May 28, to June 4, 2004 Volume 11, Issue 21
he story of the Parker Project,
"The Point," the resort in Bonaire
which lay unoccupied for years until
reopening as the Plaza Resort, has fi-
nally reached an end.
The original developer, Robert Parker,
conned the Central Government into
providing a loan guarantee, attracted a
respected hotel manager, Thor Lowe-
berg, and dozens of young, enthusiastic
staff to settle in Bonaire and then on the
eve of opening the nearly completed
hotel fled the island never to return. The
resort wasn't able to open and the Cen-
tral Government was stuck with an esti-
mated $30 million debt. Parker was
never prosecuted by Antillean authori-
ties, but years later he was arrested for a
similar scam involving a New York
Thor Loweberg, an innocent victim
who paid his staff from his own pocket,
stayed on Bonaire long after the scandal
was made public, but some say, as a
broken man. He became seriously ill
and died in Norway not long after leav-
ing Bonaire. Other careers were
wrecked and some Bonaireans never
got paid for their services. Some say the
huge debt accumulated by the Parker
Project was a key factor in introducing
a sales tax to the Antilles.
Last month the debts were finally re-
solved by a final payment to the Italian
finance and credit insurance company,
SACE/Ultrafin. The settlement cost An-
tillean taxpayers tens of millions of
When the unfinished resort was finally
sold after being empty for three years it
raised only $8.5 million. Reportedly,
the buyer, Steef Raspoort, then sold it to
the Dutch Van der Valk hotel chain a
few weeks later for $13 million.
The government eventually negotiated a
40% discount on the original debt
amount, but after interest and other ex-
penses the principle debt amount was
still $43.8 million. In the final deal,
$26.3 million was paid right away and
then $8.7 million a year for five years,
at an interest rate of 2.5% instead of the
The original name "The Point" lives on
in promotional material for The Plaza
Resort Bonaire and its Caribbean Point
SA real threat to successfully form-
ing a new Central Government by the
June 1st deadline is the difficulty of
forming a new governing coalition at
the island level in Curaqao. If no agree-
ment is reached, the already-signed
governing accord at the national level
will not mean anything.
If the June 1 deadline set by the Gover-
nor can't be met he must decide whether
to extend the formation period, appoint
another "informateur" or hold new elec-
tions. A background check of the new
ministers will be conducted by the An-
tillean Security Service concurrently
with the final phases of formation.
A Unconfirmed reports say UPB of
Bonaire, which will be a member of the
new Central Government, if it is suc-
cessfully formed, is nominating
Maritza Silberie as Minister of Edu-
cation and Noris Gomez as State Sec-
(Continued on page 4
IN THIS ISSUE:
Walking on Sunshine
Pia Pia Kunuku Bieu
Tack Team Event
Dietitian (Child Obesity)
Countdown to Dive Festival
Yoga (Yearning to Grow)
Film: Prayers for Bonaire
Jong Bonaire Fair
Flotsam & Jetsam
Letters (Double Savings)
Opinion (Who is Bonairean?)
Yacht List & Tide Table
Pet of the Week (Wilem)
On the Island Since
Bonaire Sky Park
The Stars Have It
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The boat, owned by a Venezuelan, has
also been seized. The remaining birds
have been temporarily placed with the
Veterinary Department under quaran-
tine. An attempt will be made to turn
the birds over to the Venezuelan gov-
(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2)
retary of Youth Affairs.
A After weeks of stonewalling, the ref-
erendum concerning the future gov-
ernmental structure of Bonaire was
postponed again; this time from July
2nd to September 3rd. The government
spokesman for the Referendum,
Reginald "Yonchi" Dortalina, an-
nounced it shortly after The Reporter
went to press last Wednesday afternoon.
More details in the Referendum section
of this week's edition on page 11.
A When we're off Bonaire we delight
in showing our hosts Bonairean sun-
sets and the clarity of the sea. Now
that pleasure is threatened. Jake and
Linda Richter, who conceived, installed
and operated the Bonaire web camera
system, which includes the underwater
Reef Cam, are moving to a new house
inland in Bonaire. They can no longer
run the system from their back yard so
are looking for someone to take over
the rather complex and expensive
equipment and continue to operate the
Bonaire Web Cam site. They are asking
$5,100 a year for three years in a co-op
effort to keep the Web Cams running.
There are also other related costs the
new operator would incur.
The Bonaire Web Cams Web site gets
around 90,000 visitors a month and mil-
lions of page views. You'd think a wa-
terfront resort would jump at the chance
to sign up for this deal. But none have.
If no one signs up, the Web Cams go
dark on Sunday, June 20th, 2004. If
you want the details of the deal needed
to keep the Bonaire Web Cams running
go to: http://www.caribbeanwebcams.
A At last there's a temporary solution
to the increasing number of cars on
Bonaire, at least for the junkers.
Thanks to a new machine at the
landfill the cars can be crushed. Now
what to do with the crushed cars...?
A baby macaw similar to the
A Curacao Customs intercepted an
illegal shipment of South American
parrots from a Venezuelan boat, the
Sol Caribe. Thirty-two birds were
seized, but 15 had died during the trip
from improper treatment.
The Venezuelan captain and two crew
members were arrested after they re-
fused to pay a NAf30.000 fine. The
birds are estimated to be from five
weeks to three months old.
The parrots, including some macaws,
are protected by the CITES treaty,
which deals with international trade of
protected species. The maximum fines
include four years in jail or a fine of
NA 1 million.
What makes a nation great? The
influx of new people bringing
new ideas and procedures, new ways of
doing things, new cultures, can enhance
a nation rather than detract. Those im-
migrants who take the chance of mov-
ing to a new country are in most cases,
industrious and ambitious and looking
for a better way of life. Once they get
here they work hard.
We have seen the results of nations, of-
ten islands that have been kept apart,
insular. Perfect examples are some of
the islands in the Abacos, those north
Bahama islands. Their separateness and
exclusivity resulted in a very small and
stagnant gene pool. The same thing hap-
pened in the islands, Les Saintes, just
south of Guadeloupe, but the clever
French solved that stagnation by sta-
tioning French navy personnel on the
islands for a time.
What is a Bonairean? The first inhabi-
tants we know of are the Indians. Later
came the slaves from Africa. Are they
the true Bonaireans? Or perhaps the
French and the Dutch who arrived and
started families here? Throughout its
history Bonaire has been a magnet,
drawing people from many lands. Later
came the Lebanese, many of whom are
island leaders. Are they the true Bo-
naireans? Or is it the island itself that
makes all these originally diverse na-
tionalities come to work together har-
moniously, with one aim to seek a
better way of life?
When people speak of "losing our cul-
ture," what do they mean: the culture of
the original Indians? Or is it just Afri-
can culture? Or is it a combination of all
those cultures that have been introduced
on the island throughout the years,
some of which have been adopted, oth-
ers discarded? And with the influx of
new cultures can't we enjoy them as
well? How proud we should be that our
island has attracted so many very spe-
cial people, many of whom have come
are here al-
ready. O L.D.
The Parade of Nations at the 2002 Bonaire Regatta
WAKING ON SUNSHINE........TWICE i
n June 2003 The Bonaire Reporter
published an article titled, "Walking
on Sunshine." It described the remarkably
talented Nazario Alberto, a 55-year-old
civil servant who walks long distances in
the nick of time. His natural talent is
amazing considering that up until five
years ago he was a fervent smoker and
coffee drinker. Nicknamed the "Bonairean
Deer or "Roadrunner" (remember the
Warner Brothers cartoon show?), this fa-
ther of three has established his fame dur-
ing different walking events.
He managed to walk the Nijmeegse Vier-
daagse "The Five Days of Nijmeegen"-
for the first time in July last year at an
average of 9.5 km per hour, one
of the best. Although he proved
several times he could go an /
even further distance, he re-
spected the compulsory 40 kilo- ,,
meters a day, the distance for *
his age range as stipulated by
the Vierdaagse organization.
Despite this little disappoint-
ment he still managed to capture
the attention of the Dutch me-
dia. De Gelderlander, the larg-
est newspaper of the province Nazario
Gelderland, twice published an cate of(
article on Nazario. (We have
copies of the clippings, Ed.)
This year, despite his age, he got permis-
sion to walk the maximum of 50 km a
day. He trains twice a day and at press
time he managed to reach 1,000 km of
training since this January. His schedule
also included several walking events this
year. One of them is the now famous
Tono pa Tono "Tower to Tower
walk." This walk was initiated and ac-
complished for the first time by Marcel
Nahr last year. It's around 52 kms and
includes the distance between the most
southern point and the most northern
point of Bonaire It's called Tono pa
Tono because of the two lighthouses at
these locations, the Willemstoren and the
A strong believer in self-empowerment,
Nazario did not want to request sponsors
for his trip without doing something in
return... So why not 'do' the Torno pa
Torno TWICE, back and, forth on the
same day? His family and friends did not
doubt his capacity but were still con-
cered. After all, you don't walk 104 kilo-
meters within 24 hours every
.j day! This was until his physi-
rQi cian confirmed he was as strong
as a horse and approved. De-
Sr, spite his high average speed per
nIIIr hour he will lower his average
Sfor this event by a constant
seven to eight km an hour. As
the idea developed he got more
and more moral support and
ideas from his community. And
what seemed in the beginning to
Certifi- be a risky adventure has now
mpletion crystallized into an island-wide
anticipation of the June 4th / 5th
The full moon that weekend will light his
path, which, as far as is known, has never
been done before on our island. Radio
Digital (91.1 FM) will be broadcasting
this record achievement, live, starting at 3
pm at the entrance gate of Washington
Park. An official ceremony will be held at
the beginning with different officials and
friends. Everybody is invited to join
Nazario at this ceremony to wish him
Between 3 and 6 pm there will be volun-
teers in Playa and Rincon collecting funds
for each 10 km Nazario achieves. These
collectors will have the official govern-
ment permission signed and sealed by Lt/
Nazario also wants to make a serious
statement with this great achievement.
Although a very humble man, he still
wants to be a role model for the youth, as
proof that great sport accomplishments
are possible as long as you work hard, no
matter how old you are. The full moon as
his guiding light during the walk in the
wilderness that night also serves as a sym-
bol to illuminate and enlighten the Bo-
nairean spirit, considering this a counter
measure to all the negative news and tu-
mult the island has endured lately.
Nazario strongly believes in the talented
Bonairean youngsters and their hopeful
Let us all support Nazario by cheering
alongside during his walk, and of course
welcome him with cheers and flowers
around 10 am on Saturday June 5th at the
entrance gate of Washington Park.
In case you are not able to meet one of the
collectors you can donate to the following
bank account: Maduro & Curiels Bank
10.10.18.67, Mr. Nazario I. Alberto.
For more information contact Natalie
Wanga at 786-2225. 1 Natalie A.C
vazario in vijmegen, July i o, one oj nejirst lojinisn at i pm
(most of the others came in between 5 to 6pm)
PIA PIA KUNUKU BIEU
STEPS FORWARD AT ITS 2ND ARY
In 2002 a group of
concerned local Natale Wanga photo
leaders gathered ur-
gently in Nort di
Saliha. Where? The
headquarters of Shaki
Melaan, read, "under
the tree at the mini-
market Bo Toko. On
the agenda? The alarm-
ing news about the fast
growing youth delin-
quency in their
Once talented sports-
men themselves who
abroad, these leaders
brainstormed on solu-
tions. They organized
meetings with parents,
sports events, summer Shaki Melaan (adviser), Roosje Semper-Antoin
camps and the Tack (treasurer), Maritza Sint Jago (2nd treasurer), Dalitza
Team Walking Event Victorina-Rijna (president), Natalie Wanga (PR), Linda
on June 8h 2002. The van Luijk (secretary), Nazario Auberto (commissioner)
idea was to form
Kunuku Bieu" (Walking Group Platform
Kunuku Bieu). The name referred to the
ancient name the inhabitants of Nort di
Salifia had named their town. Besides a
name the group kept visible by joining
other walking events. They even identi-
fied themselves with a uniform: orange
shirts (just a coincidence: those shirts
were a bargain on sale at that time).
Due to remarkable walking achieve-
ments of members like Nazario Alberto,
a native Norteno, and the Martinus
Brothers, interest among people grew.
On the first anniversary in June 2003
the group started to consider seriously
becoming official. On October 21,
2003, the first board was elected:
Dalitza Victorina-Rijna, Linda Roosje
Semper-Antoin, Linda van Luijk,
Nazario Alberto, Shaki Melaan, Maritza
Sint Jago and Natalie Wanga.
Several successful walks were organ-
ized in the last six months like the Klein
Bonaire and Bolivia walk, with histori-
cal guidance by B6i Antoin, and hosting
a walking event with the UTS Company
In March 2004 one of the members,
Poster for the Anniversary Walk
Joan Martin, proposed the name: Pia
Pia Kunuku Bieu.(Step-by-Step Kunuku
Bieu), still honoring the ancient name of
What started every Friday as a group of
15 people has grown today to 37 official
members with a board, name and an
official uniform, cap and logo. O Natalie
ASK THE DIETITIAN
PREVENT OBESITY AMONG CHILDREN
TO HELP PREVENT OBESEADULTS!
Sbesity among children can easily lead to obese adults.
SThe bad lifestyle that these obese children have devel-
oped, with bad eating habits and little physical activity, can
develop strong roots, and by adulthood it's difficult to change.
So the most important thing is to prevent obesity among chil-
dren now through the stimulation of a healthy lifestyle. That
will prevent a lot of health problems in the child's future.
TO MINIMIZE A CHILD'S BECOMING OBESE:
* Breastfeed Babies who were breastfed have a lower risk of becoming obese.
* Don't force a child to eat Generally little children eat the amount their body
needs and not more than that. They can lose this skill as parents force them to eat
more than they really need.
Have a regular eating pattern There should be three principle meals every
day and not too many in betweens, especially not just before meals.
Physical activity. Parents have to make sure that their child is physically active
every day by giving them enough space and time to play
RECOMMENDED AMOUNTS OF A BASIC DIET
Parents should know how much their child needs so as not to overfeed or under feed
them. Below is a basic healthy diet. It doesn't matter if your child eats a little more or
a little less, but there shouldn't be too big differences. But don't force a child to eat
1-2 age 2-4 age 4-12 age
Bread 2-3 slices 3-4 slices 3-5 slices
Potato 1-12 piece size of an 1-2 piece 1-4 piece
Vegetable 1-2 serving spoon 2 serving spoon 2-3 serving spoon
(50-100g) (100g) (100-150g)
Fruit 1 portion (125g) 1 portion 1-2 portion
Milk or 2 glasses (300ml) 2 glasses (300ml) 2-3 glasses (300-
milk product 450ml)
Cheese 1/2 slice /2 slice 1 slice
soft drinks can
be an alternative
for regular soft
drinks as long
as the consump-
tion is not too
high. Lots of
soft dnnks con-
has its maxi-
mended use: for
tween 4 and 8
years not to ex-
ceed 2 liter of diet/light soft drink; for children between 8 and 12, between 2-1
* High consumption ofsweets:. Children should have more control over the amounts
of sweets they eat. Recommended is one per day. Parents should discuss this and
make an agreement with their children.
* Having too many in between snacks: Children shouldn't have more than three or
four in-between snacks a day.
* High fat intake. Parents can lower the fat intake by offering lean lunch meats,
skinless chicken, low fat milk products and by using low fat cooking methods like
broiling, stir frying, grilling or baking in the oven. And of course lowering the con-
sumptions of fatty snacks like: chips, pastechi, krotet, cake, fried potatoes, etc.
* Skipping breakfast. Many children not only skip breakfast but even sometimes
their in-between snacks during morning school break. By lunch time they can eat
for two! Teach your child to start having breakfast again. And you should join him
or her too!
Obesity has a lot of bad consequences for our health. Being obese can lead to compli-
cations such as diabetes, heart diseases, joint problems, some forms of cancer and
more. These are reasons enough to prevent obesity from an early age. Remember,
parents have control over what their young children eat. Make sure they have a
healthy lifestyle NOW!. OAngelique Salsbach
Another factor that needs attention from parents are bad eating habits.
* High consumption of sugar. Adding a lot of sugar to tea and even other drinks that
already contain sugar. Drinking beverages containing sugar like instant drinks, soft
drink, juice instead of water. These beverages contain a high concentration of calo-
ries in a small volume of liquid. Give children more water and tea to drink during
the day. Choose 100% fruit juices instead of fruit drinks, nectar or instant drinks,
and don't let them drink too much juice. Two glasses a day is enough. Diet or light
YACH ANDW AT SAGE
WINDSURF SCENE AT SOROBON
OFF TO CROATIA
t seems the members of the Bon-
aire Sailing Team are spreading
their wings wider in the windsurf
world. Our globetrotting sailors next
head to Croatia, a small European
country situated next to Austria.
Tonky Frans and Ruben Petrisie will
cross the Atlantic to compete in the
PWA World Tour Freestyle Event
(www.pwaworldtour.com) late this
month. This brand new exciting loca-
tion at Bol, on the Island Brac in
Croatia, is a freestyle qualifier with a
cash purse of C20,000.
Ruben and Tonky face off to some of
the best names in windsurfing, includ-
ing Remko de Weerd and Kevin
Mevissen, both riders from Holland
who have spent long periods of time
training on Bonaire. Remko and
Kevin find the training grounds here
superior to any other location. In fact,
after the King of the Caribbean, Kevin
headed to Margarita, Venezuela, an-
other windsurf hot spot and returned
one week later, preferring Bonaire. He
stayed on in Bonaire for several
months, embarking on a winter train-
ing program. Kevin is one of many
European sailors who attended King
of the Caribbean and later returned to
improve their skill levels. They bring
friends and family, making this island
a favorite windsurf destination. It
will be a reunion time for Tonky and
Ruben to compete against many other
sailors who attended the event on their
home turf this past December. Check
out the PWA website for event details
and results. O Ann Phelan
KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF
5-28 3:35 1.4FT. 7:27 1.4FT. 14:25 1.OFT. 21:53 1.5FT. 42
5-29 5:11 1.2FT. 8:28 1.3FT. 14:09 1.OFT. 21:52 1.7FT. 48
5-30 6:19 1.1FT. 9:51 1.2FT. 13:57 1.OFT. 22:11 1.8FT. 58
5-31 7:31 0.9FT. 11:33 1.1FT. 13:38 1.OFT. 22:40 2.0FT. 71
6-01 8:28 0.8FT. 23:19 2.1FT. 83
6-02 9:31 0.7FT. 93
6-03 0:47 2.2FT. 10:22 0.6FT. 10
6-04 1:35 2.2FT. 11:14 0.6FT. 10
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
fIVE FESTI VL
YS TO GO
time has become
Iis year the event
protection of the
s about what role
rs, CORAL and
s projects, nightly
e you to a complete
s "The Underwater
s current and future
Here are highlights ofha ihtexpect:
Evening present stations b so c l th ol's I conservationists
Intimate div withlocal natalits ad Di tial pi senters
Daily equipment and product demos
Underwater photography clinics (beginner and advanced)
"Taste of Bonaire" food and culture festival
A Clean-Up Dive with Bonaire naturalist Dee Scarr
Photography Evening with the pros
Photography contest with great prizes
Everyone, including island residents, is invited to sign up beginning Saturday, June
5th, for the Festival. It's free this year. The official start is the next day. O Press
35th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
FOR WASHINGTON PARK
his Sunday, May 30t" you can be part of one of the biggest events in the 35
years of the existence of Washington-Slagbaai National Park. The park will
open at 8 am, offer free admission and an assortment of activities of interest to the
athletic or the sedentary, young or old.
A highlight will be a "soft-adventure" biking expedition from the Park entrance to
From there either
kayak to Slag-
baai or continue
Slagbaai you can
to the entrance or
catch a ride in a
truck back. There
you will find
people from the
Marsh6 of Rin-
con who will
have local food
and drinks for
If you don't feel
like biking and
hiking walk the
listen to the sto-
ries. O Learn about the Park's birds in the museum
ALL EVENTS ARE FREE
SHere is the schedule:
8 am REGISTRATION for
* Biking followed by a kayak trip (estimated time 3 hours)
* Lagadishi Walking Trail (estimated time 2 hours)
* Kasikunda Climbing Trail (estimated time 1 hour)
* Combination Kasikunda Climbing Trail + Lagadishi Walking Trail
(estimated time 3 hours)
* Brandaris Climbing Trail (estimated time 2 hours)
8:30 START ALL SOFT ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES
9:00-12:00 SNORKELING AT SLAGBAAI
9:30-10:30 ARRIVAL Playa Benge BIKING GROUP FOR KAYAK TRIP
10:00-11:00 George "Kultura" Thode TELLS STORY ABOUT THE
PARK'S HISTORY (Papiamentu)
11:00-12:00 George "Kultura" Thode TELLS STORY ABOUT the PARK'S
11:30 ARRIVAL BIKING AND KAYAK GROUP AT SLAGBAAI
12:00 DEPARTURE FROM SLAGBAAI TO THE ENTRANCE OF
THE PARK (there will be a truck available to transport partici
pants to the entrance)
KIDS ACTIVITY PROGRAM
9:00-10:30 Treasure hunt
9:00-10:30 "Color our nature:" paint project with Nochi Koffie
11:00-12:30 Observation quiz
All morning Painting and coloring project (for kids of all ages)
THE MUSEUM WILL BE OPEN FROM
8 am until 5 pm
NOS FUTURE, BAN P'EI
(OUR FUTURE-LET'S GO FOR IT.)
Chairman Hans Els resigns
T he entire Referendum picture
changed last week. Reportedly
because of policy disagreements, the
head of the Referendum Commission,
Hans Els, resigned along with two other
of the five members. This happened
shortly after the government spokesman
for the Referendum, Yonchi Dortalina,
announced the Referendum had slipped
again. This time from July 2nd to Sep-
tember 3rd, 2004, making it the third de-
lay in the Referendum date.
This appears to be a victory for the fac-
tions recommending delay, like the De-
mocrat opposition, who had complained
that there was insufficient time for the
population to be properly informed
about the choices on the Referendum
ballot, as well as questioning some of
the conditions required for voter eligibil-
It didn't help that July 2nd was, perhaps
not so coincidently, Curagao's Flag
In adopting the UN observer's recom-
mendation to widen the electorate to
resident foreigners and youths of 16 and
over, the Commission inadvertently set
off a wave of apparent anti-foreigner
sentiment on normally tolerant Bonaire.
However, rather than anti-foreigner, it
was viewed by political savants as a
backlash to the decision that Bonaireans
living overseas could not vote in this
phase of the Referendum while foreign-
ers living on Bonaire could.
Political analysts counted the foreign
and youth vote as mostly favoring the
present Bonaire government's choice of
direct ties with The Netherlands. The
"offshore" Bonaireans, excluded from
voting, would mostly go in the status
apart column. Blocking the offshore
vote seemed advisable to the Bonaire
government perhaps because of that, but
also because of the difficulty of identify-
ing an "expatriate" Bonairean first of all,
and then conducting the voting overseas,
especially in the light of the decision to
not use Internet balloting. How could
authorities define a Bonairean who is
qualified to vote? By color? By Bonaire
cedula? By place of birth? By prior resi-
dence? How could this all be validated?
And how and where would the offshore
Bonairean cast his or her ballot?
UN rules say the "mother country"
should exert no influence in an election
that has independence as one of the op-
tions. Separating the large number of
Bonaireans who live in Holland, Cura-
gao, Aruba or wherever, from the other
residents of those places, when all carry
the same passport as European Dutch,
might allow undue influence to be ap-
The conduct of the Referendum now is
put directly back into the hands of the
Patriotiko Party-controlled Executive
Council (the BC), which also has the
majority (6 to 3) on the Island Council.
Since the objective of The Reporter's
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YOGA FOR YOU
Yearning is a part of the beginning of anybody's practice. You have to yearn to
grow. You can't want it one day, but not the next, and expect to make any real
progress. You have to begin with some steady, inner hunger.
In the photo Don and Desir6e are in position to enter in Paschimottanasana
(Full Forward Bend). This is a simple but very powerful position; it stretches the
entire back of the body, massages all the abdominal organs, strengthens and
stretches the hamstrings.
t amazes me to observe the diversity
of bodies in our classes, especially
after a dedicated yoga practitioner has
practiced for several months, how their
bodies go through subtle changes: how
they let go of concentrating on the ex-
ternal aspect of their bodies; how they
now allow yoga to let them look within
and work within their bodies.
At that exact present moment it's just
breathtaking to see the inner beauty that
Practicing, practicing and practicing lets
you see and feel how naturally the body
adjusts to its correct alignment. It
makes you wonder what other kinds of
amazing changes can yoga provide for
In a class I'm always saying: listen, feel
and experience where you are right
now. To grow it takes baby steps, a step
at a time. This is important while you're
on your yoga mat, but it's also so very
true in your daily life. We tend to have
this need to fill every hour of our day
with so many things and projects going
on and on that we forget to listen, feel
and experience where we are at that ex-
act moment, the present moment.
"We enter a posture we enjoy, experi-
ence it fully, then let go and move on to
the next one, a posture we like less. We
embrace this posture, experience it
fully, and then move on. This is yoga."
This is from Rolf Gates who wrote the
wonderful book, Meditations From the
Give change a chance. DDesirde
Don and Desirde of
"Yoga For You" offer classes in
yoga, from beginners
to advanced. See their ad on page 18.
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Foreigners (Non-Dutch passports)
On Bonaire- number, percent
Others, 264, Total Dutch- 11,045
11% Total foreign- 2,335, 47 nationalities
Total Bonaire Population- 13,380
German, 34, Bevolking figures
Haitian, 36, 2%
Portuguese, 59, Venezuelan,
3% 540, 22%
Top 10 foreign nationalities resident on Bonaire
T he census department of Bonaire (Bevolking) has released figures for 2003,
listing the number of foreigners living on the island and their respective
countries. As of December 2003 there were 48 different countries (including Hol-
land) represented. Of the 13,380 total population listed, there were 2,335 who
were foreign born. Of the remainder, 11,045 are considered Nederlandse, or those
holding Dutch passports.. Two years previous, in 2001, Bevolking figures were:
total population 13,497* and foreign born, 2,535, foreign figures dropping by 200.
Keep in mind that the foreign-born persons now having Dutch nationality are
lumped together in the 11,045 figure. That includes European Dutch, Antillean
Dutch and all those from other countries who have become naturalized Dutch citi-
zens. Many of the foreign residents on the island have opted to have Dutch pass-
ports, and once someone from another country receives a Dutch passport they are
listed as Nederlandse and no longer are registered in their country category, ac-
cording to Bevolking. From January 2003 through March 2004, 45 men and 27
women (total, 72) became naturalized Dutch citizens. O L.D.
T he orange ball was setting behind
the horizon and darkness was set-
tling in. The lamp on the porch had al-
ready attracted some tropical insects.
Pedro was dressed to a T and ready to
go to the reception, but as he was on
his way to the garden gate he noticed
that he'd forgotten to lock the front
One of Pedro's neighbors was sitting in
his rocking chair, observ-
ing what was happening
After a quarter of an
hour Pedro was still in
his garden walking, but
now in a bent position as
if he were looking for
Pedro's neighbor, still
sitting in his rocking
chair, was getting curi-
ous about what Pedro
was doing. So he got up
and walked to the fence
and called Pedro to ask
him if he needed some help. Pedro an-
swered that he'd lost the key to the
front door and was looking for it. As a
good neighbor he offered to help Pedro
look for it. They chit chatted awhile
and then the neighbor asked Pedro,
"Where did you lose the key?" Pedro
answered that he thought he'd lost the
key inside the house! "Then WHY are
you looking for it outside?" the
neighbor asked. Pedro answered,
"Because out here the porch light
Life takes many turns, and in many
cases we do exactly as Pedro does. We
tend to go to the most likely or the easi-
est solution or the road with the least
resistance. The objects in this story rep-
resent or symbolize different aspects of
ourselves. The house is our inner life or
inner being. The key symbolizes the
doorway to that inner being. Pedro is
our thoughts. The garden represents the
world around us, the external surround-
Expressions like, "when
I have him or her by my
side, then I'll be happy,"
or "Once I'm on vaca-
tion then..." or "If I get
this promotion then..."
It's in these outlooks,
Expectations or desires
that we bring ourselves
into bondage and make
ourselves into a beggar,
dependent on another for
our own happiness.
Maybe it seems or feels
right in the beginning,
but as time goes by we
notice that we're not happy and pain
and sorrow are knocking at our door.
Finding the key is the biggest treasure
you can find in your life. It's the best
thing that can happen to you for it is
this key that will allow you to be happy
and peaceful. Knowing how to get in-
side yourself gently and with love is
the way to transformation, peace and
happiness. O Marie
The top 10 in 2003 are
those same countries
as in 2001, although
their figures have fluc-
tuated slightly, how-
ever, their rankings
remain the same.
The populations of the
rest of the nations rep-
resented are single
digit numbers: Argen-
tina, Australia, Barba-
dos, Brazil, Dominica,
Slovenia, Costa Rica,
Norway, Austria, Pa-
nama, Spain, Salvador,
Czech, Uruguay, Swe-
den, South African.
3. Dominican Republic
2003 2001 Difference
The next 13 countries in ranking
12. Canada 26
13. India 20
13. Italy 20
19 TBlg-l lmt
*Bevolking figures I DC1 Egcu
were higher than those
of the Census (10,791)
taken January 29 to March 15, 2001.
JanArt Gallery, Kaya Gloria 7,
Bonaire Local Art, Art Sup-
plies, Framing, and Art Classes.
Open Tu-We-Th & Sat 10 am-
5 pm Friday 1- 7 pm; or phone
717-5246 for appt.
for healthy, strong, affordable
plants all grown on Bonaire. Also
landscaping. Follow signs starting
in front of Lagoen Hill. Tel. 790-
BonaireNet is the leading con-
sumer and business informa-
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For watercolor and acrylic
classes call Alead 785-6695
Supervision, Hypnotherapy, Psy-
chotherapy Drs. Johan de
Korte, Psychologist, Phone:
CAPT. DON'S ISLAND GROWER
Trees and Plants, Bonaire grown.
8000m2 of plants and nursery.
Specializing in garden/septic
pumps and irrigation. Kaminda
Lagoen 103, Island Growers NV
(Captain Don and Janet). Phone:
786-0956 or 787-0956
FENG SHUI CONSULTATIONS
Interior or exterior design advice,
clearings, blessings, energy healing
China trained, Experienced.
Inexpensive. Call Donna at 785-9013
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
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
Used Washer and Dryer (both
110V) for sale. Excellent condition,
rarely used. Only NAF 1000 for both.
Call Jake @0 Tel: 717-6773 or
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 @ Tel:
717-6773 or jakeandlinda@nettech.
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
Jeep Cherokee, color red, power
steering, airco, automatic, 70k, beauti-
ful car for NAf13.500 or Euro 6.200.
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 tir-es, sie 205/50-
R15 for only NAf100. Tel. 717-6601
Wet Suit and Bgotis XCEL suit ul-
tra stretch, Titanium Infinity, 4/3/mm.
Size 2XL, never used $175. Sea Soft
Bootie Sun Rays, ankle high, Size
Medium (9) $25 791-4755
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Land Wanted to Buy: private or
long lease land in Nikiboko Zuid, Ba-
cadera, Belnem or on the road to Lac.
Please call 780-7820 or 717-3374.
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
Former Dutch Conservation and Envi-
ronment Officer (CEO) Enit Schol-
tens would like to house-sit from the
12th of July till the 9th of August
while she is here visiting Bonaire. If
your house is available for all or part
of this time please contact-
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Reporter needs good writers and ex-
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com. Phone 717-8988.
N ow this is a very unusual situa-
tion. This beautiful Dalmatian
was found wandering between Wil-
lemstoren Lighthouse and Sorobon
Beach. The person who found him
and brought him to the Bonaire Ani-
mal Shelter thought he obviously was
someone's pet and so Mary DiSanza,
who handles all the publicity for lost
and found dogs, immediately got to
work to find his owner. But no one
has come to claim him and so the
mystery continues. Why would such a
seemingly valuable and attractive pet
The allotted time has passed so now
"Wilem" is available for adoption.
Wilem is rambunctious, but he's very
smart so he can be trained. He needs
someone who has a firm hand who can
appreciate his fine qualities and spend
time with him. That person will be re-
paid tenfold by a fine, well mannered
companion. The vet estimates that he is
a year or less in age. He's had his
medical exam and been totally checked
out health and social wise. And of
course the adoption fee includes neu-
tering. You may see Wilem at the Shel-
ter on the Lagoen Road, open Monday
through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, Satur-
days until 1. Tel. 717-4989.
Boat, type Boston Whaler, 13 feet
with 25 hp Yamaha, including trailer.
NAf6.500 or Euro 3.000. Call 717-
21'. A dream
to sail. Bargain
Two time Re-
One of the last
of its kind. Call
BEACH HOUSE FOR
2 bedrooms, choice private
location. Available from
July 15 to Jan 15.: For de-
tails contact: (599) 717-
5058; 717 -3293; email@example.com
Baha'i firesides. For fireside teacher
in Bonaire please contact: Email: al-
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 717-
Are you going on vacation? Did you
know the Shelter has very nice individ-
ual accommodations for your dogs?
There are very roomy runs, sheltered
from the sun, daily "room service"
meals and an enclosed yard for exercis-
ing and digging. For large dogs it's
NAf15 a day; smaller dogs, NAf10 to
NA1f2 per day. Boarders are in prox-
imity to each other but housed in pri-
If you opt to leave your dogs at home
with a house sitter make the sitter
aware that in case the dogs get lost to
call the Shelter (717-4989). They're the
"headquarters" for lost and found dogs.
FREE STERILIZATION PROGRAM
OCTOBER 18 to 30. Cal 717-49891
Animal Shelter's Community-wide Program
PRAYERS FOR BONAIRE
A film about Bonaire
N ext week you will
have a chance to see
"Women of Hope- Prayers
for Bonaire," a film about
the "other side" of Bon-
aire, a side that many tour-
ists and even some resi-
dents never get to see. It
tells the story of three
women who want to bring
hope to the island. Their
hope to the island. Their A Dutch Poster featuring Prayers For Bonaire
silent power binds them
together and keeps them
going. The strength of these women of hope has inspired filmmakers Josine Olgers
and Thom Verheul to produce a hopeful and intimate portrait of this lesser known
but nonetheless inspiring side of Bonaire.
It tells about praying and working to solve the problems of the young and the weak
on our small Caribbean island. Unemployment lays the foundation of a lot of crimi-
nal activities. Alcohol, drugs and sexual abuse make the life of a lot of young girls
and boys hopeless. There is a lot of hidden poverty among the old-aged people.
To tell this story Josine Olgers lived for more than three years on Bonaire and
learned to look behind the tourist areas. She met different women who, strongly
inspired by their personal faith, are using every effort to help people with problems
on Bonaire. She commented, "I am so happy the film will be shown, so all the
macambas and Dutch pensionados can see what ELSE is going on in Bonaire,
which they may not have a clue about. I really hope it can contribute to more
awareness about what is going on too on Bonaire, and hopefully a club like the Ro-
tary or the Lions can donate a small amount of money to the Community Centers
that really need it after hearing Vicky and Victor speak in the film."
Be sure to tune in-even if you don't know Dutch.
1 Josine Olgers
Broadcast Monday, 31 May 2004
Time: Noon, 6 pm and 12 am
BVN TV Channel 26 on the Flamingo Cable
Program: "'t Zal je maar gebeuren" EO television
Length: 50 minutes
JONG BONAIRE FAIR
This 12-passenger bus, to be used to transport Jong Bonaire members to
special events, was recently donated to Jong Bonaire by the SKAN Fonds
(previously named Stichting Katholieke Noden).
It's the second largest donation received from this organization.
e sure to mark your calendar for Saturday, June 5, from 2 pm until 9 pm for a
very special island event. Jong Bonaire will be putting on a Fair which will be
held on the grounds of the center.
You can look forward to delicious local food, activities, games for everyone, and lots
and lots of books for sale at give-away prices! This will be a fundraising event for the
club and you can help not only by supporting the kids with your presence on June 4,
but by donating books to the book sale.
From Monday through Friday from 8 in the morning until 6 in the evening you can
drop off paperbacks, hardcovers, puzzles and games in good condition, and magazines
such as National Geographic, Architectural Digest, and other glossy types of publica-
tions that you think people would enjoy reading. Especially back issues of Vanity
Fair! Anyone have some of those to donate?
If you can't get the books to Jong Bonaire don't worry. We will come to you. Call
Dabney at 717-3949 to pick up your donations. PLEASE let us have these items as
soon as possible as they must be organized and priced and that takes a LOT of
time. We sold several thousand guilders worth of books the last time and hope to do
even better this year. Thanks for your help! 1 Dabney Lassiter
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DIS LE HEURE 2 ZOUK MA RIVALE
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AGR. PAL'I WIRI KI NODI BO TIN
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SUGAR DADDY SWEET SOCA MUSIC
BRITNEY SPEARS THE HOOK UP
EL MEDICO CHUPA CHUPA
ELVIS CRESPO HORA ENAMORADA
PEPE AGUILAR CRUZ DE OLVIDO
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.
New! Usually 9:00pm
Early Show (usually 7:00 pm)
Starsky & Hutch
Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tickets NAf10,50 (incl. Tax)
High Schoolers NAf7,75
NEW FILMS BEGIN EVERY FRIDAY
SATURDAY 4 PM Scoobydoo 2-
SUNDAY MATINEE 4 PM
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, NAfl5. Includes drinks,
BBQ and book by B6i Antoin. Tickets
at Extra newspaper office, Kaya Gil-
berto F. Croes. Tel. 717-8482.
Saturday, May 29th, from 9 am-3pm
at the K'ai Minima Senior Citizen's
Center, #17 Kaya Kamari, Tera Cora.
Plant Sale with lots of plants reason-
able prices with all plants donated by
Always Green, Captain Don's &
Janet's Island Grower, Green Label,
and the LVV (Agricultural Service).
Deepak Daryanni, of Bonaire Gift
Shop, will have some items for sale.
There will also be Arts & Crafts lo-
cally made by the visitors of Ka'i
Mimina. For more information please
contact Delno Tromp at 785-6268 or
via email email@example.com.
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
Sunday, May 30 -Children's Theatre
with Peter Fabel, 11 am to 1 pm. Price
includes pancakes and soft drink. Kon
June 4th and 5th, NAZARIO AL-
BERTO FUND RAISING ROUTE.
See page 6
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-
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. See on page 17
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
Saturday, June 5- Tack Team Walk-
ing Event 4:30 pm. All youth organi-
zations, friends, sport associations, etc.
are invited to form groups of seven
people. See page 7.
June 6-18 Bonaire Dive Festival. For
details see page 9
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
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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Res-
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
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
Conference Center, Captain Don's
Habitat, 8:30 pm. Tel. 717-8290, or
call Dee at 717-8529
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, yars, a few slides.
Guaranteed 85% true. Aquarius Con-
ference Room. Captain Don's Habitat
8:30 pm Tel. 717-8290
The Bonaire Swim Club is looking
for volunteer help. Contact Valarie
Stimpson at 785-3451 or Vala-
Cinnamon Art Gallery. Volunteers to
help staff gallery during the day. Con-
tact Wendy Horn, at 717-3902 or
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 enty 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
Tuesday, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, secre-
tary Jeannette Rodriguez.
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 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
Park, Museum and Visitors' Center.
Open daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on
some holidays. 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
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 amto 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 (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
Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 791-7252
See advertisements in t is issue
RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE / WHEN OPEN FEATURES
a 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 ChefAlberto 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
717-7500, ext 62; 785-0902 Special Dinners on Friday, Sunday Bonaire's best seaside location.
The Last Bite BakeryOrders taken 8 am-4 pm; Deliveries 6-7:30pm, njoy a delicious dessert or savory baked meal in the comfort of your home or
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.
On the sea at Lions Dive 717-3400 Open 7 Days Owned and operated by Kirk Gosden
ThAcross from M t nuin Low-Mdijk erate D 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 Chefand his wife.
Call 717-8003 Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays 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. 790-1111Open from 5-1pm 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.
S u- 0 P = N G G U = DI Seeadve I isemEenotsnllthis issue
BonairExel. Bonaire's own ON TIME airline flying be-
tween Bonaire, Curacao and Aruba. Look for The Bonaire
Reporter on board.
City Shop is Bonaire's mega-store for TV, Stereos, Air
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.
BICYCLE / SCOOTER/ QUADS
De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; professionally re-
pairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top brand bikes.
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
Bonaire Diving Made Easy, Third Edition, is an essential
in your dive bag. The latest information on Bonaire's shore
BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION
APA Construction are professional General
Contractors. They also specialize in creating patios and
walkways with fabulous sprayed and stamped concrete
Conetal Cleaning Service cleans homes, apartments, of-
fices. Offers babysitting, gardening, laundry.
See Restaurant Guide for The Seahorse Cyber Cafe.
All Denture Lab. For denture repair or new ones. All work
done on the island, fast results. Owner-operator denturist.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Call Bonaire Nautico at
560-7254. Ride the Kantika di Amor 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 Jon 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
ON THE ISLAND SINCE ...
S was born in Aruba in 1940. My
I mother was Aruban and my fa-
ther was a Venezuelan mason from
Cumarebo, Isla Margarita. He died
young; he went to heaven the same day
as President Kennedy.
I went to school and soon after I started
working as a wireman for Elmar, an
electricity company, for 13 years. Then
I worked as a prison warden which was
a pretty easy job as the prisoners then
were mainly a bunch of mischievous
boys. Nowadays they are devils. Be-
cause of a conflict I was suspended
from the job but they kept on paying
my salary. I thought I'd go to Holland,
but we had good neighbors who had
bought a house on Bonaire and they
asked me if I could fix it for them, so I
went and I stayed.
I married Elma Krozendijk from Aruba
in 1969. We have four children. They're
all grown now. The eldest son has his
own construction company in Aruba.
The eldest daughter has been working
for 10 years with the ABN/RBTT bank
on Bonaire. We have another son in
Holland and another daughter in Aruba.
When I left for Bonaire our eldest
daughter was in HAVO and she had six
more months to go, so my family stayed
and I lived here alone for the time be-
During the 60s I visited
Bonaire a couple of
times. It cost NAf40
round trip. I also went
to Barranquilla from
Aruba with El Condor,
only NAf64 guilders!
From Barranquilla I
flew to Bogota for $20
and lived there for six
months. It was a beauti-
ful place, not as danger-
ous as it is now with
bombs and guns. Now
To tell you the truth, on
Bonaire I found a cou-
"One of my
about the se;
not so easy t
trust that per
deep. You d(
boat with ju:
ple of good things. It was quiet, I found
good friends and what I really enjoyed
was fishing. One of my good friends,
Boeboei Ranes, taught me about the sea.
You know, it's not so easy to go to sea
with somebody. You really need to trust
that person. The sea is always danger-
ous and around Bonaire the waters are
really deep. You don't go into a boat
with just anyone.
Boeboei and I used to go far, three
miles out, to catch the deep sea fishes.
We fished for the fun of it. We ate the
fish ourselves or we gave some to the
neighbors. It wasn't a job, it was just
because we had nothing to do and I did
it because the fish you catch here are
really good! You have to be lucky to
catch fish in Aruba. The sea around
Aruba is shallow and you have to fish
far out. Here you can sit on the beach
and catch the biggest fish! When Boe-
boei was 45 he got sick and died, too
young. I'd been fishing with him for
three years and after he died I didn't
feel like it anymore. I went to look for
something to do and started working for
TechnoConsult as a welder. Since I'd
arrived here I'd never felt the urge to
work because I still received my salary
from the government in Aruba, a small
pension from Elmar and the rent from
our house in Aruba.
We had been living in Antriol for two
years and for 18 months in Amboina.
When the house in Amboina was of-
fered to me I refused; I don't like to live
in a group. I started building our own
place on land we got from the govern-
ment. It was very easy to get a piece of
land in those days, you could choose for
yourself. I asked for Tera Cora because
for me it is the most beautiful part of the
island. The people came to measure and
they asked me: "How big do you want
it? Don't you want that part also, don't
you want more, are you sure you don't
want it bigger?" He laughs: "Those
were the days!"
Eddy Campos is an easy going man, at
first a bit
quiet, but he
good friends, loosens up as
nes, taught me time goes by.
"When I got
a. You know, it's this land it was
o go to sea with a complete
forest. I was
Kou really need to lucky because
rson. The sea is at the time a
erous and around company from
waters are really putting in
don't go into a pipes for
a Trans World
st anyone. Radio. I had
ing with a loader. When they saw me
chopping the trees they offered to clear
the land for me. I built this house myself
with the help of our children who were
10, 11, 13 and 14 and lots of friends. It
was ready in eight months. After that
we got La Sonrisa Ballpark and the
lights of the ballpark shine on our
house. Over the years I worked for sev-
eral companies on the island. I left
TechnoConsult to work for Don Andres,
then I worked for the brick factory of
Anton Sieverding, from there I went to
Plaza and now I'm working for Beltech.
The difference between Bonaire and
Aruba is huge. Aruba is just like New
York: so much to see, so many places to
go to: casinos, shows, festivals, shop-
ping malls, hotels.
Aruba is much
smaller than Bon-
aire but they have
here we only have
11,000! When you
arrive at the airport
in Aruba, one of the
most beautiful ones
in the Caribbean,
you think, 'hey, this
is Miami!' and at
night you think it's
Las Vegas! Aruba
has it all! I've lived
on Bonaire for 19
years but once
I love to travel but
I haven't been to
Holland. I'm wait-
ing for Holland to
come to me.
My wife travels
more than I do. She
goes to Holland to
visit our son and Eddie and Elma w
many other places; andfrien
whenever she gets
the chance she's
gone. Her wallet is
thicker than mine!"
Suddenly he gets up from under the roof
of the porch where we're sitting as it is
drizzling: "Come over here, have a
look! See that plane? It's going to land
from this side, there's a wind reversal.
Look! What a beautiful sight! This is
Tera Cora! No place like it! Bonaire is a
beautiful little island with lots of nice
views. I'm very content here and if I
wasn't I would have left long ago.
I used to play tennis, soccer, table ten-
nis, chess and checkers. I stopped play-
ing tennis; occasionally I slam a ball
against the wall, but that's about it. I
quit playing soccer a year and a half
ago but I'm still a member of the com-
mittee for our club, FC Champs. I still
play table tennis and chess or checkers.
And I go bicycling almost every day
and I still fish. We don't have the chil-
dren at home anymore and I don't want
to look at the walls, doing nothing, fal-
ling asleep and die! I don't want to get
bored and that's why I'm still working.
I did a lot of things here on Bonaire;
I've been a model in fashion shows,
I've been a finalist in song festivals and
for a long time I've been a member of
the board of Sentro di Bario Tera Cora.
Fifteen years ago I became a volunteer
for the 60-plussers, groupo rekresaroio
Tera Cora and I was elected 'Volunteer
of the Year.' He gets up, goes into the
house and comes back with photo al-
'ith grand daughter Jomaira (standing left)
ds: Chelsea, Gislene and Amanda
bums. "That's another hobby of mine,
taking pictures. Here is Sjon Tiela, our
eldest member. She's 96 and still very
strong. And here I am as Joseph in a
Christmas play. See baby Jesus, he's
black! This is my daughter and me
dancing in the Aruban dance group on
Aruba Day. I love to dance! I like every
kind of music! See all those tiny tots!
My grandchildren... Look at them!
How they've grown now... We've got
two in Bonaire, three in Holland and
two in Aruba."
He puts the albums aside. "When I was
a kid I wanted to become a helmsman
on a big ship or a sportsman, but the
way it turned out is that life is beautiful
to me and the most important thing is to
enjoy it. It's a pity I'm not rich other-
wise I would have traveled the world
with my guitar because with music you
make yourself happy and others too.
When you're rich you can do whatever
you like. When you're not, you have to
that's what I'm
hope it will last
' en years ago, in April
S1994, the first issue
of the Port Call News was
published. It was printed
on two sides of a single A-
4 size sheet and contained
articles of interest to the
yachts visiting Bonaire. Its
price was NAfl to cover
the cost of Xeroxing the 20
or so copies. Jan Smirnow
of the yacht Windsong pro-
duced the issue from her
laptop computer. But Jan
was leaving Bonaire so, for
the July 18th, 1994, issue,
asked us, Laura and
George DeSalvo, to put out
the news sheet while she
was away for a few weeks.
At the time we were run-
ning day charters aboard our yacht,
But the weeks turned into months and
we, who were now stuck with running
Port Call, became tired of collecting
NAfl from the elusive sailors so we
found some sponsors who paid about
NAf10 each to run their advertise-
ments. The first patrons of Port Call
were: Marlis Canvas, The Leeward
Inn, The Fragile Ocean Shop and T
Sandwich Factory. Captain Don's
Habitat ran the first ad to appear, off
ing 25% off to any cruisers who pur-
chased their dive gear there. Their sui
port made the December 27, 1994 issl
number 25, the first free issue. And,
"It's Still Free." Flotsam and Jetsam,
perhaps the most widely read part of t
newspaper, was begun. Thirty-six
yachts were listed as being in port in
that issue. Four are still here: Oscarin
Brenden 's Isle, Varedhuni and Mistre
The Reporter's "downtown office,"
The Lost Penguin Cafd
iar? Bonaire chose overwhelmingly for
the status quo.
g In April of 1995, The Harbour Village
Marina became an advertiser. Its ads
have been running the longest, along
with those of Rocargo, the Carib Inn
and Buddy Dive which still appear in
every issue. In addition to the usual
articles of interest to the boaters, some
he other 1995 stories included one about
the Bonaire-Curacao ferry service
er- that was about to begin, the difficulty of
running the 28th Bonaire International
p- Regatta and Bonaire's new bus service
ue, (vans with AB tags). In July that year
the size of Port Call doubled... to four
pages. Some of the popular departments
he got established like the astronomy col-
umn which later was renamed by a
reader to "Sky Park."
a, After we publishers moved into a house
?ss. and off our boat the type of articles
The Reporter on the press at Drukkerij DeStad in Curacao (inset-The Press)
Most of the stories were of interest
solely to the yachts, but the October 3rd
issue ran an article on the 1994 Bonaire
Referendum which offered the Bo-
nairean people four choices: status quo,
status apart, become a part of Holland,
or become independent. Sound famil-
slowly began to shift to more Bonaire
island-focused stories. The paper grew
to eight pages, the annual January 1 pre-
dictions began, the What Bonaire Does-
n't Have Contest was held (winners:
Turtle soup, Parking meters, 24-hour
convenience stores and refineries.) Top
stories in 1996 included the daring
daylight bank robbery where the
robbers made good their escape to
Venezuela by speedboat, response /
to the threat of Klein Bonaire being
developed, the proposal to extend
the dive tag fee to snorkelers and
windsurfers, the plan for a marine
museum, the arrival of the Sales
Tax, and Tropical Storm Cesar's
brush with Bonaire. In the same
year Captain Don's stories ap-
peared in print for the first time...
in the Port Call.
In 1997, 52 issues of Port Call
were printed, a feat that has never
been repeated since we take four
weeks a year off in the months that
have five weeks. Photos began to
replace the line art and spot color
was used for emphasis. More of the
popular features got established like Pe
of the Week and the periodic Flamingo
Alert. There were lots of stories about
getting Klein Bonaire back for the peo-
ple including a plea by German diving
pioneer, Hans Hass. Captain Don cele-
brated his 35t anniver-
sary in Bonaire. Jacques
Cousteau passed away.
B6i Antoin, historian and
Editor of extra, Bonaire's
newspaper, must have
taken the paper seriously
because, unknown to us,
he had all the issues
bound into annual volumes.
By the end of the year
1997, issues were running i
More of the same was in
store for 1998 and 1999.
The weekly yacht census
showed that there were
often upwards of 130
yachts in port on free
moorings and anchored. Port Call was
up to 12 pages and available on the
Internet. Big stories in 1999 were the
torching of the Salt Works by an upset
employee, the threat to Bonaire's bats,
island elections, the success of Bon-
aire's Special Olympics team in North
Carolina at the World Games and the
effect of the waves of Hurricane Lenny
on Bonaire. The last issue of the year
carried the story of Klein Bonaire's re-
turn to the people of Bonaire as a wil-
After surviving the Y2K non- crisis, in
the year 2000, the name Port Call was
replaced with The Bonaire Reporter,
which better reflected the shift in edito-
rial content from the sea to the land.
The A4 format was retained and The
Reporter grew to 14 pages. Restaurant
reviews, Animal Answers, Bonaire
Dive Pro and the Turtle Log were popu
lar columns. The yacht news was re-
ported on only one or two pages per
issue. American Eagle joined Air Ja-
maica in flying to Bonaire in February
2001. The last A4 size issue was April
3, 2001. As if in anticipation of future
issues the front page story reported on
solid growth in tourist arrivals, finally
exceeding the 5,000 mark once again.
Beset by needs for expansion, a failing
The Reporter Editorial Office
printing plant on Bonaire that was pro-
ducing issues of poor quality, The Bon-
aire Reporter grew to a full tabloid size
12-page newspaper printed on a web
(continuous roll feed printing) press at
DeStad Curacao. The current issue is 24
Back issues of The Reporter
in bound volumes
I won't write much more. You know
The Bonaire Reporter of today. It's
doubled in size again from its first
printing and gone to full color on many
pages. It's a labor of love for us, al-
though sometimes we admit it's more
like "going into labor" every week! But
the weekly birth is always worth it. To-
day's Reporters are the product of many
minds: Greta Kooistra's On the Island
Since, Ann Phelan's WindsurfScene,
Ap van Eldick's Bonaire Gardner,
Rosita Paiman's Fitness Facts, Angeli-
que Salsbach's Ask the Dietician, De-
siree and Don's Yoga For You, Barbara
Lockwood's layout, Elizabeth Silberie
and Yuchi Molina's deliveries and
many others who use their skills to
make The Reporter what it is.
But ultimately it is you readers, who, by
reading the paper and supporting Re-
porter advertisers, pay the expenses for
what has become a fairly complex busi-
ness involving people, computers, the
Internet, off-island production, on-line
and mailed subscriptions and all the
other things that get done each week to
get the Reporter to Warehouse, Culti-
mara and the 70+ other outlets and on
the Internet. Thanks to all for 10 great
years. O G.D.
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Sun Tuesday I
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the right geo-
tion and use the i
proper eye pro-
ment you'll be
male to see ts Path of Venus across the Sun
able to see this
Most of you know that Venus is the second planet out from the Sun and our Earth
is number three. And because each planet orbits at a different speed, Venus always
changes its position in the sky as seen from Earth. Our Earth is 93 million miles
away from the Sun, but Venus is only 6712 million miles away from it and this
coupled with Venus' higher orbital speed means it can be super far away from us
on the other side of the Sun, 160 million miles away. Or it can be super close, on
this side of the Sun, as will be the case, on June 8th, when it will be at its closest,
only 26 million miles away. Now if our Earth and Venus orbited the Sun in exactly
the same plane we would see Venus cross the face of the Sun every year and a
half. But because their orbits are slightly tilted to one another the only time we can
see Venus cross the Sun's face, which is called a "Venus transit," is when Venus
passes directly between the Earth and the Sun and is at precisely one of the two
spots along its orbit that intersects the Sun-Earth plane.
Astronomer Bob Berman, who wrote a wonderful article on this Venus transit in
this year's Old Farmer's Almanac, reminds us that Venus transits always come in
pairs. The last pair occurred in 1874 and 1882. So this upcoming transit is the first
of a pair, which means that if you miss this one you'll be able to see the second in
2012. But after that you're going to have to wait 105 years.
So how can you see this event? Well, nearly every one in Europe and Asia will see
the whole thing, but for the Western Hemisphere it's rather spotty because most of
the transit will have already occurred at sunrise. We will have 20 minutes to view
the transit right at dawn on Tuesday morning, June 8t. But despair not, because the
second transit in this cycle will be visible from all of the Western Hemisphere in
One word of caution: do not, under any circumstances, look at the Sun with
the naked eye, ever. Use a safe projection method or a pair of eclipse viewing
glasses (Does anyone have any left over from our 1998 total eclipse?). O Jack
Thanks to Alan Gross and Jane Venus makes the transit on June 8th --
Townsendfor the Bonaire-specific the first time since 1882 and the next
information, on the right, time will be 2012 so don't miss it. It
on how to observe Venus has only been observed with telescopes
transitt te five times before, in the 17th, 18th and
transit the sun: 1t cu.
Providing, of course, that we do not
have a lot of early morning clouds, we
can observe the transit from Bonaire
starting at 06:11 and see the planet
cross the lower face of the sun (see ar-
row on the graphic). At 07:09 Venus
will begin to cross the edge of the sun
and the whole show will be over by
07:29. Check out www.transitofvenus.
org on the net for lots of good stuff. D
For the week: May 28 to June 4, 2004
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) There might be one who is quite willing to take the
credit for your work. Someone may be trying to damage your reputation. Don't
overdo it. Don't overreact if your partner has a poor attitude. Your lucky day this
week will be Monday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) You can make some money if you get involved in a
conservative financial prospect that is presented to you. You should follow through
on educational endeavors you have wanted to pursue for some time. Talk to your
emotional partner about your intentions. You may be up for some changes in your
home. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) You will be in the mood for entertainment. Try not to
get involved in other people's problems. This is a turning point. Speak of your fu-
ture goals, intentions, and commitments. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Reevaluate your position and make decisions about
your future goals. Don't let co-workers interfere with your objectives. Lovers will
be less than accommodating, and decisions regarding personal direction a necessity.
You're best to channel your energy into work. Your lucky day this week will be
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Don't be too quick to sign documents. Get out and rub
shoulders with people in high positions if possible. You can avoid hassles by stick-
ing to your work and refusing to get involved in gossip or idle chatter. Try to spend
some time on your own. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Romantic opportunities will be plentiful if you go out
with friends. You can make money if you get involved in real estate deals. Residen-
tial moves will be favorable, and larger quarters the most probable direction. You
may find that someone at work hasn't been trustworthy. Your lucky day this week
will be Monday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Someone you work with could try to undermine you.
Take a look at yourself and prepare to make those changes you've been contemplat-
ing. Get busy on projects that improve your own image; you'll have the discipline to
succeed. You may find that female colleagues will be more help than you antici-
pated. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You will have no trouble getting things to fall into
place. Abrupt changes concerning your professional position are evident. Channel
your efforts into achieving your goals. If it can make you extra cash, it will be even
better. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Now is the time for completing hobbies that
you've been working on for a long time. Don't allow someone to do a job that was
designated specifically for you. Don't exhaust yourself or minor health problems
will set in. Avoid any gossip and be careful that you aren't misinterpreted. Your
lucky day this week will be Monday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Dealing with in-laws or relatives will not be in
your best interest. Put your energy into learning new skills or picking up valuable
information. Use discretion in your dealings and refrain from making verbal prom-
ises of any kind. You may interest some of them in a service you have to offer.
Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) A new you could help your attitude. Money prob-
lems will be difficult to deal with if you have a partner. Concentrate on spending
quality time with children and friends. You can make personal changes that will
enhance your appearance and bring you greater popularity. Your lucky day this
week will be Wednesday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Don't blow situations out of proportion or you could
find that others will misinterpret what really happened. Partnerships may be strained
if one of you has been erratic and hard to deal with. Opportunities to make money
may interfere with your personal plans. Your trendy style and unique way of doing
things will entice new acquaintances. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.