ties as a municipality of Holland is expected to happen in the
second half of 2010. If the RSC does its job well by then important aspects of life in Bonaire will
have begun to improve especially for health care, education, security and environmental protection.
Hopefully it will not be at a cost of loss of cultural identity, overdevelopment, or that inexplicable
quality... the Bonairean lifestyle. U G.D.

Bonaire Reporter- August 7-21, 2009

Page 3


SArs DsobiM Mssr

Swas born on Curaqao in
11963. My mom had a
chicken farm at Mamayaweg #40
and she also owned a truk, a
mobile snack. Drusilla, who
worked for my mom, would
make food like carni stoba and
salt fish with bread, pan franses,
coffee, and at night a man named
Rene would drive the truk to its
stand at the post office in Punda
where he would sell the food.
That was my mom's business.
My mom was from Curaqao,
her name was Jopie Schouten.
She had two children: my brother
Rupert, who was 11 years older
than I, and me. We had our own
house next to the chicken farm. I
was always with my mom. Every
day at six we went to the market
to buy the food for the truk and
to deliver eggs to the supermar-
kets. We had about 1,500 chick-
ens, all black ones, and we kept
them for the eggs and when they
wouldn't lay eggs anymore we
slaughtered them. I would do it
too; my mom taught me how. I
remember how they would fly
after we'd chopped their heads
off and many times we had to
collect them at the neighbors'.
My father had made all the
chicken pens himself with my
help. The chickens that were
being picked at I would keep -

and I sold their eggs to my mom.
That's how I made my pocket
It was a very happy life; I loved
my mom so much. We were al-
ways together. My mom didn't
want me to go to school. I went
to kindergarten for only three
months, then she took me out and
I stayed with her until I was
seven and I had to go to the first
grade." She laughs. "I didn't like
school although I was a very
good student. The only thing I
really wanted was to be with my
My dad was from Holland. He
was a police officer when he
came to Curacao and that's
where they met. He'd been mar-
ried before and he had two chil-
dren from his previous marriage.
When I was 12 my dad fell ill and
had to be operated on in Holland.
During the operation he got a
lung embolism. They called my
mom and she panicked. She flew
to Holland immediately and I
stayed with my friend, Nicolette
van Silfhout. When my parents

came back my
mom sold her
chicken farm
and the house.
She wanted to
go to Holland,
but when my
dad's job
changed he
became a gov-
ernment offi-
cial working in
security at the
airport they
decided to
stay. Luckily
my mom was
able to cancel
the sale of the
house and she
kept her truk.
No more
When I was
13 my mom died in December.
She had five heart attacks in one
day: the first one at the hair
dressers', the final one at home.
Just a week before she'd had a

"The only problem was that we had
22 pets: six chinchillas, a parrot, two
turtles, seven cats and six dogs..."

medical checkup and everything
had been okay according to the
doctors. Then my dad left for
Holland because he had to be
operated on and I stayed once
more with my friend Nicolette. It
was a very sad time. When my
dad came back we sold the house
- my brother and I were also
owners and my dad and I left
for Holland. My brother stayed
on Curaqao.

I was 14. I'd been in Holland
several times but I'd never lived
there. We went to live in Zelhem,
a little town in the southeast of
Holland where my father had
bought a house in 1969. First we
lived at an aunt's for three
months, then my father and I
started all over again. In the be-
ginning I felt quite lonely. The
language I'd been raised in was
(Continued on page 5)

. A ranka sali ku e fabuloso kampafia di

Finansia pa 3 ana largu

dor di nos banko amigu

Maduro & Curiels Bank
S(Bonaire) N.V.

Bonaire Reporter- August 7-21, 2009

Page 4



On the Island Since
(Continued from page 4)
English, as my mother's mom was from
St. Martin. Later on my mom and I would
speak Papiamentu together, but when my
dad was home we would speak Dutch. So
the language wasn't a problem, but the
dialect they spoke in Zelhem was! I went
to VWO and my grades were all bad ex-
cept for Dutch, English and French. All
the changes it had been a lot to cope
with. Then I went to Havo and after I
graduated I studied higher economy ad-
ministration education. I did the first
grade three times! Ha! Ha! Then I went to
study middle economy administration
education and I graduated. I started work-
ing for a company similar to FedEx and I
stayed with them for 16 years.
Before all that I was a bit over 18 I'd
met Rien, my husband, at a birthday
party. He came to sit at my feet, leaning
against my legs and that was it! Love at
first sight! Rien played the drums in a
band and he also worked at a bicycle fac-
tory, Gazelle, where he stayed for 28
years, until we came to Bonaire. We lived
together for five years and in 1990 we got
married. Then my dad had a heart attack
and was hospitalized. Rien immediately
said, 'We're going to take your dad in.'
At the time we were living at an apart-
ment on the fourth floor, so we moved
into my dad's house which I'd already
bought, telling him he could stay there as
long as he liked. We took care of my dad
for seven years until he died in 1999.
After my dad passed away we stayed at
the house, both working our jobs. After
working for a company in ear-protection
supplies for 18 months I had a stroke the
first one on a Friday night, the second one

on Tuesday night the following week.
They took me to the hospital. First I was
all right; I could speak, walk and move
everything. Then they operated on my
brain, through my groin I was coiled -
and I went into a coma. After that I could-
n't do anything anymore. I couldn't walk,
I had total aphasia and I couldn't move
my arms. I had lost it all. That was six
years ago, February 2003. I was lucky to
Ans is an exceptional woman, lovely
and warm, optimistic and tough on her-
self In spite of all the physical difficulties
she's still coping with, she's always up for
a good laugh and takes life the way it
comes- never a complaint.
"For five months I stayed at a rehab
center. Rien had a very hard time coping
with it, but my motto is, was and will
always be: Keep on laughing! Many
times I couldn't find the right words
and I felt so impotent, then my friend
Helga would tell me, 'You can hit me -
but with your right hand!' That was the
hand I couldn't move. I quit therapy in
September 2004. They couldn't improve
me any more than I was already.
Before I had my strokes we'd planned to
live in Turkey after our retirement. So,
when I couldn't work anymore and had to
live off a government allowance, we
wanted to go there, but it turned out that I
couldn't get the allowance in Turkey.
Then I felt I wanted to go home, back to
the islands where I was born. We'd been
to Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire and we
chose Bonaire for its tranquility.
The only problem was that we had 22
pets: six chinchillas, a parrot, two turtles,
seven cats and six dogs, but... for each
and every one of them we found a good

and loving home.
We arrived on Bonaire March 7th 2005
and stayed at the Rochaline Hotel for
three weeks. Then we rented a house in
Kaya Nikiboko South. We came as the
two of us, and now we're seven because
in the meantime we got four dogs and a
cat. It felt immediately right to be here.
After a month Rien found ajob at Cul-
timara and he also started playing the
drums with the Flamingo Rockers, which
he did for three years. We fitted in right
from the beginning. When he started
working, I began to work as a volunteer at
the Animal Shelter. It was something I'd
always wanted. I really like it a lot. It's
hard work and it can be really hot, but
that's what we came here for! All my life
in Holland I felt cold. Here I feel good!
Poco poco!

Recently Rien started working for
Kooyman and he really likes the job. We
go to Curaqao once a year because June
1st is Mona's birthday. She's the one who
was always helping my mom, and when
my mom died she took care of us until we
left for Holland. She's still there and we
talk on the phone a lot and to me... she's
On Bonaire I have my friend Kitty,
whom I know from Curaqao when I was
little, so yeah...we're happy, we have a
full life and I feel I've come home." 0

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Snoe4~ siCte0&

I wake with a start, in a
cold sweat, after one of
my regular snorkeling
dreams goes bad. Most of
the time, my dreams of snor- i
keling have a recurrent '
theme: I am standing on a
pier or the waterfront look-
ing down into the sea, which
is swirling with every color
and kind of fish. The swirl-
ing Technicolor waters are
irresistible but I can't get in
and join the fracas because
I've either lost my mask or
my fins or the taxi is waiting
to take me to the airport for
a plane I must not miss or I
will lose my job. Yet I am
so drawn to what is a once-
in-a-lifetime, dream snorkel
that I can't turn away from a feeling that
seems almost archetypal.
This dream is much different. Instead of
snorkeling in a turquoise sea full of bril-
liant creatures and coral, everything is
grey and beige. There is not a shard of
coral or a molecule of sea life, just unend-
ing sand, rocks, and a kind of scum. I
keep searching desperately for anything
alive, but no matter which way I snorkel,
there is nothing. I wake up to the sound of
my own voice, repeating over and over
again "Oh no, the sewage has killed every-
thing." The clock says it is 3:30 am but it
is impossible to return to sleep after such a
nightmare. So, as with all my puzzling or
disturbing dreams, I start deconstructing
what might have provoked this one.
Then I remember reading in the
"Flotsam and Jetsam" section of the last
Bonaire Reporter that "it is not certain
when Bonaire will actually receive the
second hand water tank trucks from the
Netherlands to haul wastewater away from
waterfront hotels and busi-
nesses." (Obviously this piece of disturb-
ing information has stuck in my craw and
seeped into my subconscious.) I toss and
turn for two more hours thinking about
sewage, sewage, sewage! And you know
how it is when sleep becomes an insom-
niac episode: the mind flits erratically
from one thing to another so that you feel
a bit crazed.
Here is a snippet from my flow of con-
sciousness during those early morning
hours following my snorkeling nightmare:

Why does it take so long to
get some trucks to truck sew-
age? Many people on Bonaire
and in the Netherlands have
ingenuity, creativity, and re-
sources (you can see this in all
the building of apartments,
condos, and offices going on
everywhere), so why have all
these entrepreneurs been un-
able to build a sewage infra-
structure in 20 years? What to
do, what to do, what to do?
Image: Brian La Pointe, ma-
rine biologist, holding a hand-
ful of algae, exclaims matter-of-
factly, "Bonaire's reefs have
reached the point of no re-
turn." What argument has not

been made? What fact has not
stuck? What person has not
been convinced? What can I
do, what can I do?
I sit up and take a sip of water, hoping to
focus my brain:
Image: Hundreds of thou-
sands of years of majestic coral
reef, a treasure of the universe,
dying in just a few years. How
will that look in the tourist bro-
chures? What can you do, what
can you do? Image: The un-
fenced LVV trenches full of
stinking sewage, chemical
sludge, and bathing birds and
dogs. Help! Where is the port-
able sewage processing plant?
The new wind turbines have
arrived; who greased the
wheels to make that happen
but not the sewage plant? What
can we do, what can we do?
Image: Dead eels floating here,
there, and everywhere. Image:
Director of the Bonaire Marine
Park Ramon de Leon's state-
ment warns that Bonaire's
reefs won't survive until the
government implements the
sewage plan (estimated now to
be 2014) What can they do,
what can they do?

Exhausted, I notice light is beginning to
break; perhaps the coming dawn can shift
my mental and emotional gears. I hear a
friend tell me, "Think positively if you
want a positive outcome." So, I take her
suggestion, lie back down, close my eyes,
and begin envisioning the portable sewage
processing plant being unloaded at the
docks, the LVV trenches being scrubbed
clean, the waterfront hotels and resorts
trucking their sewage daily, no more
cruise ship dumping, and....... govern-
ment and tourist officials having sewage
dreams like mine.... before Bonaire's
reefs are relics of history. U

Pauline Kayes is
a Professor Emeritus
from Champaign, IL
and a part-time Bon-
aire resident.

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The Power of a Single Person
to Make Changes

At a meeting of businesses it was brought up by someone that it is useless for a group or
for individuals to try to accomplish anything. It was then said it is possible and that
things have been accomplished. Then someone asked, "What has been accomplished?"
Please look at this partial list of what individuals and small groups have done over the years.
1) One person by himself, successfully lobbied the government to make a law against
spearfishing. One can add that this was done against a great deal of opposition to such a law.
2) This same person lobbied for a Marine Park which has become a National Park with
many regulations to protect it.
3) A handful of people made Klein Bonaire a political issue which then was taken over by
the government and Klein has become part of Bonaire.
4) Many years ago CURO broke the back of an entrenched and useless STINAPA Board
and now STINAPA has credibility and is accomplishing what it should have years ago.
5) The plan for an oil refinery located in the Northeast of Bonaire was crushed by a group of
6) Those resorts which are producing potable water by reverse osmosis or other means can
thank a single person who took on WEB (owned by Curacao and Bonaire government) to court
and won the case allowing these units. You're welcome!
7) BONHATA has successfully changed the plans of the government to immediately install
or increase various taxes. Time was given so it could be worked out.
8) Lobbying gave street lights to an area which needed them in front of a group of hotels.
9) A group successfully brought cleaning up Bonaire to the front. That same group con-
vinced markets to stop using plastic bags.
10) One market started plastic bags again. Within hours that manager was swamped with
complaints and stopped the bags.
11) A group of NGOs which meet monthly have made themselves well known to the gov-
ernment which now asks for advice from that group regarding environmental issues. That
group also has a strong voice in many areas of the ecology and environment of Bonaire.
12) A handful of people saw the Youth Center (Jong Bonaire) restored and made the gov-
ernment aware of the need.
13) There was a plan to build a resort at Playa Frans which would have included parts of
Washington Park. A single person heard about this, made it public and it was stopped.
14) Lac Bay became a National Park because of lobbying.
15) A single individual saw turtles being slaughtered. Formed a group which is International
and now the Turtle Club has become extremely powerful and has saved countless turtles.
16) Telbo was taken to court by private individuals to fight its monopoly and now we have
other phone companies.

Not a single thing above would have been done if it were not for individuals and small
groups pushing for these. The list is longer. U Bruce Bowker

Kaya industria 24, Kralendijk, Bonaire
tel: (+599) 717- 8700 www.warehousebonaire.com

Bonaire Reporter- August 7-21, 2009

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More Bonaire Businesses
T he recent Windsurfing Week
showed that with the support of our
own local people and visitors we can
make it happen. The success of a business
is due to good planning, teamwork and the
support of our own people. With an intro-
duction to some of these businesses we
can perhaps see what's kept them going.

Starting in Noord (North) Salinja there
are several businesses but one in particular
is Bo Toko at Kaya Caribe 10, now man-
aged by Lien Alberto. The building, as
Lien says, is more than 70 or 80 years old.
Ursula Melaan's father started his busi-
ness in this building and he passed it over
to her daughter. Three and a half years
ago Lien Alberto took it over and she's
still going strong. Before that Lien worked
at the Government Steering Office (BC),
which she didn't like so much. She had
her own business selling gold and silver
jewelry. With the money she earned from
selling jewelry she was able to buy her
own house. Lien says, "Now that I have
my own grocery shop it takes a lot of time
and effort for me to maintain my family
and myself. But it is worth it. If you love
working it will go very easily."
Coming down to Antriol you will find

Toko Carmen on Kaya Korona 71, run
by Agnes Angila for the last 10 years.
Agnes is a very humble person and loves
what she is doing. She says, "I started this
with my own money, and because I love
doing this kind of business I strive to keep
up with it. I went through hard times but it
didn't keep me down. Elderly people liv-
ing in this area regularly visit the shop to
buy their daily needs. It's wonderful to
meet these people and keep in touch with
them. You keep in contact with the people
of your neighborhood."

Coming down to Lagoen road you ar-
rive at Panaderia Selekta, managed by

Otmaria Janga and Antolino Statie the
owner. They've been operating the busi-
ness for 25 years. They start making bread
at 2 o'clock in the morning. The grocery
shop opens at 6 am and closes at 7 pm.
They combine it with a snack shop where
they sell breakfast, lunch and snacks and
close at 10 pm. Otmaria says, "In the past
it was easier to do business. Today you
have a lot of competition. With every
product the prices are getting higher, and
consequently the price of bread turns out
to be expensive too. But we've experi-
enced this before and have made these
economic changes part of our daily life."

We take the road to Amboina and we
come to Amboina Happy Center nr. 101.

The owner is Lourdes Mercelina who's
been in business for 23 years. She used to
work for other people. When Lourdes'
brother, Jesus "Gibi" Mercelina, heard
that the Amboina shop had closed, he saw
a great opportunity to reopen it again and
he asked Lourdes to work with him. To-
gether they started the business and for 14
years Lourdes worked with her brother.
Then Gibi got really sick and died.
Lourdes says, "Some months before my
brother died he was so sick that he de-
cided to stop working to take care of his
health but it was too late. I got used to
working all by myself eventually, but still
the first years after Gibi's death it was
really hard for a while. But then it went
easier. The will to continue makes me
understand what I really want is to reach
my goal." E Siomara E.

Send your com-
ments to The Bonaire
Reporter, P.O. Box
407, Bonaire, or
email reporter

Aysla ten Holt- 3
Aysla ten Holt, opens her exhibi-
tion of 30 years of her art this
week in Curaqao. Aysla has roots in
Bonaire In the 80s she lived in Bonaire
where she worked extensively with fel-
low artists as well as teaching art to chil-
dren in the community. She was instru-
mental in helping Bonnie Kerr set up the
(very much missed) Bonaire Art Gallery.
She's the artist who made the coral stone
flamingos on the sidewalks on Kaya
Since then she's returned to our island
for several exhibits.
Born in Curaqao, Aysla travelled exten-
sively throughout Europe and North Af-
rica performing as a singer. But her mu-
sical career gave way to her lifelong love
of the visual arts, and she immersed her-
self in the local culture while she ex-
plored the mediums of pen and ink,
chalk, oil and acrylic.
Asyla balances this work with an in-
tense study of the healing arts including
Yoga, Shiatsu and Reiki. She lives in
the countryside near the ocean in Cura-
cao and can be reached through her web-
site at www.asylatenholt.com, or by tele-

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The book's title is what it says:
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This tree grows throughout Bonaire.
Its stem is very straight, with three
branches that stick out at fixed intervals,
but all at the same angle. They form
crowns at different heights around its
stem. And surprisingly, it's found in
most authentic Bonaire kitchens.
Years ago before the pine and balsam
were introduced, this tree was used as a
Christmas tree on Bonaire. The tree's
trunk and its perfectly aligned branches,
which are thick and sturdy, served its
purpose to hang Christmas ornaments.
There were no leaves attached to any of
the branches. Today, this 'Christmas
tree' is still found in some homes on
Bonaire during the holiday season.
But....there is another purpose that part
of this tree's trunk is used for in kitch-
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t's almost fledging time
for Bonaire's Loras.
The older they get the
grumpier they are and they
can do some damage with
those beaks. By now they've
had enough of sitting in their
dark little hole, and it's get-
ting a bit claustrophobic.
Imagine three almost adult
sized Loras squashed into a
small nest in a tree or cliff
and every one trying to exer-
cise their wings and fight for
food from mum when she
comes in to feed them. Soon
enough, the adult Loras will stop feeding
their chicks in an attempt to get them to
leave the nest. They will coax them out
with the promise of a good meal if they
venture into the outside world. This
takes some persuading and the chicks
will lose a lot of weight before they
eventually leave.

As I have mentioned previously, not
many chicks will make it to this stage,
and by now there are very few Lora
chicks left. To illustrate this, here are
some statistics: 63 chicks hatched this
year from the 28 nests that we have
been monitoring. Currently only 26
chicks remain in only 14 nests. I am
constantly editing this as I write this
article as more and more chicks are be-
ing lost.

Poached parrot nest destroyed by

While making use of our infrared cam-
eras to determine why chicks are disap-
pearing from nests, we made some inter-
esting discoveries. One very common
phenomenon that we have been encoun-
tering is that in some nests, chicks disap-
pear gradually, one by one. Surely a
poacher would take all of the chicks in
one go rather than risk going back to the
nest on numerous occasions and risk
getting caught? So, we decided to play
detective, and we set up "poacher

cam" (a camera hidden nearby) to try
and find the answer. After only 30 min-
utes of recording, a cat was seen ap-
proaching the nest. Then the cat climbed
the tree to the limb outside the nest, and
climbed inside ("poacher cam" was then
renamed "cat cam"). By now all of the
chicks have gone, and all we could do
was watch. Now we have evidence of
this, in the future we can consider meth-
ods to mitigate and control the feral cat
population in the area.

We know for a fact that three of the
nests-each containing three chicks-
have been taken by poachers. One
nest had been cut open with a ma-
chete, so a Lora can never use that
nest again. This is an example of how
poaching over the recent years by the
current poached generation has turned
into a very unsustainable and reckless
activity. We have worked with people
who used to poach Lora nests in the past,
and admittedly, we have learnt a lot from
them. These people understand the be-
haviour and the biology of the Lora too,
and have helped us by showing us nests
and methods of extracting the chicks. I
have heard them also express disappoint-
ment in the current generation's lack of
respect by using chainsaws and ma-
chetes to get to the chicks. This means
that as well as deeming that nest useless
for Loras in the future, it also means that
the poacher also won't have a nest to
poach from next year. Everybody loses,
especially the Loras who will spend the
next 30 years or so in a cage.

We hope that the remaining chicks are
left to fledge and we look forward to
seeing them staggering out of their nests
to join the wild population very soon. 0
Story & photos by Rhian Evans

Ms Evans is a
Biologist from Uni-
versity ofBirming-
ham UK. She is in
her secondyear of
studying the Loras
on Bonaire.

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Dear Editor:

For a visitor from the ABC-
islands it is certainly surprising
that Alaska has its own ABC-
islands- Admiralty, Baranof and
Chichagof located close each to
the other between Juneau, the
Alaska capital, and the Pacific
Ocean. They are among the larg-
est islands of the US.
Another surprise in Alaska has
been the enormous presence of
cruise ships. In the Caribbean,
we are used to cruise ships
which call on the island's port
and depart soon for another des-
tination. Local companies with
their own guides provide excur-
sions to landmarks of the islands.
We know, however, that while
local shop owners welcome the
cruise tourists, there is, also on
Bonaire, a strong resistance of a
part of the population against the
cruise ship visits. It cannot be,
however, compared with the
situation on Alaska where there
is an enormous resentment of the
whole population against the
cruise lines, with exception of
the gift and jeweler shop owners
and some business establish-
The fact that the cruise tours
currently account for 70% of all
Alaska tourism, gives the cruise
lines enormous power. In Jun-
eau, the cruise lines occupy all
berths downtown and the ferry
ships of the state Marine High-
way, the only transport possibil-
ity for the overwhelming major-
ity of the population, had to dock
at a new terminal, built 14 miles
outside the city. At any moment,
five or more large cruise ships
are moored in Juneau and the
narrow shopping streets are
flooded with thousands of tour-
The proliferation of large
cruise ships in Alaska has con-
tinued to grow beyond the carry-
ing capacity of the small-town
ports the ships call on. A back-
lash against the cruise companies
reached the ballot box in 2006.
Voters fed up with perceived
abuses by the cruise industry
approved new, high taxes, par-
ticularly a head tax of $50 for
each cruise ship tourist. In addi-
tion, very severe environmental
and waste treatment regulations
were established. However,
these hard measures have not
discouraged the cruise line com-
panies to expand their activities

on a scale unknown in the Carib-
bean. Unlike in the Caribbean,
the giant of Alaska tourism, Hol-
land America Line, but also the
Princess Cruises, own several
hotels, hundreds of buses and
dozens of railcars.
To my surprise, I met the
H.A.L. buses also deep in the
interior of Alaska, for instance at
a very remote resort where you
can, after swimming in a lake
with hot mineral water, subse-
quently drink a liqueur from
glasses made from ice in a large
ice museum.
The H.A.L. and the Princess
Cruises, together with another
nine cruise lines, are subsidiaries
of the mightiest player in this
field the Carnival Corporation.
Recently, the Alaska public has
been very upset when state in-
spectors were denied access to
waste treatment facilities on
ships of this corporation to moni-
tor adherence to strict environ-
mental regulations. In spite of
the current economic crisis, there
have been recently growing de-
mands of the public to increase
the already high government
pressure on the cruise lines. The
interest of the cruise companies
for Alaska is easy to understand.
This huge state, with an area of
one fifth of the Lower 48, is one
of the most interesting places in
the world, particularly for lovers
of undisturbed nature, breath-
taking scenery and adventure.
Jiri Lausman


Dear Editor:

Many years ago I lived my
life without ever wonder-
ing about the possible existence
of a species called
"Makamba" (a Papiamentu label
for European Dutch people
Ed.) let alone becoming one.
In that era I lived and worked
in Amsterdam. Even if you've
never been there, it goes without
saying that a city as old as Am-
sterdam was not built with cars
in mind.
Fortunately for those living
there, some visionary mind in-
vented the bicycle. And made a
fortune, selling them by the
thousands to the people of Am-
sterdam. One of them to me.
In Amsterdam almost every-
thing is within a reasonable dis-
tance. And the fastest way to
reach your destination is by bike.

Another advantage: no parking
problems or fees (6 p/h). Be-
cause of this (now I am coming
to the point) I never felt the
urge to pass my driver's test.
Now that I know that
Makambas do exist, and even
having become one myself, the
bicycle remains my only way of
Here in Bonaire, I quickly
abandoned the idea that cycling
in Amsterdam is a dangerous
adventure. Here, my deep feeling
is that this trip could be my last.
It occurs to me that possessing a
driver's license, meaning you're
capable of driving e a car
around, doesn't go for the major-
ity on Bonaire.
First, the driving position
shows a resemblance to the Goya
painting of Madame Recamier
reclining. While this may be OK
for a painting, it's less suited for
driving a car. I can't see the
driver's face, so I suppose they
can't see mine either... nor a
donkey, cat or pedestrian. And
even if they noticed the unidenti-
fied object there's little chance to
avoid a collision with the steer-
ing wheel almost out of reach.
Another typical phenomenon is
the number of cars with the
lights in every possible state of
malfunction. Only one, none,
non fitted, or, most commonly,
Calculating the speed of other
traffic also seems a problem.
Ever noticed the queuing at a
cross road? With no traffic in
sight they're halted in doubt.
And when finally they make up
their mind, it's often too late.
A few words about the police
force and their everlasting efforts
to discourage riding a bicycle:
While making slow but steady
progress on the foot path of
Kaya Korona I saw my way
blocked by two officers. Yes, I
was aware that it's prohibited to
cycle on a footpath. And no, they
were not impressed by my expla-
nation that, given the fact that to
my knowledge no one ever made
use of the footpath, it seemed a
good idea to use it as a bicycle
path. This because after the reno-
vation of the road it turned out to
be too narrow for two cars and a
bike. This idea met with no sym-
pathy. But in their goodness I
was allowed to walk the remain-
ing distance without any fine.
On many more occasions my
bike and lights underwent close
inspection. During those investi-
gations, numerous cars, with
defects beyond imagination
passed unnoticed.
Its a good thing to know that at
least the police keep an eye on
Paul I.

Body Talk


n the previous article we dis-
cussed the addictiveness of
sugar and its effect on the body. In
this issue we deal with those very
popular sugar substitutes or artificial
sweeteners like Saccharin, Su-
cralose and Aspartame and how we
are duped into believing that, be-
cause of no calories, they are "good
for us" especially if diabetic, over-
weight or just health conscious!
Imaginative labeling by the food
industry leaves most of us unaware
of the devastating long term effects
of these sugar substitutes. Let us
look at them in more depth!
SACCHARIN found in chewable
aspirin, diet soft drinks, pre-
packaged foods, desserts and pre-
scription drugs. It is being linked to
eczema, photosensitivity, "sulfa"
allergies (prescription drugs), head-
aches, diarrhea etc. Also suspected
in some cancers (bladder), possible
tumor formation and the destruction
of brain cells.
SUCRALOSE when combined
with carbon in the diet becomes
highly toxic allowing poisons to be
fat soluble while rendering the natu-
ral defense mechanisms of the body
helpless. These poisons invade
every nook and cranny of the body
including cell walls and DNA, re-
sulting in irregular heartbeat, head-
aches, liver and kidney damage and
ASPARTAME One of the end
products after ingestion of aspar-
tame is formaldehyde. It has been
scientifically established that for-
maldehyde converted from the
methyl ester in aspartame embalms
living tissue and damages DNA.
http ://www.mpwhi.com/
formaldehyde from aspartame.pdf
These sugars also interact with
other chemical substances including
antidepressants, cardiac medication,
hormones, insulin and vaccines.
At least one of these sweeteners
can be found in breakfast cereals,
sugar free gum, frozen desserts,
juices, diet sodas, yogurt and milk
drinks. Roughly 6,000 consumer
foods and beverages sold worldwide
contain them, often in cleverly dis-
guised forms.
In May 2009 the National Cancer
Institute confirmed the link between
formaldehyde and cancer, 24 years
after the FDA toxicologist Dr.

/ Sugar .

Adrian Gross told Congress aspar-
tame causes cancer and an allow-
able daily intake should never have
been allowed to be set.
It should be realized that the ef-
fects of these artificial sweeteners
are subtle and develop over a long
period of time. Numerous studies
world-wide have proven, beyond a
shadow of a doubt, that we are sys-
tematically being poisoned. The
food industry will go to many
lengths to shut those scientists (with
factual evidence) brave enough to
speak out, up. An unfavorable out-
come of a study is more often than
not manipulated or ignored to lull us
into a false sense of security.
How much of your diet consists of
pre-packaged food, sauces, desserts
and soda drinks? You have perhaps
tried most medications for your
particular health problem, but till
you know what exactly is in the
food you eat, you cannot hope to
gain better health. Remember, the
food industry sells Taste, not Nutri-
tion. We hope to have a complete
list of foods and drinks available on
Bonaire and what exactly they con-
tain in regard to sweeteners and
Do Not Despair: There are
healthy sugars available! Next issue
"The Good Sugars." All com-
ments and questions are welcome.
* Stephanie Bennett
Interesting websites http:/

Author Stephanie Bennett was born in
Cape Town, South Africa, where she
studied herbs, minerals and nutrition.
Before moving to Bonaire she contin-
ued her studies in UK, and now re-

issues that par-
ticularly affect
people on Bon-
aire and other
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wheels. Only NAf 450.00. Call 717-
8819 8 am to 5 pm

Porch sale Kaya Mandolin 2 (just off
the road to Sorobon, Nikiboko, south) ,
from 8:30- 4pm on the following Satur-
days: August 15, 29 -books, clothes,
blinds, plants, nik naks, kitchen ware, car
speakers and more.

TOYOTA RAV-4 2000, good condi-
tion and clean, used as going to church
car by old lady, 117,000km
NAf 9,000 786-9872

NOT an ex-rental Jeep Wrangler 4.0.
Private-owner. New: soft top, tires, gas-
tank, driving-shaft, fenders, and total
check-up (>NAF 4K). No electronic is-
sues (i.e. model '94). NAf 12,500.
Mark: +599 701-0150.

CHINE Multi-cycle, front load, white, 1
yr. old, like new, 220V. NAf 725 Phone:

2 room apartment for rent in Niki-
boko, upstairs, as of August 1st. deposit
one month rent. Furnished, no pets, PA-
GABON. Call after 6pm: 795 3456

Santa Barbara/Republik- Beautiful
apartment for rent from 1st October
09. Full furnished, cable TV, airco,
porch/sea view, pool, 36sq.m,, bedroom,
living room, kitchen, bathroom; 1 or 2
persons. Rental price per month:
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8766 or 525-8755

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terrace, parking space, garden etc... Pos-
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DATE Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. COEF
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8-08 1:40 1.5FT. 10:09 1.1FT. 80
8-09 1:58 1.4FT. 9:39 1.1FT. 17:17 1.4FT. 19:54 1.4FT. 79
8-10 8:51 1.1FT. 17:30 1.5FT. 75
8-11 8:16 1.1FT. 17:56 1.6FT. 70
8-12 4:30 1.OFT. 18:28 1.7FT. 63
8-13 4:52 0.9FT. 19:13 1.9FT. 56
8-14 5:29 0.9FT. 19:56 2.0FT. 51
8-15 6:02 0.8FT. 20:39 2.0FT. 52
8-16 6:31 0.8FT. 21:31 2.1FT. 60
8-17 7:07 0.8FT. 22:17 2.1FT. 70
8-18 7:41 0.9FT. 12:21 1.OFT. 13:56 1.OFT. 23:05 2.1FT. 82
8-19 8:09 0.9FT. 12:39 1.1FT. 15:33 1.OFT. 92
8-20 0:45 1.8FT. 8:35 1.OFT. 13:25 1.2FT. 16:56 1.1FT. 99
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By appointment Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours $21
(includes tax). Discounts for residents
and local people. Tel. 717-8489, 540-
Parke Publico children's play-
ground open every day into the cooler
evening hours.
* Rincon Marshe-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 month-
* Flea Market at Parke Publico
every first Saturday of the month, 3 to
7 pm. Everyone welcome to buy and to
sell. NAf10 per selling table.(NAf 5
goes to up-keep the park). NGOs can
have a free table. More information and
reservations for a spot call Vicky Bisses-
sar 786 1592.
* Wine Tasting at Antillean Wine
Company's warehouse on Kaya Indus-
tria, second Saturday of the month, 7-9
pm. Snacks and tasting of six wines for
$10 (NAf17,50) per person. Tel. 560-
Soldachi Tours-See the real
Bonaire and be transported back in time.
Learn about the history, culture and na-
ture by Bonaireans from Rincon. Call
Maria Koeks for more information-796
* Soldachi Tours of Rincon, the
heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call
Maria, 717-6435-best island tour value
* Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7-10 pm. $10 per person.
Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at
Sunday- Creature Feature- John and
Suzie Wall of Buddy's Digital photo
center present a multimedia slide presen-
tation about Buddy's House Reef pool
bar Buddy Dive, 6:30-7 pm, 717-5080

Tuesday-- Bonaire Land and Ocean
presentation by Fish-Eye Photo staff,
7pm on the big screen inside the Sunset
Bar and Grill at Den Laman Condomini-

Wednesday- Sea Turtle Conservation
Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles ofBon-

aire Slide Show, every 2nd & 4th
Wednesday at Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn
(717-8819) at 7pm.
Kas Krioyo 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 Friday, 9 -12,2-
4. Weekends by appointment. Call 717-2445.
MangasinadiRei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse." Learn about
Bonaire's culture. Visit homes from the 17th
century. Daily. Call 7174060 / 790-2018
Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d Ree, behind
the Catholic Church in town. Open weekdays
from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on December
25th. and January 1st. Call 788 9015
or 796 5681
AA meetings -every Wednesday at
7pm. Phone: 786-4651 or 786-7971
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, 7:15
pm- All levels, NAf2,50, call Joop at
786-6003 to find out the evening's loca-
Darts Club plays every other Sunday
at City Cafe. Registration at 4, games at
5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI First Wednesday of the Month-
Junior Chamber International Bonaire
(JCI Bonaire, formerly known as Bon-
aire Jaycees) meets at the ABVO build-
ing, Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to
9:30 pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact:
Renata Domacass6 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other Tues-
day, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya
Sabana #1. All Lions welcome. For more
information call 510-0710.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12
noon-2 pm 'Pirate House', above
ZeeZicht Restaurant. All Rotarians wel-
come. Tel. 717-2066
Toastmasters Club meets every two
weeks. For more information call Cru-
sita de Palm at 786-3827 or Lucia Marti-
nez Beck, at 786-2953.

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Protestant Congregation of Bonaire:
Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. In Papia-
mentu, 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 Rin-
con. Bible Study and Prayer meetings,
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 meeting at
Pastor's home, 7 pm. Fridays, 6 to 8 pm,
Light & Life Club, children 5 to 12
yrs. Tel. 717-8332.
Catholic: San Bernardus in Kralendijk -
Services, Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in
Papiamentu, 717-8304.
Our Lady ofCoromoto in Antriol, Satur-
day at 6 pm in English. Mass in Papia-
mentu on Sunday at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios):
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English,
Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10
am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30
pm. 717-2194
Ministerio di Kristu Hesus Services
Sunday mornings at 10 am at Jong Bonaire
Youth Center in English, Dutch and Papia-
mentu. Preaching the full gospel. Contact:
Prayer and Intercession Church, in
English. A full Gospel Church located
temporarily at Kaya Alexandrit # 20,
Santa Barbara, Republiek. Services are
held on Sunday mornings from 10am
until 11:30am. Bible studies in English
are on Monday nights from 7 to 8 pm.
Contact: 717-3322
The Church of Jesus Christ of Lat-
ter-day Saints: Kaya Sabana #26, Sun-
days: 9 am Sacrament Ser-
vices (Translation to English and
Papiamentu upon request) 10:20 Sun-
day School, 11:15 RS/YM/YW/PH Pri-
mary held from 10:20-12 noon Visitors
Welcome: 701-9522 for Information

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whisk. See the photo above.

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Divi Divi Air. Bonaire's "on time airline" with 16
flights a day between Bonaire and Curaqao. Your first
choice for inter-island travel. Now flying to Aruba.

City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest se-
lection 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
number of services, branches and ATMs of any Bon-
aire bank. They also offer investments and insurance.

Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials and
facial waxing.

De Freewieler sells bikes and all kinds of bike acces-
sories. They do professional repairs on almost anything
on two wheels. Have your keys made here too.

Digicel has the most subscribers, widest choice of call-
ing plans and interesting phones. Visit their office on
downtown Kaya Grandi and see for yourself.

Mio offers by far the clearest, most reliable phone sig-
nal on the island PLUS WIRELESS HIGH-SPEED
INTERNET almost everywhere on Bonaire.

Pasa Bon Pizza is Bonaire's best. Freshly prepared piz-
zas made with the fmest ingredients. Salads, desserts. Eat
in or take away. Nice bar too.
On Kaya Gob. Debrot
1/2 mile north of town center. 780-1111
Call ahead to eat-in or take out

Patagonia Argentinean Restaurant at the Lighthouse
at Harbour Village Marina is the original family-owned
and operated steakhouse and grill. Fabulous dining.
Now open for lunch.
Reservations 717-7725
Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch
dive shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade
on Bonaire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive com-
puter H.Q.

ScubaVision Document your Bonaire vacation above
and below the water with a custom DVD by Bonaire's
top videographer, Hendrik Wuyts

WannaDive They make diving fun. In town at City
Caf6, at Eden Beach and Windsock Apartments.


Fit For Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in
Pilates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional train-
ers, fitness machines and classes for all levels.

Top Health Bonaire Fitness and Health Center
Modern workout rooms and machines, professional
trainers and low prices make it easy to lose weight and
get fit.

Green Label has everything you need to start or main-
tain your garden. They can design, install and maintain it
and offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden chemi-
cals. Now in new expanded location off Kaya Industria.

Bonaire Second Home Care can handle all the needs
of second home owners on Bonaire including inspec-
tion, management and cleaning,

For custom kitchens and bedrooms visit Brugman on
the traffic circle. They carry fine German crafted cabi-


Professional Pest Control. Call Peter to get rid of all
those nasty pets like termites, fleas, ticks and ants that
want to invade your home. Call now and save your
investment in your home.

Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center
downtown offers fast, fine processing for prints, slides,
items and services. Full digital services.

Bonaire Sunshine Homes is the realtor with a local
touch. Ask them to show you the good value homes
they list. Call them if you are thinking of selling your

Caribbean Homes, "the Refreshing Realtor," special-
izing in luxury homes, condos, lots, rentals and prop-
erty management.

Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and insur-
ance services. If you want a home or to invest in Bon-
aire, stop in and see them.

Benetton, world famous designer clothes available
now in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For
men, women and children.

Best Buddies and Pearls-Stunning fresh water pearl
jewelry, fashion, gifts, t shirts. Wonderful service, free
gift wrap.

Special Security Services will provide that extra
measure of protection when you need it. Always reli-

Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of Bon-
aire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient. FedEx
agent. What would we do without their superb ser-

The Island Supplier (TIS)-Enjoy shopping the
"Caribbean Way' fresh, open air feeling with rea-
sonably priced produce, frozen meats, canned goods,
wide selection of beverages and juices. Good rum se-

Warehouse Supermarket on Kaya Industria-
Biggest air conditioned market with the, largest selec-
tion 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
Bonaire with built-in ramp

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. Kaya Industria 23, Mon.-Sat. 9 am-noon.

To learn more about these businesses check their ad
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Open Wednesday to Sunday
5 PM to 11 PM

Hair Affair

We do our best to
make your hair and make-
up wishes come true!!
You can also come in for facials and
facial waxing.
We use and sell L'Oreal products
Is your plan to marry on the island?
We can make you beautiful and stay
beautiful for your happiest day.

Personal attention by Janneke
Appointment by tel: 717-5990
or just walk in.
Downtown, near the waterfront
next to Little Havana
Tues-Fri: 9-12, 2-6 Sat: 9-2 non stop

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The Red Baron Finally Stops Flying

The 52nd of a series of Bonaire Reporter articles by J@n Brouwer, featuring some of Bonaire's
interesting vehicles that are "on wheels."

Did You Know... You
can wish on a star...underwater.
If you're ever diving or snorkel-
ing in Bonaire and spot a sea
plume that appears to have its
branches tied up in a knot, don't
try to find a "sea-comb!" The
chances are it's protecting a bas-
ket star from predators. Basket
stars are a type of brittle star with
many branches extending out
from each of their five arms.
These arms are used to catch
plankton when they feed, which
occurs primarily in the nighttime.
During the day, they seek protec-
tion by using their many complex
arms to entangle themselves in the
branches of sea plumes. This in-
tertwined mass makes it difficult
for them to be spotted and cap-
tured. Sea plumes naturally have
chemical defenses to ward off
predators and this characteristic is

Pet of the
T his is "Jill" and this is her extrava-
gantly elegantly tail. Not only does
she have a luxurious tail but she's a rare one
as normally cats with red fur such as hers
are male. She's a very playful little cat and
loves being around people and other cats.
Jill came into the Bonaire Animal Shelter
because her owner could no longer take care
of her. It's lucky for some possible owner
out there who can appreciate a very special
cat. You may see Jill and the other animals
up for adoption at the Shelter on the Lagoen
Road, open Monday through Saturday, 9 am
to 1 pm and from 3 to 5 pm. Telephone 717-
Right now adoptees include 40 dogs and
"lots of cats," say the managers of the Shel-
ter. So you have a nice array of pets from
which to choose. The adoption fee of NAf
75 for cats and NAfl05 for dogs includes
the vet check up, inoculations, testings,

also taken advantage of by basket
stars to help them remain pro-
tected from attacks. So next time
you see a tangled sea plume forget
about trying to invent a type of
marine shampoo and instead mar-
vel at nature's way of protecting
its beautiful creatures and sneak a
wish on the equally sneaky basket
star. U Monica Edell
Edell is an
student at the
University of
Texas at Austin
and attended
summer courses
at CIEE Re-
search Station
Bonaire. She cannot be held account-
able for any wishes not granted by
basket stars, unless that wish is to
save the ocean, in which case she will
try her best.

Bonaire/ Kralendijk -
Tt was on one of those hot
last days of the month of
July that a metallic red re-
sprayed double cabin Toyota
Hilux truck apparently tried to
be independent from its driver

and decided to start flying.
W ee k Along Kaya Gobernador Nico-
laas Debrot, near the harbor and
f |the only roundabout on the is-
Sland, the car tried to fly over a
wire fence but ended unfortu-
nately in a certain unchosen
angle on top of a sturdy stone
wall. Two wheels were lifted
from the ground. Serious dam-
age was caused to the wall, the
fence and an official road sign.
The car also suffered heavily
from the collision. Fortunately
the driver only collected some
scratches and black and blue
spots. The driver went home and
the car remained hanging in the
fence on top of the wall for

worming and sterilization when they're old
enough. And all of them are social, meaning
they get along beautifully with people and
often other pets.
The Shelter's Bonny Superdog Sterili-
zation Program has been a big success.
The Program was set up for those pet own-
ers who can't afford to pay themselves.
Since May 15 there have already been 200
sterilizations of cats and dogs. The Program
depends totally on donations to keep it going. Please, if you can help this is
the time to do it. You may contribute with cash (in the dog house donation
boxes in many shops and businesses or at the Shelter), by bank transfer:
RBTT Bank Animal Shelter Bonaire: 23.10.139. Say "Bonny Super-
dog." The donation will go only for this program. Americans may donate
and receive a tax deduction via Support Bonaire website. U Laura De-

raduates of Bonaire's
SGB High School are
on their way overseas for
advanced studies not avail-
able on Bonaire. Several
youngsters are off to schools
in the Caribbean- Barbados or
Curaqao- but most are head-
ing to Holland. The founda-
tion FINEB organizes their
transportation and provides
assistance for them in The
Netherlands. 0 G.D.

some days, warning the traffic
of unsafe driving.

Then the owner of an (in
Dutch) verreiker (far reacher/
jb) passed by several times with
his bright yellow four-cylinder
diesel-engine-powered hydrau-
lic four-wheel drive heavy
equipment. He had imported the
old but reliable work horse from
Europe and assembled the ma-
chine in his back garden to give
the verreiker a new and useful
life. The Dutch driver decided to
offer his help. In less than 15
minutes the Toyota Hilux was
freed from its unfortunate posi-
tion and placed with its four
wheels back on the ground, the
place where cars normally be-
It is unlikely that this car will
take part in the Bonairean traffic
again. It is supposed that the
Hilux will end up its life as a so

called donor car, extending the
tough life of a lot of other Toyo-
tas on this island. The engine,
the gearbox, the rear axle and
the windshield are still in good
condition. Even the radiator
seems all right because there are
no signs of leaks.

Unfortunately this Red Baron
was not as tough as the red sin-
gle cabin four-wheel drive die-
sel Toyota Hilux Jeremy Clark-
son tried to destroy with trees,
sea water, explosives and fire in
his English tele-
vision program,
Gear!" (The Top
Gear torture can
be seen on You
Tube: 13 minutes
of informative full
color fun on your
computer.) U
Story & photo by J@n Brouwer


Parents Peter and Esmeralda "Lala" Montanus flank their son,
Rens, top SGB student, off to study economics at Windesheim

Bonaire Reporter- August 7-21, 2009

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*to find it... just look up

How to Find Two
Wonders of Sum-
mer's Skies:
the Heart of the
And the Heart of
our Galaxy

D id you know that
on any moonless
night in August you can
use an ancient constella-
tion to find two incredible
summer night sky sights -
both the magnificent red
heart of the scorpion and
the incredible milky white
heart of our galaxy?
This week and next just
after it gets dark out face
up and south where you'll see two of summer's most famous star patterns: a constel-
lation which looks like a fish hook or a capital letter 'J', Scorpius the Scorpion, and
directly behind it several bright stars which, if connected by lines, would look like a
teapot. Now Scorpius is officially called a constellation. But the Teapot is not. It is
called an asterism, which means that it is a small pattern of stars within a constella-
And the constellation to which the Teapot belongs is a very large pattern of stars
named thousands of years ago for a mythical creature called a centaur, a creature
half man and half horse. Named Sagittarius, he was known to be a great master
with the bow and arrow, a centaur archer. His bow is marked by two stars of the
Teapot's lid and the star at the bottom of the spout. The arrow goes from the top star
in the handle through the other star of the lid with the tip of the arrow marked by
the star, which also marks the tip of the spout. And with a little imagination you can
see that it is aimed at the red star which marks the heart of the scorpion, Antares,
which is a giant star 700 times as wide as our Sun.
But on really dark moonless nights far from city lights you'll also see that the tip
of Sagittarius' arrow is embedded in the widest and densest part of that great ribbon
of light called the Milky Way which stretches all the way from the southern hori-
zon up to the zenith and back down to the northeast horizon. In fact if you look
closely at Sagittarius and Scorpius you'll see that most of the Teapot and the bottom
half of Scorpius are embedded in the Milky Way. And if you take a pair of binocu-
lars and look here or anywhere along the Milky Way you will see that it is made up
of millions of pinpoints of light, each one of which is a distant star which along
with our Sun all belong to a giant cosmic spiral family of 200 billion stars we call
the Milky Way Galaxy.
Our galaxy is shaped kind of like putting two plates face to face together, thin
around the outside with a big bulge in the center. And you'll notice that when you
look at Sagittarius and Scorpius that the Milky Way bulges here and is much thicker
and wider than the rest of the Milky Way. And that's because the bulging center of
our galaxy lies in this direction over two dozen light years away. In fact the tip of
Sagittarius' arrow is pointed directly at it. So find the heart of our Milky Way Gal-
axy and the heart of the scorpion with the help of an ancient archer. U
Jack Horkheimer


ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Investments
that deal with property will be lucrative;
however, upsets with family members
may be likely. Don't avoid your true feel-
ings. Social activity should be on your
agenda this month. You need to reevaluate
your situation. Your luckiest events this
month will occur on a Thursday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Mingle
with those who have similar interests, and
you should be able to start something. Be
firm when dealing with matters pertaining
to your environment. You may want to
make changes in your home environment.
Uncertainty about your relationship is
prevalent. Your luckiest events this month
will occur on a Tuesday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) You
should sit down with someone you trust
and work out a budget that will enable you
to save a little extra. Children will be of
major concern if you haven't kept the lines
of communication open. You mustn't
make promises that you won't be able to
keep. You must steer clear of overindul-
gent individuals.
Your luckiest events this month will occur
on a Sunday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Your
changing philosophies may lead you into
new circles and open doors that will give
you a unique outlook on life. Unexpected
bills may set you back. Mishaps due to
preoccupation will be upsetting. Your
stubborn nature will backfire if you give
your mate an ultimatum. Your luckiest
events this month will occur on a Sunday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Any renovation
or decorating to your home should include
the whole family. Don't be afraid to make
a move if you aren't happy with your emo-
tional situation. Lack of cash might be
partly to blame for the problems at home.
You may feel that someone at work is
holding you back. Your luckiest events
this month will occur on a Wednesday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Older
members of your family may try to take
advantage of you. Rest and relaxation may
be required; minor health problems will
prevail if you don't watch your diet.
Someone you care about may not be too
well. It's time to consider putting money
into long-term investments. Your luckiest

v Astrologer Michael Thiessen
For August 2009

events this month will occur on a Tues-
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Outdoor
sports events should entice you. You
might be overly emotional concerning
situations at work. You will be able to
catch up on overdue paper work. You will
easily capture the interest of those you talk
to. Your luckiest events this month will
occur on a Sunday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Your
temper may get the better of you if a col-
league has tried to ruin your reputation.
You may be fortunate while traveling.
Don't let an incident at work play on your
mind. Romance will unfold if you take
trips or get together with friends. Your
luckiest events this month will occur on a
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Be
sure to take care of any minor ailments.
Stop telling others about your problems.
Your confidence will stabilize your posi-
tion. You could be your own worst enemy
if you overreact to something you're told.
Your luckiest events this month will occur
on a Wednesday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Your
knowledge and good sense will help more
than you think. Acceptance is the key.
Children could cost you more than you
can afford. Try not to allow others to bur-
den you with additional responsibili-
ties.Your luckiest events this month will
occur on a Tuesday.
AOUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Strength
will come from your ability to overtake
just about any one. You may want to plan
physical activities that will help bur off
some of their excess energy. You're ready
to take action and take over. You could be
attracting individuals who are anything
but good for you. Your luckiest events this
month will occur on a Sunday. occur on a
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You'll re-
gret every word for some time to come.
Stick to doing things that will make you a
better person both physically and men-
tally. Check your personal papers and
make sure everything is in order. Refuse
to get involved in idle chatter; it will only
make you look bad. Your luckiest events
this month will

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