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L ast Thursday an
agreement was
reached on creating a
new Central Govern-
ment. It is the third
iteration of a govern-
ment since the last
general elections about two and a half
years ago. There's about one and a half
years left until the next scheduled na-
tional elections.
To form the new government, seven
political parties agreed on a governing
accord and the division of portfolios. In
essence the new government is similar
to the last, but Curaqao' PAR Party re-
places the FOL Party, which now joins
the opposition. The other government
members are St. Maarten's Democratic
Party and WIPM, Curaqao's PNP and
PLKP, Bonaire's UPB and Statia's De-
mocratic Party. Bonaire will retain
the Minister of Education and Cul-
ture portfolio, the State Secretary of
Education and the Deputy Chair of
Parliament. It is speculated that a new
ministry to lead the fight against drug
trafficking will be created.
Some of the points on which the parties
disagreed were the continuation of the
market protection tariff for Curaqao
and Bonaire (at the expense of only
Bonaire, since the other Antillean is-
lands are exempt), the language of in-
struction in the schools (the balance of
Papiamentu and Dutch) and public
health. PAR leader Etienne Ys will
most likely become the next Prime
Minister. The new government should


be officially in place in two weeks. The
Antillean Governor has set June 1st as
the deadline.

A The 67 prostitutes who entered Cura-
qao without the required visa to work at
Curaqao's Campo Allegr6 brothel took
legal proceeding against the National
Government to allow them to stay on
Curaqao anyway. Judge Leo van Gijn
(National Ordinance Administration of
Justice) ruled yesterday that the prosti-
tutes are allowed to stay until their
maximum stay permit expires. Since
the maximum permit to stay is for three
months, most of the women would only
have a short time left anyway. About 92
women work at the Campo as prosti-
tutes.
According to the ruling, the Justice
Minister at the time, Ben Komproe,
should have been aware that his permis-
sion letter "could have given the prosti-
tutes the impression that they didn't
need a visa," said the judge. The
women were misled through no fault of
their own. Komproe is under investiga-
tion for this and other irregularities.

A Robby Bouwman, whose company
supplies fire protection equipment, says
Bonaire's government buildings,
many of which are flammable, should
pay more attention to fire safety. Not
all buildings have fire extinguishers,
others have out-of-date extinguishers
and poor plans for evacuation in case of
fire.


A One of the nice things about having
visiting yachtsmen feel they are part
of the Bonaire community is that they
sometimes offer their talents to the
island people. Last Monday Gail
Funk from the yacht Fifth Season
played the harp and sang on the
pier at Karel's Beach Bar. The pro-
fessional performance was enjoyed by
a large group.
This Saturday, Gail will perform from
7:30-9:30 pm at The Blue Moon Res-
taurant on the waterfront. If you want
a truly entertaining and uplifting eve-
ning along with food fit for royalty,
stop by. Martijn Bouwmeester, the
manager-chef, has, on several occa-
sions, prepared meals for the Dutch
royal family.
(Continued on page 4


IN THIS ISSUE:
March Tourism Statistics
MCB Bash
TV Trance
Copa Julia
Samur SGB Trip
Port of Bonaire Upgrade
Dive Festival Countdown
Referendum Chronicle
Gardner (Oleander, II)
Catch of the Week
(French Angelfish)
35 Years Washington Park
Caving College
Sonora Group
Obituary
Trip to Mangrove Islands

WEEKLY FEATURES:
Flotsam & Jetsam
Police Update
Opinion (Eagle Subsidy)
Yacht List & Tide Table
Windsurf Scene
(Italian Connection)
Picture Yourself
(Patagonia, Chile)
Classifieds
Pet of the Week (Bruno)
Hit Parade
What's Happening
Shopping Guide
Dining Guide
On the Island Since
(Yke & Ina Faber)
Bonaire Sky Park
The Stars Have It


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(2004 The Bonaire Reporter
Published weekly. For information about subscriptions, stories or
advertising in The Bonaire Reporter, phone (599) 717-8988, 791-
7252, fax 717-8988, E-mail to:
Reporter@bonairenews.com

The Bonaire Reporter, George DeSalvo, Publisher. Laura DeSalvo,
Editor in Chief. Address: Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6; Bonaire, Neth.
Antilles.
Available on-line at: www.bonairereporter.com

Reporters: Jack Horkheimer, Greta Kooistra, Dabney Lassiter,
Ann Phelan, Michael Thiessen, Ap van Eldik, Gwen Wildeboer

Features Editor: Greta Kooistra; Translations: Peggy Bakker,
Sue Ellen Felix

Production: Barbara Lockwood; Distribution: Yuchi Molina
(Rincon), Elizabeth Silberie (Playa); Housekeeping: Jaidy Rojas
Acevedo.

Printed by: DeStad Drukkerij


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MARCH TOURISM RESULTS --the details:
North America Market
B onaire recorded an estimated 4,933 tourist arrivals for the month of March, The US market decreased by 13% compared to 2003. This decline reflects the im-
2004. Compared to March 2003, tourist arrivals dropped 7%. The US de- pact of the loss of three American Eagle flights per week, and the lag time of six
creased by 13%, while Europe decreased by 2% compared to 2003. The South weeks before Air Jamaica came on line with an additional flight. The awareness of
American market recorded a fall of 39%. Year-To-Date shows an increase of the Thursday Air Jamaica flight has to yet penetrate the marketplace.
10% for the North America market and 6% for European market. The total Year-
to-Date tourist arrivals increased by 6%. European Market
The numbers from the European market, especially for the Netherlands, show a 2%
decrease. There are fewer direct flights from Europe compared to 2003. It seems
that more tourists need a flight to Curacao or Aruba via Bonaire Exel. 1
TOURIST ARRIVALS BY COUNTRY OF ORIGIN


MARCH 2004

2003
North America
US
Canada
Total-2,471
Europe
Netherlands
Germany
Belgium
United Kingdom
Switzerland
Other
Total-2,406
South America
Venezuela
Other S.A.
Total-251
Caribbean
Aruba
Other Caribbean
Total-161
Rest World
Total Tourist Arrivals


Year to Date Totals

% of total


2,377
94
46%

1,584
272
88
132
71
259
45%

134
117
5%

123
38
3%
26
5.315


2004

45%
2%
2,212

30%
5%
2%
2%
1%
5%
2,258

3%
2%
138

2%
1%
299
0%
100%


% of
total

2,060
152
45%

1,547
264
54
158
43
192
46%

82
56
3%

247
52
6%
26
4.933


% growth


42%
3%
(10.5)

31%
5%
1%
3%
1%
4%
(6.2)

2%
1%
(45.0)

5%
1%
85.7
1%
100%


2003

(13.3)
61.7
7,148

(2.3)
(2.9)
(38.6)
19.7
(39.4)
(25.9)
6,961

(38.8)
(52.1)
937

100.8
36.8
544
0.00
(7.2)


% of
total

6,808
340
46%

4,774
630
187
413
183
774
44%

477
460
6%

419
125
3%
76
15.666


2004

43%
2%
7,866

30%
4%
1%
3%
1%
5%
7,394

3%
3%
648

3%
1%
628
0%
100%


% of
total

7,273
593
47%

5,355
599
175
417
156
692
45%

314
334
4%

454
174
4%
70
16.606


growth
growth


44%
4%
10.0

32%
4%
1%
3%
1%
4%
6.2

2%
2%
(30.8)

3%
1%
15.4
0%
100%


6.8
74.4



12.2
(4.9)
(6.4)
1.0
(14.8)
(10.6)



(34.2)
(27.4)



8.4
39.2

(7.89)
6.0


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eI e aET T R S : U E A- d PA G E I


KILLING THE GOOSE

In our opinion Bonaire is well on the
way to losing the American Tourist.
Yes, the group that spends the most
money (as proven by surveys), has the
friendliest attitude and tips generously
for service. Why?
The prime reason is lack of convenient
airlift; the second has been the govern-
ment's preoccupation with all things
Dutch.
And now it seems that a body blow will
further wallop American tourism.
American Eagle has threatened to stop
its daily service from San Juan, effective
in September, unless the island provides
a $1,000/day subsidy. It's not because
people aren't flying to Bonaire. It's be-
cause Bonaire is a high cost route for the
airline as compared with its other Carib-
bean destinations. Flights to Bonaire
take two hours; most Eastern Caribbean
destinations take around an hour. Then
the planes and pilots must spend the
night, incurring further charges. Bon-
aire-San Juan tickets run around $220;
to other Caribbean destinations $300+.
At least one hotelier on the island feels
that some accommodation must be made
to subsidize American Eagle. It would
be worth it, as the plane usually carries
between 25 and 50 travelers who spend
a week or so enjoying the island.
Senator Booi, who has championed in-
creased air service to Bonaire, especially
from KLM, told The Reporter he wants
to keep American Eagle flying here. But
that, since the government has no


.-
San Juan Bonaire









budget for subsidies, cash must come
from the private sector.
We don't want to diminish the contribu-
tion of Air Jamaica which will expand
their flights to four a week and were
among the first to rescue Bonaire when
ALM (now DCA) stopped direct US
flights and slashed service to our island.
But Air Jamaica has only a handful of
American airport gateways; American
Airlines has about 160.
We can't count on the rumors of non-
stop US flights by Air Exel or North-
west Air charters out of Memphis which
are, at this time, just that, rumors.
But even with American Eagle continu-
ing, Air Jamaica expanding and Bonair-
Exel's convenient connecting service to
Aruba with its plethora of US connec-
tions, there is still NO non-stop service
planned to America. Tourists, espe-
cially Americans with their short vaca-
tions, take a dim view of spending
whole days of their vacation involved
with stopovers for a 2/2 hour flight from
US soil.


There are fewer American tourists visit-
ing Bonaire now than there were 10
years ago. One of the island's economic
strengths is its dual source tourism-
Europe and the USA. Doldrums in the
economies of Europe are offset by buoy-
ancy in America and vice versa. This is
a valuable quality; we mustn't lose it
even if the outcome of the upcoming


Referendum is to have closer ties with
Holland
Bonaire's private sector and government
must put the same emphasis on Ameri-
can tourism that they've spent on Dutch
and European markets. If not, through
neglect, they will kill the goose that laid
the first of Bonaire's golden eggs. O G.
D.


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officers from Curaqao and Bonaire were on hand to greet the guests, introduce
the new head of the bank and hand out some generous gifts to two Bonaire com-
munity organizations. It drew many notable Bonaireans including leaders from
business, the government and the press. O G.D.







The changing of
the guard. In Sep-
tember Chicu Ca-
priles will take over
the reins ofMCB
from his father,
Lio (at rear)


Listening to the speakers


MCB gave
NAflO.000
donations to the
Papa Comes
School and
Rincon 's Cocari
Senior Citizens
Center


Leaders ofBonaire:
Senator Ramonsiti Booi, Governor
Hubert Domacassi and First Lady Lena
Domacasse


Commissioner Burney el Hage and
his wife Senator Genia el Hage


Airline expert Larry Gerharts and
his sister travel agent Nastasja


continued on page


page 6


MCB BASH

ollowing its board meeting in Bonaire, Maduro and

Curiel's bank threw a big party at the Belle Fontana
Courtyard at the Harbour Village Resort. The top bank






MCB BASH, continued from page 6


Educator and ex-TV
anchorwoman Ann Leong
with Minister of Education
Nolly Oleana



















Outgoing MCB President
Lio Capriles with his old-time
friend, hotelier (Great Es-
cape) Sylvia Abraham


page 7





IYAA C ID A 'SAGE I


THE COPA JULIA

Bonaire's Windsurfing Event for Youngsters


The Copa Julia is a realfamily event. Here Harbormaster Robby Sint Jago helps
rig a sail with his daughter Silvienne


Sunday was the scene for the an-
nual Copa Julia, the windsurfing
competition named for Julia Martinus
that is held on her birthday.
Her parents, Elvis Martinus and Suzie
Swygert, created the event to celebrate.
It was a day of light winds-perfect for
the youngsters. There was food, drink,
windsurfing and prizes. Parents and
spectators were treated to the typical
adrenaline-filled windsurfing thrills
that make the Bonaire Sailing Team
world popular.
The Kids division ran a two-buoy sla-
lom race where Italy-bound Amado
Vrieswijk dominated the heats, placing
first. He was chased down hard by
Kiran Badloe who is showing that
training hard pays off. This kid is
emerging as another great Bonairean
talent. Young Jurgen Saragoza placed
third in this high speed event. His train-
ing time in Maui was reflected in his
speed and finesse.
The Juniors competed in a genuine
freestyle contest. The winds were light,
but the multi talented sailor, Bjorn
Saragoza, took top place with his fancy
moves and winning smile. The judges
were greatly impressed with his Vul-
cans and other difficult moves. Endro
Finies was a hot second showing that
time on the water counts. A newcomer
to the podium was Hendrick Balentine
who impressed the judges with his cool
moves. It's refreshing to see newbies
win big at the local events.

In the Men's competition it was a hot
race between winner Clay Finies, who,
incidentally, was celebrating his 17th


birthday. Clay threw some serious
Flakas and other difficult moves. Fol-
lowing close was new star, Jaeger Sint
Jago. This wiz kid has been sailing just
over a year and is clearly one to watch
in local and regional events. He is tal-
ented and fearless. His Spock-540 daz-
zled the crowds and won him second
place. Star teen Christopher Bernabella
placed third in a very competitive
event. Chris is a shy and humble kid
but on the water he is on fire. He will
see many a winning podium in years to
come.
In the popular Pro Division, brothers
Tonky and Taty Frans duked it out,
with Tonky winning by a slim margin.
Both brothers are preparing for the
PWA and if this weekend is a sample
of what's to come, the riders on the tour
need to beware. Kiri Thode was out-
standing performing an astounding
level of aerial moves.
In the end the "Baby Division" treated
the crowd to a wonderful performance.
The babies are always the crowd pleas-
ers with their adorable smiles and cute
ways. Queen for the day Julia and
other kids such as Goo Goo Martis
were wowing the crowd. Afterwards,
Julia presented awards and trophies to
the winners. Group pictures were taken
and of course there was birthday cake
for all.
The windsurf culture and tradition is a
wonderful aspect of life in Bonaire and
the kids, parents and volunteers really
work hard in all arenas to make it hap-
pen. Next up are the sailors heading to
Croatia and Cape Cod. Go Bonaire! O
Ann Phelan


SAMUR SAILING TRIP FOR SGB KIDS


W-- r The SGB sailors

t was a great day last week when 16 kids and four teachers from the SGB got to
go sailing on the Samur with Capt. Chris, Yvonne and Mate Victor. The stu-
dents are from the AGO (technical education section for studies in car repair and
hotel, restaurant and construction work). They got to hoist the sails, steer the boat
and act as lookout. On a tour through the interior they checked out the heads
(toilets), the master stateroom bed and sat in the shower/bath tub. Yvonne gave a
little history of the boat, how it was originally built for cargo, then remodeled for a
family. The kids were particularly impressed with the fact that the boat's dragon
figurehead is the same design as that in gold in the garden of the king of Thailand.
The trip was made possible for the students by funds from the SGB and the gener-
osity of the Samur crew who charged a very reduced price. O L.D.


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IA YCTN ADSAGE


WINDSURF SCENE AT SOROBON

THEITALIAN CONNECTION CONTINUES

T he Ital-
ian -
Bonaire Con-
nection con-
tinues as three
young Bo-
nairean guns
in the wind-
surf scene
head to Lake
Garda in
Northern Italy
at month's
end. Hot Sails
Maui and Star-
board have
invited their
three prize
winning team
riders, Amado r
Vrieswijk
and the Under the judges' stand is a popular placefor the young
Saragoza windsurfers to wait their turn to race
brothers,
Bjorn and Jurgen, to Italy for Surf Festival, an annual windsurfing expo held in
Lake Garda every May. This is an exciting cultural opportunity for three deserving
windsurf kids.
The main feature of this event is a trade show and, of course, competition. Hot
Sails Maui and Starboard recognize the skills and abilities of these hard training
youngsters and support them in many ways. While in Italy the boys will be Bon-
aire's ambassadors, representing the pre-teen division of this now world renowned
team.
Bonairean windsurfers are widely recognized as hard training individuals with in-
credible talent. Other countries are modeling Bonaire by creating "teams" to attend
competitions and events. Since Bonaire is also one of the most popular stops on
the Professional Windsurfing Association (PWA) Tour, the boys' visit will make
their visit to Europe even more significant.
The boys will be accompanied by their parents and coach/windsurf guru of Bon-
aire, Elvis Martinus. While in Italy, Elvis will promote the King of the Caribbean
event and work on sponsorship opportunities for both the event and deserving
windsurfers. We wish them all bon voyage and best of luck in their travels. 1
Ann Phelan


KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF
5-21 1:59 2.0FT. 12:24 0.7FT. 7
5-22 2:34 1.9FT. 13:00 0.7FT. 7
5-23 3:13 1.9FT. 13:35 0.7FT. 6
5-24 3:49 1.8FT. 14:01 0.7FT. 6
5-25 4:35 1.8FT. 14:22 0.8FT. 5
5-26 5:26 1.6FT. 14:36 0.9FT. 4
5-27 6:18 1.5FT. 14:38 0.9FT. 43
5-28 3:35 1.4FT. 7:27 1.4FT. 14:25 1.0FT. 21:53 1.5FT. 42



Alegria Henderberg Rusty Bucket
Angie Honalee, USA Sabbatical, USA
Astrolabe Jalapeno Sandpiper, USA
Bird of Paradise Jupiter Santa Maria, Sweden
Blauwe Crab, Curagao La Contenta Scintilla, Germany
Betty Jane La Escotilla Sitiraz
Borealis Lady Awce De Serk Sirius
Camissa, Chan Is. Lady Diane Sijoiurner
Camperdown Lionstar Soverign III
Cape Kathryn Lovina Surprise, USA
Cappoquin Libertijn Sundancer Ill
Caravela Lucky Lobster, Curacao Sylvia K
Carpe Diem Luna C Triumphant Lady
Danette Macaby, Netherlands Ta B
Dream Maker Magalita Ti Amo, USA
El Sabor Misty Blue Today, USA
Felecia Natural Selection, USA Traveler, Canada
Fifth Season Nieke Trio
FlyingCloud, USA Nuance Ulu Ulu, USA
Gabrielle, USA Pamela Jean Unicorn, Norway
Galadrial, USA Perseverance Varedhuni, Germany
Gatsby, USA Polecat Ya-T, BVI
Goril Too Precocious Gale, USA Zeno's Arrow, USA
Guaicamar I, Venezuela. Queen of Hearts
Hannah Rhapsody


PORT of BONAIRE TO UPGRADE


Car carrier at the Town Pier
A ntillean officials have been meeting on maritime security, focusing on a
new international security code to be in place by July 1, 2004, to make ships
and port facilities more secure. Following the September 11 t terrorist attacks, the
International Maritime Organization (IMO) ordered ports worldwide to conform
to the ISPS (International Ship and Port Facility Security) Code. It applies to all
ports and vessels over 500 tons, which would include some of the mega yachts
and many of the ships that call at Bonaire. Port requirements include a fencing-in
the site, 24-hour guards, camera surveillance and more. The cost of implementing
port security is considerable. Just doing the first phase would cost NAf400.000.
In addition to the expense, Bonaire has other problems in meeting the require-
ments. People are accustomed to fishing from the docks, and night diving under
them is a popular attraction for SCUBA divers. Bonaire officials are working on a
plan to preserve these practices and still meet the ISPS requirements. O G.D.


page 9





(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2)


A Veterinarian Jan Laarakker reports
that it is no longer necessary to have
blood samples taken from your ani-
mals when you export them to Europe.
This was a long and costly operation
and discouraged people from bringing
their animals back to Europe with them.
However, all the other requirements are
still in force: the animal must have an
ID chip or tattoo, it must have a rabies
shot and a health certificate from a vet.

AMore news from the LVV. A very
large cage has been built to house
those Loras (Bonaire parrots) that
are confiscated from owners who
have not had their birds banded and
registered. Up until recently the cage
has been empty. But now there's one
lonesome Lora in it, and it has a band.
Unfortunately, the number on the band
doesn't coincide with the number that
was given to its owner. If anyone has
lost a banded Lora, contact the LVV
and show them your registration paper.
Tel. 717-8836.

A The people of Rincon are sick of
the second class service they say they
are getting from the police. More Rin-
coneros are becoming the victims of
minor crime like burglary and theft ac-
cording to a report in the local press.
The villagers are once again, as they did
in the past, pressuring the government
to assign more policemen to their vil-
lage to reverse this trend. Two of Bon-
aire's elected officials from the UPB
(green) party, Ginia El Hage-Cecilia
and James Kroon, have written to the
Lt. Governor asking for his help.

A At the General Membership meeting
of the Democratic Party (PDB-red) on
May 15, the following officers were
elected:
SPresident-Ben Oleana (teacher and


FASHION SHOW FOR THE
FESTIVAL


former head of Selibon)
Vice President- Nolly Oleana
(acting Minister of Education)
Secretary General- Jubella Balen-
tien, (school mistress)

S"Dia di Arte," Art Day, is the event
where Bonairean artists, painters, poets,
sculptors, musicians and others demon-
strate their talent. If you are one of
those artists you have until May 31st to
reserve your space in Wilhelmina Park
for the event. If you're not an artist and
want to help out you can volunteer.
Contact one of the following people to
make arrangements: Edwin Martijn,
786-8400; Misheyla Sint Jago, 785-
3692; Desiree Silberie, 790-2807; Edu-
ard Santaris, 785-6415, Mary Tjin A
Sjoe, 785-7267 or Emma Sint Jago 717-
7420.


A The Gospel Concert, Film and Song
Festival, in celebration of the 70th An-
niversary of the Protestant Church in
Rincon, will take place this coming
week in the garden of the Protestant
Church in Rincon. Admission is free
and everybody is welcome at both the
Church Services and the reception. See
Happenings for details of events and
times. O L./G. D.


A s the date nears more and more special LIVI
events for the Dive Festival are being FESTIVAL |i g T STI V L
announced. For example, Palm Trading will
organize two unique Dive and Beachwear
Fashion Shows during the festival. The first
show will be on Wednesday, June 9, at the
Divi Flamingo Resort, at the poolside ter- DAYS TO GO
race, next to the ca-
sino.
The second show will
be during the second
week of the Dive Fes-
tival, on Thursday,
June 17, at the Buddy
Dive Resort around
the pool bar. Rosita
Paiman, of Fit 4 Life
and a regular Bonaire
Reporter contributor
will produce both
shows.
Featured will be part
of the latest summer
collection of Brunotti
sports and beachweari
and will include a se- o a but Rosita Paiman,
lection of their large ill i ion show as she
assortment dive weari idone rist .
and accessories of the
BARE brand Wetsuits, A i shows start at 7 pm.
There will be a bar, a b
Captain Don's Habitat i Lt e tend we'll fill you in
next week.

WEEK TWO
In the last issue we b
you the schedule for ihe i
week of the Dive Fes tv
Here's the second wck
schedule:
Saturday June 12
12-6 pm Festival resist
at Bonaire Tourist Offic
Free day to explore o
and take advantage o
cials in the voucher ook
Sunday June 13
8 am- 4 pm Dive Fsti
Registration at the B
Tourist Office. tr ermpresented one of
9:30 am-2 pm Lac Bay her workto e evalteam ofDesiree
Mangrove Discovery v which will be given to
4 pm Local food, live onern l ers at the Festival
and Informal Openin
mony for 2nd week
Monday June 14
11 am & 2 pm Daily
7:30 pm Local Photo 1ro g o isentation by Phil-
ippe Cousteau and Steph ifl ed by a BBQ*
Tuesday June 15
11 am & 2 pm Daily Gide ie.
7 10 pm Dive Festival Ban Top/ Rincon with loal food and music, marketplace,
and brass band
Wednesday June 16
11 am & 2 pm Daily Guided Dive, Surpris Undwatr Trasur Hunt (Registration
required).
In the evening sample one of Bonaire's restaurants listed in the voucher booklet **
Thursday June 17
11 am & 2 pm Daily Guided Dives.
7 pm Dive & Sportswear Fashion Show at Buddy Dive Resort, followed by a Mexi-
can Buffet*
Friday June 18
1 lam & 2 pm Daily Guided Dives.
7 pm Goodbye BBQ with live music at CoCo's Beach Bar in Kralendijk*

* Show your Dive Festival wristband to get the special Dive Festival prices for food and
drinks during the evening. Some Dive Festival activities are at an additional cost. The pro-
gram is subject to change.
** To make exploring Bonaire easier during the Festival a number of restaurants will be
offering Dive Festival specials, designated Dive Festival taxis will offer special rates and a
voucher booklet containing specials at many of the Island's stores will be offered for pur-
chase at a discounted price. Many of Bonaire's hotels are offering special Festival packages.
If you are interested in attending the Dive Festival call 1-800-BONAIRE or visit the official
Dive Festival website at http://www.bonairedivefestival.com for the most current Festival
information and a list of special Dive Festival hotel packages being offered. O Press


page 10


COUNTDOWN
TO THE
""7U a s


1







3 eferenbumr


C1j ro ic e

NOS FUTURE, BAN P'EI
(OUR FUTURE-LET'S GO FOR IT.)

r he activity surrounding the upcoming Referendum is getting more intense as
Clarity is being brought to the choices and the July 2nd voting date is con-
firmed.
A two-ballot system, with each ballot a different color, has been chosen to high-
light the differences between the questions. The first ballot is to specify whether
Bonaire should be independent of any mother country (go off on its own) or stay
connected with the Dutch Kingdom (the Kingdom includes The Netherlands, The
Netherlands Antilles and Aruba).
If voters choose independence they don't have to cast a second ballot because in
that second ballot they will be asked just how they want the connection to be main-
tained: as it is today, as a separate member of the Kingdom or have a direct rela-
tionship (which would have to be defined by negotiation) with The Netherlands.


Where does Bonaire fit within the
Kingdom of the Netherlands?
There is confusion in many voters'
minds because of the way the Kingdom
of the Netherlands is currently defined.
On paper, that is as defined by laws, the
Kingdom is a federation of three sov-
ereign states with equal rights. But in
practice it operates more as a confed-
eration, an alliance of states, more or
less permanently united. In the almost
50 years of its existence it has proven
to be an effective method of govern-
ment and reasonably flexible to accom-
modate the needs of its members. Bon-
aire is a junior partner in one of those
states, The Netherlands Antilles, which
is considering changing its status for


various reasons. But except for a Refer-
endum, which is non-binding on any
member of the Kingdom, Bonaire can't
make its voice heard.

Why is Bonaire speaking out now?
Ten years ago Bonaire voted over-
whelmingly (90% of votes cast) to re-
main part of the Netherlands Antilles.
But the failure of the Central Govern-
ment to bring promised prosperity to
the Antilles, predatory practices by the
Curacao-led Central Government and,
most recently, proven corruption at the
highest levels of that government have
motivated Bonaire's elected officials to
go to the people formally, via Referen-
dum, to ask their opinion about alterna-


tives. It didn't hurt to have all the
Dutch political parties say they would
be willing to deal directly with Bonaire.
Up until then the stated Dutch policy
had been to only deal through the Cen-
tral Government.
If the result of the Referendum is for a
change from the present status it will
require comprehensive negotiations to
formulate a new arrangement. For
status apart Aruba could serve as a
model, for independence, Surinam, but
if a close Dutch relationship is desired
new laws and tough negotiations will
follow. There is no model.
In the coming weeks The Reporter will
try to present unbiased and researched
views on the choices and simplify the
issues. No matter which options you
eventually choose, voting in the Refer-
endum is a must to provide a mandate
that is recognized not only by kingdom
partners, but also by the UN.

The Next Meetings
The next Referendum public informa-
tion meeting will be in North Salina on


The cover of a
Referendum Bulletin


Saturday, May 22 (10 am-noon) and
will continue in the other barios in the
coming weeks. There will be a con-
tinuation of consultation with the is-
land's NGOs on May 25 with a meet-
ing at the Sentro di Bario in Antriol. On
June 1 there will be another info night
at the Sentro di Bario in Rincon, on
June 8 in the Sentro di Bario of Tera
K6ri and on June 15 at Jong Bonaire.
All will be in the evening from 19.30 to
21.30.0 Chronicler


The aim of the CIb)rmde team of editorial and staff writers is to inform, not to influence pub-
lic opinion or "sell" a particular option. Critical comments, useful additions and questions by
the readers are welcomed and published whenever possible. Active co-operation and ex-
change of information is sought with the local/regional media (press, radio, TV), and the offi-
cial Referendum Commission. Any item in the Referendum Chronicle may be freely quoted
and/or downloaded via Internet. Opinions expressed are solely those of the writers. E


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THE BONAIRE GARDNER


his is my second article about one
of Bonaire's most frequently planted
groups of plants, the Nerium oleander, or
Oleander, as most people call it.
The reasons why it is used so much are
simple. There is a different variety for
every site as long as the plant receives
full sun. They don't need much water;
they don't mind a lot of wind; they need
little nutrition; and they bloom almost all
year round. What more can you expect
from a plant on Bonaire? Now I will de-
scribe the different groups and their use.

HEDGING TYPES
The most frequently used are those
types for hedging. The oleander is perfect
for this, as long as you choose the right
variety. There are a lot of high growing
cultivars in different colors. The one I use
most is a double flowered dark rose. It's
very fast growing and easy to prune.
There is also another close-growing one
that's a little more red. I found this one
somewhere on Bonaire and I started mak-
ing cuttings of it. They have no diseases,
bloom all the time and make a very close
hedge of about four meters high. (In a
later article I will talk more about prun-
ing.) Another good one is the red colored
"Calypso," which is even fragrant! There
are also some nice white or cream culti-
vars. The strongest white one I have to
mention is called "Sister Agnes." This
also is a very strong growing type but
doesn't bloom as much. What's in a
name? A very good cream-white one is
called the "Luteum Plenum" and is
planted a lot at Habitat Oasis. This one is
really healthy and probably your best
choice if you want a light color.

LOWER GROWING TYPES
Another group of Oleander is the lower
growing type, but they're also suitable for
small hedges and filling in of big spaces
in your garden. The best group for these
purposes is the different, so called
"Hawaii" types. They come in a nice rose
that's really strong colored and a new
one, the yellow, and even pink. They will
not grow up straight because of their very
big clusters of flowers, but that is what
makes them attractive. If you let them
grow out they can really get big, but it is
nicer to keep them trimmed a bit.
The best variety, however, for this pur-
pose is a cultivar that I found some years
ago. I was supposed to get a new dwarf
variety from Florida, but instead they sent
me a new type that is very easy to trim,
has bright rose/pinkish flowers and
blooms all the time. They make the per-


Fragrant Oleander Calypso
F-1


FRENCH ANGELFISH

I you've never seen an angel, this is
your chance. If you're too down-to-
earth to believe in angels, remember this
article the next time you stick your head
in the water. On most dives, and also on
snorkel trips, you'll find the beautiful
French Angelfish (Pomacanthus paru)
slowly swimming by. Other Angelfishes
can also be seen in these waters, but al-
ways remember that it looks like the
French, like a good glass of champagne,
since the French Angelfish is dark, with
many golden bubbles on his sides. Adults
are about the size of a dinner plate and
their golden-rimmed pectoral fin, gills
and eyes make them lovely chinaware. A
white mouth completes the picture. It's
been said that French Angels are mo-
nogamous, and often spend half of the
day with their mate, so if you see two


Oleander Luteum Plenum


fect healthy smaller hedge up to two me-
ters tall.
A new type, that we have for the first
time now, is the Nerium oleander,
"Salmon Delight," a very beautiful
strong one, with, of course, salmon col-
ored flowers.

SMALL GROWING TYPES
The last group is the small growing type,
mostly called the Dwarf Oleander. Of this
type, there are two varieties: the O. Petit
Pink and the O. Petit Salmon. The
Salmon seems a little stronger, as the
Petit Pink seems to have problems with
all types of fungus after a few years. Both
make very nice small hedges and can also
be used a border plant. The best variety
for this purpose, however, is a new one,
the O. Icy Pink, a very bright rose/pink
flowering type. These are my favorites;
they bloom all year round in very differ-
ent colors. They make perfect border
plants and hardly ever need pruning.
I think this is enough information and
you will probably be tired now of all


those names, but the good thing is: they
all are growing somewhere on Bonaire.
Ask your gardener where they can be
seen so you have a good picture of what
to expect! DAp van Eldik


Ap van Eldik owns Green Label Land-
scaping, a company that designs con-
structs and maintains residential and com-
mercial gardens. He has two nurseries and
a garden shop in Kralendijk which carries
an array of terra cotta pots from Mexico
and South America. Phone 717-3410


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WASHINGTON SLAGBAAI NATIONAL PARK PICTURE YOURSELF
TO CELEBRATE YEARS ITH THE REPORTER
TO CELEBRATE 35 YEARS


The refurbished Park museum houses an exhibit of the details
of trees that grow in the park


T o celebrate the
35t Anniver-
sary of the Washing-
ton-Slagbaai Na-
tional Park,
STINAPA is orga-
nizing a day full of
activities in Wash-
ington Park for
young and old. Eve-
ryone is welcome to
come and enjoy the
festivities on Sun-
day, 30th May from 8
am to 5 pm. And it's
all free. As we go to press the Park's
roads are being graded to smoothness
not felt in a long time to make for a
convenient and comfortable visit
SOFT ADVENTURE
Put on your hiking shoes and climb the
Kasikunda or hike along the Lagadishi
Walking Trail. Feeling more adventur-
ous? Let the breeze of the early morn-
ing catch you while biking through the
arid landscape of the park
followed by a breathtaking
kayak trip from Benge to
Slagbaai.
ACTIVITIES FOR
THE KIDS
For the younger ones, there
will be a number of activi-
ties to keep them busy. We
have an exciting treasure
hunt at the entrance of the
Park, several craft and
painting projects and
more...

INDOOR MUSEUM and
OUTDOOR EXHIBI-
TION
At our Park entrance, you
will find a state-of-the-art
museum and outdoor ex-
hibit that takes you through
Bonaire's history and for-
mation; from life on the
plantations in the early
days, to Bonaire's unique
flora, fauna and geology.


PATAGONIA, CHILI
B onaire residents Jan and Wol van Groenewoud took an issue of The Bonaire
Reporter with them on a trip through Chile to make sure they could have this
picture taken. They write:
"The first week of February we were in Patagonia and stayed four days in the fa-
mous 'Parque Nacional Torres del Paine.' This photo was taken on one of these days
in front of the 'Cuernos del Paine,' a part of the same formation as the Torres del
Paine."
WIN GREAT PRIZES! Take a copy of The Bonaire Reporter with you on your next trip or
when you return to your home. Then take a photo of yourself with the newspaper in hand. THE
BEST PHOTOS OF THE YEAR WILL WIN THE PRIZES. Mail photos to Bonaire Reporter ,
Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles (AN). E-mail to: pic-
ture (bonairereporter.com. (All 2004 photos are eligible.) D


LOCAL MARKET
Come and enjoy our local food and
typical Bonairean snacks and sweets
and local art and music during our tra-
ditional local market from Rincon. For
the first time ever in the Park!
Don't miss this day, filled with fun and
excitement! For more information con-
tact STINAPA on 717-8444 1
Stinapa Release


The new picnic pavilion at the
entrance to Washington Park


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JAN ART
Kaya Gloria 7, Local Island Art, Art
Classes for adults & children, Art
Supplies and Framing.
Phone 717-5246.

SEMPERFLORENS NURSERY
for healthy, strong, affordable plants
all grown on Bonaire. Also landscap-
ing. Follow signs starting in front of
Lagoen Hill. Tel. 790-3348

BonaireNet is the leading consumer
and business information source on
Bonaire. Telephone (599) 717-7160.
For on-line yellow pages directory
information go to http://www.
yellowpagesbonaire.com

For watercolor and acrylic classes
call Alead 785-6695

PSYCHOLOGY
C PRACTICE BONAIRE
Consultation, Supervision,
Hypnotherapy, Psychotherapy
Drs. Johan de Korte,
Psychologist, Phone: 790-6054


FENG SHUI CONSULTATIONS
Interior or exterior design advice,
clearings, blessings, energy healing
China trained, Experienced.
Inexpensive. Call Donna at 785-9013

A I
Slide projector. Is yours collecting
dust in this digital age? We need a
35mm projector. Call 717-6011

Someone to teach Microsoft Word in
Dutch to a woman at her home in
Santa Barbara. Call 717-4127.

Young couple looking to rent a
kunuku long term. Call 785-9013


HUGE PORCH SALE: Appliances,
tools, vehicles, electronics, furniture.
Saturday and Sunday, May 22-23 from
9 to 4 pm. Caribbean Court #217.
Call 562-7557


Large Aquarium with custom cabi-
net. 90 Gallon capacity. Fresh or Salt
water. Has all accessories and pump,
and a chiller. Now only NAF 1.250
or best offer (was NAF 3500 new two
years ago). Must sell soon. Call Jake.
Tel: 717-6773 or
jakeandlinda@nettech.an

Almost new 4DTV Satellite TV
Controller and 6 year old 10-foot sat-
ellite dish with automatic positioning
controller. Get hundreds of TV sta-
tions. New was NAF 6100, but must
sell due to move NAF 1.800 or best
offer. Call Jake. Tel: 717-6773 or
jakeandlinda@nettech.an

Used Washer and Dryer (both
110V) for sale. Excellent condition,
rarely used. Only NAF 1000 for both.
Call Jake @0 Tel: 717-6773 or
jakeandlinda @nettech.an

Used Whirlpool side-by-side refrig-
erator/freezer for sale. 22 cubic feet
of cooling space. Built in ice maker
and chilled water dispenser. NAF
1.000 or best offer. Call Jake a Tel:
717-6773 or jakeandlinda@nettech.
an

Gas Oven with Stove & Stove Vent
for sale 6 years old, but in excellent
condition. Won't fit in our new house.
Need quick sale. NAF 300. Call Jake
(@ Tel: 717-6773 or
jakeandlinda@nettech.an

Jeep Cherokee, color red, power
steering, airco, automatic, 70k, beauti-
ful car for NAf13.500 or Euro 6.200.
Call 717-6887

Two 80 ft' Luxfer aluminum tanks
with Sherwood 500 valve. Hydro
tested in Dec. 03 Call-717-2208

Women's 3mm full wetsuit, size XL,
never used: front zipper, ankle zips,
spine pad, thigh pocket, NAf350. Dee
Scarr, 717-8529.

Aluminium Scuba Tank 80 cylinder
recently hydroed, $75-. 717-4755

Canon Mulitpass 5000C Printer,
scanner, fax and copier. Compatible
with all Windows except XP. Perfect
condition. Only NAf195 Call 8 am to
5 pm 717-8819


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Commercial ads are only NAf0.70 per word, per week Free ads run for 2 weeks.
Call or fax The BonaireReporter at 717-8988 e-mail ads@bonairereporter.com


FREE BAY- We've all heard of using E-Bay to buy and sell things.
Now The Bonaire Reporter has FREE BAY. If you have anything to give away list
it here. Put down your phone number so you can arrange with someone for pickup.
It's perfect for things you've had sitting around, especially big things, that you
might think are still good but need fix-up but you've been putting off taking to the
landfill.
Call, fax or e-mail your Free Bay ad into The Reporter (phone fax-717-8988
ads@bonairereporter.cor). It will be printed in the paper and listed on the Internet
edition of the paper It's still FREE..


Gary Fisher Freestyle Bike, 3 years
old, front and back brakes & steps.
Kaya Mandolin #2. After 5 pm. Tel.
717-4435

TWO DOG SKY KENNELS: one
for very big dogs (like a great Dane)
NAf200; one for large dogs (like a
lab or retriever), NAf175. Call 791-
7913.

New in box: Digital camera 16 Mb
flashcard, LCD display, 4 megapixel,
USB Vision 16 MB memory card,
cables, complete. Cost NAf450. Sell-
ing for NAf350. Tel. 717-6601

Three very good tires, size 205/50-
R15 for only NA 100. Tel. 717-6601




Bored with your job? The Bonaire
Reporter needs good writers and ex-
perienced salespeople. Send CV to
Bonaire Reporter, Kaya Gob. Debrot
200-6 or e-mail job bonairereporter.
com. Phone 717-8988.



Baha'i firesides. For fireside teacher
in Bonaire please contact: Email: al-
exanderl37 @telbonet.an or call 717-
7977.


T his is a story of a dog who's
made a big change in his life.
"Bruno," this sweet faced, Weimera-
ner look alike, was brought into the
Bonaire Animal Shelter by his owner
because, according to him, Bruno was
always fighting with the man's two
other dogs. But what a big change
came over him since he's been living
at the Shelter. He was castrated and
he's calmed down a lot and gets along
beautifully with all his other Shelter
mates. According to the Shelter staff
he'll make an excellent watch dog be-
cause he's so alert and smart and ex-
tremely trainable. And he has a fine
character. Bruno is about three years
old. In the looks department Bruno is a
winner with his gray and white coat
and amber eyes. You may see Bruno
for yourself at the Shelter on the La-
goen Road, open Monday through Fri-
day, 10 am to 2 pm, Saturdays until 1.
Tel. 717-4989.

Don't forget; write it in your agenda:
The Shelter's Massive Sterilization
Program, October 18 to 30. This is a
project that needs community-wide
participation. Six veterinarians will be
coming to the island to donate their
time to sterilize 300 dogs. Volunteers
will be assisting with the operations


Boat, type Boston Whaler, 13 feet
with 25 hp Yamaha, including trailer.
NAf6.500 or Euro 3.000. Call 717-
6887

Achilles Inflatable with 25 HP well
maintained Yamaha and trailer. NAF
7500 717-8819 from 8 am to 5 pm


Traditional
Bonairean
Sailing Sloop,
21'. A dream
to sail. Bargain
atNAf10,000.
Two time Re-
gatta winner.
One of the last
of its kind.
Call 717-8988
or 785-6125.


I .PROERTY .FOR -N I


BEACH HOUSE
FOR RENT


2 bedrooms, choice
private location. Available from July
15 to Jan 15.: For details contact:
(599) 717-5058; 717 -3293; larjay-
tee(i)aol.com


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and helping to bring the dogs in. The
target group will be those dogs that are
fed but not kept off the streets. They're
not sterilized and when the females go
into heat they're chased by herds of
males, resulting in "gang rapes." The
public should get involved with the
program by talking to those people
whose dogs are on the street. Encour-
age them to call 717-4989 and bring
them into the Shelter, where the sterili-
zation is free during those two weeks.
The main idea of this program is to
help the dogs, but the whole commu-
nity will benefit. So please help to get
the word out! DL.D.


FREE STERILIZATION PROGRAM

OCTOBER 18 to 30. Call 717-4989

Animal Shelter's Community-wide Program


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By giving these specific caves a commerciaC
function, the other, more sensitive,
caves are Left untouched




CAVING COLLEGE


The Graduates


Recently a group of 15 persons
received their certificates which
allows them to lead cave expeditions
into three caves on the island that are
designated for exploration. These
caves will be visited only under the
guidance of a specially certified cave
guide. By giving these specific caves
a commercial function, the other,
more sensitive, caves are left un-
touched.
Future cave guides were repre-
sentatives of the cave tour
operators from Buddy Dive
and Plaza, Bon Eco Experi-
ence, Bonaire Guide Services, from
the TCB, police department, and
customs.
The course was held on May 7, 8 and
10 and was conducted by local cave
expert Papi Cecilia and DROB's Gijs
van Hoorn. The course is a result of the
covenant that the resorts and activity
providers on island signed with the
Government of Bonaire, STINAPA,
Santa Barbara Development Company
N.V (SABADECO) and the Tourism
Corporation Bonaire in which it was
agreed not only to protect the caves
and use/visit them in a responsible
way, but also to train the guides who


conduct the cave tours/excursions.
The participants had lectures by Papi
Cecilia, Gijs van Horn, Washington
Park Manager/Interim Manager of the
Marine Park, Fernando Simal, Stinapa
Director Elsmarie Beukenboom, Hans
Voerman of Bonaire Guide Services
and others during two mornings. The
third day's class was spent entering the
caves themselves.
Besides safety and first aid
issues the guides also
learned about the history
of the caves, the animals
living in them and the role
of the caves in the entire ecol-
ogy system. The now-official cave
guides each received a badge and a cer-
tificate during a ceremony on May 12th
which was held at Buddy Dive.
Hopefully this program of opening the
three caves to be entered with a guide
will satisfy those who have an over-
whelming interest in exploring caves so
that Bonaire's other environmentally
sensitive caves and their equally sensi-
tive animal inhabitants can be left alone
and in peace.0 L.D.


S onora Matancera is considered
the oldest and most popular music
band of South America and the Carib-
bean, and they'll be performing in
Bonaire again after 34 years!
They'll play one performance only at
the BSF Tennis Courts in the center of
Playa, behind MCB Bank, on Satur-
day, June 5, from 9 pm to 3 am the
next morning. Tickets are NAf50 and
are available at Lisa Gas, Tusnara
Snack in Rincon and Gas Express.
There is also the option of purchasing a
"Red Carpet Ticket" for US$300
which entitles four persons to be seated
at a table with drinks and snacks.
The local group, Glenn & Friends
Combo di Boneiru will play as well.
Sonora Matancera has propelled a
broad group of excellent salsa singers
to stardom, including the "Queen of
Salsa," the late Celia Cruz. The band
was formed in January, 1924, in the
Cuban province of Matanzas, as a sex-
tet called "Tuna Liberal" (a liberal ori-
ented student group of musicians).
Later the name was changed to Estudi-
antina Sonora Matancera. In 1927, on
their way to play in Havana, they went
from town to town, playing and sing-
ing in every township to pay for their
food and lodging. Intending to stay
only a week the group ended up mak-
ing Havana their headquarters for
many years. They were invited to play
at the Alhambra Theatre in New York
and in 1928 started recording 78 rpm
records for Victor and Columbia. By
the early 30s the name was changed
permanently to Sonora Matancera.
In 1944 a big change took place when
most of the guitars were replaced by a
piano and an additional trumpet. The
band, consisting of many top stars, de-
livered the best in Cuban/Latino music,
creating a very distinct and unique
rhythm and sound that has never been
copied. For 30 years they performed on
Radio Progresso which reached, via
short wave, most of the Caribbean
area, southern Florida and parts of
Central and South America.
Their 55t anniversary was honored by
the Mayor of New York City with a
special proclamation making March
23, 1979, as "The Day of the Sonora
Matancera." Another highlight was a
record-breaking presentation with


Celia Cruz in Tenerife, Canary Islands,
in 1986. And in the Plaza Madrid they
attracted an audience of 240,000,
which made the Guinness Book of
World Records as the largest audience
by a Latin American Band. Their 65th
anniversary they celebrated in Carne-
gie Hall and in an open concert in Cen-
tral Park, presenting 15 of the original
singers.
Although all the original members and
most of their successors have passed
away, the same spirit remains intact,
delighting club, concert hall and party
goers. Dancers and non dancers love to
dance and listen to the melting sounds
of sweet swinging rhythm and melody.
Today's group is under the direction of
Raymundo Vazquez, bass, and Javier
Vazquez, keyboard, both sons of the
co-founder Pablo Vazquez. The conga
player is Celio Gonzalez, son of Celio
Gonzalez, golden record winner with
the group and still vigorously perform-
ing at 80 years. Singers are Massiel
Andreu, Jorge Maldonado, an old
timer, and Dario Rosado. On the drums
is Edgar Lopez, Jose Cruz, pianist and
Robert Olivera and Domingo Suarez
on trumpets.
This will be an historic and unique op-
portunity to hear a great, one-of-a-kind
band! O L.D.


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MUSIC GROUP SONORA

TANCERA COMES TO BONW


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AGR. PAL'IWIRI KI NODI BO TIN
GUESS SA BO KE SA?
KING AFRICA GOLOSINA
SUGAR DADDY SWEET SOCA MUSIC


LISTEN TO THE TOP HITS EVERY SATURDAY FROM 12 NOON 1PM
A regular feature of The Bonaire Reporter is the Bonaire Hit Parade, a listing of
the 15 most popular songs on the island. It is compiled by the staff of Digital FM
91.1 and shows this week's (TW) and last week's (LW) songs. 1


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WHAT'S HAPPENING
L -- 0 The following events are in
f 1CI V1 MIO celebration of the 70th Anniver-
VILY MINEIII W 1II ElW Jary of the Protestant
Church in Rincon:
New! Usually 9:00pm Sunday May 23- 5 pm
Starsky & Hutch Religious service in the Rin-
con church
(Owen Wilson) Monday, May 24- 7.30 pm Gospel Con-
Early Show (usually 7:00 pm) cert (Rincon)
Tuesday, May 25-7.30 pm: Film Festi-
Secret Window val(Rincon)
Wednesday May 26- 7.30 pm: Gospel
Kaya Prinses Marie Song Festival (Rincon)
Behind Exito Bakery Thursday May 27- 7.30 pm: Church Ser-
Tel. 717-2400 vice and Reception (Rincon)
Tickets NAf10,50 (incl. Tax)
High Schoolers NAf7,75 For more information contact Hugo Leter,
President ,Anniversary Committee, at 717-
NEW FILMS BEGIN EVERY FRIDAY 4101 or 785-01870
SATURDAY 4 PM Scoobydoo 2-
Monsters Unleashed
SUNDAY MATINEE 4 PM snacks. More on page 17
The Ladykillers


THIS WEEK
Sunday, May 23 5K Run/Walk.
Start at the Soccer Stadium, Playa.
Sponsored by Comcabon Tel.717-
8629

COMING
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, May 28,
29, 30 -Comedy: "Pai, Non a Kue
Mai", 8 pm, Jong Bonaire

Saturday, Sunday, May 29, 30-A visit
and local guided tour to Isla di
Yuana and Isla di Pedro at Lac Bai.
Meet just past Chapparal on road to
Lac. Sponsored by Amigunan di
Nautralesa (Friends of Nature) Tours
from 9 am to 4 pm. Adults, NAf25.
Children, NAf15. Includes drinks,
BBQ and book by B6i Antoin. Tickets
at Extra newspaper office, Kaya Gil-
berto F. Croes. Tel. 717-8482. More
on page 22

Sunday, May 30- 35th Anniversary of
Washington Park. At the Park from
8 am to 5 pm. Soft Adventure sports,
kids activities, indoor and outdoor ex-
hibitions, local market and more.
FREE. Call 717-8444 More on page
15
Saturday, June 5 Rincon Marshe -
open air market with stands selling
local food, drinks, gifts, plants, herbs.
Friendliest place on the island. Also
Soldachi Walking and Bus Tours of
Bonaire's oldest town.
10 am to 2 pm. Call Maria for tour in-
formation 717-6435.
Sunday, May 30 -Children's Theatre
with Peter Fabel, 11 am to 1 pm. Price
includes pancakes and soft drink.
Saturday, June 5- Jong Bonaire Fair
Sale of second hand sports gear, com-
puter equipment, games, presentations,
sports. 2 pm-9 pm. Held at Jong Bon-
aire, Kaya Lib. Simon Bolivar #16.
Call 717-4303 for info

Saturday, June 5- Famous Cuban
Band, "Sonora Matancera," will play
at BSF Tennis Courts (behind MCB
bank in Playa). Tickets are NAf50
and are available at Lisa Gas, Tusnara
Snack in Rincon and Gas Express.
There is also the option of purchasing
a "Red Carpet Ticket" for US$300
which entitles four persons to be
seated at a table with drinks and


June 6-18 Bonaire Dive Festival. For
details see page 6

July 4,- Sunday Dia di Arte, "Art
Day," 10 am-10 pm Wilhelmina Park
More information as the event nears.
See mention in Flotsam and Jetsam.
For more information contact Emma
Sint Jago at 717-7420


EVERY WEEK
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
Tuesday-BonaireTalker Dinner/
Gathering at Gibi's Terrace-6:30pm
-call Jake at 717-6773 or e-mail
jake@bonairetalk.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,
ext. 14.
Wednesday -Sand Dollar Manager's
Cocktail Party, Mangos Bar and Restau-
rant
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-
thentic Bonairean kunuku. $12
(NA1f2 for Bonaire residents). Tel
717-8489, 540-9800.

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
717-8529
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-
2500.
Friday- The Captain Don Show-
Conversation, fun, yams, a few slides.
Guaranteed 85% true. Aquarius Con-
ference Room. Captain Don's Habitat
8:30 pm Tel. 717-8290

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
The Bonaire Swim Club is looking
for volunteer help. Contact Valarie
Stimpson at 785-3451 or Vala-
rie@telbonet.an
Cinnamon Art Gallery. Volunteers to
help staff the gallery during the day.
Please contact Wendy Horn, at 717-
3902 or 785-9700.
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
Tromp, 717-7659

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 NA5 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
Jeannette Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at
Kaya Sabana #1. All Lions are wel-
come.
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

BONAIRE'S TRADITIONS
Mangazina di Rei, Rincon. Enjoy the
view from "The King's Storehouse" while
learning about Bonaire's history and culture
and visit typical homes from the 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
from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holi-
days. 717-8444/785-0017
Sunday at Cai- Live music and danc-
ing starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai.
Dance to the music of Bonaire's most
popular musicians.
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

CHURCH SERVICES
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-
man. 717-2006
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 (Asemblea 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
Email reporter@bonairenews.com
Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 791-7252


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DINING GUIDE Seeadvertisemens in tis issue

RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE / WHEN OPEN FEATURES
Bella Vista Restaurant Moderate. 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 Award-winning Chef Martijn Bouwmeester is the master in the kitchen and
Sea Side Restaurant-Waterfront on the Promenade Dinner Inexpensive bar menu manager of the restaurant. Have a fine dining experience with creative,
717-8617 Closed Wednesdays inspired dishes.
Caribbean Club Bonaire at Hilltop Moderate What a place! Friendly bar next to the pool, home cooked meals, happy hours
5 minutes north of "Hotel Row" 717-7901 Breakfast, Dinner, closed Sunday 5 to 7. Serious BBQ on Tuesdays NAf25.

Chez Lucille Moderate After your warm welcome from owner-chef-hostess Lucille you'll be en-
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 chef direct from Tuscany prepares 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 setting under floating umbrellas or in air-conditioned comfort.
Garden Cafe Moderate Finely prepared Middle Eastern cuisine plus Venezuelan specialties.
Kaya Grandi 59 Monday-Friday, Lunch & Dinner Excellent vegetarian selections.
717-3410 Saturday, Dinner. Closed Sunday Pizza and Latin Parilla

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?
Low-Moderate
The Last Bite Bakery Orders taken 8 am-4 pm; Deliveries 6-7:30pm Enjoy a delicious dessert or savory baked meal in the comfort of your home o0
717-3293 Closed Sunday resort. This unique bakery offers gourmet class items -always from scratch-
Home Delivery or Take Out for take out or delivery only.
The Lions Den Beach Bar Moderate-Expensive Spectacular setting overlooking dive sites and Klein Bonaire.
And Restaurant Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Imaginative menu, open kitchen.
Onthe sea atLions Dive 717-3400 Open7 Days Owned and operated by Kirk Gosden.
717-6616

The Lost PenguAcross from MC B d own Low-ModerateKralendijk Breakfas Dinner 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 & Wednesdays

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 Wednesday-Sunday gredients. Salads, desserts. Eat m or take away. Nice bar too.
Smile north oftown center. 790-1111 pen rom 5-1 Wednesday-Sunday Call ahead to eat-in or take out 790-1111

The Seahorse Cyber Cafn Low-Moderate Tasty breakfasts, pastries, fresh tropical juices, homemade bread,
Kaya Grandi #6. Phone 717-4888 Open 7 am 7 pm Closed Sunday special sandwiches, delicious desserts and more make this a favorite.



HHEP P IN u0 I Seeadertisements this issue


AIRLINES
BonairExel. Bonaire's own ON TIME airline flying be-
tween Bonaire, Curacao and Aruba. Look for The Bonaire
Reporter on board.
APPLIANCES/FURNITURE/COMPUTERS
City Shop is Bonaire's mega-store for TV, Stereos, Air
conditioning, large and small kitchen appliances. Name
brands, guarantees and service center.
BANKS
Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest number
of services, branches and ATMs of any Bonaire bank. They
also offer investments and insurance.
BEAUTY PARLOR
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials, waxing
and professionalnail care.
BICYCLE / SCOOTER/ QUADS
De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; professionally re-
pairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top brand bikes.
BOOKS
Watercolours Bonaire and Eye on Aruba, Bonaire,
Curacao are the most original ways to remember Bonaire
and the islands at their best. At Photo Tours and many other
island shops.
Bonaire Diving Made Easy, Third Edition, is an essential
in your dive bag. The latest information on Bonaire's shore
dive sites.
BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION
APA Construction are professional General
Contractors. They also specialize in creating patios and
walkways with fabulous sprayed and stamped concrete
pavement.

CLEANING SERVICE
Conetal Cleaning Service cleans homes, apartments, of-
fices. Offers babysitting, gardening, laundry.
CYBER CAFES
See Restaurant Guide for The Seahorse Cyber Cafe.
DENTURES
All Denture Lab. For denture repair or new ones. All work
done on the island, fast results. Owner-operator denturist.
Repairs while you wait.


DIVING
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.
FITNESS
Bonfysio offers comprehensive fitness programs to suit
your needs whether they be weight loss, sports or just keep-
mg 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 offer
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.
HOTELS
Hotel Bonaire Inn (formerly Friars' Inn), downtown Kral-
endijk, has rooms and breakfast 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.
PHOTO FINISHING
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: International/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.


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REPAIRS
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
exploration.
SECURITY
Special Security Services will provide that extra measure
of protection when you need it. Always reliable. Call 717-
8125.
SHIPPING
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of Bonaire.
Customs agents. Professional and efficient. FedEx agent.
Call 717-8922/8033.
SUPERMARKETS
Tropical Flamingo is convenient, clean, modem, efficient
and has the lowest prices on Bonaire. Located behind
NAPA.
Visit Warehouse Bonaire to shop in a large, spotless su-
permarket. You'll find American and European brand prod-
ucts. 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
WATER TAXI
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Call Bonaire Nautico at
560-7254. Ride the Kantika diAmor orSkiffy. Hotel
pickup too.
WINES
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
Yoga For You. Join certified instructors Desiree and Don
at Jong Bonaire for a workout that will refresh mind and
body. Private lessons too.
ATTENTION BUSINESSMEN:
Put your ad in The Bonaire Reporter.
The most advertising for your guilder.
Phone/Fax 717-8988, Cel 791-7252


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ON THE ISLAND SINCE ..


CJV ke was asked to run an electro-
I technical installation company
in the Antilles. We knew Bonaire was
somewhere in the West Indies and when
we looked it up on the map we found out
it was close to Venezuela and it seemed
awfully far away! I remember standing in
front of the farm that belonged to the peo-
ple who had offered Yke the job. It was
hailing, snowing and freezing cold. Yke
asked me what I thought. I answered, 'If
you're going, I'm coming with you!' He
went and he liked Bonaire instantly: its
nature and the people's attitude. After a
month he returned to Holland and told me
all about it.

We were living in Friesland, one of the
northern provinces of Holland, in a very
small place, so I guessed it wouldn't be
such a big change to move to an island of
7,000 inhabitants. Yolanda was three
years old, Yvonne was two and I was
pregnant. Yke went back to Bonaire for
four months until the doctor told me he'd
better get back because the baby was go-
ing to be early."
"Two days before I left the crates with our
belongings arrived on Bonaire," Yke says.
"I arranged for a lady, Mevrouw Lina, to
unpack and put everything in its place.
Our son, Sebastiaan, was bor July 14th,
too late instead of too early, and July 3 1st
we flew, the five of us and our dog,
through Lisbon and Port of Spain in 16
hours to Curacao and from there to Bon-
aire."
"We arrived at night," Ina says, "and it
was pitch black. There were no street-
lights. The house was on a dirt road with
some old oil drums in front of it I
thought, 'Oh my God, where did we end
up?' Fact is, they can tell you all about it,
but you can't imagine anything until you
feel it, you smell it. But the house was
fine; everything in its place and the cradle
looked so neat. Everything about how to
handle a newborn in the tropics I was
taught by Mevrouw Lina. She was a great
help. I still felt very weak physically and I
really had to get used to the heat. There
were times that I panicked, 'My God, it's
never going to be cold again!' It took me
four months, and then one morning, I had
brought the girls to Sister Virginia's kin-
dergarten and had left Bas with Mevrouw
Lina. I went shopping in my own car and I
stopped for lemonade at a little bar. I re-
member sitting there thinking: Everything
is okay now."
Yke (58) andIna (56) Faber have been
living on Bonaire for 25 years, almost
longer than they ever lived in Holland.
When I ask them if theyfeelAntillean they
say: "Yes, we are Bonaireans, but we also
are and always will be Frisians. We're
having a wonderful life here, but we can
never deny our culture and our back-
ground. However, we don't feel like
guests here. This is our home and we hope
to say that for many more years."
"I became the managing director of


INPO," Yke says. The company was
founded in 1967 to supply Bonaire with
electricity, especially the salt company,
BOPEC, Radio Nederland and WEB. In
those days, Larry Gerharts' grandfather,
L.D. Gerharts, owned a small generator in
the old Exito bakery that supplied part of
Kralendijk for several hours a day with
electricity. That was it! When I came 11
years later there were 35 people working
for INPO and they were just finishing Fla-
mingo Airport, building Flamingo Beach
Hotel and adding a new wing to Hotel
Bonaire.
Later, we started building SGB (high
school) and renovating the Pasangrahan.
Work was eating me up completely. I had
very little spare time, but somehow social
life was on a higher level than it is now.
The meeting point was the beach hut of
Hotel Bonaire. Women were not allowed
to work. Ina got her residence permit be-
cause she was 'married to and living in
with Y. Faber!' If we wanted to go on a
holiday we had to go to Immigration first
to get a permission to for us and the chil-
dren to return and pay NAf2,50 per per-
son, otherwise we were not allowed to
leave. Only after 10 years could we apply
for Antillean rights (Things are still the
same, except the price has gone up. Ed.).


There was only
one man who
had a bicycle;
there were no
motorbikes, no
scooters, noth-
ing. For five
guilders you
could buy an
oil drum at
WEB for your
garbage. There
were very few
paved roads.


one day and a $3
expense allowance
per person to show
the tourists around.
It was a very nice
time; everyone
knew everyone and
you learned to be-
come less hard-
headed and more
of a diplomat as it
was a very small
community. We
studied Papia-
mentu with Nochi
Willem and Aloys
Lammers, who
were both teachers
in Rincon. After
we'd been here for
nine and a half
years Ina picked up
her old profession when she was asked to
teach at SGB."
"I was a teacher for more than eight years
and I managed the SGB restaurant, Chez
Nous, for over a year," Ina says, "and I
always enjoyed it. Many times I was a
social worker and a mother too. Now I
have my own apartment rental business,
but I'll never forget that what I learned
from the children en-


"The control tower at the
airport was unmanned.
Everything was controlled
from Curagao, and that was
why every plane had to circle
the strip before landing to
check for donkeys!"


Telbo didn't exist, but Bonaire was the
only island in the whole region where you
could make direct phone calls to Holland
through Landsradio. The streets didn't
have names or house numbers, except for
some main roads. Plaza didn't exist. You
could walk straight from town to the air-
port. We did have TV, but it started after
five in the afternoon and with only one
channel, TeleCuracao, where Tante Irma
sang and danced with the children. Occa-
sionally we could receive 'Television'
from Venezuela. There was only one radio
station, 'Hoyer II.' There were many
small shops but only one big supermarket,
'Kralendijk Supermarket,' later called
'Henderson,' after that 'Cultimara.'
Eight times a day ALM flew back and
forth to Curagao, and in case of an emer-
gency the BOPEC plane was used. The
control tower at the airport was un-
manned. Everything was controlled from
Curagao, and that was why every plane
had to circle the strip before landing, to
check for donkeys! When a cruise ship
came in the population was asked to come
with their car. They got a taxi permit for


riched my life and gave
me more understanding.
Here you don't unwrap a
present. It's impolite be-
cause your face may
show if you like it or...
maybe not. Here, people
don't say 'No,' they go
around it, not to offend
you, and they don't look
you straight in the eye,
which would be consid-
ered arrogant. When


you're invited for dinner, you don't clean
your plate; you leave some food on it to
show that there was more than enough.
And at the end of a party you are offered a
plate with cake and candy to take home as
a memory. All those little things tell you
something about the way people think,
about their culture, and you learn to appre-
ciate them more for that.
My children became Antillean, especially
Yolanda and Bas who are true Bonaireans.
Now the girls are living in Holland, but
when they're together they speak Papia-
mentu. Yolanda works for a utility com-
pany in Rotterdam, and she has a beautiful
three year old son, Joey, from an Antillean
father. Yvonne and her husband are ex-
pecting their first baby in five weeks and
Bas is still in Bonaire and has become a
fisherman. He's a true child of Playa Pa-
bao, always been crazy for the sea. I re-
member him at Lac, not even three years
old, standing motionless in the water, then
grabbing a fish out of the water with his
little hands, just like that! He rode don-
keys and horses, walked through the
mondi barefoot, and at night when he got


home he'd ask without complaining,
'Mom, can you pull the spines?' Together
with the children we did a lot of camping
all over the island, to the most remote and
abandoned places.
Yke bought INPO in March '84. He
helped develop Sabadeco and worked for
years on Sand Dollar. He did the post of-
fice, APNA, the Central Bank, the police
station, Fort Oranje and he restored the
light at the light house. One of his last
projects was the renovation of Slagbaai,
an eco project of Stinapa, and he did it
with great joy. He installed solar energy
and the water and sewerage system for 10
bathrooms. We camped there six times,
took our mattresses, cooked on three
stones... wonderful!
Bonaire is such a lovely island! We feel
that after some real tough years the econ-
omy is finally improving, KLM has
opened the island up, but alas, with it
came crime." "In spite of all the changes,
"Yke says with a smile, "the sun is still
shining every day and we wouldn't be
here if we didn't want to be. At first we
said it was going to be for at least 10
years, but we didn't want to die here. It's
all in God's hands. Twenty-five years on
Bonaire has given us a split identity. It's
been an incredible impact. As for our
plans for the future: we'd like to become
more mobile, also because of the children,
but we will never sell our house here. The
children forbade us to even think of it, and
I agree, because it will always be home. It
was relatively easy to come and live here,
but from here going back to live in Hol-
land, that would
be very difficult,
that would be
really hard..."
Greta Kooistra


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Unique and not to be missed


TRIP TO ISLA di YUANA and ISLAdi PEDRO

Would you like to visit two spots on the island that even many Bonaireans
don't know about? Then next weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 29 and
30, join the group, Amigunan di Naturalesa (Friends of Nature) whose aim is to
give residents and visitors alike the rare opportunity to visit very special places on
the island. They hope that this excursion will give people the unique opportunity of
getting to know some natural areas that are not easy to find. They'll be taking you
to Isla di Yuana and Isla di Pedro, two relatively undiscovered islands in Lac Bai.


You'll travel through a tunnel like this to get to Isla di Pedro


The tour will be a fund riser to help
send Bonaire's contingent to the famous
Nijmegen Walk (where participants
walk 50 km a day for four days).
Last year, about this time, the group
organized an excursion to Isla di Yuana,
the smaller island, which was once oc-
cupied by a Swiss family Robinson-like


family and was used as a site for mak-
ing kalki (chalk for mortar). The
Kadushi and the Yatu cactus grow tall
there, but the trees like the Saddle Tree
and the Palu di Sia (gum tree) are short
and stunted like bonsai because of the
wind and poor soil. But even in this in-
hospitable environment seeds brought


in via bird and goat droppings found a
home and germinated.
Isla di Pedro, the much larger island,
was a popular place for making kalki as
well. The coral (limestone) was brought
in by boats and the many trees on the
island at that time were cut down and
chopped up to provide the high tem-
perature fires to create the kalki. On the
island are small lakes frequented by sea
birds, and the island is rimmed with
some of the tallest mangroves trees
you'll ever see. Today, both of these
islands are populated only by iguanas
and shore birds.
You'll be brought to these islands by
boat with your tour guides: Minister of
Education Nolly Oleana, Special Secu-


rity Services executive Ben Oleana,
journalist and historian B6i Antoin and
nature lover and famous walker, Marcel
Nahr. The boats start leaving the shore
at 9 in the morning, and the last boat
returns from the islands at 4 pm. Tickets
are NAf25 for adults and NAf15 for
children. And that includes a delicious
barbeque set up on Isla di Pedro. The
adult ticket also includes a choice of
one of B6i Antoin's books on the his-
tory of Bonaire (#2, 3, 4, 5 or 6. #1 is
on longer available). Get your tickets
now at Extra newspaper offices on
Kaya Gilberto F. Croes. Tel. 717-8482.
n L.D.


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The Moon
revisits the Kin
of the Planets
and the Brighte
Star of Leo


[g

st


Just a quick re-
minder that you
should catch the
most brilliant planet
of them all, Venus,
before it disappears.
Plus Saturn and
Mars still remain
close together. But
the real fun event
will be next week
when a first quarter
Moon revisits the
King of the Planets and the brightest star of the King of the Beasts.
This Friday, the 21st, just after sunset, face west where you'll see an exquisite crescent
Moon just above Venus, which each night will descend lower and lower until by the
end of the month it will disappear below the horizon. And right above Venus and the
Moon, Saturn and Mars are still at their closest for this go round and huddle side by
side. Plus on Saturday an even more exquisite crescent will form a wonderful triangle
with them. But the nights to mark on your calendar for some real fun Moon-planet-
star watching are next Wednesday, the 26th and Thursday the 27th. On Wednesday,
face southwest an hour after sunset and you'll see an exquisite seven-day-old, which
means first quarter, Moon marking one point of an elongated triangle whose other
two points are marked by the second brightest planet of all, the King of the Planets,
88,000-mile-wide Jupiter, and Regulus, the brightest star of the spring constellation,
Leo the Lion, a star which dwarfs both Jupiter and the Moon because it is a whop-
ping five times wider than our Sun, so huge that almost 50 Jupiters could be lined up
across its middle, side by side.
Now to the naked eye this threesome will be an exquisite sight. But if you have even
the cheapest, smallest telescope please take a look at both the Moon and Jupiter be-
cause a first quarter Moon is always very dramatic through a telescope and Jupiter
always displays a couple of its bands of storms encircling it plus three or four of its
largest moons as they endlessly orbit Jupiter and change place from night to night.
Regulus, as seen through a telescope, won't look any larger than to the naked eye, but
it will look much brighter and you'll be able to see a faint bluish tint to it. The reason
it won't look bigger is because it is so incredibly far away.
On Wednesday our Moon will be only 240,000 miles away while Jupiter will be 490
million miles away. Regulus, on the other hand, will be a whopping 85 light years
away, which is one million times farther away than Jupiter. Now on the next night,
Thursday, the 27, a one-day-past-first quarter Moon will make an almost straight line
with Jupiter and Regulus. Plus the Moon will be 3,000 mile closer than it was the pre-
vious night. Jupiter, however, will be two million miles farther away. Regulus, on the
other hand, is so incredibly far away to begin with that any varying distance would be
impossible to detect.
So there you have it: Venus, Mars and Saturn this weekend, a cosmic triangle on the
26th and a threesome line-up on the 27th. [ JackHorkheimer


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For the week: May 21 to May 28, 2004
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Things may not be as harmonious as you would like
with colleagues or employers this week. Take time to visit someone who has been
confined due to illness. You're likely to encounter new partners if you take short
trips. Do not let others exhaust you financially. Your lucky day this week will be
Thursday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) You will be able to find the perfect outfit and the
greatest new accessory for your house. Inharmonious situations at home may be
extremely upsetting for you this week. You have done all you can to sort things
out on a personal level. You are best not to confide in anyone right now. Your
lucky day this week will be Friday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) You may want to get involved in financial invest-
ments presented to you. Consider starting a small business on the side. Look for a
marketable gimmick. Travel should be on your mind. Compromise may be neces-
sary. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Double check your work and be sure that your boss
is in a good mood before you do your presentation. Try to join groups of interest
such as ballroom dance classes or perhaps an internet organization. Consider the
source before you believe what you hear. Use your charm, but don't be phony.
Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) You have worked hard and the payback is now. You can
get ready to celebrate your new direction. Those you work with may have little
consideration for the underdog. You need to concentrate on solving existing prob-
lems. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Use your creative talent in order to accomplish your
goals. Your high energy and discipline will enable you to complete any seemingly
insurmountable tasks. Try to compromise rather than having an all out battle. You
may find yourself interested in more than one person. Your lucky day this week
will be Thursday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Find out what they're up to, and see if you can pick up
where you left off. Keep an open mind when dealing with youngsters. Refrain
from arguing with your mate. Positive changes regarding your personal status are
evident. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Problems with your partner could be reaching a
high level of concern. Someone you care about may let you down or criticize your
methods. You must take care of health problems that have been lingering. You
could have a change of heart if an old flame waltzes back into your life. Your
lucky day this week will be Monday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Alienation may be the result of a misunder-
standing. You can expect opposition from family as well as colleagues. Social ac-
tivity should be on your agenda. Don't take your frustrations out on loved ones.
Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Curb the impulse to make lavish purchases and
maybe spend some time with good friends. Be sure to get involved in self im-
provement programs that will bring you in contact with interesting people. Your
romantic inclination should lead to a committed relation ship. There could be dis-
appointment regarding investments. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Someone you live with may cause drastic altera-
tions in your usual routine. You should take good care of your health; get lots of
rest. Look before you leap. Debates will stifle passion and result in estrangement.
Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) This may not be your week f you are overly melodra-
matic and unnerving everyone around you. Take time to look at any outdated pa-
pers or possible investments. You must make them stand on their own two feet
regardless of how much you want to make things better for them. Don't overspend
to impress others. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday. 1




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