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At the
quest of the
prosecution, a
judge in
Curacao has
prolonged the
detention of
FOL leader Anthony Godett
Godett by another eight days. Godett's
co-suspects in the Campo Alegre brothel
corruption investigation, FOL advisor
Nelson Monte, Campo owner Giovanni
van lerland, and Leslie Franklin, were
also formally placed under arrest even
though they are already serving sentences
in prison. Because they have been rear-
rested in this case, the time they serve now
will not be deducted from the sentences
they are serving for other convictions. The
detention of the other suspects, former FOL
justice minister Ben Komproe, his then-
assistant Gilbert de Windt, and Van ler-
land's mother Xiomaira Bakhuis, had al-
ready been prolonged. The case centers on
a letter with which Komproe allegedly tried
to circumvent the mandatory visa require-
ment for Colombian and Dominicano pros-
titutes to work at Campo.
Franklin, Campo's attorney, has been
transferred to Pointe Blanche prison on St.
Maarten. Though it is unclear why he is
there, it is possible that judicial authorities
in Curagao want to prevent Franklin from
being in contact with the other suspects in
this case.

A The owner of a MD-82 jet leased by
Dutch Caribbean Airlines (DCA) has

grounded the aircraft because the Cura-
cao airline cannot come up with the pay-
ments. So DCA's fleet is now limited to
three planes. One of those, a DC-9, will
have to go for its annual major maintenance
soon. Meanwhile, Finance Commissioner
Eugene Rhuggenaat (PAR) has said DCA
cannot have the 12-million-guilder financial
injection approved by the Island Council
until the Legal Affairs Department has pro-
vided clarity about a possible lien on the
money by the airline's creditors.

A According to Prime Minister
Etienne Ys, the agreement of the Dutch
Government to write off NAf105 million
of the Antillean debt
to The Hague is a
"start of the inten-
tion" to clear the en-
tire debt. Ys told re-
porters in a press con-
ference via telephone
that he is "quite confi-I ,
dent" the remaining Prime Minister Ys
NAf400 million will
be forgiven as well. "That is what we are
going for," he said. Talks to write off the
remainder of the debt will start in January
next year. The Dutch Government, how-
ever, is tying the write-off to the execution
of the Ys cabinet's Urgency Programme.
"We have to do our job first. If we do that,
that will enable Holland to help us with the
other NAf400 million," he said. The is-
lands and Central Government will all re-
ceive a "proportion" of the 105 million
The additional NAf60 million the Dutch
Government has pledged will mainly be

used to finance projects to combat poverty
and crime. Part will be used for a "quick
study" into poverty. The United Nations
Development Programme (UNDP) and
World Bank, which are currently also con-
ducting a comprehensive study into poverty
in the Netherlands Antilles, will carry out
that quick study, which should be ready in
two to three months. A comprehensive
study is also being conducted, but it will
not be completed until the end of 2005 or
early 2006. "We can't wait that long, so it
has been agreed to have Reda Sosial start
with NAf5 million and to have a quick
study so that we can start with some pro-
jects," said Ys. Also co-financed with the
NAf60 million will be a larger project to
improve "social forming" of less privileged
youngsters. That project will cost NAf25
million and will cover three years.

A In Curacao, procedures have begun
to extradite 61-year-old main suspect J.
Y. "Matador" V. and other alleged mem-
bers of the Valencia drug gang to the
United States. The authorities searched
jewelry stores owned by Matador in Cura-
9ao and in Philipsburg. During these
searches heroin, firearms, computers and
documents were confiscated. According to
the US, Colombian suspect 'Matador' V.,
his sons M.A. and J.M., their compatriots
D.M. and O.D.M., and Dominicano R.P.
belong to the 'Valencia Organisation' and
were nabbed in Curagao in March, after a
joint operation by the US, Antillean and
Colombian authorities. The gang is accused
of having transported large quantities of
cocaine, heroin and other hard and soft
drugs via containers and go fast boats from
Colombia via the Netherlands Antilles to
the US over a period of many years. During
the investigation into the criminal opera-

How to Get a Residency Permit 4
1000 Steps (Captain Don) 6
Pet Prof (Stranger Anxiety) 7
Kitesurfing. Hot in Bonaire! 9
Dietitian (Recipes for Diabetes) 10
Yoga (Downward Dog) 10
Seaside Spots (Manteka, OI'Blue,
Nukove) 11
Art for Fun (Mailboxes) 13
Getting Ready for Regatta 15
Bonaireans Enjoy the Circus 18

Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Letters (Hurricane Relief Fund,
Shouldering the Blame) 5
Vessel List & Tide Table 9
Pets of the Week (Gary & Rudy) 12
Classifieds 12
Picture Yourself (Barvaria) 13
Hit Parade 14
What's Happening 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
On the Island Since (Jan-Pieter &
Roosje van der Hoek) 17
Bonaire Sky Park 19
The Stars Have It 19

tions of the gang, telephones were tapped in
three countries and 4,438 kilos of cocaine,
34 kilos of heroin, 484 kilos of marijuana,
15 kilos of methadone, US $180,000, 21
firearms, seven boats and two companies
were confiscated, among other things.
Jail penalties in the USA for drug crimes
are much more severe than in the Nether-
lands Antilles. If extradited, some of the
accused could face life imprisonment.

A Curacao, which intends to hold its
own constitutional referendum in the first
half of next year, is now forming a refer-
(Continued on page 5)

Bonaire Reporter September 24 to October 1, 2004

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2004 The Bonaire Reporter
Published weekly. For information about subscriptions, stories or
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Bonaire Reporter September 24 to October 1, 2004

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When you're born in a country and
live there most of your life, the
thought of jumping through hoops to live
somewhere else probably never crossed
your mind. Until, that is, you decide to
make The Move. The Move is a multi-
faceted situation, a time when so many de-
cisions have to be made and thoughts and
plans for a new way of life occupy most of
your waking (and some of your sleeping )
moments. But inevitably the 'fish or cut
bait' time arrives and the transition process
begins. First after deciding on where you
want to live is finding out what you have to
do to live there. Since you've decided that
Bonaire is your promised land, off you go
to find out how to become a genuine, tax-
paying citizen of your new homeland.
While the process isn't going to require a
genius IQ, it will require some co-
coordinating skills and, most importantly, a
LOT of patience. You might as well begin
increasing your 'patience quotient' as
things move slowly on Bonaire, and if your
expectations lean towards a rapid response
to situations you're in for some serious be-
havior modification.

In researching this article I consulted
both the Office of Immigration and the Of-
fice of the Lt. Governor. The information
presented here is, to the best of my knowl-
edge, accurate and up to date. That's not to
say, however, that there will be no changes
made in the near or distant future. An offi-
cial brochure dealing with the Residency
Permit subject has been discussed in the
past but so far it has not become a reality.
In the meantime you will have to make do
with my best efforts.

Paperwork requirements:
NAf350 must accompany each
application the first time it is

1. A copy of a valid passport.
Be sure that there is more than one year
left on your passport as it must be good
for at least one year at the time your
application is considered. Applications
can sometimes take up to 90 days to
2. Two (2) recent passport-size pictures.
3. Your most current bank statement at
the time you submit your application.
Your monthly statement must reflect
enough money that when multiplied by
12 it will show a minimum of
NAf45,000 per year available to you
for living expenses on Bonaire.
4. A medical certificate from your doctor
saying you are in good health and giv-
ing the results of tests for HIV and
Hepatitis B. These tests cannot be
more than one month old when submit-
5. A "good conduct" or "visa application"
letter from your local police department
attesting to your good character. This
cannot be more than two months old.
6. A birth certificate legalized with an
*apostille certification. The certifica-
tion cannot be older than one year.
7. If you are married, a legalized copy of
your marriage license with an *apostille
certification. If you are divorced, sin-
gle, or widowed you must have an
*apostille certification for your cate-

*An apostille certification is an
internationally accepted form of
authentication issued by the Sec-
retary of State of the state issu-
ing the certified documents.
Also note that two copies of all
original documents are required.

Now here comes the part where you get
to apply your co-coordinating skills and, at
the same time, increase your 'patience quo-
tient.' Your collection of paperwork can be
presented at Government House on Tues-
days, Wednesdays, and Thursdays between
8 am and 10 am. If you are on the island
and submit the paperwork yourself you
must then leave the island as soon as possi-
ble. You are not allowed to remain on the
island while your application is being con-
sidered. If you are not on the island and
want someone to submit the paperwork for
you, your paperwork must be accompanied
by a letter authorizing that person to act on
your behalf. While your application is be-
ing considered you may not visit Bonaire,
period. No. You can't come here or to any
island of the Netherlands Antilles until you
have been granted the permit or been re-
jected. The reason given is as follows. If
your permit is denied and you don't have
enough money to leave the island, the Gov-
ernment would have to pay to deport you
and they don't want to do that. Strange but
Because of the time limitations on some
of the documents it is suggested that you
first gather your marriage license (divorce
decree, etc.), passport copies and pictures,
then immediately get the paperwork with
time limits, i.e., medical certificate, bank
statement, and police report. FedEx all of

friend or whomever is your representative
on the island. That way your entire pack-
age will fall within the accepted time limit
and you'll be on your way.

The Exit Letters
Here's more information that while not
directly related to applying for a permit, is
pertinent for when you become a resi-
dent. If you have a residency permit and
want to leave the island you must go to
Immigration with your residency permit,
your sedula (residency card), your passport,
and your plane ticket and request an exit
letter. You may leave for a maximum of
30 days only. If for health, business, or any
other reason you want to be gone longer
you must apply for an extension at Govern-
ment House. If you are working here on
the island you must also bring a letter from
your employer stating your reason for be-
ing gone and that you will have a job when
you return. There has been much discus-
sion about whether or not this rule is being
enforced. The answer is yes it is and no it
isn't. When you return to the island and go
through the Immigration line sometimes
you are asked for your exit letter and some-
times you're not. The penalty for not hav-
ing an exit letter, if Immigration chooses to
enforce it, is the loss of your residency
status. You will then have to leave the is-
land and reapply. It's sort of like playing
Russian Roulette you never know when
that bullet will have your name on it. It's
no big deal to get your 'get out of town'
letter so better to be safe than sorry.
Good luck in your quest... enjoy the chal-
lenge... because life here in Paradise is
worth every bit of what you're going to go
through! 1 Dabney Lassiter

Bonaire Reporter September 24 to October 1, 2004

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a 0 U E p d A GI


The BONHATA Hurricane
Relief Fund Account

As we all breathe a sigh of relief and
rejoice in getting back to normal, we must
not forget that there are many of our col-
leagues on other Caribbean islands that
were not as fortunate as us. Many have
lost not only their businesses, but also
their homes and all their possessions and
possibly loved ones. I realize there are
times on Bonaire that we complain about
this and that, but in the grand scheme of
things, we should all consider ourselves as
some of the luckiest people in the world...
lucky that we live on island so blessed as
Bonaire, lucky that we have our health,
our businesses, our homes and our loved

I was taught from a very early age that
you "reap what you sow", and now is the
time to sow some seeds of compassion,
goodwill and brotherhood to our Carib-
bean neighbors so catastrophi-
cally affected by one of the most disas-
trous hurricane seasons in our recent his-
Therefore as a result of a vote by the
Board of Directors of BONHATA, a
BONHATA Hurricane Relief Fund Ac-
count at Maduro & Curiel's Bank has been
established. BONHATA received the fol-
lowing from the Director General and
CEO of the Caribbean Hotel Association,
Mr. Alec Sanguinetti.
The Caribbean Hotel Association has

received hundreds of queries from allied,
hotel members and national hotel associa-
tions, pledging their support and desire to
help our colleagues in the Caribbean af-
fected by the passing of hurricanes Fran-
ces and Ivan. We are genuinely moved by
the spirit of support and camaraderie.
Following discussions with CHA hotel
members affected, as well as representa-
tives from organizations actively provid-
ing relief assistance, it has become clear
that the most effcient way to contribute is
by supporting the recovery programs im-
plemented by the governments of the re-
spective destinations.
To that end, we will keep the BON-
HATA Hurricane Relief Fund Account
open until such time as it is no longer
needed. Our treasurer will monitor the
account and as funds are available we will
distribute them to the appropri-
ate Caribbean island agencies for Hurri-
cane Relief.

We are asking that you please dig deep
and donate generously to the fund and ask
others to as well. You may make a di-
rect deposit to the BONHATA Hurri-
cane Relief Fund at the Maduro & Cu-
riel's Bank Bonaire or to the BON-
HATA Office. The account number is
mcb 112.077.08.

BONHATA would also like to thank
MCB Bonaire for being the first to make a
deposit to the account in the amount of
Remember, "you reap what you sow"...
for next time we may not be so lucky.

With Thanks That We Are All Safe,
Jack Chalk, President
Bonaire Hotel & Tourism Association


There have been quite a number of com-
plains about the difficulties for foreigners
to vote at the referendum.
About a week before the elections the
official government advertising about the
upcoming referendum was in the Alge-
meen Dagblad, the Extra and the Amigoe,
so I would think also in the few other
news papers. In that announcement it was
clearly stated that non Netherlands nation-
alities have not only to bring an identifica-
tion as cedular or drivers licence but also
the residence or work permit. Even if
they live longer than 10 years on the is-
land, these persons should all have the
permanent residence permit which is
handed to them once they do not need a
yearly permit anymore.
And if they don't read this government
announcement, it is a pity, but it is still not
fair to blame anybody else.
Kind regards Brigitte Kley

Editor. After the required ten years
many residents were not 'handed'perma-
nent permits. They were told they no
longer needed permits. Other voters were
turned away when they presented the tem-
porary document that is supposed to con-
firm their residency while their new per-
mits are being processed.

(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2)
endum committee comprised of various
social groups. The committee will for-
mulate the various options and propose a
voting date. It is hoped the committee
can be installed in October.

A Recent announcements from St.
Maarten may shed light on two matters
that have been troubling residents of
The first revealed that United Tele-
communication Services (UTS) has
offered to install a new state-of-the-art
telephone system at police headquar-
ters in Philipsburg. "I believe that the
problem with the faulty telephone being
used by police will be solved within a
short while, as I have received confirma-
tion from UTS that they will donate the
new state-of-the-art system, which they
will also install for police," said State
Secretary Erno Labega. The St. Maarten
Police Force had been accused of ne-
glecting telephone calls from the general
public for some time, until it was discov-
ered that the system it is using is out-
dated and many of the calls made to the
telephone number 542-2222 are
dropped, never reaching the intended
persons within the department. Many
Bonaireans have reported that calls to
the police here have gone unanswered as
The second announcement revealed
that the island government of St.
Maarten will acquire, at its own ex-
pense, a machine that will produce
credit card-size ID cards, or sedulas.
Previously Commissioner Louie Laveist
told reporters that St. Maarten had been
trying to get a machine for some time,
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H attie, the breakfast waitress,
roughly set another beer on the
table in front of me. I stared at it, then at
the Queen's Birthday party clutter lying
ankle deep in the dining room and
pleaded, "God, Hattie, a lotta ice." I
looked out the window at the blue Carib-
bean and wondered if the coin from the
party had been worth it.
As I watched two divers jump off the
end of the pier and swim the few feet into
the reef, I could see the exact place where
my wonderful ship the Valerie Queen had
sunk. Growing nostalgic, I thought about
our days in San Francisco, the craziness
of the weekend parties in Sausalito,
drinks until dawn at the No Name Bar
and how some things never seem to
Baldi, the leader of a small group div-
ing with me, pulled up a chair, sat down,
looked at my beer, and hollered, "Hattie...
Beer and a lotta ice." Then I suddenly
became aware of naked flesh in my prox-
imity. I turned to find Baldi's traveling
companions, bikini clad and pretty, at my
elbow. Pointing to some empty chairs, I
tried a smile and ordered, "Sit."
The tall one said, "Happy Birthday,
I muttered, "Thanks. It was our
Queen's Birthday, but I'll pass it along."
The redhead asked, "Captain Don, were
you really a pirate?"
I replied, "I have been called that when
checking out guests." The Queen's Birth-
day was beginning to tell on me, and I
wondered how I was going to make it
through the day. I watched Baldi knock
back his beers across the table and knew I
had found a guy crazier than myself.
Good with people, he taught diving well,
told tales of building brick walls for a
living in Boston and traveled to Bonaire
for some great diving and lots of fun. I
was impressed.
The rented garbage truck finally ar-
rived. "Okay, Ephraim, load up and let's
get this truck on the road. We have a dive
to do."
Then, "DON! DON!" Maria, head of
housekeeping, panting frantically, ran up
to the truck. Ephraim slipped the truck
into neutral and looked out the window.
Maria breathlessly reported, "De yu di
Doktor Binkhorst tin lolo den zip." Eph-
raim leaned back and switched off the
engine. I dismounted.
Baldi, the group leader, stuck his head
over the side of the truck. "What'd she
say? What'd she say?"
I briefly considered my options, then
growled a literal translation. "Baldi, she
just told me that Doctor Binkhorst's kid
has his penis caught in his zipper. Now,
why don't you grab your tool box and get
your butt down here and give me a hand."
I won't give you the details; after all, it
was just another day in the hotel busi-
ness. Things ended well, though, and
many years later at an island reception,

one of the few that I hadn't attended, I
got the report back from Janni that a
young man, who obviously knew that she
was my lady, approached her saying, "It
wasn't me, it was my brother," and disap-
peared into the crowd. Janni failed to
comprehend his meaning or motivation
until she was told that the lad's name was
Binkhorst. Then the penny dropped,
since Janni had known the story of the
trapped penis for years.

Ingi feeding the masses

As a further follow-up, in April of 1999
a letter arrived from Dr. Binkhorst, the
young man's mother. She wanted me to
know that Gordon, whom I had rescued
some 30 years before, had obviously suf-
fered no ill effects from my ministrations
since he was now the proud father of four
children, one a set of twins.
"Baldi, get your people back on the
truck. Let's go diving." In 1968, divers
were still a novelty and heads turned as
we moved through the heart of town and
finally to the Queen's new tourist road
which ribboned north and made the entire
shore line available. Near Barcadera, a
small coral cluttered beach about 85 feet
below the road, stone steps had been
built. The truck pulled off the road near
Radio Holland's transmitter site opposite
the steps.
Horrified, I ogled the modern dive gear
falling out of the truck, all over the road.
Certified divers sometimes surprised me.
One of my lady divers nicknamed the
Goat was diving with us that day, a real
Captain Don diver. Steel tank high and
firm on her back, snorkel through her
belt, mask strap hung over the snorkel,
and the flippers where they belonged, on
her feet. She was already moving down
the steps while Baldi's people were fum-
bling and dragging their gear down the
steps, one piece at a time.
Barcadera, like most other beach en-
tries, had been totally blocked by antler
coral which grew tight to the beach, and I
had cut paths to deeper water where ant-
ler coral gave way to star coral and gor-
My normal procedure on every site was
to mark the window with an inflated Clo-
rox bottle that I secured about three feet
from the bottom. The system worked. I
also used floating condoms tied into the
soft coral. They were best, but expend-
able and very expensive.
The chromis and yellowtails with their
incredible appetites never failed to enter-
tain, and one of Baldi's princesses was
bitten, but otherwise the always pleasant
and easy dive was an uneventful 35 min-
utes and back to the beach for sun and

warm beer. I moved on down the
beach to give Baldi the shade of the
tree and some private time with his
Suddenly came some loud words,
some bad, a few in Italian, and then
the coral stones commenced to fly, : -
bad luck for me. I became a shield for -. -
the guy who was the target. The first : ';
two stones missed everything, the
third killed a cloud, and the fourth
clobbered me. I never saw it coming.
Moments later a red Texas gusher
welled from my head.
The guy behind me said, "Oh,
And Baldi said, "Hey! Why the
hell did you get in the way?"
The Goat said, "That's a big hole,
Captain Don. I can see inside your
The last of my secrets gone!
"Okay, fix it."
She replied, "A piece of cake," and
gathered some hairs from each side of the
hole, twisted them together to form
string, then pulled the string until the cut
closed, poured some more beer over it,
and said, "Come on, Captain, let's go
It was 20 minutes before the truck was
loaded, and I nodded at Ephraim to get
going. One guy said, "Great dive!" The
redhead said, "Boy! That was sure some
nifty first aid work." Baldi said, "Why'd
ya get in the way?" A guy with sea urchin
spines in his hand said, "That's a bunch
of steps, must be a thousand of them."
"Only 67," I corrected. He looked up at
me and replied, "Yeah, down! And 933
back up!"
I glanced at the Goat who was laugh-
ing, "He's right. 1,000 steps!"
I signed 11 logs that afternoon. "Dive
location-1,000 STEPS." 1 Story and
photos by don

Bonaire Reporter September 24 to October 1, 2004

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a m


Just like humans, dogs
can suffer from anxie-
ties and phobias. A typical
example is "stranger anxi-
ety." The dog is afraid of
anyone new; he runs and
hides, trembles and cowers.
(This is not to be confused
with dogs who are both fear-
ful and aggressive, or "shy-sharp," and
dogs whose exposure to life outside the
home is limited.) It may be compounded
by factors such as prior abuse. Some
dogs are innately "shy." Others learn to
be this way, taking their cues from ex-
perience, other dogs, and humans (even
well meaning ones).




much help to your fearful dog.

for a few days. Keep a leash and a bowl
of treats near the door. When your friend
knocks, calmly get up and call your dog
to the door with you. If he won't come,
just ignore him and answer the door.
Have your friend pick up a treat on the
way in, and go sit down somewhere to
chat. If your dog makes an appearance,
have your friend call him, and if he does
not run away, have your friend give him
the treat. Soon your dog will realize two
things: there are treats
living near the door,
and visitors are giving
them to him. Call him YOU will
to go with you every need the
time you answer the
door. When he comes, cooperation
ask him to sit, put the of friends an
leash on, and open the
door. Ask every visi- delivery pec
tor to take a treat from ryone, for tl
the bowl and hold it
out to him, saying his ing to e su

You will need the cooperation of
friends and family, delivery people, eve-
ryone, for this training to be successful.
Eventually, your dog will associate
strangers at the door with treats and noth-
ing but treats, and he won't remember
what it was he was so afraid of. The final
step is to carry
treats with you
on walks and when-
ever you take
him new places.
If he acts afraid
when meeting a
stranger, ignore him.
If he does not, ask the
stranger if he would
please offer him a treat
id family, (without touching him).
ople, eve- Remember, don't
his train- make a big deal out of it,
successful. don't coax him, and
never pull him towards a

The Second Step name but NOT trying stranger. Stay quiet and
The second step is to eliminate any to pet him. If he does- unconcerned, and if he
cues or reinforcement which may be n't take the treat, ig- shows any interest in a
coming from you. Don't make a big deal nore him. If he tries to run away, hold the new person, make sure he gets rewarded.
out of meeting new people with your leash, ask him to sit again (this is why Some fears are easier to address than
dog, and don't invite them to pet him, or you need prior obedience training), and others. We can control who our dog
coax him to allow it. The more indiffer- then ignore him until your visitor has ei- meets and how, but we can't control the
ent you are, the more confident he will ther left or come in and sat down. Then weather. Next time we'll discuss
be. Never reinforce fearful behavior by say "OK" and release him. "thunder phobia." [ Susan Brown
petting him or otherwise praising him.

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(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 5)
but uncooperative civil servants in Curagao
kept "moving the goal posts." The machine
was supposed to cost NAf60,000, but now
the cost seems to be only NAf 14,000. Bon-
aire has also been without an ID making
machine since before December, 2003.

A You have heard of cars and trucks
being hijacked. KLM recently announced
it had become a victim of "jumbo jack-
ing" after gunmen robbed a cargo plane at
Johannesburg's international airport. "The
group of armed men struck while freight
was being unloaded on the ramp," KLM
said in a statement. "The police intervened
and shots were exchanged, but neither pas-
sengers nor flight and ground personnel
sustained any injuries. The gunmen es-

caped in the ensuing chaos." KLM, now
part of Air France, declined to say what
was stolen from the Boeing 747-400
Combi. South African media reported the
thieves had taken gold and diamonds.

A The Regatta Committee invites:
Dive Boats, fishing boats, sailing boats,
dinghies, pleasure boats, visiting yachts,
glass bottom boats and all other floating,
moving objects to take part in the 2004
Boat Parade October 7, Thursday. The
parade will start at the Regatta House
5:30pm. The route will be: Regatta House
to Capt. Don (turn around). Then south
along Playa (speed 2,79 kn.) to Plaza Re-
sort. Turn around again, going north to
Regatta House. Boaters are asked to use a
lot of lights, have fun and make a lot of

hubaluba! Also to decorate the boat and
crew if you have a chance. If you want a
"good" position in the Parade or more in-
formation: Call or E-mail Capt. Ulf Peder-
sen on "Woodwind" today: Ph: 786 7055
or E-mail: woodwind@telbonet.an

A Volunteers are needed Sunday, Sep-
tember 26 for STINAPA's Annual Clean-
up of Klein Bonaire. If you want to help,
please sign up at STINAPA offices, Tel.
717-8444, or 717-4163. On Sunday, two
boats will leave for Klein from Harbour
Village, at 6.30 and 7.30am. There is no
place to beach the boats, so plan on a wet
trip getting from and to the boat (you'll
want to leave your cel phone at home). The
plan is to clean the coast from Nearest
Point south. They expect to be done by 12

noon. Bring water, sunscreen, a pair of
gloves. Plastic trash bags will be provided.
The volunteers signed up so far include a
group of school children.

A The Bonaire Dartclub has started its
new season playing every two weeks at
City Cafe. Their next event will be on Sun-
day, September 26th starting at 6.00 pm.
All events are open for those are interested
in an afternoon of dart-playing and sports-
manship. There's no entry-fee.

A Bonaireaanse Aquatics Club now has
a new Adult division open to fitness swim-
mers. Please contact Valarie Stimpson at
valarie@telbonet.an if you are interested in
participating. D.R./B.L.


2 ~ ,a~,~ iI I Y Y e~

T- This photo by Edmar Thode of Bonaire showing the
rough seas during the passing of Hurricane Ivan was cho-
sen as "Photo of the Week" of the popular Dutch news
Website www.nu.nl. He won an Olympus digital camera.

The debris removedfrom Playa Chachacha

A And the reef cleaning continues. Dive Inn reports that their housereef looks much better. They have been fan-
ning the sponges and turning over a lot of coral colonies. Because the tissue is still alive, the colonies have a chance to
survive. If divers want to help, they may pickup a tank at the Dive-Inn. Divers are asked to take a pre-cleaning orienta-
tion because extra caution is needed for the next few weeks. Many creatures and fishes are in a state of distress right
now because their homes and territories have been rearranged by the storm. O Babs Meulink

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B onaire is well known
as the premier Caribbean wind-
surf destination thanks to a radical
group ofwindsurfers who have made
the scene hot. They use the natural ele-
ments of air and water to enjoy one of
the most visually appealing sports. The
newest most challenging sport to come
to Bonaire is kiting. Kiters use the wind
and the water but instead of a sail, they
have a large parachute type sail that
allows them to glide over the water.
Several kiters in Bonaire used to be
windsurfers but once they crossed over
to kiting, they never went back. Kiting
is not only hot in Bonaire, it's the fast-
est growing sport on the market all
over the globe.

Kitesurfing is the newest sport on
water. In fact, in 1999, there were
probably only a few hundred kitesurf-
ers in the world. Today there are tens
of thousands. The population of
kitesurfers is growing rapidly.
The idea behind kitesurfing
is pretty basic. A kitesurfer stands on a
board with foot straps or bindings and
uses the power of a large controllable kite
to propel him/her and the board across the
Bonaire has one of the best regional
kiters sailing the south coast waters al-
most daily. Meet Jeroen Roveros.
Jeroen makes the sport look easy. It seems
effortless as he floats high in the air, per-
forming some dazzling aerial tricks. A
physical education teacher at SGB, he
considered the sport a way of life. He
started windsurfing 15 years ago in Hol-
land and graduated to kiting.
Jeroen says, "I was addicted to this
sport. I still think it's a cool water
sport." He traveled all around the east

ensure safety. The same applies in Maui.
Surfers and fisherman have the water until
11 am; then kiters and windsurfers are al-
lowed to play. It's all about a balanced
compromise to ensure safety yet equity.
Kiting is a beautiful sport and enhances
the sporting community of Bonaire. There
are a handful of responsible kiters who
take to the southwest shores to challenge
their skills in the pristine waters that sur-
round Bonaire. This is a not-to-be-missed
spectacle, so head southwest, anywhere
from Pink Beach to Atlantis and you will
be in awe of the colorful kites that grace
the skies. You will also have the opportu-
nity to see one the region's best
kiters. Jeroen and his team of kiter bud-
dies will astound you. O Ann L. Phelan

coast of Holland but lives here now, kiting Bay is not safe for kiting. It's currently

near Atlantis and Pink Beach. This expert
kiter is impressed with the conditions
here. "Kiteboarding on Bonaire is great
because the trade winds are blowing al-
most every day." says Jeroen. He also
ventures to other regional kite sites such
as Aruba and Venezuela. Currently his
favorite site to sail is secluded Las Aves,
one of the little island groups east of Bon-
aire. Jeroen is so good he has the support
and sponsorship of Brunotti Boards and
Naish Kites.
As with anything new, there is contro-
versy surrounding this extreme sport.
There are some hazards. Many beaches
around the world monitor the times kiting
is allowed or have even issued bans on
kiting. Bonaire is one such destination.
The authorities here have decided Lac

allowed on the southwest coast where off-
shore winds prevail. Jeroen's outlook on
the ban is reasonable but concerned.
"I think that in most places where kite-
boarding has been 'banned' people made a
right decision. On crowded beaches and
places where lots of people are swimming
in the water, you should ban kiteboarding.
In more and more places, kiteboarding is
not being banned because people figured
out some kind of regulation of the sport."
He goes on to say, "Also on Aruba,
where because of the very gusty winds it's
a good idea to keep the windsurfers apart
from the kitesurfers. So they banned kite-
boarding from 11 am till 5 pm. I think
that's a very good idea," says Jeroen. He
has a realistic view and a solution which
avoids bans but creates structured times to

Ann Phelan is the Bonaire based
owner of Caribbean Wind & Sun Vaca-
tions, a windsurfand eco tour specialty
travel service. She is also the Event Co-
ordinator of the Annual Bonaire PWA
King of the Caribbean. To book a trip or
consult with Ann email her at
ann@bonairewindsurfing. cor

KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
9-24 5:43 0.8FT. 21:29 2.0FT. 61
9-25 6:09 0.9FT. 11:36 1.2FT. 14:28 1.1FT. 22:18 1.9FT. 70
9-26 6:30 1.0FT. 11:46 1.3FT. 16:00 1.1FT. 23:06 1.8FT. 79
9-27 6:45 1.1FT. 12:07 1.4FT. 17:28 1.1FT. 87
9-28 0:53 1.5FT. 6:41 1.2FT. 12:37 1.5FT. 19:06 1.1FT. 92
9-29 2:09 1.3FT. 6:02 1.2FT. 13:23 1.6FT. 20:58 1.1FT. 93
9-30 14:04 1.7FT. 22:52 1.0FT. 91
10-01 0:09 1.0FT. 14:55 1.7FT. 85

3T Guaicamar I, Venezuela. Rumbacon
Abu Dai Honalee Sandpiper, USA
Angie Macaby, Netherlands Santa Maria, Sweden
Alegria, USA Maggie Scintilla, Germany
Alaluya Makai Side by Side
Aleria Marathon Sirius
Aurora Marina Em Sojourner
Avatar, USA Marnel IV Southern Cross
Bright Sea Misty Blue Starlight Dancer
Camissa, Chan Is. My Dream Israel Sylvia K
Camperdown Natural Selection, USA Sylvistre
Cape Kathryn Nonesuch, USVI Ti Amo, USA
Chacuco Nut N Honey Too pfarr out
Cop Out One Way Wind TopCat
Delphinius Ottifant Tothill
El Sabor Pamela Jean Ty Dewi, USA
Escapade Pastime Tween
Fan-Fan Polecat Ulu Ulu, USA
Flying Cloud, USA Pomona Unicorn, Norway
Frajola Pow Wow Varedhuni, Germany
Gatsby, USA Precocious Gale, USA Windmiller, Canada
Gonzo II Revid Ya-T, BVI
Grey Lady Reward Zahi, Malta
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n the last article I wrote about how to manage diabetes
nutritionally. It is important to eat:
Angdlique Salsbach foods that are low in fat, saturated fat and sugar
complex carbohydrates (your dietitian can give you recom-
mendations about meal portions)
foods that are high in fiber.
fruits and vegetables on a daily basis
Most of the time people with diabetes are afraid to eat a dessert, a little snack or
complicated meals. It is good to know that nowadays recipe books especially for
diabetes are easy to find, and you can always look for diabetes recipes on the inter-
net. Or...the easiest way is just to adjust your traditional recipes by changing the
ingredients rich in fat to low fat versions and by using sweeteners instead of sugar.
For instance you can use reduced fat margarine instead of margarine and low fat
milk instead of full cream milk.

Below are two very nice recipes. They will give you an idea of how to manage
the ingredients when making cakes and cookies for those with diabetes.

1 cup all purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda 2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger 1/2 cup reduced calorie margarine
1/2 cup egg or egg substitute 1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup Slenda granular 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray an 8x8 in. metal cake pan with vegetable cooking
spray. In small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and ginger. Set
In a large mixing bowl, beat margarine with an electric mixer on high speed for
approximately 1 minute. Add egg or egg substitute and vanilla and blend on high
speed for 30 seconds. Mixture will be very liquid. Add Splenda and beat on me-
dium speed until very smooth, approximately 1 /2 minutes.
Add flour mixture and applesauce and beat on low speed until mixed, approxi-
mately 45 seconds. Spread batter evenly into prepared pan and bake for 30 min-
utes at 350 F. Serves: 8

1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/3 cup granulated Splenda 1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 cup whole wheat flour
S/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
S1 teaspoon baking soda 2 cups oats
1 cup chopped pecan or walnuts 1/3 cup raisins (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 F. Line baking sheets with parchment or spray with non stick
cooking spray. With an electric mixer, mix butter and Splenda until light and
fluffy. Beat in vanilla. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, nutmeg
and baking soda. Gradually beat into butter mixture. By hand stir in oats, nuts and
raisins (if using). Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto prepared sheets. (the dough
will be stiff. Use the back of the spoon to flatten each cookie slightly.)
Bake for about 15 minutes, or until browned. O Angilique Salsbach


7rffv/E 130wbMlD /300,)
"The soul that moves in the world of the senses and yet keeps the senses in
harmony... finds rest in quietness." Bhagavad Gita

What can this
pose do for you?
So, the history of yoga tells us,
5000 years ago yoga postures
came from watching animals
and other natural structures.
Watching my dogs stretch
themselves after their sleep, I
am amazed at the similarities
of their stretch to our down-
ward dog pose in yoga. They
are stretching and lengthening
out their spine, shoulders, George tries it too.
chest, back of their legs, opening
and stretching out their claws,
their tail gets to stretch, and then they have the tendency to open and stretch out their
jaw by yawning. Then they go about their daily activities.
Generalizing, we humans don't stretch after we sleep, so our bodies start out each day
neglected. As the day goes on we bend, twist, stand for long periods of time, and sit
behind computers for hours. We then wonder why we feel tired at the end of the day.
The Downward Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana) is one of the best yoga-based exer-
cises you can do. It promotes a true balance between flexibility and strength. And when
done well it is a beautiful pose.If you are doing the Downward Facing Dog
correctly, you'll feel a primary stretch in the center of your hamstrings. You should
also feel a broadening of your shoulders and a lengthening and opening of your
chest. Your torso, abdomen, spine, arms, legs, and neck should feel long and
expanded. If you feel any pain or discomfort behind your knees or back, bend your
knees and lift up your heels.
Take a few minutes out of your day-go ahead try a downward facing dog pose-feel
and experience the difference it can make in your life. My challenge to you is to do
this for one minute each day for a week. Give change a chance, Desir&e

Don and Desir&e of "Yoga For You" offer classes from beginners to advanced
Call 717-2727,785-7688

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L ast week's hurricane warning was my first.. .and along with many residents
of the island, I did venture to the coast to witness the fury of the Caribbean
Sea as Ivan slowly (and luckily) changed its course. As our everyday lives returned
to normal, again I was one of the many residents who scouted the island to see the
changes in the coastline. Some of my secrets spots are gone... however, some of
the so-so beaches have changed for the better and Playa Manteka is a good example.
Playa Manteka
Not long after the hurricane watch was lifted, I started hearing of a new and im-
proved beach... so I had to check it out. The power of the waves from Hurricane
Ivan flattened and cleared Playa Manteka from all the debris that the Caribbean Sea
rejected over the years. As you may know, Playa Manteka is just after the hatchery
when you drive south from Sorobon Beach. As you drive along the shore road, you
will notice that you can now see the beach whereas before, there was an embank-
ment blocking the view. I spent quite a long time strolling along this incredibly long
beach, discovering the many sandy spots along the water's edge, and taking in the
incredible view of water crashing on the reef at Lac Bay with the distant backdrop of
the mountains of conch shells at Lac Cai. When you visit Playa Manteka, I hope
you will notice as I did, that some of the beaches have pink coral specks mixed with
the white sand giving them an amazing pink tint, while other beaches are of beauti-
ful white sand. The waves were still too strong to enter the sea safely the few times
I've visited Playa Manteka since its new face-lift, but the constant roaring of the
moving water, the crashing of the waves and the blowing wind did provide me with
a wonder haven of peace and quiet.
I visited Ol'Blue with a new friend I've made earlier this week. I met Franklyn
along the water's edge near Jeff Davis. I was hoping to find new beaches as a result
of Ivan's fury... he was looking for coquillages. He mentioned to me that Ol'Blue
is one of the most under-used beaches on the island. As I admired the most beauti-
ful aqua-colored water I've seen in a long time, Franklyn explained that because the
beach's location the currents and tides rarely affect the beach's calm waters. The
actual beach is located at the bottom of a one-meter cliff and is about 150 meters
long. Ol'Blue is made up of mostly loose coral; however, you will find it easy to
stroll this 150-meter beach if you walk along the water's edge. Small sandy spots
along the shore make entering the sea extremely easy compared to some of the
beach I've visited recently. Visitors to the beach will need to swim quite far to find
some good snorkeling sites, but the calm waters make the swim enjoyable. The top

of the cliff is all of fine white sand and an ideal location to set up for a picnic, relax
and enjoy the magnificent vistas that only Ol'Blue offers. Most of the people visit-
ing Ol'Blue are avid divers -- only enjoying this beautiful location to set-up before
disappearing into the water. I do hope that you will, as I did, consider Ol'Blue as an
alternative to your favorite beach, the peaceful environment you will find at this
beach will quickly win you over. O Josee Bolduc Frosst








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

JanArt Gallery, Kaya Gloria
7, Bonaire Local Art, Art
Supplies, Framing, and Art
Classes. Open Tu-We-Th &
Sat 10 am- 5 pm Friday 1- 7
pm; or phone 717-5246 for appt.

BonaireNet is the leading
consumer and business in-
formation source on Bon-
aire. Telephone (599) 717-
7160. For on-line yellow
pages directory information go to

Consultation, Supervision, Hyp-
notherapy,Psychotherapy Drs.
Johan de Korte, Psychologist,
Phone: 717-6919

Trees and Plants, Bonaire
grown. 8000m2 of plants and
nursery. Specializing in gar-
den/septic pumps and irriga-
tion. Kaminda Lagoen 103,
Island Growers NV (Capt. Don and
Janet). Phone: 786-0956 or 787-0956

A young female Dalmatian mix,
approx. 6 months old, was found in
the Santa Barbara area. Her owners
are lost. If anyone finds them, please
bring them to the Bonaire Animal
Shelter. This well-fed little bundle of
energy misses them very much. If this
dog is yours, or if you think you
may know
the dog's
please con-
tact the
Shelter at:

WANTED: 2-3 bedroom fur-
nished house needed Jan. 10- June
10. Budget is 500-700,00 NAF per
month. Please email tyson-
poor hotmail.com or call 785-6820.
Island references available.

For Rent: Comfortable 2-bedroom
beach villa-weekly or monthly-choice
location-Privacy & security- July 15
to Jan 15-Brochure available-Phone
(Bon) (599) 717 3293-or (US) (570)-
586 0098-e/mail larjaytee(aol.com

wo rollicking broth-
ers are blond "Gary"
and black and brown
"Rudy." These adorable
puppies are a little over two
months old and were found
dumped into someone's
yard. These guys are funny
and full of pep. Both will
grow up into medium sized
dogs. One dog is fun to
have, but two are doubly
fun when you see what silly
antics they can get into with
each other. Another nice
thing is that they keep each
other company, so you
don't have to leave the
house riddled with guilt
that you're leaving your
precious puppy all alone. If
you'd like to see Gary and/
or Rudy, stop by the Bon-
aire Animal Shelter on the
Lagoen Road, open Monday through
Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, Saturdays until 1.
Tel. 717-4989.
The Massive Free Sterilization Pro-
gram is coming soon October 18 to 30.
If you can help either in the operating
room or with transportation give Shel-

ter Director Jurrie Mellema a call at 717-
4989. He'll tell you how you can fit it. A
lot of people are putting a lot of effort
into making this program a success and
you can help! And don't forget to spread
the word to people who have unsteril-
ized dogs. OL.D.


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OCTOBER 18 to 30.

Animal Shelter's Community-wide Program

Tell Your Neighbors!


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Liven Up the NeigaOorAood with a NewOy Painted Mail6ox

Painting your mailbox can be a
very creative project. First you
will need to think of a design that is ap-
propriate for you and your family.
Think of things you enjoy and colors
that you like. Plan a design that will
make going to the mailbox a pleasurable
experience. There seem to be a lot of
bills in the boxes these days, and to have
something to smile about before you
open the mailbox can take away the
You can use the mailboxes from the
hardware stores, or build your own if
you happen to have carpenter skills. I
used an aluminum box from the hard-
ware store. Mailboxes found in Bonaire
have several different finishes: plastic,
enamel painted metal, and flat alumi-
num. All three can be used for this pro-

Here are the steps taken for the Mail-
box pictured:
1. Sand the mailbox to get a rough
surface. An electric sander works
best to get a quicker start on the
project. Sanding gives the paint a
surface to adhere to and prevents
premature peeling.
2. Start with one layer of white water-
based acrylic or latex paint. Let it
3. Next paint your background color.
You may need several coats to
build up a solid color foundation.
The key is to paint each coat lightly
and let it dry thoroughly before
applying the next layer.
4. Draw your designs on paper or
lightweight cardboard.
5. Cut out your designs and put a
piece of rolled tape on the back-
side. Move the
design around
the box to find
the best place-
ment. Be
careful with

This article is part of a series by Janice
Huckaby ofJanArt. Call 599 717-5246
or 791-5246for information on art les-
sons or to view her artworks[

the tape, it can lift up your paint if
you stick it on too hard.
6. Draw around the designs with pen-
7. For lettering take advantage of
Word Perfect and print your letters
on the computer, then transfer with
carbon paper on to the box.
8. Now paint!
9. Let the paint dry and apply a coat
of water-based varnish (available at
Global-Krioyo Paint).
10. Install your box in front of your
house and wait for fun mail to ar-
rive or at least have fun looking
at your new mailbox when the bills
come in!

Alternate Ideas:
Splatter paint or dribble paint on
your box with various colors.
Let your kids do free-style they
always amaze me with their artistic
talents when given a chance.
Use pre-cut plastic stencils to paint
your designs (found at Firgo's and
Flamingo Bookstore)
Glue on small driftwood and sea
glass pieces for a natural look.

Mailboxes are a definite avenue to
"Art for Fun!"
Please feel free to come by the JanArt
Gallery, Kaya Gloria 7, to see the mail-
box featured here! DJanice Huckaby,



Bavaria, Germany

A nnouck and Benji just returned from their latest European vacation and
took along a Reporter. The beautiful castle in the background is called
"Neuschwanstein" and is located in southern Bavaria, Germany. They felt like do-
ing a really touristy thing and joined the crowd on the tiny steel-frame 1890s
bridge that crosses a 300-foot-deep gorge across from the castle. Since Benji is
very agoraphobic, he didn't have much time to direct the volunteer photographer

WIN GREAT PRIZES! Take a copy of The Bonaire Reporter with you on your next trip or
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This list is compiled by the staff of Digital FM 91.1 and shows this week's (TW) and last week's
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New! Usually 9:00pm
The Bourne
(Matt Damon)
Early Show (usually 7pm)
White Chicks
Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAf10,50 (incl. Tax)
High Schoolers NAf7,75
SATURDAY 4 PM Two Brothers
King Arthur

Until September 25, at Cinnamon Art
Gallery an exhibition of"Nochi" Coffie's
Sunday September 26, the Bonaire Dart-
club meets at City Cafe, starting at 6.00 pm
for an afternoon of dart-playing and sports-
manship. (see page 8).
Tuesday, September 28-NEW DATE-
RAISING DINNER, Chez Nous, at 7 pm.
To help send four students to study cuisine
in Italy for 4 weeks. Call for reservations

October 3-10-37th Annual Bonaire In-
ternational Sailing Regatta
Wednesday, October 6-Bonaire Regatta
Run/Walk, 5 km, 5 pm, sponsored by
Comcabon. Tel. Richard Pietersz at 717-
8629 to si.u
October 7-9-3rd International Ladies
Softball Tournament, Sonrisa Ballpark at
Tera Cora. Games Begin at:
Friday, Oct. 7, 7.00 pm
Saturday, Oct 8,2 pm
Sunday, Oct 9, 10 am; Championship
Game at 4.00 pm.
Sunday, Oct. 10th at 5 pm at KonTiki, The
Down Town Dixie Society band from the
Netherlands. There will be snacks and
drinks. Entrance is free. This concert is
sponsored by Budget Rent a Car.

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
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
introduces Time Sharing and how to save
on your next vacation. 6:15 to 7 pm
Tuesday-BonaireTalker Dinner/
Gathering at Gibi's Terrace-6:30pm
-call Jake at 717-6773 or e-mail
jake@bonairetalk.com for more infor.
Tuesday -Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10 per person.
Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at
565-5225 717-7500, ext. 14.
Wednesday -Meditation at Donkey Beach
from 7:30 to 8:30 pm. Open to all. Call S.
H.Y. 790-9450
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.
Saturdays during summer Rincon Mar-
she opens at 6 am 2 pm. Enjoy a Bo-
nairean breakfast while you shop: fresh
fruits and vegetables, gifts, local sweets and
snacks, arts and handicrafts, candles, in-
cense, drinks and music.
Every day by appointment -Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Authen-
tic Bonairean kunuku. $12 (NAfl12 for
Bonaire residents). Tel 717-8489, 540-
Daily- The Divi Flamingo Casino is open
daily for hot slot machines, roulette and
blackjack, Monday to Saturday 8 pm- 4
am and Sunday 7 pm- 3 am.

Sunday- Discover Our Diversity Slide
Show, Buddy Dive at the pool bar, 7 pm
Wednesdays (2nd and 4th) Turtle Conserva-
tion Slide Show by Andy Uhr. Carib Inn
seaside veranda, 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, yarns, a few slides. Guaranteed
85% true. Aquarius Conference Room.
Captain Don's Habitat 8:30 pm Tel. 717-

The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Valarie
Stimpson at 785-3451 or Valrie@telbonet.an
Cinnamon Art Gallery Volunteers to
help staff gallery during the day. Contact
Wendy Horn, at 717-3902 or 785-9700.
Bonaire National Marine Park 717-8444.
Bonaire Animal Shelter -7174989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.
Jong Bonaire (Youth Center)- 717-4303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child
Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics Contact Delno Tromp,

AA meetings -every Wednesday; Phone 717-
6105; 560-7267 or 717- 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 Kooy-
man's. All levels invitedNAf5 enty fee.Call
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, sec. Jeannette Rodriguez.
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 diRei, Rincon. Enjoy the view from
'The King's Storehouse" while learning about
Bonaire's history and culture and visit typical
homes from the 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. 717-
Sunday at Cai- Live music and dancing
starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai. Dance to
the music of Bonaire's popular musicians.

Bonaire Reporter September 24 to October 1, 2004

Lecture organized by the Rosicrucian
Order AMORC at Jong Bonaire

The origin of the Rosicrucian philosophy is
in the tradition, philosophy and myths of
ancient Egypt. Thousands of years ago in
Egypt schools were founded to study the
laws of life and the universe. Only serious
students were admitted to these schools,
where they were initiated into the so-called
'mysteries.' These were really natural laws,
but to the ignorant they were mysterious.
Today some of these laws are widely
known, such as the law of karma and rein-
carnation. But although many people talk
about these laws, they do not always have a
deep understanding of them. The Rosicru-
cian Order AMORC, an international non-
profit organization, can help you explore
these topics. On 24 September 2004 the

Rincon Marshe- every Saturday 6 am to
3 pm. Open market in Bonaire's historic
town. Soldachi Tours show you the Rin-
con area. Alta Mira
Nature Walking Tour at 6:30 am. Town
Walking tour at 9:30, Bus Tour at 10.
Call Maria at 717-6435 to reserve.
International Bible Church of Bonaire -
Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle)
Sunday Services at 9 am; Sunday Prayer
Meeting at 7:00 pm in English. Tel. 717-8332
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire. Wil-
helminaplein. 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,

Bonairean section of AMORC, the founda-
tion Parthenon AMORC Bonaire, is organiz-
ing a public lecture on some aspects of the
Rosicrucian philosophy. The lecture is enti-
tled: 'Verlichting is verplicht-
ing' (Enlightenment entails obligation) and
will be held by Mr. Michiel Bijkerk. The
lecture will be in Dutch, but anybody should
feel free to ask questions or join in the dis-
cussion in English or Papiamentu. The lec-
ture starts at 7 pm in one of the rooms of
Jeugdhuis Jong Bonaire. The evening will
end before 11 pm. Anyone interested is wel-
come. Entrance is free. O M.B.

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 ofCoromoto 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
pm. 717-2194
New Apostolic Church, Meets at Kaminda
Santa Barbara #1, Sundays, 9:30 am. Ser-
vices in Dutch. 717-7116.

Send events to The Bonaire Reporter
Email reporter@bonairenews.com
Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 791-7252


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The Best Guide To Bonaire for Shore Diving

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Segatta 2004 preparations are hotting up. You will be
able to register for Regatta on Saturday October 2nd
at the Kas di Regatta on the waterfront.

But Regatta is not only for sail boaters. During Regatta week there are
many other activities, and if you want to know more about them, here are your
The Nations Parade, Sunday Oct. 3rd Contact Felix (Papy) Cicilia tel. (5999)
560-7440 or at Dept. of Culture
Kayak Races, Wednesday and Thursday Oct. 6th and 7th. Contact Andre Nahr at
Bonaire Dive and Adventure tel. (599) 717-2227
The 19th Comcabon/Web Regatta Run, Wednesday Oct. 6th. Contact Mr. R.
Pieters at tel. (599) 717-8629
The Teener's Parade, Wednesday Oct. 6th. Contact Mrs. Lilian Domacasse at
tel. (599) 717-8183
The Working Boat Parade, Thursday October 7th. Contact Capt. Ulf Pedersen
of Woodwind at tel. 560-7055
The Niki Tromp Youth Bike Show, Saturday October 9th. Contact Mr. Chumey
Bomba at tel. (599) 717-6873 or (5999) 518-4565
The 3rd International Ladies Softball Tournament, October 7th to 9th
Contact Edsel Pieter at 7860406.






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City Shop is Bonaire's mega-store for TV, Stereos,
Air conditioning, large and small kitchen appliances,
computers. Name brands, guarantees and service cen-
Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest
number of services, branches and ATMs of any Bon-
aire bank. They also offer investments and insurance.
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials, wax-
ing and professional nail care.
De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; profession-
ally repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top
brand bikes. Have your keys made here.
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 es-
sential in your dive bag. The latest information on
Bonaire's shore dive sites.
APA Construction are professional General
Contractors. They also specialize in creating patios
and walkways with fabulous sprayed and stamped
concrete pavement.
See Restaurant Guide for The Seahorse Cyber Cafe.
Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch
dive shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade
on Bonaire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive com-
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Dive Inn Seven studio apartments and dive shop/
school directly on the waterfront in the heart of town.
Friendly, highly experienced with an exceptional

Bonfysio offers comprehensive fitness programs to
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just keeping in shape. Convenient schedule.
Fit 4 Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in Pi-
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Green Label has everything you need to start or main-
tain your garden. They can design, install and maintain
it and offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden
Golden Reef Inn is the affordable alternative with
fully equipped studio apartments in a quiet Bonaire
neighborhood. Just a 3-minute to diving and the sea.
b c b- Botterop Construction Bonaire N.V., offers
outstanding fabrication of all metal products, includ-
ing stainless. Complete machine shop too.
Kodarama- the only digital lab and studio handles all
digital media and offers the largest variety of profes-
sional services -across from MCB Bank
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center of-
fers fast, fine processing for prints and slides plus a
variety of items and services for your picture-taking
Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's oldest real
estate agent. They specialize in professional cus-
tomer services and top notch properties.
Re/Max Paradise Homes: International/US connec-
tions. 5% of profits donated to local community.
Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and in-
surance 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. Elec-
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Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun
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Woodwind has it all: Smooth trimaran sailing, to
Klein Bonaire, affordable prices, snorkeling with
equipment, guide, drinks, snacks. Call 560-7055
Special Security Services will provide that extra
measure of protection when you need it. Always reli-
able. Call 717-8125.
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
FedEx agent. Call 717-8922/8033.
Tropical Flamingo is convenient, clean, modern, ef-
ficient and has the lowest prices on Bonaire. Located
behind NAPA.
Visit Warehouse Bonaire to shop in a large, spotless
supermarket. You'll find American and European
brand products. THE market for provisioning.
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 Nau-
tico at 560-7254. Ride the Kantika di Amor or Skiffy.
Hotel pickup too.
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now try the best: best prices, highest quality wines
from around the world, kept in a cooled warehouse.
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Page 16


I Jan-Pieter and oS SO -vande6Hoek6

SrT he first time I came to Bonaire
I was in 1992 when I worked as
an intern for six months with "Bejolha,"
a construction company. I liked it so
much that after I'd been in the military
service I came back in 1995 to work for
the same company as the assistant man-
ager. Alas, the company went bankrupt
after two years and I moved to Curagao
in 1997 where I started working for
Habibe & Maia architects. Four years
later I moved on to another company,
IMD (design). One day some interns
who were working for IMD asked me to
come with them to Bonaire to give them
a tour, as I had lived there. They went by
boat, I went by plane and somehow we
missed each other until I found them
back at Karel's. I started talking to some
old friends of mine while the interns
moved on to City Cafe and there comes
this girl straight towards me and she
says: "Hey, how are you doing!" I said:
Okay, but do I know you? Then she real-
ized she was talking to the wrong guy
and she apologized, we introduced our-
selves and we started chatting and she
told me she was studying in Holland and
worked for the time being as an intern
with the Tourist Office, TCB. That was
Roosje Goeloe from Bonaire. I thought
she was a nice girl, cute too... and it
hadn't been very often that a girl had
made a pass at me." "We actually met",
Roosje says, "because I thought Jan-
Pieter was somebody else. That some-
body also showed up that night and I
ended up talking to two Dutch boys and I
didn't really know either one of them. It
was August 24, 2002. We exchanged our
phone numbers and when Jan-Pieter
went back to Curacao the next day I
called him to wish him a good trip." "I
thought it was very thoughtful of her to
call me", JP says, "but in Curacao it was
back to the old routine. Three weeks
later Roosje returned to Holland to com-
plete her studies and life took its course
again. But somehow, in those two little
hours that we'd been talking to each
other, we'd exchanged so much informa-
tion that we kept in touch by phone and
E-mail. Slowly but gradually we found
out that we had a lot in common; the
same upbringing, the same standards and
values, the same way of thinking and the
same interests." "Funny thing was,"
Roosje says, "that when we were chat-
ting, I was typing something without
looking at the screen and when I looked
up I saw JP had written what I'd been
writing! Scary! Still, at that time there
were no butterflies... yet! What we did
have was a foundation, a friendship that
became more and more solid. I realize
and I feel very strongly that it was a
blessing the way Jan-Pieter and I met in
Bonaire when neither one of us was liv-
ing there at the time. I was born in Bon-
aire in 1979, I have a brother, Paulo,

who's 15 and my sister Angela is ten
years old. When I was little I always
wanted to become a secretary, just like
my mom. Later on I thought of becom-
ing a lawyer as I was very capable of
defending myself in the battles I had
with my mother! When I finished HAVO
I went to Holland in 1997 to study Tour-
ism and Recreation at Breda University
of Professional Education. I lived in Hol-
land for five-and-a-half years, but always
with the intention to come back to Bon-
aire." "I was born in Amsterdam in 1970,
but I grew up in Enschede, in the eastern
part of Holland," says JP. "I've one
brother who's 30 years old. First I stud-
ied MAVO, then I went to Polytechnic
School and after that to Higher Profes-
sional Education where I became a
Bachelor of Science in construction engi-
neering. My father was a policeman, my
mom a homemaker. She never came to
the Antilles because of a lung disease

"As we had to fly back and
forth all the time in order
to see each other, we
realized that something had
to be done; somebody had
to move so we could be

that wouldn't allow her to fly. Sadly, she
passed away this year, February 16th. My
father and brother used to visit me fre-
quently and my dad always carried his
video camera around saying: I'm coming
here with two pairs of eyes... as he put
everything on video for my mom to see.
My idea to come to the Antilles... I think
I picked it up when I was about eight
years old listening to my mother's
brother's stories about the Antilles where
he served as a marine," he grins. Look-
ing at Roosje, he proceeds: "Roosje
came back to Bonaire in April 2003.
Two days later she came to Curacao, but
not to see me: Her little sister had fallen
dreadfully ill and was institutionalized in
Curagao. Her mother had called me,
what she'd done before, to ask me if I
could take her and a friend from the air-
port to the institute, but she didn't tell me
that Roosje was coming too. The mo-
ment I saw her, her curly head, I felt this
big smile appearing on my face and I
thought: Is it really true? And that's
when it happened!" "We were good
friends, we had a real strong bond, we
were real soul mates and when we saw
each other we knew it was more than
friendship," Roosje smiles, holding Jan-
Pieter's hand. "When Angela got en-
cephalitis in December 2002 and on top
of that a bad virus as well we feared for

the worst and I stopped my studies and
came back to be with my family and to
support them. When my mother brought
her over from Curagao to Bonaire it was
a big thing, as Angela needed round the
clock care and my mother couldn't give
up her job because she needed her in-
come. But my mom fought to have her
back. Angela is completely paralyzed
and she can't speak or eat, but once she
was home, she became a different child
within a month. She gained weight and
started reacting. Now she's fine, men-
tally, physically she will never be the
same, but she's fighting, she's a fighter. I
wasn't prepared to come and work here
and had to look for something. When I
heard BonairExel was looking for stew-
ardesses, I thought: Why not! I sent them
my CV and it appeared that I was over-
qualified, so I became the sales & mar-
keting assistant. Now I'm their sales rep-
resentative. As we had to fly back and
forth all the time in order to see each
other we realized that something had to
be done; somebody had to move so we
could be together. We tried Aruba, it was
sort of neutral, but we couldn't find any-
thing there. Jan-Pieter applied for a job
with Fundashon Cas Boneiriano, with
Taxabon and Jacobs Architects on Bon-
aire and it was Jacobs Architects who
wanted him as from March on, but he
still had to resign his old job, so he
started with Jacobs Architects April 1st'
2004." "I really had a great job with
IMD and I liked my boss a lot, but I
wanted to be with Roosje," Jan-Pieter
says. December 24th 2003, she'd pro-
posed to me during a dinner at Mai Mai.
She'd given me a beautiful watch and
had left me totally speechless! It was a
wonderful experience! Later on we heard
that my parents were engaged the same
day, 40 years ago. I didn't want to tell
my mom about the engagement as she
was hospitalized and I was afraid the

excitement would be too much for her.
We went to Holland but the day we left
my dad called me to tell us that she'd
passed away. I felt sad, I wished Roosje
had met her, could have hugged her, they
only knew each other through phone
calls, but even so, my mom was crazy
for her." "I felt very disappointed that I'd
never met his mom," Roosje goes on,
looking at JP, caressing his hand, "but JP
told me: 'Don't you worry, because now
she'll be at our wedding. She could
never fly, but this time she'll be there."'
And at the cremation in Holland the
whole family embraced me and told me:
"She loved you and she wanted to meet
you so badly." We got married August
24th 2004." "It was a special wedding,"
JP says, "my brother Marcel told me:
'Traditional is for people who can't be
original,' and that tells everything in a
nutshell about the wedding. We didn't
need God's blessing spoken by someone
we didn't know. Our parents blessed us
and we felt blessed, we are blessed...."
He looks at Roosje with so much tender-
ness: "I am rich; I've got a wife who's
beautiful, inside and out, I can eat a
sandwich every day and I have a roof
over my head, that's enough and it's the
same way for Roosje; we're happy."
Roosje kisses his hand: "It can only get
better. Sometimes I am afraid of so much
happiness, but the last words of my dedi-
cation during the wedding were: 'I don't
know where life will take us, but I know
I will be there for
you; to talk to, to
listen, to laugh
and to comfort
you, to adore
you, to long for
you and to love
you with all my
heart."'" Greta

Bonaire Reporter beptemDer 24 to uctoDer 1, zuu4

Jan-Pieter and Roosje van der Hoek

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C ircus Suarez of Mex-
ico blew into town
about the same time as Ivan.
Fortunately it stayed longer.

Photos by Hendrik Wuyts (Scuba Vision)

*to find it, just look up

The Five
Nights Of
The Harvest
And Two
Fun Things
You Can Do
With It!"

N ext
we will be
treated to sev-
eral nights of
the Harvest
Moon. But
what exactly is
a Harvest
Moon? Let me explain. A harvest, according to the dictionary, is simply the act of
gathering in a crop or the harvested crop itself and for centuries at this time of year
across North America and Europe the fall harvest took place. So traditionally the full
Moon closest to the first day of fall, the Autumnal Equinox, was called the Harvest
Moon. And since the Autumnal Equinox occurs this week on Wednesday the 22nd,
next Tuesday night, the 28th, will be the official night of the Harvest Moon. Tradi-
tionally though, the Harvest Moon doesn't last just one night but also includes the
almost full Moons two nights before the full Moon and the almost full Moons two
nights after.
You see the Moon normally rises approximately 50 minutes later each successive
night except for the Harvest Moon which rises only 20 to 25 minutes later each night.
The astronomical reason for this is that the path of the full Moon closest to the Au-
tumnal Equinox makes a much smaller angle with the horizon than at any other time
of the year. Now before the invention of electric lights this was very important to
farmers at harvest time because it meant that they could work after sunset for several
evenings in a row gathering in their crops by the bright light of the Harvest Moon.
Today however, with mechanized farming and artificial lighting, harvesting goes on
24 hours a day. So the Harvest Moon has lost its original significance.
One thing, though, it will never lose its incredible beauty because for five nights we
will see it rise shortly before or shortly after sunset. And all rising full Moons always
look bigger and more colorful, usually orangeish like a pumpkin, than when they're
overhead. The reason the Moon looks more colorful as it rises is because we see it
through thicker and dustier layers of our Earth's atmosphere than when it's overhead.
And although it looks bigger at the horizon it is just an illusion, which you can prove
to yourself.
In fact, if you take a dime and hold it out at arm's length when the Harvest Moon is
close to the horizon you will see that it covers exactly the same amount of the Moon
as it does when the Moon is at its highest. And if you want to try another Moon illu-
sion, simply bend over at the waist and look at the rising Harvest Moon upside down
between your legs and bingo! It will instantly look smaller than when you look at it
right side up.
So don't miss the five nights of the Harvest Moon next week, beginning on Sunday
night the 26th, through Thursday night the 30th. Believe me it will be more than a
dime's worth of fun and a dozen times more beautiful! O Jack Horkimer

Moon Info New Moon September 28th C : First Quarter October 6th

SFull Moon October 14 : Last Quarter October 20th


SFor the week:
September 24 to October 1, 2004

By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Empty promises are evident. A long, quiet walk alone
may help you sort out your thoughts. You should be raising your self esteem and
confidence in order to promote your work. Do not react too harshly when dealing
with partners. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Don't be afraid to talk to close friends or relatives
about pressing personal problems. Moneymaking opportunities will surface. Think
about your priorities. Don't push your mate if you want to keep this union going.
Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Try not to argue about trivial matters. Your bank-
book will suffer and your restrictions will put a damper on your relationship. You
must make sure that all your personal documents are in order. Your charisma will no
doubt attract a lot of attention. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Make sure that you make reservations early. Don't be
too hard on your mate. Complete those hobbies you started a long time ago. Sort
situations out as best you can. Watch your spending habits. Your lucky day this
week will be Friday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Don't push your mate away. Don't let individuals with
wild schemes talk you into a financial deal that is not likely to be successful. Keep
busy and let them fume while you're not around. Don't hesitate to go ahead with any
plans for entertainment. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) You may have more to do with children this week;
keep an open mind. You can make new friends and get involved in new hobbies suc-
cessfully. Don't overextend your self in order to add luxury items to your entertain-
ment center. Communication must be open, precise, and honest. Your lucky day this
week will be Monday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You can meet friends who will let you know how
valuable you are. You can meet potential new mates, but make sure that they aren't
already committed to someone else. Your high enthusiasm will be sure to inspire
anybody around you. You can ferret out secret information if you just listen to what
others have to say. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) This will not be the best day for communication
or travel. Don't count on getting any help from those you live with. Balance is re-
quired if you want stability. Use your intellectual approach to get the best results.
Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) You need to take a break with the ones you
love. You will be up and down emotionally. You are best to get out of the house this
week. Compromise if you wish to have any fun at all. Your lucky day this week will
be Wednesday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Your unique approach to life will interest others.
You will easily charm members of the opposite sex. Your goals will be in reach if
you direct your energy wisely. Acknowledge your lover's needs. Your lucky day this
week will be Saturday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You could overreact to emotional situations re-
garding your relationship. You should channel your efforts into getting rid of bad
habits. Opportunities for new romantic encounters will unfold through the social
events you attend. Be honest in your communication and don't lose your cool if
someone backs you into a corer. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You will have to control the way you feel. Attempt to
face key issues with lovers or problems could escalate. Don't spend too much on
products that promise amazing cosmetic results. Be tolerant, but don't let any one
take you for granted. Your lucky day this week will be Friday. 1

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