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PIONEERS OF THE
Dr. Eric Newton, Capt. Don Stewart,
Kalli DeMayer, Carel Steensma, Franklin Winklaar
flMTSAM AfD BinI
ompetition for flights to Holland
heats up. Dutch Caribbean Exel
will begin flying Curacao-Amsterdam
by July 15. They'll go round-trip twice a
week on Monday and Thursday with a
Boeing 767-300, the same type plane that
DCA will fly five times a week (see last
week's "Flotsam"). The aircraft can carry
up to 260 passengers. Prices begin at eu-
ros 478 (NAf1,027), excluding fees and
taxes, in economy class. Business Class
starts at euros 1.248 (NAf2,683). Book
flights at www.bookdce.com. Convenient
connections with BonairExel are avail-
able. For questions concerning Antillean
and Aruban operations call Robert Gibbs
A The new Central government has set
aside NAf35 million as part of their gov-
ernment program. Five million will go to
Reda Sosial, to initiate their program
"Combating Poverty." Justice will receive
five million to combat crime, especially to
get more police on the streets. The
Wegenfonds (Freeway fund) will receive
10 million, and 15 million will be des-
tined for economic projects. Errol Cova,
Minister of Economic Affairs, explained
that part of this money will go to three
projects: the expansion of Hotel Kuri Hu-
landa and the renovation of Kadushi
Cliffs (Jacob Gelt Dekker's projects) and
the Seaquarium Resort. Some of the
money will also go to smaller companies.
We didn't notice any money going spe-
cifically to other Antillean islands except
A Since market protection is unpopular
the government has figured out how to
make locally brewed Amstel more com-
petitive with import brews by halving the
beer excise tax. It will cost the govern-
ment about NAf5 million. Supposedly
this would make an Amstel cheaper by an
estimated 10%. However, it's expected
that Amstel will sell more of this cheaper
beer so the tax loss will be minimized.
A Last Saturday, convicted felon and
Curagao Island Council member, An-
thony Godett, was re-elected as party
chairman and political leader of the
Frente Obrero Liberashon 30 di Mei
(FOL) political party. It means that
Godett will lead the orange party for the
next four years. The elections were held
last Saturday during the FOL's statutory
A Effective June 20th the price of ship-
ping from the US will increase precipi-
tously. Customers will now have to pay
$3,000 instead of the usual $2,500 for a
20-foot container and $4,800 compared to
the usual price of $3,800 for a 40-foot
container. About 40,000 containers are
transported between the US and the ABC
islands every year.
A The long lease of the Playa Marina
Resort (the islands in "Flamingo Para-
dise," the area next to Caribbean Court
across from the airport), first earmarked
for private development in 1989, was
taken back by the island government
last week. The overdue land rent charges
of NAf500.000-800.000 was "forgiven"
by the government as part of the take-
back deal. The promised large scale con-
struction never happened.
P As a reminder that the Bonaire
Referendum still lives, we bring you
this photo of Mireille Nicolaas, the
winner of the Referendum slogan con-
test for ages 15 to 18 years. SGB stu-
dent Mireille's winning entry is "Nos
Futuro Ban P'e!" (Our Future; Let's Go
A Whatever happens, it won't be re-
solved for a while yet. One of the parties
maneuvering to get the Sunset Beach
Hotel property has put a lien on the
property. Now that Sunset Beach is in
the hands of the Bonairean Government
several parties are interested in purchas-
ing it. One of them is the group that al-
ready operates the Divi Flamingo Hotel
and who now has the right to develop the
Esmeralda property, the unfinished hotel
south of Lighthouse Beach.
A Bonaire is becoming known for the
variety of cuisine it offers. But one type
of cooking, one prevalent in many parts of
IN THIS ISSUE:
Rody Emerenciana 6
Dos Pos Sodachi Tour 7
Restaurant Radar 7
Euro Cup Madness 8
Tennis Youth 8
Art for Fun (Father's Day) 8
Swimmers Get Name 9
Tracking Don Juan 9
BonairExel Poster Contest 10
Dive Festival 10
Leave Loras Alone 11
Fish Protection 11
Pet Professor (dog training basics) 13
BMP Silver Anniversary 15
Pia Pia Kunuku Bieu 17
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Letters (Go Back to Brooklyn) 4
Police Update 5
Opinion (Betrayal in Paradise) 5
Yacht List & Tide Table 9
Windsurf Scene (Clay Emer) 9
(de Hoge Veluwe, Holland) 12
Pet of the Week (Sparky) 14
What's Happening 15
Shopping Guide 16
Dining Guide 16
On the Island Since
(Taddy Aruelo) 18
Bonaire Sky Park 19
The Stars Have It 19
the world, is missing. It's Indian food,
the spicy and delicious fare from the sub-
continent that's home to the world's larg-
est democracy. In the next few months
look for genuine Indian cooking right next
to the Bonaire Super Store. The Super
Store is now offering prepackaged Indian
meals, snacks and spices is a display be-
hind the checkout counter.
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Go BACK To BROOKLYN #1
To The Editor:
Re your last week's Letter to the Editor,
what is it with this Al guy, anyway? Did
he get up one day, throw a dart at a map
on the wall and say, "Pack 'em up Sadie,
we're moving to Bonaire"? Did he not
visit here prior to his move to check out
What a shame that our Italian chefs have
been a disappointment. Too bad that they
learned their skills in Italy and not in
BROOKLYN. And I'm sure our Chinese
chefs are embarrassed that they can only
produce dishes in the manner of their
home country (China) and not like they
do in BROOKLYN. And by the way, Al,
spare ribs and Egg Foo Yung are Ameri-
can dishes which, while being tasty (even
when prepared by local chefs), were cre-
ated for the American palate which was
not sophisticated enough to appreciate
authentic Chinese food.
Apparently, charter boat fishing at $175
for a half day is another disappointment.
FYI, Al, that price is a bargain. On the
east coast of the U.S. (where BROOK-
LYN is located) a half day costs $400 or
more, you get to fish in slimy water, and
if you eat your catch you'll turn green,
glow in the dark, and die. And as far as
party boats (also known as floating centi-
pedes) are concerned, we don't do that
here for a good reason. The people who
fish, whether tourists or residents, are too
serious about the sport to get involved in
something as tacky and unprofessional as
a party boat.
Diving on Bonaire also appears not to
measure up to Al's exacting standards.
What a surprise. Just imagine, folks, Al
doesn't think he's living in Diver's Para-
dise. What's wrong with this picture?
Listen, Al, let's try looking at what's right
with this picture and why 9,999 of us
(I've not counted you) love living on
Bonaire. Where else can you find a tiny
island that has a good hospital, 11 doc-
tors, a hyperbaric chamber, supermarkets,
a movie theater that shows up to date
films, a fantastic eco system, pristine wa-
ter and reefs, the friendliest people you'll
ever meet, GREAT RESTAURANTS
(Italian, Chinese and Pizza included), and
a population that thinks Bonaire is a terri-
fic place to live. You've gotta admit, Al,
BROOKLYN will never be this good.
And finally, I wouldn't want to be you
when calling for a restaurant reservation.
It would go something like this.
Al: "Hello, this is Al Curry and I'd like
to make a reservation."
Restaurant owner: "Oh really? Then you
should call Air Jamaica and reserve a one-
way ticket to BROOKLYN."
Go BACK To BROOKLYN #2
We were appalled by Mr. Curry's letter to
the editor criticizing Bonaire's food, div-
ing practices and fishing restrictions and
felt obligated to respond.
For our tastes the Italian food at Croc-
cantino and Capriccio's restaurants is as
good as or better than any we've had in
the States. We also love the pizza at Pasa
Bon Pizza. (No offense to other restau-
rants. These are just our favorites for
consistently good Italian food.) We also
frequent several good Chinese restaurants
Food is only one part of the dining experi-
ence. We seldom go out to eat that we
don't run into and chat with someone we
know or meet someone new and interest-
ing. I've never experienced such a
friendly, relaxed atmosphere in restau-
rants in Washington, Florida, or New
York, where the primary objective seems
to be to clear your table for the next cus-
Bonaire is a diver's paradise but in the
Bonaire Marine Park dive flags seem su-
In closing, we always tell our friends in
the States that, while we love living on
Bonaire, it is not for everyone. Fortu-
nately for us, Bonaire is not Brooklyn, or
Washington, D.C., or Atlanta. It's some-
thing very special and, if Mr. Curry can-
not appreciate that, perhaps Bonaire is not
Laura and Ben Buchbinder
Go BACK To BROOKLYN #3
Please allow me to respond to the enter-
taining letter from Al Curry printed in last
weeks Reporter. Perhaps this will be of
some help to him.
I would like to say how much I enjoyed
your letter. It was quite unique, and how
can I put it, so New York. That's it, so
very New York. I wouldn't be too de-
pressed if I were you. After all you have
only been on the island for a year and
there is still time to find something you
like about Bonaire.
I can't understand why fishing should be a
problem for you. Take your lawn chair
and a case or two of Old Milwaukee down
to the town pier and drop your line in.
Like in New York you could even throw
your cans into the water. Here it gives the
divers something to do on the next
cleanup dive. It would be just like old
times on the East River except the fish
only have one head. I don't know about
the party boat idea. I don't think you could
find a hundred people willing to go out on
a boat, drink beer, get their fishing lines
all tangled up and complain about the is-
land food. In New York maybe, but
probably not here. On the other hand a
chance to snag a scuba diver is something
you don't get to do elsewhere and may
generate some interest. You may want to
look into this in more detail.
Speaking of diving I agree that the dive
boats probably should have their dive
flags out. However, there are situations in
life that bring on preconditioned re-
sponses. For example, seeing an empty
dive boat on a dive mooring, even without
a flag flying, most people think "divers in
the water." Only a select few would think
"abducted by New Jersey space aliens."
Another excellent example of a precondi-
tioned response is what people automati-
cally think when they discover you are
I am sorry that you are finding the food
on Bonaire not to your liking. I personally
find the food here more than satisfactory
and I have never heard anyone complain
quite so vociferously and wide ranging as
yourself. I think you may be in the mi-
nority. Perhaps you should see this not as
a problem but as a golden opportunity. A
very generous endowment to the SGB
hotel school would be a big step to having
things prepared your way. You could
open your own restaurant and complain
about yourself. You could even stay home
to eat. In fact this last choice may be your
best choice if the restaurants ever find out
what you look like. By the way, what ex-
actly is Egg Food Yung?
Another solution, which I am sure others
less charitable than myself advocate most
strongly, is that you could go back to
Brooklyn. Bonaireans are friendly types
and would no doubt be pleased to help
you on your way.
And, Al, a final suggestion. When you go
out for dinner don't wear anything embla-
zoned with "I Love New York" on it. This
may create an unexpected preconditioned
response from the restaurant management.
Thanks for listening and bon appetit.
Webster (Web) Burrfish
We received, in person and by phone, a
surprising number of reactions to Al
Curry's Letter to the Editor of last week
critical ofBonaire 's differences in cui-
sine, fishing and diving; certainly far
more than articles on political corrup-
tion or environmental devastation. The
reactions ranged from hysterical laugh-
ter to outright threats.
The Publisher would like to remind our
readers that we would never print some-
thing intentionally damaging or mean
spirited to anyone or anyplace. How-
ever, within those limits and those of
good taste, we encourage our readers to
say what's on their minds, as Al Curry
did, in Letters to The Editor; especially
if they can be entertaining. 1
eP N O S e& aETTERS UH p -Ed PA=rY Y=I iAGE1
e P I N O Ne
BETRAYAL IN PARADISE
n 2002 people concerned about
the health of Bonaire's coral
were pleased to learn that there was
a plan for sewage water to be re-
moved from the coastal zone, proc-
essed and returned to the zone for
irrigation. It has been proven over
the years that the nutrients ("plant
food") in sewage from waterfront
resorts and homes were detrimental
to coral reefs because they nourish
types of algae that hinder the growth
and reproduction of coral. Bonaire's
coral has been consistently rated as some
of the best on the planet and the objective
of the sewage treatment plant was to help
keep it that way.
The island's environmental groups, with
the advice of professional biologists, ne-
gotiated a design for the sewage treatment
plant that would remove these nutrients.
Although the European consultants who
were doing a feasibility design were fo-
cusing only on the traditional, sanitation
aspects of the treatment plant, the Aliansa
Naturalesa Boneiru (the Bonaire Nature
Alliance, the association of the island's
environmental groups) reached a compro-
mise on the design so that the plant to be
built would have facilities for tertiary
treatment to remove as many nutrients as
possible. While the initial funding from
the European Union did not provide for
tertiary treatment, the Aliansa, after mak-
ing inquiries, was confident it could ob-
tain the 2.5 million euros needed from
It's now 2004, and the Sewage Treatment
Plant is entering the detailed design phase
and it seems that the commitment to re-
move as many nutrients as possible will
be broken. The tertiary treatment plant is
NOT being included in the design accord-
ing to the Project Manager and the EU
representative. In fact, it was stated that if
it had to be included, the current project
would have a good chance of being termi-
The Aliansa, still willing to finance terti-
ary treatment but finding its initiative re-
jected, withdrew its support from the pro-
ject since returning partially treated
sewage to the coastal zone would result
in even greater danger to the coral than
currently exists. And the Bonairean peo-
ple and waterfront resorts would have to
foot the bill for maintaining a system that
not only doesn't do the job, but makes
Since the Sewage Project, as designed,
gets a failing grade it is now time to
revisit the whole concept of putting in a
sewage system that would be fine in
Brussels but destructive in Bonaire, not
only from a coral protection standpoint
but from practical aspects like the need
for ripping through the limestone shore-
line and burying miles of sewer line to
bring waste water miles inshore only to
have to return it to the seaside for irriga-
There are several commercial sewage
treatment offerings that can do the job
near the seafront for each of the areas that
would benefit from coral protection and
available irrigation water without tearing
up the roads and incurring excessive ex-
pense. Captain Don's Habitat has demon-
strated that sewage water treatment can
have no odor and be accomplished right
on the grounds of the resort. It's time to
kill a project that at best was an expensive
compromise and replace it with an up-to-
date approach that solves the island's
problems without compromise. O G. D
* If you plan to
walk or bike along
the remains of the
road be prepared
to shorten your
ers are preparing
lots and have cut
trenches and ex-
cavated the road
to run power and
(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2)
A Six years worth of underwater clean-up
dives have been so successful that a vast
majority of the trash between the Town
Pier and Hotel Row is gone. Because of
that the Monthly Underwater Clean-Up
Dive will now be done quarterly. The
next Underwater Clean-Up Dive will be
held on Saturday, September 18th, 2004,
to coincide with International Coastal
Clean-Up Day. If you have any questions,
A Do you ever wonder whether children
remember the things you think they
should remember? Dee Scarr ("Touch the
Sea") has a story. During the "Taste of
Bonaire" culinary evening there were a
number of marine education billboard
displays put together for and by kids un-
der the direction of adults concerned with
the underwater environment. One of the
most popular was done by Dee and some
students from Jong Bonaire and Kolegio
Papa Comes whereby different kinds of
garbage under the sea was shown along
A Congratulations to Liz Rijna who was honored by
being invited be a judge for the bartending category for
the "2004 Taste of the Caribbean" being held in Puerto
Rico. Liz competed as the bartender with the Bonaire Culi-
nary team in the late 90s and won "Best Bartender of the
Caribbean" for two separate years. The nearly annual
"Taste of the Caribbean" is sponsored by the Caribbean
Hotel Association (CHA) and the Caribbean Culinary Fed-
eration (CCF). This "culinary Olympics" pits teams of the
best chefs and bartenders of the Caribbean against each
other and has resulted in raising the level of quality of cui-
sine and beverages served in restaurants all over the Carib-
bean. Liz is now teaching at the SGB Hotel School, Chez Nous.
with the time it takes for it to disintegrate.
Later in the week, Dee led a beach
cleanup. One of the items the kids found
on the beach was a big mess of fishing
line. One of the students shouted out,
"Do you know how long it takes for
that to disintegrate? It's 400 years!"
A As we go to press weather forecasters
are saying that disturbed weather in the
Gulf of Mexico is likely to become a
tropical depression. This would be the
first tropical depression of the Atlantic
hurricane season which began June 1 and
runs through November 30. Bonaire is not
expected to be affected.
A Correction: The photos used in last
week's article "He Did It, They Did It-
Twice" were kindly provided by Bert
A And finally, Happy Father's Day to
all you guys. And to you children, remem-
ber your dads this Sunday. L./G. D.
Ignacio Rodes Emerenciana
W wU F I-
retty pup "Sparky," who's two years
old, arrived at the Bonaire Animal
Shelter with her five-month-old daughter
who has since found a home. But be-
cause Sparky hadn't been sterilized she
soon went into heat. Luckily for her, all
the adult male dogs in the Shelter have
been castrated, so she didn't have to cope
with them. Now she has an appointment
with the vet to be sterilized so she can
look forward to a bright and carefree fu-
ture. She's a particularly sweet and very
social dog and she's in exceptional
health, all good reasons why she'd make
an excellent pet to adopt. You may see
Sparky at the Shelter on Lagoen Road,
open Monday through Friday, 10 am to 2
pm, Saturdays until 1. Tel. 717-4989.
One of the reasons the pets at the Shelter
have such good dispositions and are so
social with humans and other animals is
because of their interaction with the
Shelter volunteers. It's these valuable
people who help make the Shelter a place
where the cats and the dogs have a happy
life. One of the faithful volunteers who
came to the Shelter twice a week has had
to return to Holland. Consequently, vol-
unteers are needed desperately. It's a
happy and fun place to work and you can
choose your own hours. If you're a dog
or cat person and like to socialize with
them, give Shelter Manager Jurrie
Mellema a call at 717-4989. You won't
regret it! O L.D.
PERSONALIZE DAD'S DAY WITH FIN- .
G et ready to make a special Father's Day ,A
gift using your own fingers! This project
is great for the whole family. In this example -C '
you will create a Family Tree. -s
You will need: Poster Board or paper; Water
based paint; Black or Colored Marker .
Instructionsfor Family Tree: ,
1. Get all the kids and family members
ready for finger painting.
2. Paint one whole finger for the trunk of the tree using brown paint, or any
Bonaire's top tennis kids and coaches at a training session early this month with
Francis Hoover from Curagao. At the end of last week Bonaire's Monica
Winkel and Thamy Albertsz won top homors in their respective classes.
other color you might have on hand. Put your finger down on the paper in
3. Paint the tips of everyone's fingers. Green paint would be nice, with a va-
riety of reds and oranges. Print them above the tree trunk.
4. After the paint dries, use a marker to outline the tree and write your names
around the fingerprints.
5. Write your Father's Day Greeting in the blank space around the tree.
6. Enjoy watching Dad smile when he sees his gift!
Have a Happy Father's Day 1 Janice Huckaby JanArt
This article is part of a series by Janice Huckaby ofJanArt.
Call 599 717-5246 or 791-5246for information on art lessons
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A A A YAAG
WINDSURF SCENE AT SOROBON
#1 at the Cape
Bonaire's windsurfers seem to be
constantly on the move. Clay Emer,
17, traveled north to Cape Cod, Massa-
chusetts, in early June to participate in
the Sixth Annual King of the Cape. This
was Clay's second trip to the Cape. This
time he flew alone, embarking as a young
man on his new solo windsurf career. An
incredible sponsorship arrangement will
allow Clay to travel to the biggest US hot
spots for windsurfing competitions.
With the backing of coach Elvis Martinus
combined with his dynamic personality,
charm and excellent windsurf skills, Clay
was named the team rider for Realwind, a
US-based epoxy and polyester windsurf-
ing board manufacturer since 1987. Real-
wind's owner, Rob Wymore, was using
his head when he took Clay on as an am-
bassador for his company. They now
have Clay to represent them in local and
US competitions. Having a Bonaire rider
is a fantastic marketing tool, with Bonaire
consistently being in the windsurf news.
Thanks to the Professional Windsurf As-
sociation (PWA) event held here annually
and the presence of the top Bonairean
riders in worldwide competitions, every-
one snaps to attention when Bonaire is in
the competition. And Clay, maintaining
Bonaire's tradition of winning, took first
prize in the Amateur Class at the King of
To do it Clay had to face fierce cold and
drenching rain during the heats for this
two-day freestyle event. He
faced talented Peter Kimball and other
local sailors who are accustomed to this
unfriendly climate. Despite the harsh
conditions Clay rallied and clinched the
top spot. He described the event as fun
and exciting, saying, "The cold wind was
hard but my planing moves helped me
win." He added that everyone thought he
YOUNG SWIMMERS GET A NAME
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should have entered as Pro because he
was so good. Clay said, "I'm not ready
for Pro yet. I want to do more events and
then go Pro." He also appreciates the sup-
port of Realwind. "They pay for my gear
and my trips," Clay said. He is so proud
to be a part of the Realwind team. Not
only is this a great opportunity for his
sport but it provides so much in the way
of character development and values for
this emerging young athlete.
Clay heads west for the Aruba Hi Winds
competition later this month. Realwind
will also sponsor Clay's next international
trip to the Columbia River in Washington
State where he will compete in the Gorge
Games. This was the event where Tonky
Frans placed third and started his profes-
sional career. Let's see if the river's wa-
ters are lucky for Clay as he represents
his island nation and pursues his dream to
sail. O Ann Phelan
Bonaire Barracudas Tuesday swim group with coach Pascal DeMeyer.
B onaire's new youth swim program are athletic as most entries also included
has lots of swim- artwork for a club logo.
mers but, until recently, Club Logo AdJ During swim practice on
did not have a Tuesday, June 8, Club
name. Over the past few President, Simone Sweers
months members have announced the new club
submitted their ideas in a club naming name, BONAIRE BARRACUDAS. The
contest. Grand prize for the winning winning entry was submitted by Samson
entry was a pair of swim goggles. The Evertsz, age 8. 1
kids proved to be just as creative as they Valarie Stimson
KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF
6-18 0:56 2.1FT. 11:15 0.7FT. 77
6-19 1:26 2.0FT. 11:52 0.7FT. 77
6-20 1:57 2.0FT. 12:22 0.7FT.
6-21 2:29 1.9FT. 12:52 0.7FT.
6-22 3:06 1.8FT. 13:18 0.8FT.
Where's Don Juan I
Long time readers of The Reporter
(the last story was in the July 11,
2003 edition) may remember the tale of a
handsome yachtsman who broke hearts
and emptied purses as he sailed west, with
a stop in Bonaire, across the Caribbean
and onward. From our correspondent,
Louise Wolman, of the yacht LuLu, we
hear that he's continuing his wayward
ways, this time in the South Pacific. Our
Don Juan's recently been detained in
Raiatea, French Polynesia. He slipped
away from Mexican justice and now the
French will get a chance to have him face
his many victims. O G.D.
Bird of Paradise
Blauwe Crab, Curagao
Camissa, Chan Is.
Flying Cloud, USA
Guaicamar I, Venezuela.
Hotel California Too, USA
Natural Selection, USA
Santa Maria, Sweden
Ti Amo, USA
Ulu Ulu, USA
Zeno's Arrow, USA
Not updated-Tech Problems
I VESSE.^.pp-'LS AING POT CALL:^T^~t^^
BONAIREXEL'S POSTER CONTEST
DRAWS 194 ENTRIES FROM YOUNGSTI
Judges had a tough job picking the best: BonairExel Cabin Crew Jefferson Cof-
fie, SGB teacher Wilna Groenenboom, Marketing Assistant Roosje Goeloe, Bon-
aire Reporter Editor Laura DeSalvo
B onairExel held a poster contest for children in grades one through five, the theme
of which was "What Fun it is to Vacation with BonairExel." There were 194 en-
tries, many of them so creative and outstanding that it was a difficult job for the judges
to determine the very best. Some of the most exceptional were from the youngest stu-
BonairExel is giving to each of the participating schools NAf 1.000 worth of airline tick-
ets to be used as prizes during their fundraising events.
All of the posters will be on display at Jong Bonaire this Thursday and Friday, June 17
and 18, from 3 to 6 pm. On Friday at 5 pm the awards will be given out. Winners will
receive round trip tickets for two to Aruba and Curacao. In addition the winners' schools
will receive an additional NAf378 worth of tickets (first prize) and NAf250 (for the
second prize winner), to be used as additional fundraising prizes. Stop by Jong Bonaire
and see the work of these young artists. It does the island proud! O L.D.
he 2004 Bonaire Dive Festival is
breaking all previous records for at-
tendance, events and participation. Now
well into its second week 373 people
signed up (37 locals, 336 from off island
of which 90% were from the US). In addi-
tion to the dive oriented activities, the
evening social events have been well at-
tended. One highlight was the Fashion
Show produced by Fit-4-Life and Palm
Trading. The dive festival is continuing.
We'll have a
wrap-up in A ,
the next edi- .
tion of The i
G.D. I Li 1
The three lora chicks poached from their nest
T he Bonaire Government has renewed its call for better protection of its Loras, the
yellow-shouldered Amazon parrots that make the island their home. According to
a current analysis by a representative of the World Parrot Trust, in recent years there
has been a drastic decline in the wild Lora population in Bonaire, mostly due to poach-
ing of young birds. This was brought home forcefully when a rare blue Lora was dis-
covered in captivity a few months after it was first spotted and photographed.
The latest Lora protection campaign will focus on protecting the nests of the birds now
that nesting season is here. While enforcement is the responsibility of the Police, SSV
(non-criminal police), the Environmental Police, DROB (Environmental Branch) and
STINAPA (Parks Authority), it's hoped that all citizens will be watchful of violations
and report them to the authorities. The numbers are below.
It's a crime punishable by a NAf1.000 (per Lora) fine to disturb the nests or possess a
wild Lora. Several years ago a campaign to band all captive Loras was successfully
completed. That means that any captive bird without a leg band is illegal.
The spectacular Loras are the pride of all the people of Bonaire. If you have informa-
tion about Lora poaching or illegal Lora possession call 717-3741 or 717-8000 and
make a report. THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT IF LORA POACHING CONTIN-
UES BONAIRE'S WILD LORAS WILL BECOME EXTINCT.
(Three baby Loras have been confiscated. See "Police Update" on page 12.). O G.D.
ON THE WAY
The condition of Bonaire's coral reefs
is equivalent to typical Caribbean
coral in the 1970s. That's about seven
times better than Belize and three times
better than that of other Caribbean loca-
tions. Why is that, when coral worldwide
is in a state of decline? One answer is
parrotfish. That's because of their insatia-
ble appetite for algae, seaweed; seaweed
that chokes coral. On the other hand, Dam-
selfish, with their territorial imperative to
protect their seaweed farms, are bad for
coral. What helps to maintain a balance
on healthy reefs are the big predator
Last week Dr. Robert Steneck, a marine
biologist from the University of Maine,
presented these results as well as a study of
our coral reefs that showed, even though
they are in relatively good condition, that
they have experienced a decline in the size
and number of resident fish over the last 20
years. The presentation that included scien-
tific graphs, as well as actual photos of fish
catches, was presented to Bonaire's fisher-
men at the home of Doei Diaz, one of Bon-
aire's respected senior fishermen. The
message of the evening was that, based on
recent research, setting aside reasonably
sized sections of the reef as no fishing
zones would eventually result in more
and bigger fish in a matter of two to five
Next week five fishermen from the island
of St. Lucia will visit Bonaire to exchange
their experiences of Fish Protected Areas
(FPAs) with those of their fellow Bo-
nairean fisherman. STINAPA and other
Bonaire conservationist groups hope, with
the advice of local fishermen, to establish
FPAs to increase Bonaire's fish stocks.
Hopefully, with the consent of these fisher-
men, FPAs will soon become a way of life
in Bonaire. In a matter of years these pro-
tected fish nurseries will spill over their
bounty into areas where fishermen will be
able to harvest them in a sustainable way.
(Police Report. Continued from page 4)
* Two persons were arrested on Friday,
June 11, for trying to steal a goat.
They were also suspects in a case
where two pit bull puppies were sto-
len. The dogs' owner received a tip
and was able to get the dogs back.
One of the suspects was in possession
of stolen goods and is in jail.
Police spokesman Charles Souriel
* On Monday, June 7, the police in Rin-
con confiscated three wild Lora
chicks that had been taken illegally
from their nest. The Bonairean Lora is
protected and it is against the law to
take them from their nest or to be in
possession on any bird that does not
have a leg band. Fines are NAf 1.000
per bird. See the story "Leave the Lo-
ras Alone" on page 11 for more on the
protection of Bonaire's parrots.
* On Wednesday, June 10 there was a
police raid at the house at Kaya
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ronment Officer (CEO) Enit Schol-
tens would like to house-sit from the
12th of July till the 9th of August con-
Mariana 38. Taken into custody was
N.C. d.J. (23 years). Police confis-
cated various articles including an air
pistol, two MPG-3 players, a DVD
player, a camera, a video camera, etc.
The suspect is being held during fur-
SSaturday morning, June 12, the police
received a call that there was a boat-
ing accident just to the north of the
Lac Bay entrance and that two per-
sons were missing. The Coast Guard
and persons of Stinapa were notified.
One of the persons, Armando Emer-
enciana, 45 years, was rescued by an-
other boat. A helicopter searched the
area and located Emerenciana's fa-
ther, Rodes "Rody" Ignacio Emeren-
ciana, floating face down in the water.
The father and son had been fishing in
Rody's boat, Rijna. Armando said a
large wave had overtaken the boat and
washed them overboard.
Editor's note: See page 6for a tribute
to Rody Emerenciana.
Work Wanted. Responsible gentle-
man available for welding, landscap-
ing, painting and other jobs. References
available. Call 717-3820 or 785-7978
FENG SHUI CONSULTATIONS
Interior or exterior design advice,
clearings, blessings, energy healing
China trained, Experienced.
Inexpensive. Call Donna at 785-9013
Beach Villa for Rent: Comfortable 2
bedroom beach villa-weekly or
monthly-choice location-Privacy &
security- Available July 15th to Jan
15th-Brochure available-Phone (Bon)
(599) 717 3293-or (US) (570)-586
Couple looking to rent a kunuku
long term. Call 785-9013
Looking for storage! Please call 790-
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Porch sale June 19+20; 11:00 -16:00
Entire contents of house. Brand new
furniture & appliances (230 volt) and
antiques. Everything must go! Crown
Terrace #16, Sabadeco Also by ap-
pointment, Call 790-1604
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A new column, "The Pet Professor, "
begins with this issue. Susan Brown is a
professional dog trainer on the island
who had been in the "pet business "for
28years. "I do anything related to pet
care, she says, "training, pet sitting,
grooming, even help with the after care of recuperating animals. "
For the last 12 years Susan has run a boarding kennel, done private rescue and rehab
and placed adoptions. She's worked in a veterinarian hospital and in breeding kennels
and shelters. "I've nearly always had at least 10 to 20 dogs, cats as well as horses, dogs
and sheep. "I n Bonaire, however, she has only one dog, so far!
Send in your animal training questions to The Pet Professor e-mail bandbfarm@yahoo.
com or call Susan at 717-2620.
DOG TRAINING BASICS
F or those of you who have read books
on dog training and found them un-
helpful at best, I assure you that while
there is no magic formula, neither is there
any great mystery. You simply need to
try to "think like a dog." Dogs are pack
animals; they depend on the pack for eve-
rything they need and want. In order for
the pack to function successfully and
peacefully, each member must know his
place in the hierarchy and follow the rules
laid down by superior members.
What does this have to do with you and
your dog? Think about what it would be
like to be a dog in a pack of humans. He
doesn't know what his status is in relation
to these strange creatures he now lives
with. He doesn't speak the language. He
doesn't know the rules.
We must teach him these things if we
want him to be happy and well behaved.
Our requests and rules will not make
sense to him. After all, he is a dog. To him
it is perfectly acceptable to enjoy a comfy
bed (even if it's yours), dig up the shrubs
looking for lizards, bark at his neighbors, or
chase the cat. When you tell him he can't,
his response is "why not?" Your answer is
essentially "because I said so."
So how do you convince him? Become
the center of his universe. If your dog
stays in the yard all day, with food, water,
toys, maybe a friend or two, what exactly
does he need you for? Where is his moti-
vation to try to understand, let alone com-
ply with, your nonsensical requests? Love
is not always enough to overcome this
cultural gap. You need to convince your
dog that all good things come from you:
food, shelter, companionship, treats and
play. By providing (and controlling) these
things, you gain his trust, his respect, and
his attention; these are crucial to training.
As you become "alpha dog" in this way,
teach your dog the name of everything
you do for him ("dinner" "walk" "treat"
"your ball" "your bed" etc.).
With repetition and praise, he will quickly
learn many words and simple commands.
When he does something "wrong," ignore
him. By yelling "no," physically handling
him, or even laughing, you are rewarding
the dog with your attention. If he gets no
reaction from you, the behavior will usu-
ally stop on its own. If you have to ac-
tively stop a behavior then do so by asking
him to do something else, like "get your
ball," so that you can reward him for do-
ing what you asked, not for his annoying
behavior. If you are consistent, he will
learn that certain behaviors get him the
things he wants (attention, treats, toys),
and other behaviors get him nothing.
When teaching new commands, remember
the following: Say his name first, make
eye contact with him, give the command
once, wait, and praise him immediately
when he gets it right. If he doesn't get it,
ignore him briefly, and then try again.
Keep your voice quiet so that he has to
focus on you and listen, and so that he
doesn't become conveniently deaf when
he doesn't want to. You want him to think
about what you are asking, so don't dis-
tract him --keep your commands simple
and clear. Keep sessions short and always
end on a positive note.
Your training goal is to teach him to look
to you for direction and permission at all
times, so you must always praise him
every time he comes to you, every time he
looks at you, every time he does anything
you approve of -- and take the time just to
tell him how brilliant he is. Remember
that he is learning all the time, so every-
thing you do with him is training.
So you want to get a puppy? Next time:
Puppy Instruction Manual. O Susan Brown
2004 The Bonaire Reporter
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DOS POS- NEW SOLDACHI NATURE TOUR
R incon's "Soldachi ("land
crab) tours are run by
people of Rincon who want to
share their culture, nature and
history. Organized by Maria
Koeks these walking and bus
tours of Rincon and its sur-
rounding area have become
popular with not only visitors
but residents as well. During the
monthly Rincon Marshes the
first Saturday of each month
there are walking tours at 9:30
am and bus tours at 10 or 10:30
Now there's a new Soldachi
tour, the Dos Pos nature tour,
which takes the walker through
the valleys and over the hills for
magnificent views of Goto
Lake, craggy cliffs and basalt
outeroppings. You'll be led by
Rinconeros Maria Koeks, An-
thony Anthony and young teen
age tour guides, all of whom
grew up here. You'll learn Leaders Maria Koeks, and Anthony Anthony,
about the plants, trees, birds, young tour guides Christopher, Ashley and
culture and history in an infor- Rachid, with walkers Ann Phelan and
mal and friendly way. Call
Maria at 717-6435 or 790-5657 George DeSalvo
to reserve. A small donation is
requested: NAfl10 for adults; NAf5 for children.
The Dos Pos tours are the second Saturday of every month, starting at 6:30 am, "as
nature is awakening," says Maria. "Every month the views and nature are different,"
she adds. Take good walking shoes, a hat, a bottle of water, a camera and a good mood.
At the end you'll have some juice and, if you like, return to Rincon for breakfast at the
weekly Marsh6 Liber (smaller marches).
Want to know more about Rincon and her people? Check out the website at www.
infobonaire.com/rincon. Find out more about this tiny town with a big heart that
wants to share its history and heritage. 1 L.D.
H eads up everyone, there are some new blips on the
Restaurant Radar. New places to try and new things
to buy. For a small island we have more than our fair share
of the new and unusual. Here's this week's update.
Le Flamboyant: Located in the former Beefeater Restaurant on Kaya Grandi, this
latest addition to the Bonaire restaurant scene needs to be on your 'must visit' list. The
historic kunuku (farm) house has been freshened up and redecorated to give the feeling
of dining on the patio of old friends. Cool breezes, soft music, and a creative menu
with elegant, mouth-watering selections. Try these appetizers on for size crab and
shrimp pancakes with a Beamaise sauce or smoked salmon roll with layers of fish,
shrimp, crushed pine nuts, and fresh spinach creating a rainbow effect that looks too
pretty to eat. For an entree you'll have a difficult time deciding a few choices are
rack of lamb with a honey sauce, tournedos cooked in the continental style topped with
real Parma ham, or maybe the seafood pasta with shrimp, mussels, calamari, and fish.
They feature interesting desserts too. Le Flamboyant is opens from 10 am to 10 pm.
For reservations call 717-3919.
Tambu: Also on Kaya Grandi is a petite new place called Tambu (Drum). Marian
Wilson will welcome you. She and her partner, Lolymar Sanchez, have created a fabu-
lous oasis to break up those pesky shopping days. You can refresh yourself with deli-
cious fresh fruit selections, fresh juices of all kinds and fantastic fruit shakes that are
served in VERY large glasses and cost only NAf5! Marian also bakes the yummiest
muffins and breads and there are pastechis, tostis and flaky-crusted Surinamese pas-
tries. Each cup of coffee is made to order from freshly ground beans. Take a tour of
the unusual gifts on display. The jewelry necklaces and earrings especially is ex-
quisite and very reasonably priced. While you relax in Tambu's cozy atmosphere, lis-
ten to some smooth island music and watch what's going on on Kaya Grandi. Hours
are 9 am until 6 pm, Monday through Saturday.
Little Havanna: Located next door to Hair Affair, close to the waterfront, this new
spot is on the fast track to success. Step inside and you think you're in Havana in the
1950s. You first hear the music which really gets your gears shifting. It's a variety of
jazz music from the '50s, all coming from vinyl 33 rpm records on a turntable! You
just don't see that anymore.
Owners Anton and Piek Bavzilcoy have created a cozy den of music, a relaxing atmos-
phere, a friendly bar, and excellent tapas. The cigar comer features some very fine
Cuban cigars that range in price from $17 to $21 each and a selection from Santo Do-
mingo for around $8. Open from 5 p.m. til ... who knows? Closed on Saturday.
Watch future issues when we'll have more news from .... The Restaurant Radar. O
New! Usually 9:00pm
Early Show (usually 7:00 pm)
Kill Bill Vol. 2
Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tickets NAf10,50 (incl. Tax)
High Schoolers NAf7,75
NEW FILMS BEGIN EVERY FRIDAY
SATURDAY 4 PM Pietje Bell 2: De
jacht op de Tsarenkroon
SUNDAY MATINEE 4 PM
Man on Fire
Tuesday, June 22 Bonaire Barracuda
Swim Club Competition, Meralney Vaca-
tion Village, 5 to 7 pm
Saturday, July 3- Aruban jazz great
Delbert Bernabela introduces his new
CD at Croccantino Restaurant. Details
coming soon in The Reporter.
Saturday, July 3 -NO Yoga Meditation at
Sorobon this month
July 4 Sunday Dia di Arte, "Art Day,"
10 am-10 pm Wilhelmina Park More infor-
mation as the event nears. See mention in
Flotsam and Jetsam. For more information
contact Emma Sint Jago at 717-7420
Saturday, July 10- Soldachi Dos Pos na-
ture tour, beautiful vistas. Learn about the
plants, trees, birds, culture and history in an
informal and friendly way. 6:30 am. Call
Maria at 717-6435 or 790-5657 to reserve.
A small donation is requested: NAf10 for
adults; NAf5 for children.
Sunday -Live music 6 to 9 pm while enjoy-
ing a great dinner in colorful tropical ambi-
ance at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant & Bar.
Open daily 5 to 10 pm. Live Fla-Bingo
with great prizes, starts 7 pm, Divi Fla-
Monday -Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the
heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call
Monday -Rum Punch Party on the beach
at Lion's Dive. Dutch National Products
introduces 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, ext. 14.
Wednesday -Sand Dollar Manager's
Cocktail Party, Mangos Bar and Restaurant
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 Authen-
tic Bonairean kunuku. $12 (NAfl2 for
Bonaire residents). Tel 717-8489, 540-
Daily- The Divi Flamingo Casino is open
daily for hot slot machines, roulette and
E PARK SILVER ANNIVERSARY
blackjack, Monday to Saturday 8 pm- 4
am and Sunday 7 pm- 3 am.
FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Sunday- Discover Our Diversity Slide
Show, Buddy Dive at the pool bar, 7 pm
Friday- Week in Review Video Presenta-
tion by the Toucan Dive Shop at the Plaza's
Tipsy Seagull, 5 pm. 717-2500.
Friday- The Captain Don Show- Conver-
sation, fun, yars, a few slides. Guaranteed
85% true. Aquarius Conference Room.
Captain Don's Habitat 8:30 pm Tel. 717-
CLUBS and MEETINGS
AA meetings every Wednesday, Phone 717-
6105; 560-7267 or717-3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday eve-
ning 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 invited NAf5 ery fee.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday at
City Cafe. 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, secretary Jeannette
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya
Sabana #1. All Lions are welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12
noon-2 pm Rendez-Vous Restaurant,
Kaya L.D. Gerharts #3. All Rotarians are
welcome. Tel. 717-8454
Mangazina di Rei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from 'The King's Storehouse" while learning
aboutBonaire's history and culture and visittypi-
cal homes fromthe 17th century. Daily. Call 717-
4060 or 790-2018
Go to the source. Visit the Bonaire Museum on
Kaya J. v.d. Ree, behind the Catholic Church in
town. Open weekdays from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5
pm. Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holidays.
Sunday at Cai- Live music and dancing
starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai. Dance to
the music of Bonaire's most popular musi-
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
Dos Pos Scenic Walk- Second Saturday
of the Month. NAf 10-Call Maria 717-
International Bible Church of Bonaire-
Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle)
Sunday Services at 9 am; Sunday Prayer
Meeting at 7:30 pm in English. Tel. 717-8332
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire.
Wilhelminaplein. Services in Papiamentu,
Dutch and English on Sundays at 10 am.
Thursday Prayer Meeting and Bible
Study at 8 pm. Rev. Jonkman. 717-2006
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays
8:30 11:30 am. Services in Papiamentu,
Spanish and English.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kralendijk -
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). Services in Eng-
lish, Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10
am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30
n a brief ceremony at Captain Don's
Habitat last week, the first of several
commemorations of the 25th Anniversary
of the Bonaire National Marine Park was
held. A retrospective describing the his-
tory of the park was begun by 92-year-
old Carel Steensma. His comments as
well as those of others showed that if it
weren't for a handful of concerned peo-
ple, Bonaire's coral reefs might be in the
same condition as those of most other
Caribbean islands diminished, declin-
ing or defunct. But thanks to their
enlightenment more than 25 years ago,
the reefs remain the best there
The roots of the Bonaire Na-
tional Marine Park go back to
1956 when a Dutch war hero,
Carel Steensma, was posted to Th,
the Caribbean by KLM. Al-
though based in Curagao he often trav-
eled to Bonaire to dive its reefs. This he
did for many years; years which saw the
introduction of spear fishing and fish
capture but also the end of these prac-
tices. But it was too late. In the 70s he
observed the decline of the big fish and
threats to the reef.
Along with local
Gerharts, he decided
to do something
about it. He consulted
with his friend, Hol-
land's Prince Bern-
hard, who was then
head of the World
Wildlife Fund. From
came a grant to set up
the world's first un-
derwater park. Cap-
tain Don Stewart was
already on the scene,
pressing forward with The Anniversary
his then radical ideas dive site, "Care
dive site, "Care
of fish protection and prohibition on an-
choring. Tom van t'Hof, now an ecolo-
gist in Saba, was the first Marine Park
Manager. He was followed by Bonairean
biologist, Dr. Eric Newton, who led the
Park through lean years after the WWF
money ran out in 1982. One of the first
Park Rangers, Franklin Winklaar, got his
pay through different innovative tech-
niques thought up by his bosses. But the
Park remained a "paper park" until the
"risky" concept of charging $10 a year
for diving was begun in 1992. It was
Kalli DeMeyer who led the effort to im-
plement the Park tags and spread
the word of the innovations that
abounded in Bonaire's Marine
Park. As a result Bonaire became
a model for the many marine
parks that now exist. Shortly after
gs the Bonaire Marine Park was
awarded national park status,
Kalli stepped down to apply the concepts
in other parts of the world. These days
Femando Simal, Manager of the Wash-
ington-Slagbaai Land Park, heads the
Park until a new manager is named. An
announcement is expected soon as final
selections are presently underway. G.D.
I was marked by the naming of a new boat
l's Vision," on the north side ofBonaire.
The Park Staff with Captain Don and Crel Steensma
The Park Staff with Captain Don and Carel Steensma
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Sea Side Restaur atBuddyDive Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Night; Friday: Manager's Rum Punch Party and All-You-Can-Eat B.B.Q
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Caribbean Club Bonaire at Hilltop Breakfast, D eratosed Sunday What a place! Friendly bar next to the pool, home cooked meals, happy hours
7 minutes north of "Hotel Row" 717-7901 5 to 7. Serious BBQ on Tuesdays NAf25.
Calabas Restaurant & Chibi Chibi Restaurant and Bar Moderate-Expensive Get a view of the beach and beautiful turquoise setting when enjoying a
At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort. Waterfront Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner breakfast buffet or a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant
717-8285 Open 7 days & bar. Enjoy inspiring vistas and a high standard of international cuisine.
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 Cafr 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 NAf15 credit is given for meals
717-7500, ext 62; 785-0902 Special Dinners on Friday, Sunday Bonaire's best seaside location.
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 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.
Across from MC o Bank i n Kralendik Bry Dinner Watch te bustle of downtown fromthis street side Caribbean-style bistro
Call 717-8003 Clodowntown Kralendijk Breakfast, Lunch, Early Dinnesdays owned and run by a European educated Master Chef and his wife.
Call 717-8003 Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays
OnPasa b brot Low-Moderate Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the fmnest in-
2 mile north of town center. 790-1111 Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday l agredien ad d rt at-in or take aay i- b too
The Seahorse Cyber Caf7 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.
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BonairExel. Bonaire's own ON TIME airline flying be-
tween Bonaire, Curagao and Aruba. Look for The Bon-
aire 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 num-
ber 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 I SCOOTER QUADS
De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; professionally
repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top brand
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 essen-
tial 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
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
keeping 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
Kralendijk, has rooms and breakfast at Bonaire's lowest
prices. Great for tourists or when visiting family and
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 I RENTAL AGENTS
Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's oldest real es-
tate agent. They specialize in professional customer ser-
vices 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 insur-
ance 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
Special Security Services will provide that extra meas-
ure of protection when you need it. Always reliable. Call
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of Bon-
aire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient. FedEx
agent. Call 717-8922/8033.
Tropical Flamingo is convenient, clean, modem, effi-
cient and has the lowest prices on Bonaire. Located be-
Visit Warehouse Bonaire to shop in a large, spotless
supermarket. You'll find American and European brand
products. THE market for provisioning.
TOYS AND GAMES
Laur'an is a store dedicated to providing quality toys
and games to Bonaire. Find them on Kaya Gerharts in the
Lourdes Shopping Mall
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Call Bonaire Nautico at
560-7254. Ride the Kantika 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 deliv-
Yoga For You. Join certified instructors Desiree and
Don at Jong Bonaire for a workout that will refresh mind
and body. Private lessons too.
Put your ad in The Bonaire Reporter.
The most advertising for your guilder.
Phone/Fax 717-8988, Cel 791-7252
PIA PIA KUNUKU BIEU'S 2ND ANNIVERSARY
LOTS OF STEPS FORWARD
After the baptism of the new uniform, cap and logo. The official commission:
Nazario Alberto, Natalie Wanga, Dalitza Victorina-Reina, Shaki Melaan, Roosje
Semper-Antoin, Linda Van Luijk-Janga and Martiza Sint Jago
E ight very colorful and jolly groups of seven each met each other on June 5th at
the Sentro di Bario Nort di Salina, determined to participate and win the Sec-
ond Tack Team Walking competition organized by the Walking group, Pia Pia
Celebrating its second anniversary the walking group combined the baptism of its
new uniform and logo along with offering Bonaire a competition to win prizes. At
exactly 5:10 pm the countdown started and the cheering voices accompanied the
The winning team "Grupo Balente": Helena Wanga-Nicolaas, Marina Land-
wier, Erika Antoin, Joan Martin-Nicolaas, Marieta Nicolaas, Elsmarie Beuken-
boom and Rosalinda Obispo
The Grupo Balente (The Brave Ones Group) of Joan Martin-Nicolaas, Elsmarie
Beukenboom, Helena Wanga-Nicolaas, Erika Antoin, Marieta Nicolaas, Rosalinda
Obispo and Marina Landwier, was the first to arrive. In an amazing 1 hour and 10
minutes they managed to 'fly' over the eight km course. The second prize went to
the "It's About Time" Group of Maduro & Curiels Bank. This same group took the
first prize for the best uniform. Finally, Ennia's "Dream Team" was voted the
most animated group.
While the walkers were resting and enjoying the healthy snacks and soup, the offi-
cial commission baptized its uniform and logo. They surprised Shaki Melaan by
declaring him "Godfather." He performed the official ceremony with "Godmother"
Joan Martin-Nicolaas. The second anniversary was a successful and joyful celebra-
tion both for its leaders and the participants.
Be prepared for further very interesting walking events for the second part of 2004.
You are also welcome to join the group every Friday at 6 pm at the Sentro di Bario
Nort di Saliia. The group aims to walk as much as possible in the beautiful Bo-
nairean nature. For more information or the monthly walking schedule call Dalitza
Victorina -Reina at 786-0299 or Natalie Wanga at 786-2225. O Natalie A. C.
ON THE ISLAND SINCE ...
I was born and raised in Caracas.
When I was 18 I went to study Eng-
lish for almost two years at the Univer-
sity of California in Davis, a very nice
place. I was very determined to study
filmmaking at UCLA, but as a foreigner
I had to wait at least two years, so in-
stead I went to the University of Santa
Cruz, however, the school was more
about the artistic rather than the techni-
cal aspects of filmmaking, which I was
mainly interested in. I wasn't so happy,
so a year later I decided to go back to
Mostly because of my English skills I
found a great job at IBM almost imme-
diately. I got good training and had a
chance to travel, but after eight years I
wanted to take a year's sabbatical. I had
been in Toronto, Canada, on vacation
and decided to go there. I'm an only
child and didn't want to leave my Mom
in Caracas, so she came with me. We
rented a very nice apartment and trav-
day we were supposed to leave Ameri-
can Airlines was on strike. I did what
I'd never done before: I didn't worry; I
relaxed, let it go and read a newspaper.
In the paper I saw an ad that said: 'If
you want a job in the Caribbean, a nice
island in the Dutch Antilles, if you
know English, Microsoft, etc...'
It was Techno Consult and they invited
me for an interview the next day. I had
nothing to do; the airline was still on
strike, so I went. A second and a third
interview followed, and the strike was
still on. They never told me what island
we were talking about, but I figured it
would be either Curacao, or more likely,
Aruba. The last day I met Frank Gonza-
les, the managing director, who told me
the island was Bonaire. To tell you the
truth it had never crossed my mind as I
hardly knew it existed. Frank told me he
was looking for an assistant, but some-
how he thought I wouldn't be so eager
to go to Bonaire because I'd been trav-
eling all over the world and I'd always
Nina Ledezma, and Taddy Arvelo, with Maggy and Lucky
eled around, also to
Europe. Then the Gulf
War broke out and eve-
rything was uncertain. A
harsh winter came, and I
thought why not go to a
place where the sun
shines. So, on Christmas
Eve we arrived back in
Coincidentally, I met
my former boss of IBM,
and he offered me a job
"During the weekend
they let me use a car and I
was so impressed with the
island and its colors that I
felt an instant connection.
I knew I had made the
at Microsoft, saying he needed me the
next day. Later on I found out that I was
working for one of the most advanced
companies in the world. I met Bill Gates
in Toronto for the launch of Windows
'95 Program and I even danced with
him! When he came to Bonaire recently
and I told people that I'd danced with
him I thought it was very funny that
some people didn't even know who he
I worked with Microsoft for five years
as an operations manager. It was a very
stressful job with a lot of traveling.
When the political situation in Vene-
zuela became depressed and uncertain I
wondered what to do with my life.
Should I go somewhere to have a differ-
ent and more relaxed kind of life or
should I stay? Most people could never
give up the extremely good employee
benefits. In fact, if I'd stayed a little
longer, I could have been a millionaire;
I was on the way. But quality of life
came first with me and I decided to
leave. Everyone thought I was crazy.
I wanted to go to Florida, buy an apart-
ment and finish the studies I'd started
when I was 20. I had things shipped and
bought tickets for Mom and myself. The
lived in big cities.
He wanted me to
try it for three
months. Mom and
I went to Florida
for a vacation,
came back to Cara-
cas and left for
'Bibi,' as her
friends call her,
her mother, Nina
Ledezma, and their two doggies, Lucky
and Maggy, are living in complete har-
mony in their colorful and beautifully
decorated house in Hato. The paintings
on the wall are striking and when I ask
who the artist is, Taddy says: "My
Mom. She was a makeup artist for ad-
vertising companies in Caracas and
when we came to live here she started
decorating furniture. In fact, she deco-
rated the whole house! Bonaire inspired
her from the moment we arrived. One
day I left for work and two days later I
found her with a painting! That was a
year ago. She never intended to do it as a
commercial thing. They just come from
her hands, one after the other. Early next
year she'll have her exposition at the
Cinnamon Art Gallery.
When we arrived on Bonaire I couldn't
believe the small airport! We came at
night and drove through town and when
they told me that this was the main
street, Kaya Grandi, I couldn't relate to
the name at all. We were through in a
blink! During the weekend they let me
use a car and I was so impressed with
the island and its colors that I felt an
instant connection. I knew I had made
the right choice. We came to give it a
try for three months and now it's eight
years! It's just what I had been looking
for. I feel that it was destiny. I didn't
know about Bonaire; I had a different
plan. I cancelled everything and came
here; it was such a weird thing to do!
But we're very happy here with our lit-
tle family and so far we have no plans to
leave. We both applied for our citizen-
ship, not for a special reason, just for
the stability and security of living here.
After Harbor Village reopened I became
the General Manager's Assistant, a job
that's keeping me very busy and I enjoy
it. I travel a lot- Gothenburg, Puerto
Rico, London, Lima and Ecuador. With
my mother I went to Machu Pichu and
Buenos Aires. I seem get stressed in
other places, but the moment I'm back
on Bonaire I'm relaxed.
Before I got this job I used to do a lot of
exercise. Now my schedule is too tight,
but still it's very important to me. I love
Yoga and Reiki. I strongly believe in
anything that's related to universal en-
ergy, that's why I'm connected to Bon-
aire. I'm a very positive person with lots
of energy which I try to use the best
way possible, but when I don't have to
work or travel I feel ever so happy be-
ing at home with my mother and the
Mom and I are a team. We've always
lived together, and we've always re-
spected each other's boundaries. She's
my best friend, my roommate, my travel
companion, and of course, my mother.
She admires my work and I admire hers.
We survived because we are together.
Bonaire is really nice, but when you're
alone... It's a Latin culture thing: kids
live with their parents until they eventu-
ally marry or move somewhere else. But
if you get married and you live com-
fortably, mom stays with you and she
will take care of your children. It also
gives me peace of mind that she's here
We are going through a very strong po-
litical crisis in Venezuela, something
that could easily escalate from a local to
a continental threat, an absolute night-
mare. We don't know how it's going to
end, so although we fear for our family
and friends in Venezuela, I'm happy
that Mom is here with me. Look!" she
gestures at the doors that are wide
open, "the more you travel, the more
you realize there are not so many places
in the world where you can sit with the
doors of your house open. We have to
be grateful for that and enjoy. Now I go
with the flow, whatever life has planned
for me in the future, I'll take it because I
trust it. What will happen next will be
for my own good, as what happened
before was for my own good. I think
that's the lesson I learned in Bonaire: to
let go and trust.
My contribution to the island is to let
the world know what a wonderful place
we have here. I'm doing it not because
I'm getting paid for it, but because it
comes from my heart. Wherever I am in
the world promoting Bonaire and people
ask me how long
I've been living
here, and I an-
swer, eight years,
their answer is
years! I believe
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Celebrate "Day Star Day!"
on the Summer Solstice
this Sunday, June 20th
E very year on the Summer
Solstice we ask you to par-
ticipate in watching and experienc-
ing a great star rise over our
Earth's horizon, a star so huge we
could fit over 11/4 million Earths
inside it. We ask you to experience
something that few people ever
pay close attention to: that is the
rising of the only star we can see
in the daytime, the star we call our
Sun, a star I like to call our Day
Star. This year we have chosen this
Sunday, June 20th as "Day Star
Day" because it is the day of the
Summer Solstice, the first day of
summer and a day when most peo- The Bonaire Reporter photo taken of the Sun
ple don't have to go to work. last week as the passage of Venus across its
Now I know that some of you are face was near its completion
thinking, "You're talking about a
sunrise and I've seen thousands of sunrises." And, yes, I am talking about a sunrise. But
believe it or not, most people have never really experienced a sunrise, especially in our
high tech society. Oh yes, there are millions of you out there who get up at the crack of
dawn for a day's work: farmers starting their chores, commuters catching their trains or
jamming the expressways as the Sun slowly creeps over the horizon. But that is not
experiencing a sunrise because to most people sunrise is simply a peripheral event and
not the center of attention.
So that's why we set aside one day each year as "Day Star Day" so you can experience
one of the grandest events in nature, an experience which may change the way you
view our star the Sun and our world forever.
To participate here's all you have to do. Simply mark Sunday, June 20th, as the day
you'll get up 15 minutes before twilight begins, while it's still dark out. And whether
you live in town or out in the mondi makes no difference because it's not the Sun itself
you're going to observe but the effects of sunrise on everything around you as night
slowly turns into day. It is better to be outside, but if not just sit by an open window.
Now for the rules, which are absolutely essential: no radio, no television, no doing your
normal wake-up routine. All distractions must be eliminated. Simply sit quietly inside
or outside and when you see the skies slowly start to brighten, look, listen and feel
what happens all around you. Watch the delicate interplay of light, color and shadow.
Listen to the different sounds of our world and its creatures waking up. Feel the wind
change, the temperature change, and much, much more as night slowly slips into day.
Keep track of all the subtle changes you notice and record your observations on paper
or into a tape recorder. And then read or listen to your observations a few days later.
And believe me, if you've never done this before, you're in for a pleasant surprise be-
cause really experiencing the effects of a sunrise using all of your senses and your full
attention is one of the most wonderful experiences this planet has to offer. Trust me.
You'll be amazed at what a star rise over a small planet can do for you. 1
For the week: June 18 to June 25, 2004
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) You can enjoy short trips. You may have more people
on your domestic scene than anticipated. Don't turn down offers that include sports
activities or children. You need to do more things that you enjoy. Your lucky day
this week will be Sunday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Spend some time on yourself. You should put in
some extra hours developing that creative idea you have. Strong willpower will
come to your rescue. You will be emotional about family matters. Your lucky day
this week will be Sunday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Don't let coworkers get wind of your ideas or they
might try to take credit for your hard work. Do not blow situations out of propor-
tion. Read between the lines before you sign your name. Travel for business or
pleasure will be enlightening. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Your irritability will lead to family squabbles. De-
ception is probable if you don't use discrimination. Try to be reasonable. You'll
regret every word for some time to come. Your lucky day this week will be Sun-
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Find out all you can; secret enemies may lead you astray.
This is a great time for a family outing or just a drive. Someone you care about
may let you down or criticize your methods. Don't believe everything you hear.
Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Empty promises will cause confusion. You can make
changes that will enhance your appearance. Your bankbook will suffer and your
restrictions will put a damper on your relationship. Hard work will bring rewards.
Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You can meet a new romantic partner or secure the
love connection you already have by going out and entertaining yourself. Get in-
volved in sports groups or hobbies that attract you. You need to focus on yourself,
not on others. You are best to sit back and think it through, rather than add to the
ranting and raving. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Property deals look good. Avoid getting trapped
in internal disputes. You should consider getting into self improvement endeavors.
You will have to control the way you feel. Your lucky day this week will be Sun-
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Make sure that new mates live up to your
high standards. This may not be the time to lend or borrow. Educational pursuits
should help you develop your hobbies. Your determination may make you a little
overbearing when dealing with others. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Socially, you need a fast paced form of enter-
tainment. Opportunities to make advancements through good business sense are
apparent. Sudden changes at home will affect family members more than you an-
ticipated. Catch up on overdue paperwork. Your lucky day this week will be
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Dinner, theater, or a comedy club may be just the
place. Be sure that you lay your cards on the table. Don't get involved in joint ven-
tures. Children may cause limitations. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Think twice before you agree to take on any new pro-
jects. Do your chores and get on with the things you enjoy doing. Don't let others
try to create unwarranted guilt if you can't meet their demands. You'll stay out of
trouble if you pick projects that will benefit the whole family. Your lucky day this
week will be Sunday. 1