ccording to the Central Bank,
Sthe actual economic growth of
the Netherlands Antilles in 2003 was
1.3%, compared to 0.4 % in 2002. For ,1I m
2004, the Central Bank projects 'a de- P p i B
cline in growth' up to 1%. This de- l
crease is due to the necessary cutbacks
by the government to curtail the
budget deficit. The growth in 2003
was due to an increase in the net ex-
ports and private and government con-
Inflation also began to increase from 0.4% in 2002 to 1.9% in 2003. For 2004 the Bank
expects an inflation of 1.5%. The higher inflation in 2003 could also be explained by the
more expensive euro in import prices from Europe, an increase in the inflation with the
Antilles' most important trade-partner, the US, and higher utilities fees because of the
increased fuel prices.
A Curagao PAR party leader and former
Prime Minister Etienne Ys is being pro-
tected by the government guards
(Servisio di Kontrol i Siguridat) round
the clock. Last week the police received
a 'serious tip,' Ys confirmed. The patrols
started on Friday and will continue in-
definitely. The police stated that a threat
against his life had been made but didn't
offer any details.
A A straightforward question of a visitor
in the Bonaire courtroom surprised Judge
Fred Wieland and district attorney Ernst
Wesselius last week. During a recess
between to cases, a young man, H. came
forward and asked the gentlemen why
there are never black judges and dis-
trict attorneys sitting at the table. The
Judge answered very calmly that there are
black Antillean judges and district attor-
neys in Curagao and that an Antillean
district attorney would replace Mr. Wes-
selius when he leaves. Wesselius found
the question very funny. "This young
man speaks fluent Papiamentu but has
Dutch parents and looks very much
Dutch, even though his hair is dark but
A Curagaoans are not happy about the
appointment of the four outgoing FOL
commissioners to new government jobs
with a "scale 14" salary of NAf7,400
The civil servants' union, ABVO, the
employers' organization, VBC, and all
political parties, with the exception of
FOL, PNP and PLKP, which made the
decision in the Executive Council, ex-
pressed disapproval. PAR Leader,
Etienne Ys, said the move was
"completely objectionable and disgrace-
ful policy," and that he and his party
"forcefully reject it."
A Bookings on KLM for the coming
months look "very positive," said Re-
gional Commercial Manager Lars de Bra-
bander. KLM's load factor on the Am-
route, flown twice a week, currently
stands at 80 to 85%, he explained. This is
higher than the load factor of 65 to 70%
a few months ago. Bonaire load factors
are high as well according to observers at
Flamingo airport. KLM has even added a
flight for the summer.
A Aruba Exel is currently undergoing
the last phases of inspection and will
probably start flying by next month,
according spokesman of the Aruban
Aviation Administration. Other compa-
nies that want to start off as well are still
in the earlier phases of preparation they
Since 1999 more than 30 groups have
indicated an interest in starting an airline
in Aruba. Aruba Exel, the company
owned by Dutch businessman Erik de
Vlieger, has the advantage of already pos-
sessing the four most important ingredi-
ents necessary to start an aviation com-
pany: capital, knowledge, qualified per-
sonnel and aircraft. Aruba Exel will be
flying with the ATR-42, the same type of
aircraft used by BonairExel.
* DCA's Dash- and Twin Otter-
aircraft that have been parked at the
Curagao airport for months without being
used were to be returned to the leasing
company last week. Is this part of the im-
pact of BonairExel on their planned
schedule? Because the airline no longer
has pilots qualified to fly Dashes and Ot-
ters, foreign pilots will have to fly them
back to the owner.
IN THIS ISSUE:
Yoga (Cobra Pose)
Count down to Dive Festival
Cinnamon Art Gallery
Annual Kite Contest
New Blue Moon
Flotsam & Jetsam
Letters (On Line;
Opinion (Earth Day)
Pet of the Week (Paula)
Yachts & Water Sports
(Surfing the Net)
On the Island Since
Bonaire Sky Park
The Stars Have It
A If you see a flamingo that's light
brown or beige in color, it's not a new
variety of flamingo. It's a baby flamingo
who should be with its flock. At this
time of year there are a lot of babies
around and they often get blown away
from where they should be, which is with
(Continued on page 4
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the adults in the salt pans. The babies are
not strong enough to fight their way back
into the wind. So if you find one walking
on the road or looking out of place, here's
what to do. Grab a towel or even a shirt
and try to cover the bird's body with it.
Be gentle and don't worry; flamingoes
don't bite. The birds weigh practically
nothing when you pick them up. As you
try to gather them up remember that their
legs bend the opposite way from most
other animals. Then take the bird to the
Cargill Salt Works. Someone there will
return the baby flamingo to its home. And
know you did a good deed for Bonaire's
* Dutch Car-
ibbean Air- A1 |
lines (DCA) 0etkatr1
will stay with
Icelandic (AAI) for its transatlantic
flights to Holland. It would have pre-
ferred to switch to Holland Exel but
couldn't because Holland Exel did not
have enough flight personnel.
DCA commercial manager Cesar Prince
said the current AAI flights, which use a
Boeing 767-200, have to make a fuel
stop in the Azores. The flights have been
fully booked. DCA wanted to switch to
Holland Exel, because AAI at this mo-
ment cannot provide a more modem and
bigger Boeing 767-300, which does not
require a fuel stop. After losing Sobelair
as a partner earlier this year, DCA tried
using Air Holland for a few weeks,
which ended in disaster when the latter
A Did you catch the Car and Bike Show
last Sunday in Playa? There were row aft
row of fancy cars and hot motorcycles to s
One highlight was the assortment of impe<
ble Harley -Davidson motorcycles. Orlanc
Francisco brought what might be the first
ever "made on Bonaire" motorcycle (phot
a Harley-powered chopped-dragster. It wa
All ages appreciated the show; especially 1
kids who got free rides on a Quad and the
teens who were able to hang out looking c
(or is that too old-fashioned a word?).
A There have been reports and sight-
ings of monkeys loose on the island.
From Hato to Nikiboko South people
have been getting unannounced visits
from these animals that are not dangerous
unless threatened, and then they can in-
flict a nasty bite. We saw a pair of small
monkeys calmly sitting by the roadside
and another, larger one, stayed with a
family for a few days before moving on.
We suspect the monkeys are pets who've
escaped because they are comfortable
A A group of enthusiastic people plan
to start a new elementary school
around August 1. The school will start
with students ranging in age from four to
eight ("groups 1-4"). There will be an
annual addition of one group until group
8 is reached. The aim is to have a com-
plete elementary school, groups 1-8, by
The philosophy of the school is to base
education on the developmental age, not
calendar age of the child, a benefit of
cross-age learning. The idea is that chil-
dren can learn through play. As well there
will be an emphasis on a positive social
attitude. The school will be affiliated with
the standard school system. The classes
will be given in Dutch but other ethnic
teachers are needed.
A survey was done on the island which
showed that such a school would defi-
nitely be welcome. At this point there are
15 children potentially signed up. The
maximum number of students is 24.
If you are interested in the school, either
as a parent or as a teacher, call Margon
Muller at 717-5539, Monday through Fri-
day, during business hours.
A Elvis Martinus does it again. Elvis
will be bringing back the Bonaire Wave
Challenge at Lac Kai on April 24th and
25th beginning each day at 10 am, wind
permitting. (See story on page 9.) Local
sailors will show all their wave tricks in
what is predicted to be the hottest event
of the weekend. There will be food
stands and live music so come dance,
watch the wave event and chill in the
Bonaire' hippest and breeziest spot,
harles Souriel, Police
Department spokesman, reports
-Friday morning, April 23, a man (L.
A.D., 39 years old) was arrested trying
to smuggle in a 22 caliber Colt firearm
with nine bullets as he got off the Divi
Divi flight from Curacao. The man is
a Curacaoan who lives in Bonaire.
-Saturday, April 17, at 14:40 a man
drowned at Sorobon Beach. First aid
was given and the paramedics and po-
lice were called. First aid was contin-
ued by the paramedics but the man
was dead. He was Paul John Gregorio,
born in the Philippines July 24, 1964.
He was a teacher at the St. James
Medical School. The police are inves-
tigating the case.
-Sunday, April 18, at 14:50 the Fla-
mingo Team apprehended two sus-
pects (F.C.S., 35 years, and A.J., 34
years) with bolitas in their stomachs,
as well as R.van W., 27 years, and a
woman, M.G.A., 25 years, carrying
cocaine. The four are being held injail
pending further investigation. OL.D.
Kai. Entrance to the event is NAfl0.
A Congratulations to De Freewieler,
our favorite bicycle and scooter shop, on
their fifth anniversary (first lustrum) last
week. They've done a superior job during
those years, keeping our bikes in good
working condition, renting us bikes,
scooters and quads and selling us high
quality bicycles and equipment. Owner
(Continued on page 6)
eI & erTl &R S : T H a U G A1
A LOGICAL REFERENDU
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meente, it would have to be
province. It is obvious that t
of Friesland would be the id
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I LETTERS I
eland and Dear Editor:
risians have In the April 16 Reporter Senator Booi is
wards The quoted as saying "Bonaire has 12 doc-
ve towards tors, way too many". He bases his state-
ment on the fact that The Netherlands
Ger Vellinga has only one physician per 2,500 people
and Bonaire should have the same doc-
INE tor/population ratio. I agree completely
ok of the On- about maintaining the ratio. Although I
,ter (www. personally don't see how too many doc-
changed to tors can be considered a problem, it is
Now The Re- obvious that I do not fully understand all
out. The cost the aspects of this situation created by
remains $35 the opposition party.
have on-line I believe, however, that the Senator's
'he Reporter conclusions were based on faulty data.
y 2000. My World Almanac states that The
Netherlands has one physician per 412
persons! This is about on par with other
like the new "industrialized" countries. What this
ke the added means is that Bonaire has not a surplus
but a serious shortage of doctors. We
is had a large need another 17 doctors to stay equal to
you not in- The Netherlands and we need them soon
;ements. I if health care is not to suffer!
.so include Is it not ironic that Bonaire with two
medical schools has a deficient physi-
Bill Carrier cian/population ratio? Not as bad as Mo-
zambique, one doctor, and is he busy,
Well, I like it, but we have DSL here
now. For people on a dial-up connec-
tion downloading a pdf can be a chore.
DOCTORS, So LITTLE
MONEY I... .
he day this issue of The Bonaire
Reporter becomes available is
April 22nd. It is being celebrated world-
wide as Earth Day. To get some per-
spective on earthly events we might
consider what else this day is noted for:
1056- A supernova (exploding
star) in the Crab Nebula was so
bright that it was visible in the
1509- Henry VIII ascended to the
throne of England after the death
of his father.
1529- Treaty of Saragossa di-
vided the western hemisphere
between Spain and Portugal, set-
ting the stage for today's South
American political divisions.
1914- Baltimore Orioles' Babe
Ruth, age 19, pitched his first
1915- World War I, at the Second
Battle of Ypres, Belgium, Ger-
man troops introduced poison
1930- The United Kingdom, Ja-
pan and the US sign the London
per 136,000 persons, but decidedly Third
World. I urge the Senator and his col-
leagues to put aside their political differ-
ences and work together to correct this
Webster (Web) Burrfish
Editor's note: Bonaire doctors are subsi-
dized by the government to some extent.
Naval Treaty regulating subma-
rine warfare and limiting ship-
1970- First Earth Day celebrated
1994- Richard Nixon, former
President of the US, died
1997- A 126-day hostage crisis at
the residence of the Japanese am-
bassador in Lima, Peru, ended
after government commandos
storm and capture the building
rescuing 71 hostages.
However important these events may
seem, they all will dwindle into insignifi-
cance if the environment of the Earth is
so ruined that it will destroy our quality
of life, and perhaps life itself, for all who
live on the planet. Take care of the
neighborhood-the Earth. O G.D.
For example: The national health insur-
ance (SVB) pays them an annual stipend
for each SVB patient they have and there
are other subsidies, like housing. We
located another study from Dartmouth
College that said that in 1997 the Neth-
erlands had one physician per 625 per-
I OPINION I
Flotsam and Jetsam. (Continued from page 4)
Frank Bohm had two other things to
celebrate last week: his birthday and his
500th scuba dive! Pabien, Frank!
A Attention shore divers: The ease of
entry at the Oil Slick Leap dive site
has been much improved. There is a
wooden platform at the top of the new
aluminum dive ladder which extends
deep into the water. The platform is a
nice clean place to put on or take off dive
gear. We understand it was put in by the
nearby Caribbean Club Bonaire.
A The Bonaire Reporter will not be
published next week in keeping of our
established policy of publishing only
four issues a month. Look for the next
issue on 6 May. O G./L. D.
SEVEN MORE DAYS UNTIL RINCON DAY
uu -- _
o one gives a party like the Rincofieros. Rincon Day is next Friday, April 30, and
you won't want to miss it! FU.DE.CU., the group that goes all out to organize the
annual event, is promising one of the best ever.
Francisco Janga, the son of the late "Mr. Rincon" Broetje Janga, is following in his fa-
ther's footsteps and heading up the organizing committee. More than 11 entertainment
groups have signed up to come from Curacao and Aruba (more are still signing up as we
go to press). Stands will sell all that good Rincon traditional comida (food) and drink, as
well as gifts and crafts. Music will be everywhere, with three main stages set up for enter-
tainment and several smaller ones nearby. There will be parades, games, bands, fun.
Bring your camera for the great photo opportunities!
If you really want to be "in," get yourself a Rincon Day tee shirt, a cap, bag and/or flag.
BEFORE RINCON DAY
Saturday, April 24: Chichi ku Bubu at
Rancho Don Pedro in Rincon, 6 pm.
Thursday, April 29: Car Cavalcade
Raton) A "mini Rincon Day" with all
the things left over for sale, Rancho Don
Pedro, 4 pm.
Optocht ban Rincon) starts at 5 pm at The 30th Itself
ie Stadium in Playa, goes through all the RINCON DAY ACTIVITIES
arrios and ends at Rincon at 7 pm, fol- MCB Bonaire Rincon Day 17 km.
)wed by entertainment and presentations. run, starts at the Stadium in Playa, 7 am
AFTER RINCON DAY Mass and raising of the flag, 9:30-10
Saturday. Mav 1: Leftover Dav (Saka am
Parade of the Uniformed Groups and
brass band, 10:05 am, start atPlasa
WHERES & WHENS
Stage 1, Plasa Commerce 10:30 am.
Activities continue until 4:30 pm
Stage 2, Centro diBario 11 am to
5:30 pm skits, music, etc.
Stage 3, Den Bus di Pedon- Entertain-
ment from 11 am to 4 pm
Credit Union (front of the church) -
Entertainment, children's games, from 11
am to 4:30
Strea di Oro- (past church, on the
right, on the way to Washington Park)
Entertainment from 11 am to 5:30
Parada di Maskarada- A parade of
those wonderful masked characters who
usually appear on January 1. 1 to 3 pm
(Route: Kaya Para Mira, Kaya Com-
merce, Kaya Rincon, Kaya Marino, Kaya
C.D. Crestian, Kaya Para Mira)
Parada diAntaio -A parade of older
people in old time Rincon dress, 1 to 3 pm
(Route: Kaya Marino, Kaya E.B. St. Jago,
Kaya Rincon, Kaya Commerce, Kaya C.
D. Crestian, Kaya Marino)
Parada di Karnaval An"old time"
Kamaval parade, 2 to 4 pm (Route: Kaya
E.B. st. Jago, Kaya Marino, Kaya Rincon,
Kaya Commerce, Kaya E.B. St. Jago)
Parada di Simidan The grand finale.
Everyone welcome to join in, join arms
and do the Simidan dance to the famous
Simidan song, 5pm to 8:30 pm (Route:
Kaya Piedra Pretu, Kaya Commerce,
Kaya Rincon, Kaya E.B. St. Jago, Kaya
Commerce, Kaya Rincon, Kaya E.B. St.
Jago, Kaya Commerce, Kaya Rincon)
Rancho Don Pedro- Fire jumping as
done during the holidays of San Juan and
San Pedro, 9 pm.
Midnight closure D
NOS FUTUREBAN P'EI
(OUR FUTURE-LET'SGO FOR IT.)
T here have been several important
and interesting developments
leading toward the Referendum this
The PDB (Democratic Party)
issued its official position that it
supported a sort of an Aruban style
Status Apart&- plus. It is somewhat
different from the UPB (Patriotiko
Party) position which supports a
Direct Link with Holland. In a fu-
ture issue we will attempt to com-
pare and contrast the two positions.
People are also writing letters to The
Reporter about the Referendum and
we will be publishing portions of
An admittedly unscientific sur-
vey, conducted last week by the
Referendum Commission for its
own use, indicated that about three-
quarters of the Bonaireans polled
want to stay with Holland. Of the
remainder, 22% said they won't
vote, 4% said they needed more in-
formation. No one opted for com-
plete independence from Holland.
* Of those who want to stay
with Holland more than half said
they would prefer an Aruban style
status apart, about a quarter were
for direct relations with Holland and
only 2% want to remain part of the
Netherlands Antilles territory.
* Support seems to be growing
for a two-stage referendum as sug-
gested in The Reporter two issues
ago, at least based on a conversation
we had with a lawyer working for
the government. The Referendum
date is now set for July 6, 2004.
That's months before the European
Union will complete its own work
on the definition of an UPT
(European Territory outside of the
European continent). If Bonaireans
choose to leave the current Antilles
constellation, then it would seem
B O N A I R E
prudent to await the definition of the
alternatives available should the
choice be to remain with Holland.
S Also, based on a UN recom-
mendation, residents of Bonaire,
even if they are not Dutch citizens,
will be able to vote in the upcoming 1
Referendum, provided they have
been legal residents for at least five
years, and teenagers from 16 up are
also eligible. This motion was
passed over objections at the last
Island Council meeting.
We will continue with the analytical
series of Referendum alternative arti-
cles that were begun last month in the
next edition of The Reporter. 1 The
The aim of the (jtrotide team of editorial and staff writers is to inform, not to influence
public opinion or "sell" a particular option. Critical comments, useful additions and ques-
tions by the readers will be warmly welcomed and published whenever possible. Active co-
operation and exchange of information is sought with the local/regional media (press, radio,
TV), and the official Referendum Commission. Any item in the Referendum Chronicle can
be freely quoted and/or downloaded via Internet. O
Dainty little "Paula" was found
down by Punt Verkant. Such
pretty little pup as she certainly
)oked out of place wandering
round, so she was brought into the
3onaire Animal Shelter last month.
'he Shelter's policy on pets such as
aula is to wait two weeks to see if an
wner calls to claim the dog or cat.
3ut no one has called for Paula so
he's now up for adoption. She's a
ttle darling, very peppy and ani-
lated (just check out those perky lit-
e ears!) Paula is small enough to be
lap dog and we know she just can't
vait for the opportunity. She's about
year and a half, is in excellent
ealth, has been thoroughly examined
y the vet, has had her shots and will
Meet Paula and all the other healthy
nd social pets at the Shelter on the
agoen Road, open Monday through
riday, 10 am to 2 pm, Saturdays un-
S1. Tel. 717-4989. L.D.
YOGA FOR YOU
If you have the patience to wait, gradually the muddy water becomes clear. If you
can remain in non-doing, the perfect action arises by itself
Lao Tse, the Tao Te Ching, Verse 15
Bhujangasana, the Cobrapose
n a yoga practice you will be guided into a series of asanas (positions)-standing,
sitting, lying down, forward and back bends, inverted postures and twists-all
done slowly and carefully, with great attention to your breathing. You will then end
the practice with a 10-minute relaxation lying on your mat.
All yoga is Hatha yoga, but in practice Hatha usually means a simpler, less demand-
ing type of yoga.
To name a few types of yoga:
Iyengar yoga is a careful sequence of asanas or postures held for a length of
Sivananda yoga approaches the relaxing effects of breathing and meditation.
Kundalini yoga is complete with mantras, chanting and meditation.
Ashtanga or power yoga and Bikram yoga are much more strenuous and ath-
Yoga asanas have evolved over thousands of years as a way of undoing tensions
and stiffness in the body, strengthening weaknesses and restoring equilibrium. As
tensions are eased, there is an extraordinary release of energy, so that at the end of a
practice you will feel recharged and revitalized.
Stress can alter breathing habits over time. Typically, breathing becomes faster,
shallower and more erratic. This poor breathing then promotes more stress and can
trigger a whole spectrum of ills migraine, eczema, anxiety, panic attacks, diges-
tive malfunction and eventually heart problems.
Yoga, with its attention to deep diaphragmatic breathing, tends to slow and regulate
the breath over time and is a wonderful therapy for all these conditions. India has
had a tradition of using yoga as therapy for specific illnesses and these are slowly
beginning to reach the west
The photo is the Bhujangasana, the Cobra pose:
In this graceful pose the spine is slowly bent back, vertebra by vertebra, and the
body is supported on the legs, pelvis, and palms. Its effect is to arch the spine back
gently, promoting flexibility of the lower back. The gentle pressure that the pose
brings on the abdomen also has a beneficial massaging effect on the internal organs.
The deep muscles of the back become healthy as the spine becomes elastic and
blood circulation and tone of the muscles and spinal nerves improve. This pose
makes abdominal muscles healthier, removes gases, relieves constipation and im-
proves digestion. O Desirde
On every first Saturday of the month
at 6:30 a.m. there is a meditation at
Sorobon beach by the wooden fish-
Saturdays BEGINNERS Yoga class
at Jong Bonaire started on the 3rd of
Don and Desirde of
April 10 am. "Yoga For You" offer classes in
yoga, from beginners to advanced.
See their ad on page 14.
I YACHTS I NG A ANAT E 'OT SPAGE
WINDSURF SCENE AT SOROBON
CHALLENGING THE WAVES
A fter a break of a few years,
Elvis Martinus, the primo
organizer of Bonaire sailing and
windsurfing events, is again run-
ning the popular Bonaire Wave
Challenge. Bonairean pros, ama-
teurs and youths are expected to
attend this hot event. Wave sailing
is an extremely high adrenaline
sailing technique best enjoyed lo-
cally at the entrance of Lac where
the Atlantic waves mount up as Is this a preview of what we'll see?
they try to enter the bay. The event
is slated for Saturday and Sunday the 24th and 25t" of April.
Bonaire's business community will offer its support of Bonaire's favorite
sport. There will be local food available, the ever popular Happy Band and more
surprises. Also in attendance will be Larry Baillie and his new super safe super
cool Zodiac, Wildside Bonaire. Larry's boat will be the official rescue/
support water craft.
Curacao's ever popular media wiz, Trevor Nisbeth from TeleCuracao's Kiko Ta
Kiko show and website, will cover the event. He, along with local press and spec-
tators, are certain to be amazed by the new moves sure to be seen as some of the
island best loved and most talented sailors return from their work in Maui. Broth-
ers, Taty and Tonky Frans, and brothers, Jurgen and Bjorn Saragoza, are expected
back on island in time to show off their hot tricks recently practiced in Hawaii.
Sunfish and Optimists will be sailing in the quiet waters of Lac Bay as well. Best
viewing will be from the snack and beach area of Kai.
Registration is Friday night from 6-8 pm at the Caribbean Crash Bar at the Plaza
Resort. Skippers Meeting is Saturday at 10 am at Lac Cai. First heat will com-
mence around 1lam. The Happy Band will entertain spectators beginning around
4 pm on Sunday.
Sponsors for the Bonaire Wave Challenge are Bon FM, Plaza Resort, Ackerman
Auto Toyota Lexus, Xerox, Crioyo Paint with The Island Supplier providing
plenty of Corona Beer and the local favorite, Red Bull.
For more information contact Ann Phelan, press person at
email@example.com or Elvis Martinus, Race Director at 717-2288.
KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF
4-23 3:31 1.8FT. 13:41 0.8FT. 69
4-24 4:11 1.8FT. 14:15 0.7FT. 62
4-25 5:02 1.8FT. 14:46 0.7FT. 54
4-26 5:46 1.8FT. 15:18 0.8FT. 46
4-27 6:32 1.8FT. 15:42 0.8FT. 39
4-28 7:26 1.7FT. 15:57 0.9FT. 36
4-29 1:01 1.3FT. 8:11 1.6FT. 16:04 0.9FT. 23:01 1.4FT. 39
4-30 3:20 1.3FT. 9:09 1.5FT. 16:02 1.0FT. 22:34 1.5FT. 47
5-01 4:53 1.2FT. 10:02 1.4FT. 15:53 1.1FT. 22:40 1.6FT. 59
5-02 6:19 1.1FT. 11:11 1.3FT. 15:42 1.1FT. 23:03 1.7FT. 72
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45 DAYS TO GO
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he Bonaire Dive Festival is the
island's most important conser-
vation and dive event. This two-week-
long (no enrollment fee) program fo-
cuses on the protection of the world's
coral reefs and marine ecosystems and
educates divers and snorkelers about
the role they can play in conservation
efforts. Guided daily dives, gear and
equipment demonstrations and educa-
tional activities related to the protec-
tion of our marine environment will
remain the key elements of the 2004
Bonaire Dive Festival. A variety of
topside activities have been added to Phillipe Cousteau and Captain Don cut
the schedule. Depending on when you the cake at the
join the two-week festival, you could Dive Festival in 2000.
take part in many events and activities.
For example, if you come for the first three days:
And there are 11 more days filled with fun that follow. Pass by the downtown
Sunday, June 6, 2004
Official opening of the 8th Annual
Bonaire Dive Festival
"Taste of Bonaire" food festival with
live music on Wilhelmina Square
Daily guided dives
Monday, June 7, 2004
Scuba Challenge/Fish ID
Presentation by Philippe Coustea
Daily guided dives
Tuesday, June 8, 2004
BBQ with live music at Sorobon and
Kontiki Beach Club
Daily guided dives
TCB office to get more information. Or check out the website at: www.
Bird of Paradise
Blauwe Crab, Curagao
Camissa, Chan Is.
Flying Cloud, USA
Guaicamar I, Venezuela.
Lucky Lobster, Curacao
Natural Selection, USA
Precocious Gale, USA
Queen of Hearts
Santa Maria, Sweden
Ti Amo, USA
Ulu Ulu, USA
Zeno's Arrow, USA
I VESSELS MAKING A PORT CALL: I
CINNMON RT GLLER
Sinnamon Art Gallery, an on-going exhibition featur-
ing the works of Bonaire-based artists, opens Satur-
day, April 24, with a gala reception from 7 9 pm, at Kaya
A.P.L. Brion #1 (located just off Kaya Grandi behind
Banco di Caribe). It's open to all.
The Gallery is a project of the non-profit Bonaire Artists
Foundation, created to promote the work of local artists.
100% of the price of the art goes to the artist. The Gallery
takes no commission. Private donations provide all of the
funding for exhibits and the on-going cost of maintaining the Gallery.
Its website is www.cinnamonartgallery.org.
Bonaire Artists Foundation and Cinnamon Art Gallery were brought to life by three ex-
patriate artists who have made Bonaire their home: Avy Benhamron, Linda Richter and
Jake Richter. They have donated the financial support necessary to open and operate the
Gallery for at least a year. The work of Bonaire-bom artists will be added and augment
the work of the founding artists after the opening.
Some background on the first exhibitors:
Avy Benhamron was born in Northern Morocco, in the seaside city of Rabat. He
has formal art training from the renowned Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, and went
on to serve as the creative director for a Parisian advertising agency for more than a
decade. His style? You could say it's African Art with a touch of the Bonaire sun.
Linda Richter was born and raised in Pembroke, New Hampshire in the US. She
studied fine arts at Notre Dame College. Since relocating to Bonaire in 1997, Linda
has found a new world of year-round nature. She draws inspiration from the way the
brilliant Caribbean light bounces off intense island colors. For Linda, Bonaire has
been a rich visual experience and her paintings reflect that intensity.
Jake Richter was born in New England, graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute, and has more than 25 years in the computer industry, with a focus on
graphics technology, software development, electronic communications and intellec-
tual property matters. Jake has always been deeply attracted to nature's beauty and
color. For years, he's worked to capture such imagery with his camera lens. With his
computer skills he subtly enhances the images.
The Gallery is open
ment. Local artists i
hibited at the
Gallery weekdays al
ANNUAL KITE FYING FSTIVA
T his 26th annual
kite flying contest
was once again held at
the Juventus field be-
hind Kooyman's last
Sunday. The winds
were close to perfect
for much of the day.
Not only were island-
ers participating but, as
in other years, the
event brought teams
from Curagao and
Spectators wore smiles,
drank beer and soft ..
drinks, ate chicken,
watched the kites and A topflier concentration
chatted among them-
selves. The participants were serious and dedicated. It was fun to watch the team get the
kite in the air-one or more to launch it, and another one or two who held the controlling
end. Things could get tense and there was a lot of free advice. There were several heart-
breaks when kites got tangled and crashed or when a string broke and the kite took off.
The contest is the idea of Iris Semeler, owner of the Flamingo Book Store, who 26
years ago decided to have a kite contest, "just for fun." It's come a long way and it's
still lots of fun. O G.D
or by appoint-
Steir work ex-
taff the gallery
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Jeanette and Nolen 2004judges
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WANTED: Volunteers to help at the
Cinnamon Art Gallery opening soon.
Volunteers to help staff the gallery dur-
ing the day. If you are interested, please
contact Wendy Horn, at 717-3902 or
WANTED: Local artists who would
like more information about having
their work exhibited at the new Cinna-
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by the Gallery weekdays after April 24.
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you have too many dogs and would
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B onaire resident Hans Linkels sent us this photo and wrote, "Please find attached
a picture of The Bonaire Reporter in a very remote place: Suzhou in the Jiangsu
province in China, about 50 miles from Shanghai. My wife and I were there on a
business trip I had to make for Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) to Hangzhou in the
Zhejiang province, and also as a bit of honeymoon trip we made after we married in
Las Vegas on March 22." Pabien, Hans. O
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JOIN THE FESTIVAL OF LIFE- If
you have an idea or product that makes
life better for us all you are invited to
join the exhibition at the Caribbean Club
Bonaire on April 24 from 12 noon until
7 pm. There is no charge. The theme is a
celebration of all that makes our life on
Bonaire good. There will be music,
games for children an open swimming
pool and refreshments. Set up your stand
and greet the people. Call Sean or Mar-
jolene at 717-7901 for details.
Sailing Sloop. A dream
to sail. Bargain at
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last of its kind. Call 717-
8988 or 785-6125.
The young players open up some of the many boxes. Organizers Bob Bartikoski,
Eddie Thielman and Rudy Benita look on.
B onaire Councilman Eddie Thielman, who helps run an adults' softball team,
was out at Lac one Sunday and got talking to Bonaire realtor, Bob Bartikoski.
The topic came around to baseball. Eddie mentioned that the Little League teams here
could use some help. Bob said he had a friend in the US in Minnesota who was a big
Little League fan, knew everyone interested in baseball in his area, and maybe he could
find some gear. Eddie thought it was a great idea.
Bob Bartikoski's friend, Bill Berg, is a hitting and pitching instructor for Little League
and Babe Ruth players in Minnesota.
Through Bill's contacts and friends in Minnesota, he was able to raise over $300 in
contributions and get over 500 pounds, 19 big boxes full, of new and nearly new base-
ball equipment donated for the kids on Bonaire who play baseball. The equipment in-
cluded: cleats, balls, baseball gloves, caps, uniforms, hats, bats, batting and catchers'
helmets, equipment bags, uniforms, even women's softball pants and basketball gear.
(Bill Berg was to be in Bonaire at this time to do baseball clinics, but when his son
became ill last week, his trip had to be postponed.)
The donated gear was distributed last week at the Little League Field, just after the start
of the new season. This was due to the tireless efforts and hard work of lots of people
including Bill Berg in Minnesota, Bob Bartikoski in Bonaire and the Minnesota donors.
Thanks go to Eddie Thielman from Bonaire Customs Office, Marisela Croes and the
staff at Rocargo, Nancy Diaz and Mercy at AMCAR in Miami. Rocargo and AMCAR
charged nothing for their services and shipping and worked overtime to get the equip-
ment delivered to Bonaire in time for the start of the baseball season. Bill, Eddie and
Bob would like to do this again next year.
For those of you who don't know, the Little League team from Curagao went to the
Little League World Series last year, played a few games there and got close to the fi-
nals. We are hoping to see the Bonaire team get there one day. O L./G.D.
BONAIRE LITTLE LEAGUE FACTS
Rudy Benita is chairman of Bonaire Little League. Board members in-
clude: Eugenie Rodriguez, Elton Johnson, Humfrey Hanson, Harold Sint Jago, Joel
Angela and Jossy Boekhoudt. There are five Little League teams (children 9 to 12
years old) and four Senior League teams (teens 13 to 15 years old). The major league
(teens 16 to 18) will be organized as the younger kids get older.
Bonaire's officials include Marshall Osepa, an international umpire, who has been to
the Little League World Headquarters in Williamsport, Pa. He'll be training managers
and umpires. O L./G.D.
MARTIJN BOUWMEESTER MAKES
(JTHE BLUE MOON INTO
*% A NEW BLUE MOON
Recognize this friendly face? It's
Martijn Bouwmeester who was
Head Chef at Rendez-Vous for the last
nine years. As Pastry Chef for three years
with the Bonaire Culinary Team he
helped lead the team to a Silver Medal in
the "Taste of the Caribbean International
Culinary Olympics." He's created and
cooked royal-level meals for Queen
Beatrix, Prince Klaus and Prince Willem
Alexander. And he takes the time to teach
young culinary students the secrets of his
And now he's the master in the kitchen. C
at Blue Moon and running the restaurant
as well. "This is the first time to have my Martijn Bouwmeester
own place," Martijn says. And it's about
time because he's a creative, totally focused chef who loves what he does. "I'm
changing the whole menu," he declares. "They'll be fresh, enticing dishes." Some
examples we'd like to mention: Warm fresh salmon carpacchio from the oven
with a mustard honey vinegar sauce; Shrimps a la Dordogne in a creamy garlic
sauce; Ceviche in a sweet and sour sauce of orange with lime, sugar, onions and
mint, blended, then marinated for 24 hours; Conch mousse topping a catch of the
day filet served in a ginger sauce; Tenderloin wrapped with smoked marlin with a
horseradish sauce. He'll be doing innovative things with duck breasts, lamb and
chicken breasts too.
Martijn has always been a master at soups. Try his Shrimp bisque, Conch chow-
der or Soup of the day which will most likely be a clear soup like a beef bouillon.
Don't forget to save room for Martijn's award winning desserts. At the Blue
Moon you'll find for example: a Chocolate surprise inside a pastry of filo dough
with homemade cookies; a Baked local goat cheese with an orange parfait with
balsamic honey sauce; Key lime pie with meringue and more.
Hungry yet? If you're looking for a fine meal, try the (New) Blue Moon on the
Promenade, across from South Pier, just north of Divi Flamingo. OL.D.
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High Schoolers NAf7,75
NEW FILMS BEGIN EVERY FRIDAY
SATURDAY SUNDAY MATINEE 4 PM
WEEKS APRIL 23 to MAY 6.
April 15-22: Dive into Earth Week
(Day) Check with your hotel or dive
shop for activities including beach and
Saturday, April 24: Opening of the
Cinnamon Art Gallery from 7-9 pm, at
Kaya A.P.L. Brion #1, located just off
Kaya Grandi behind Banco di Caribe.
(See page 10.)
Rincon Day, Friday, April 30: (See
article on page 15.) The Queen's
Birthday, MCB Bonaire Rincon Day
17 km. run, 7 am (tel. 717-8629)
Sunday -Dinner and live music at
Chibi Chibi Restaurant at the Divi
Flamingo 6 to 9 pm.
Monday -Soldachi Tour of Rincon,
the heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-
Call Maria 717-6435
Monday -Rum Punch Party on the
beach at Lion's Dive. Dutch National
Products provides an introduction to
Time Sharing and how to save on your
next vacation. 6:15 to 7 pm
Gathering at Gibi's Terrace-6:30pm
-call Jake at 717-6773 or e-mail
email@example.com for more infor.
Tuesday -Harbour Village Tennis,
Social Round Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10
per person. Cash bar. All invited. Call
Elisabeth Vos at 565-5225 /717-7500,
Wednesday -Sand Dollar Manager's
Cocktail Party, Mangos Bar and Restau-
Friday -Manager's Rum Punch
Party, Buddy Dive Resort 5:30-6:30 pm.
Friday- Open House with Happy
Hour at the JanArt Gallery at Kaya
Gloria #7, from 5-7 pm.
Every day by appointment -Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Au-
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thentic Bonairean kunuku. $12
(NAf12 for Bonaire residents). Tel
FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Sunday- Discover Our Diversity
Slide Show, Buddy Dive at the pool
bar, 7 pm 717-5080
Monday- Touch the Sea introduces
Dee Scarr's unique perspective on ma-
rine animals and divers. Aquarius Con-
ference Center, Captain Don's Habitat,
8:30 pm. Tel. 717-8290, or call Dee at
Tuesday-Fascinating Fish slide show
by Jessie Armacost at The Old Inn, at
6 pm opposite the Plaza Resort. Each
week a different show filled with fish
ID tips and other fascinating facts
about fish. Tel. 717-4888
New! Wednesday Turtle slide show
by the STCB (Turtle Club) at the
Buddy Dive pool Bar at 7 pm.
Friday- Week in Review Video Pres-
entation by the Toucan Dive Shop at
the Plaza's Tipsy Seagull, 5 pm. 717-
Friday- The Captain Don Show -
Conversation, fun, yarns, a few slides.
Guaranteed 85% true. Aquarius Con-
ference Room. Captain Don's Habitat
8:30 pm Tel. 717-8290
Bonaire National Marine Park 717-8444.
Bonaire Animal Shelter 717-4989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.
Jong Bonaire (Youth Center) 7174303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child
Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics contact Delno
CLUBS and MEETINGS
AA meetings every Wednesday; Phone
717-6105; 560-7267 or717-3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday
evening at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:30 pm
at the Union Building on Kaya
Korona, across from the RBTT Bank
and next to Kooyman's. All levels in-
vited NAf5 entry fee. Call Cathy 566-4056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday
at City Caf6. Registration at 4, games
at 5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other Tues-
day, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, secretary
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at
Kaya Sabana #1. All Lions are wel-
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday,
12 noon-2 pm Rendez-Vous Restau-
rant, Kaya L.D. Gerharts #3. All Ro-
tarians are welcome. Tel. 717-8454
Mangazina di Rei, Rincon. Enjoy the
view from "The King's Storehouse" while
learning about Bonaire's history and culture
and visit typical homes fromthe 17th cen-
tury. Daily. Call 7174060 or 790-2018
Go to the source. Visit the Bonaire Mu-
seum onKaya J. v.d. Ree, behind the
Catholic Churchintown Open weekdays
from8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holi-
Sunday at Cai- Live music and danc-
ing starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai.
Dance to the music of Bonaire's most
Saturday at Rincon Marshe Liber
(smaller markets) 8 am until 2 pm
Large market offering Rincon area
tours on the first Saturday of each
month, 10 am to 2 pm
International Bible Church of Bon-
aire Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic
circle) Sunday Services at 9 am; Sun-
day Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm in Eng-
lish Tel. 717-8332
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire.
Wilhelminaplein. Services in Papia-
mentu, Dutch and English on Sundays
at 10 am. Thursday Prayer Meeting
and Bible Study at 8 pm. Rev. Jonk-
The Church of Jesus Christ of Lat-
ter Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sun-
days 8:30 11:30 am. Services in
Papiamentu, Spanish and English.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kral-
endijk Services on Sunday at 8 am
and 7 pm in Papiamentu 717-8304.
Saturday at 6 pm at Our Lady of
Coromoto in Antriol, in English. Mass
in Papiamentu on Sunday at 9 am and
6 pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asamblea di
Dios), Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). Ser-
vices in English, Dutch & Papiamentu
on Sunday at 10 am. Wednesday
Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm. 717-2194
New Apostolic Church, Meets at
Kaminda Santa Barbara #1, Sundays,
9:30 am. Services in Dutch. 717-7116.
Send in your events to
The Bonaire Reporter
Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 791-7252
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Bella Vista Restaurant Moderate. Dinner Magnificent Theme Nights: Sunday: Beach Grill; Wednesday: Mexican
Sea Side Restaurant at Buddy Dive Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Night; Friday: Manager's Rum Punch Party and All-You-Can-Eat B.B.Q
717-5080, ext. 535 Open every day
The Blue Moon- Early Bird Special! before 7 pm Moderate-Expensive Attention to detail, fine cooking, delightful presentation and excellent service
Sea Side Restaurant-Waterfront on the Promenade Dinner Inexpensive bar menu make this charming owner-operated
717-8617 Closed Wednesdays restaurant a favorite.
Chez Lucille Moderate After your warm welcome from owner-chef-hostess Lucille you'll be en-
Chez Luce Dinner 6 to 10 pm thralled with a menu that combines the familiar and the exotic. In an historic
Kaya C.E.B. Hellmund 19, Waterfront, 717-7884 Closed Sundays waterfront home and garden.
Chibi Chibi Restaurant and Bar Moderate-Expensive Sit over the water in the most charming and colorful building on the
At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort. Waterfront Lunch and Dinner waterfront. Fine service with a broad menu to suit every taste.
717-8285 Open 7 days Special menus often offered. Live music Sundays.
Croccantino Italian Restaurant Moderate-Expensive Skilled chefs direct from Tuscany prepare exquisite dishes. Authentic ingredi-
Downtown at Kaya Grandi 48 Dinner ents and romantic setting make dining a total delight. Get served in a garden
717-5025 Closed Monday settings under floating umbrellas or in air-conditioned comfort.
Garden Cafe Moderate Finely prepared Middle Eastern cuisine plus Venezuelan specialties.
Kaya Grandi 59 $5 to $20 Excellent vegetarian selections.
717-3410 Dinner Pizza and BBQ.
La Balandra Moderate Cuisine by Chef Alberto Roldan of the Bonaire Culinary Team.
On the Water at the Harbour Village Resort Breakfast-Lunch If you are using the NAf25 Beach Pass, a NAf 15 credit is given for meals Bon-
717-7500, ext 62; 785-0902 Special Dinners on Friday, Sunday aire's best seaside location?
The Last Bite Bakery Orders taken 8 am-4 pm Enjoy a delicious dessert or savory baked meal in the comfort of your home
717-3293 Closed Sunday or resort. This unique bakery offers gourmet class items -always from
Home Delivery or Take Out Deliveries 6:0-7:30pi scratch- for take out or delivery only.
The Lions Den Beach Bar Moderate-Expensive Spectacular setting overlooking dive sites and Klein Bonaire.
And Restaurant Dinner Imaginative menu, open kitchen.
On the sea atLions Dive 717-3400 Open 7 Days Owned and operated by Kirk Gosden.
The Lost Penguin Low-Moderate Watch the bustle of downtown from this street side Caribbean-style bistro
Across from MCB Bank in downtown Kralendijk Breakfast, Lunch, Early Dinner owned and run by a European educated Master Chef and his wife.
Call 717-8003 Closed Tuesdays
Pasa Bon Pizza Low-Moderate Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest in-
On Kaya Gob. Debrot Open from 5-11 pm Wed-Sunday gredients. Salads, desserts. Eat m or take away. Nice bar too.
Smile north of town center. 790-1111 Call ahead to eat-in or take out 790-1111
The Seahorse Cyber Cafe 7 a Low-Moderate Tasty breakfasts, pastries, fresh tropical juices, homemade bread,
Kaya Grandi #6 am 7 pm Closed Sunday Famly special sandwiches, delicious desserts and much more make this a favorite
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conditioning, large and small kitchen appliances. Name
brands, guarantees and service center.
Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest number
of services, branches and ATMs of any Bonaire bank. They
also offer investments and insurance.
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials, waxing
and professional nail care.
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De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; professionally re-
pairs almost anything on two wheels. Sell top brand bikes.
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walkways with fabulous sprayed and stamped concrete
Conetal Cleaning Service cleans homes, apartments, of-
fices. Offers babysitting, gardening, laundry.
The Seahorse Cyber Cafe has cyber facilities. See Restau-
All Dentures Lab. For denture repair or new ones. All
work done on the island, fast results. Owner-operator den-
turist. Repairs while you wait.
Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch dive
shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade on Bon-
aire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive computer H.Q.
Dive Inn Seven studio apartments and dive shop/school
directly on the waterfront in the heart of town. Friendly,
highly experienced with an exceptional staff.
Bonfysio offers comprehensive fitness programs to suit
your needs whether they be weight loss, sports or just keep-
ing in shape. Convenient schedule.
Fit 4 Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in Pilates,
Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional trainers, fitness
machines and classes for all levels.
GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES
Green Label has everything you need to start or maintain
your garden. They can design, install and maintain it and of-
fer plants, irrigation supplies and garden chemicals.
GIFTS SOUVENIRS LIQUORS
The Bonaire Gift Shop has a big selection of what you
need to enjoy Bonaire and remember it when you get home.
Digital cameras and watches a specialty.
Friars' Inn, downtown Kralendijk, offers rooms and break-
fast at Bonaire's lowest prices. Great for tourists or when
visiting family and friends.
METALWORK AND MACHINE SHOP
b c b- Botterop Construction Bonaire N.V., offers out-
standing fabrication of all metal products, including
stainless. Complete machine shop too.
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center offers fast,
fine processing for prints and slides plus a variety of items
and services for your picture-taking pleasure.
REAL ESTATE / RENTAL AGENTS
Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's oldest real estate
agent. They specialize in professional customer services
and top notch properties.
Re/Max Paradise Homes: Intemational/US connections.
5% of profits donated to local community.
Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and insurance
services. If you want a home or to invest in Bonaire, stop in
and see them.
Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed or
built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Electrical,
plumbing, woodworking, etc.
RESORTS & ACTIVITIES
Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun tours
including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snorkeling and
Special Security Services will provide that extra measure
of protection when you need it. Always reliable. Call 717-
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of Bonaire.
Customs agents. Professional and efficient. FedEx agent.
Tropical Flamingo is convenient, clean, modem, efficient
and has the lowest prices on Bonaire. Located behind
Visit Warehouse Bonaire to shop in a large, spotless
supermarket. You'll find American and European brand
products. THE market for provisioning.
TOYS AND GAMES
Laur'an is a store dedicated to providing quality toys and
games to Bonaire. Find them on Kaya Gerharts in the
Lourdes Shopping Mall
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Call Bonaire Nautico at
560-7254. Ride the Kantika diAmor or Skiffy. Hotel
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.
Yoga For You. Join certified instructors Desiree and Don
at Jong Bonaire for a workout that will refresh mind and
body. Private lessons too.
Put your ad in The Bonaire Reporter.
The most advertising for your guilder.
Phone/Fax 717-8988, Cel 791-7252
The Bonaire Reporter-April 23 to May 7, 2004
ON THE ISLAND SINCE...0
4 ]- was born in Curagao. My father
I was the attorney general on the
island and a very important and influen-
tial man. I have always been very proud
of him. He was an officer in the army
who worked himself up as a clerk to the
Island Council. When he was 40 and at
his peak, but without the necessary pa-
pers, he decided to leave for Holland
with his wife and four children, includ-
ing me, to get his law degree.
We lived in Nijmegen for four years, and
I think my 'obsession' for the four days
walkathon of Nijmegen must have
started then. Last year I went to partici-
pate for the first time, and it was an
enormous personal victory for me. I've
always been chubby and absolutely not
interested in sports; I was always read-
ing. To walk 50 kilometers a day, for
four days... to reach that point, that was
tough! I lost 20 kilos in a short time.
Before I was always tired, out of breath.
The first time I started walking, from
Flamingo Beach to Karel's and back, I
felt like a dog. My muscles ached for
two days! In the last 18 months my life
has changed drastically: my lifestyle, my
work and the way I eat.
I had my own restaurant, Rendez-Vous,
for 20 years, from July 2nd 1983 till July
2nd 2003. Now I'm working for Goddard
Catering at the airport as a supervisor.
It's kind of a second career, but it's
great, I have wonderful colleagues and
I've learned a lot. I'm enjoying things
that weren't possible for a long time: to
be at home at night together with Hilde
and Shari, to have a social life and to sit
with a cup of coffee early in the morning
and see the sun rise. By the way, let me
show you something. Hilde, can you get
me the pants I kept? Hilde comes back
and Marcel Nahr gets up and puts the
pants over his shorts and still they 're
way too big. He grins proudly: "This is
just to remind me!"
He gets me another coffee and stretches
his legs on the couch. "My father always
expected me to be a good boy, and being
his son meant also to live according to
certain expectations. Curagao is a special
community. It's one big melting pot, but
it always tries to put a mark on you. I
finished high school, but there must be
some teachers who are still horrified
when they think of that! It was a good
time though! I went to Holland when I
was 20, and it was just the right thing for
a party animal like me! For one and a
half years I studied at the Higher Eco-
nomic School. I wanted to switch to the
Higher Hotel School, but with only two
of those schools in Holland and 2,000
candidates, they told me that I had too
little experience and to come back next
year. Meanwhile I was working for
Wagon Lits and for Martinair Catering
so I got to travel all over Europe by
train, but I also got cheap tickets for Sri
Lanka and Bali.
I love to travel! Once I took three
months off and went on my motorbike
with a tent all through France and Spain
to North Africa, to Fez and Casablanca,
until I reached the Sahara. I didn't dare
go any further; the Sahara is no place for
amateurs. When the time came to serve
in the army, I didn't feel like it and fled
to England. From there I flew to Boston,
bought a Greyhound Bus ticket and went
to Algonquin National Park in Canada. I
rented a kayak, a tent and fishing rods,
and had a wonderful time by myself in
the midst of nature. I traveled to the East
Coast and from there to Miami where I
bought a one-way ticket to Curagao.
It was 10 years after the dramatic Cura-
gao riots, May 30th 1969, and still there
were big black holes in town. The whole
atmosphere was depressed; nobody
dared make new investments. I had been
planning on investing in the service in-
dustry, but I thought, there's nothing
here that an
find in Miami,
and riots will be
the last thing
for! I myself
want to live in
wanted me to
stay in the An-
tilles. He took
me to St. Mar-
"Regatta was coming
up, and as most people
from Curacao, I only
saw Bonaire as a piece
of Curacao that had
drifted away and
where you only went
tin and I talked to him about Aruba, but
he advised me strongly not to go and live
there as he was the one who locked up
the political leader, Betico Croes, who'd
just come out of jail and had reestab-
lished himself in Aruba.
So I started working for the Wine Cellar,
a top restaurant in Curagao. One day the
owner, Nico, had a meeting with this
flamboyant lady, Lucille Martijn, who
wanted to establish a wine and cheese
bar on Bonaire. Nico advised her to start
a fancy restaurant, and October lst 1981,
"Bistro des Amis" opened. It was a big
hit right from the start. Nico told me
they were looking for a maitre'd. Re-
gatta was coming up, and as most people
from Curagao, I only saw Bonaire as a
piece of Curagao that had drifted away
and where you only went for Regatta. I
was willing to try it for a month. I called
my parents said, 'Look, I'm on Bonaire
for a month.' That's 23 years ago now!"
I worked with Lucille for one and a half
years with great success. I felt Bonaire
was starting to boom. I was 26 and
opened my own restaurant, Rendez-
Vous. One night four people came and
t the bar. One of
Swas a girl named
e. She was beautiful,
active and nice!"
e interrupts Marcel:
:y'd told me that
was this guy on a
aire who was the
eligible bachelor on
island! I liked him
ntly... those blue
were both free and
chow we felt it was
for some stability,"
celfills in. "The next
Smet Hilde and her
ds as they were go-
o the beach. I told
I'd come too, but
I had to go home for
wimsuit. Hilde came
me and while we
driving on Kaya
boko-Zuid, she said,
'Oh, how great! I
used to live some-
where around here!' Where? I
asked and she said, 'A bit further!'
Then I drove into the yard of the
house she pointed out, and she
said, 'Hey, you can't do that!' And
I answered, 'But I live here!'
That was destiny. Hilde is from
Aruba, but at the time she was
working for Holland Casinos in
The Netherlands so she went back.
"While I was there," Hilde laughs,
"I thought I should have stayed
around. I wasn't that young any-
:, and I thought, before I know it I'll
him. As we say, 'Amor de Lechos es
r de Pendejos.' ('Love From a Dis-
: is a Fool's Love.) I talked to my
oyer and got a six-month unpaid
: of absence and left for Bonaire. It
't easy in the beginning. We were
used to our freedom, but there came a
ng point, then everything went well."
got married 11-11-88," Marcel
"We had a great party at Habitat
ye left for our honeymoon while the
was still going on. We took off
ALM, a Twin Otter, and I asked the
if he wanted to fly over the party.
sked me whether there were any
posts around Habitat, then he cir-
300 meters above the party... that's
aire! Our daughter Shari was born
:mber 15th 1990, and after the deliv-
lilde said, 'Next time it's your
' But it never came to that point.
vere always too busy.
i is a very creative and happy child.
102 she won a drawing contest and
trip to the Olympic Games in Syd-
Australia. We all went and we
n of going back. What a beautiful
try! Nature, space... I love it!
That's something I miss on Bonaire. Af-
ter 50 kilometers it's either driving into
the sea or going back!
But, through Boi Antoin I discovered
countless little dirt roads, and it's always
fun. He calls me, 'I'm going to the
kunuku today and you're welcome to
join me, but I'm going to catch an
iguana and I don't want you to whine
about the 'poor animal!' We really
stimulate each other! When I walked,
supported by Hilde, for the first time
from Willlemstoren to Malmok and Boi
heard about it, he said if some dummy
from Curagao could do it, he could do it
too! Last time we did it 23 people par-
All in all, we are very happy at the mo-
ment. I sold the business but not the
building, and that's my old age pension.
As for the catering I'm giving it 200%,
but it's a nice feeling not to have to
bother about anything once I'm home.
We're busy fundraising to go this year
again to Nijmegen for the 4-day walk-
athon with five people from Bonaire,
and I really want to make it happen. For
the time being, as long as Shari is in high
school here, we'll stay, but we're flexi-
ble. If a nice opportunity shows up, all
three of us are into it. But we'll always
have a house
here, and we will
This is our base:
it's wonderful to
go and it's won-
derful to come
back to." O
tDiIW)I I= UCD DRB MDRW E2ill
I sn't it
that Bonaire had
its own goat
cheese? With all
started making it
right? Not nec-
it's not that easy
when you con-
sider what milk
goats in France
eat (lush green Simone in the "sterile room" with the maturing chevre.
grass for one)
compared to the
diet of the average Bonairean goat. The teach Simone and Aletta what he knew.
resulting product could be
rather less than tasty.
But two entrepreneurs,
both successful business-
women themselves, have
started their own goat
cheese operation. Simone
"We really like that it's a
local product," Simone
says proudly, "and I
think we can make a
good business with it."
Sweers, owner of Bon-
Fysio, and Aletta van Beeck, a physical
therapist, have teamed to operate the
business of making "Keshi-Kiki" goat
cheese or chevre. Aletta says, "I al-
ways wondered how they lived here in
the early days: raising their own food,
baking their bread, milking their goats,
making cheese. And then when I was in
Costa Rica I stayed on a farm where
they were totally self-supporting, and
they made their own goat cheese. I
thought wouldn't it be great if we could
do it here?"
So how did it get started, we won-
dered. It began in earnest last March
when a friend, Dutch veterinarian Rei-
noud, came to the island. He'd lived in
France where he learned the art of mak-
ing excellent chevre and offered to
Whether or not
you've ever tasted
goat cheese, this
new chevre is a real
treat. It's as fresh
and young as is pos-
sible to find any-
where. It takes five
days to make and it goes directly to the
markets. It's designed to be eaten fresh
so there's even a stamp that says "best
if eaten by" a certain date. "In fact,"
Simone says, "it's really impossible to
buy imported goat cheese on the island
that is as fresh as ours due to the time it
takes from a factory somewhere in
Europe or the States to Bonaire."
The young chevre is a thick, smooth,
creamy cheese that's not only delicious
and nutritious but it's low in calories
(167 calories for 100 grams). Chevre
does appear as older cheeses: "demi-
sec" (between young and old) or
"sec" (very old), and the fledgling com-
pany is experimenting with ageing their
cheeses, with very interesting results.
As well, they're trying new combina-
tions, adding basil and black pepper.
"We have enough of a variety of goat
cheese right now," Simone says, "to
offer a whole cheese tray!"
some of the
challenge is to
get milk all
milk goats. The finished product:
our milk from LVV (Island Agriculture
Department). Their goats get a varied
diet from being rotated in the fields.
They've helped us tremendously to
start up." Simone went on to explain
about good milk goats. There are Anglo
Nubians and Boer goats and crosses of
those types, "But ideally," Simon ex-
plains, "the best goats for milk are San-
nen goats, and they can handle our cli-
mate here. Tell your readers we're
looking for some!" And to produce a
superior cheese the goats must be fed a
good diet of special food and a product
called "milking ration."
The cheese is made in a "sterile
room" that is kept at a constant 200C.
The strained fresh milk of the day must
be brought to 200C. Then rennet and a
starter culture are added and the mix-
ture is left to curdle, turning it into
curds and whey (about 24 hours). The
whey is removed and the curd is ladled
into plastic cups with drain holes. After
two days the cheese has settled and re-
duced to less than half of its original
volume into its nearly final product. "It
takes one liter of milk to make just over
two, 100-gram packages of cheese,"
Simone explains. After removing the
cheese from the cups it's salted evenly,
which is important to help form a crust.
During the whole
process the prod-
uct must be care-
fully watched to
make sure that
any bacteria that
"We really like
that it's a local
"and I think we
can make a good
z&refrom Bonaire! business with it."
Aletta foresee a
"vertical integration" company where
they will be growing their own food for
the goats, they will milk their own
goats twice a day and they will manu-
facture the product and get it to the
The Keshi-Kiki chivre was intro-
duced to some markets and to a few
restaurant chefs at the end of March.
They were asked for their impressions
and input. It was all positive. It's now
in the markets and you should see it
appearing on restaurant menus and
taste it in innovative dishes soon. O L.
The Reporer did its own informal taste
testing of the young chdvre recently with a
group of gourmets and gourmands. Be-
tween bites some comments were heard:
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THE KING OF THE PLANETS MEETS
THE KING OF THE BEASTS AND THE MOON VISITS BOTH
Next week a waxing Moon will slowly pass in front of the stars of the king of
the beasts, and park right above the king of the planets.
Begin this Saturday, April 24th, one hour after sunset, face west where you will see
an exquisite 2,000-mile-wide crescent Moon parked right next to 75,000-mile-wide
ringed planet Saturn. And if you have a telescope, both Saturn and the Moon will
knock your socks off. Then on Wednesday, April 28t, if you look almost overhead
one hour after sunset you'll see an exquisite one-day-past-first-quarter-Moon
parked just above the bright star Regulus and the super bright planet Jupiter.
Regulus is the brightest star of the constellation Leo. In fact Regulus is the bottom
star of what looks like a backward question mark or sickle of stars, which mark the
front part of Leo. The back part of Leo is marked by three stars forming a right
triangle. For thousands of years Leo has been depicted the way the ancient Egyp-
tians saw him: a sphinx-like lion reclining majestically in the heavens. He is just
south of overhead every April in early evening. And this April the king of the cos-
mic beasts is being visited by the king of the planets. And on the next night, Thurs-
day, the 29th, our Moon will be parked directly above it, making an absolutely
beautiful pairing. But don't let appearances deceive you because our 2,000-mile-
wide Moon will be only 239,000 miles away Thursday night, whereas 88,000-
mile-wide Jupiter will be a whopping 451 million miles away.
But super huge Regulus, which is five times our Sun's diameter, will look the dim-
mest only because it is so incredibly far away, 85 light years away, which means
that it takes 85 years for its light to reach us. In contrast, it takes only 40 minutes
for light to reach us from Jupiter and only 11/4 seconds for light to reach us from
our Moon. So there you have it: our Moon parked above the king of the planets in
front of the stars of the king of the beasts on Thursday the 29th. Jack Hork-
For the week: April 23 to April 30, 2004
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) The danger of minor accidents will increase with the
turmoil. Remember that no one can walk through your door if there's someone
standing in the doorway. Depression may put a damper on your day. You may
have a problem with someone you live with if you don't include them in your gath-
ering. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) You'll have great insight. Try to make your lover
understand that you need to do things with your friends. You need to spend less
time daydreaming and more time accomplishing. Don't say something you'll live
to regret. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) You will be in the mood to socialize. Take care of
any dealings with government agencies. Your ability to do detailed work will daz-
zle those who are less creative. Children may be less than honest with you. Your
lucky day this week will be Thursday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Travel could turn out to be more exciting than you
imagined. Someone close to you may need help. Added knowledge will give you
the edge when dealing with peers. Patience will be of utmost importance. Your
lucky day this week will be Saturday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) You may not be as well received in group endeavors if
you try to force your will on others. Don't blow situations out of proportion. Emo-
tional disputes will only end in sorrow. If you are in the midst of a financial deal,
this is your lucky day. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Romance will develop if you get involved in social
events that deal with children. Don't even bother trying to get their approval on the
things you want to do. Try not to take everything so seriously. New romantic part-
ners will evolve through group endeavors; however, the association may not be
likely to last. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Don't overdo it. You need to enjoy yourself. Ad-
vancement can be yours if you are assertive in your approach. Difficulties with
your mate may lead to estrangement. A long discussion is in order if you wish to
clear the air. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Try to deal with the problems of those less fortu-
nate; however, don't allow them to make unreasonable demands. You're in the
mood to party. Changes in your home are apparent, and you must be willing to
bend if you don't want to find yourself alone. Make plans to meet again in the near
future. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21)
You must watch your tendency to spend whatever you make. Someone may be
trying to take advantage of you. Find ways to mellow out. Think before you act.
Unforeseen circumstances will disrupt your daily routine. Your lucky day this
week will be Monday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Investments will cost more than you antici-
pated. It might be time to make a fresh start. Travel and communication will be
lucrative for you. Take time to talk things over. Travel for business or pleasure.
Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You have been stagnating for some time now and
you need a change of pace. Take a different approach; make an offer they just can't
refuse. You can prosper if you in vest in property or mutual funds. Your mate may
not have been honest with you.
Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Go out with friends. Relationships may be hard to
handle. You may be looking through rose colored glasses. Don't believe every-
thing you hear. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday. 1