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Returning the dogs to their owners:
Volunteer Jella van Berkum, Dr. Hans
Lambeek, Dog catcher Garry, Shelter
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A court in Curacao has offi-
cially declared Dutch Carib-
bean Airlines (DCA) bankrupt and
appointed two attorneys as trustees, to
be supervised by judge of instruction
Frans Vennix. The final flight from
Trinidad was flown October 19. Many
members of the flight crew went to the
airport to welcome back their col-
leagues on the airline's last DC-9 to
land. Later that night the flag at DCA
was flown at half-mast, but in the morn-
ing management gave instructions to
raise it to the top again.

AThe successor of Dutch Carib-
bean Airlines (DCA) will be flying in
three months, Curaqao Aviation Com-
missioner Ivar Asjes predicted. Asjes,
in Aruba attending the Caribbean Tour-
ism Conference 27, told the St. Martin
Daily Herald that the government
would not have shares in the new com-
pany. Talks are ongoing with American
Eagle, and Air Jamaica has also shown
"The agreement will be on the basis
of outsourcing operations and manage-
ment," said Asjes. He said that if an
airline was chosen to conduct the flights
the agreement would be that the airline
would have an Antillean identity. "The
Executive Council hasn't chosen a
name yet, but it will most likely have
something to do with 'Curaqao Air.' It
will have our identity and our colors.
The crew will be Antillean. The idea is
that the people who work for DCA will
have employment again. We're looking
for a sustainable solution to the DCA
problem," said Asjes. He revealed that
though other airlines had also shown
interest, his personal preference was for
American Eagle, as a deal with this
Puerto Rico-based daughter company of
American Airlines would mean unlim-
ited access to its code share agreements.
"We hope to have the new carrier op-
erational within three months," the
commissioner said.
Companies that fly the same routes
that DCA serviced have in the mean-
time increased their flight frequency

A The conference on the Kingdom
Charter organized by University of St.
Martin and the Constitutional Affairs
Bureau last weekend emphasized that
the presentation of the Jesurun report,
which proposes to eliminate the Nether-
lands Antilles and make St. Maarten
and Curaqao autonomous countries,
with Bonaire, Statia and Saba becoming
Kingdom islands, surfaced a possible
objection to the process. Aruba's rul-
ing party indicated that Aruba is ex-
tremely reluctant to make any major
changes in the 50-year-old Kingdom
Charter because it fears this will affect
its own separate status.

A "Today I am free and the struggle
for a better Curaqao continues," said
FOL leader Anthony Godett after he
was released from prison last week
pending his trial in the Campo Alegre
brothel corruption case. "The grounds
on which the detention was based are
no longer present," ruled the court.
The detention of FOL advisor Nelson
Monte, Giovanni Van lerland and
Campo lawyer, Leslie Franklin, was
also annulled, but since they are already
serving other sentences, they remain in
Godett was arrested at the start of
September on allegations he was a
member of a criminal organization, ac-
cepting bribes and fraud. He was also
accused of being involved in the alleged
illegal activities of the recently de-
ceased former Antillean Justice Minis-

ter, Ben Komproe. Godett has denied
the allegations. In another case, Godett
was convicted on appeal in June and
sentenced to 15 months jail for bribery,
fraud and money laundering. He is ap-
pealing to the Dutch Supreme Court.

A Arian van der Werff, BonairExel
Station Manager for Curaqao, sent us
the new (winter) schedule beginning
Sunday, October 31st for Bonaire/
CuracaoExel flights affecting Bon-
aire. You can get more information on
line at www.exelaviationgroup.com,
fly@bonairexel.an, at the airport or call
717-0707. Highlights of the schedule
More flights between Bonaire and
Curaqao: 7 departures per day, 7 days
per week, roughly every two hours
from 7 am to 7 pm.
More flights between Bonaire and
Aruba: 3 departures per day, 7 days
per week, one non-stop and two
flights via Curaqao.
A daily flight to St. Maarten via
Curaqao, 7 days a week

A The Netherlands Antilles Postal
Service announced that it has made an
agreement with the Exel Aviation
Group to use its services through the
Netherlands Antilles and Aruba for
the transportation of mail.
The company noted in a recent press
release that it had in the past used the
now defunct Dutch Caribbean Airlines
(DCA) and had to seek alternative
means of transporting its mail through
the islands.

A The escalation of violence in home
robberies has prompted the leader of the
ruling PDB party, Ramonsito Booi, to
invoke Article 26 of the ENRA (The
fundamental law defining the relation-
ship between the Netherlands and the
island territories of the Antilles) to ask
for direct help from Holland to solve
the crimes. See pages 6 and 7 for more

A Frequent burglaries are forcing the
Bonaire Government to rethink the care
provided by its general practitioners
("house doctors"). In Antriol and Rin-
con clinics are regularly burglarized.

Ramon de Leon, BMP Manager 4
Animal Sterilization Success 5
Follow-up: Terror on Bonaire 7
Seaside Spots (Klein Bonaire) 8
Yoga (Mediations from the Mat) 9
Following His Dream (Rene Zande) 9
Gardner (Plant Variety) 10
Hospital Catering 10
(Wedding Netty and Netto Bernabela) 11
New FKPD Center 13
Fatum Celebrates 100 years 13
Turtle Travels (Tom) 14
Nearest Point (Capt. Don) 17

Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Police Update 6
Letter (Impact of Crime) 6
Vessel List & Tide Table 9
Picture Yourself (Cedar Falls and
Bonaire, Caribbean Sea) 11
Pet of the Week (Lucky) 12
Classifieds 12
Hit Parade 15
What's Happening 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
On the Island Since
(Hendrik Wuyts) 18
Bonaire Sky Park 19
The Stars Have It 19

One clinic reports break-ins several
times a week. In most cases the sy-
ringes and medical supplies are the tar-
get. A preliminary study of the situation
indicates that most of the clinic build-
ings are in bad condition. The services
of an architect have been secured for
the purpose of creating new quarters.
Draft sketches of a medical center in
Rincon have already been drawn.

AThis Thursday, October 28, there
will be a presentation and signing of
Dos and Bertie Winkel's new book,
"Eye on St. Maarten, Saba, St.
Eustatius" at 5:30 pm, followed by a
film showing of "Eye on the Carib-
bean," photographed by Hendrik
Wuyts of ScubaVision. The "Eye on the
Caribbean" DVD will also be for sale.
Both events are free and will be at
Bongo's Beach Bar at the Eden Beach
(Continued on page 4)

Anthony Godett

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Reporters: Zamir Ayubi, Josee Bolduc Frosst, Laura Buchbinder,
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Bonaire Reporter October 29 to November 5, 2004

Page 3

(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2)

*Television Distribution Systems
(TDS), the Curaqao-based wireless
cable TV company, provided, at no
charge, a connection with its net-
work for the Bonaire public library.
In a brief ceremony last week TDS
representative Hugo Zimmerman
handed over the remote control to
Dorothy Cicilia of the library.

A The first Rincon Cooking Festi-
val, the "Prom6 Festival di K6kinan di
Rincon" will be held this Sunday, Oc-
tober 31st at the Terrasa La Tropi-
cana in the heart of Rincon. Pass by
between 11 am and 3 pm for tasting
and find out why Rincon cooks are
some of the best on the island!

A KonTiki Restaurant at Sorobon
has organized a Salsa-Meringue
party with the popular Rumba-Band
from Curaqao. The last two times they
played nearly everyone in the audience
was dancing or could just not sit still.
Don't miss it this Sunday, October
31st from 5 to 8 pm! O G/L.D.


he new Bonaire National Marine
Park Manager, Ramon de Leon,
brings a wealth of experience and enthu-
siasm to the job. He has the added ad-
vantage of having lived and worked on
Bonaire for the past six years. "I feel
very comfortable on Bonaire; the people
are very open and I have many friends."
It was, in fact, his friends and colleagues
on the island who encouraged him to ap-
ply for the Marine Park Manager posi-
tion. After two months on the job he is
convinced it was a good decision: "The
job is ideal it combines science and div-
ing. There's so much to do; every day is
different. I'm really having fun and the
staff is great."
It almost seems that Ramon was prepar-
ing for this job since childhood. Born in
Carmelo, Uruguay, November 1, 1962,
Ramon has always been interested in sci-
ence and nature. He learned to dive when
he was 12 while visiting his father in
Mexico. (His father was one of some
400,000 Uruguayans forced to flee the
country during the reign of the repressive
military dictatorship of the 1970s.) His
fascination with the sea led him to select
the rather unusual major of Oceanogra-
phy when he went to college in Montevi-
deo. "I came from a very small town and
even my family thought it was an unusual
After graduating, he had an opportunity
to travel to France to participate in a fresh
water ecology project. When he returned
to South America he combined teaching
and research at the University in Monte-
video with summer work at Chile's Ant-
arctic Institute, studying marine plankton

ecology and water chemistry. He worked
primarily on King George Island where
he met people from many nations sta-
tioned in Antarctica during the summer.
Upon returning from Chile, he decided to
become a dive instructor and completed
his training in Brazil. Subsequently, he
and a friend opened their own dive school
in Uruguay: "No, the diving in Uruguay
is not so good not like Bonaire, but the
beaches are beautiful."
In 1998 he came to Bonaire on a dive
trip and liked it so much that he decided
to try to get a job here. Fluent in three
languages Spanish, Portuguese, and
French and experienced in diving with
nitrox and other mixed gases, he was im-
mediately hired by Plaza Resort. While
at Plaza he added English to his linguistic
repertoire and progressed to manager of
their dive operation. Ramon met Silvia
de Boer, his future wife, there. After leav-
ing Toucan Divers he worked for several
other dive operations before applying for
the Marine Park job.
When asked about his "vision" for the
future of the Marine Park, Ramon noted
that he and STINAPA staff have been
meeting weekly for strategic planning. "I
believe you need to protect the reef for
people (both tourists and locals) to use
and enjoy. Education is critical. If you
need to continue to spend the same sig-
nificant portion of your budget on en-
forcement, you aren't doing the job right.
Bonaire has a history of conserving na-
ture and we must ensure that this attitude
continues in the future."
Ramon views the Marine Park volun-
teer organization as a valuable resource.

Bonaire Reporter October 29 to November 5, 2004


Ramon de Leon

In addition to special projects such as
tying the sponges that were dislodged by
Hurricane Ivan back onto Town Pier pil-
lars, he wants to use them to solve larger,
long-term problems. He closed by com-
menting again on the support he has re-
ceived from the larger Bonaire society -
government, NGOs, businesses and indi-
viduals. Such support is critical for both
the Marine and Land Parks.
After chatting with Ramon for over an
hour we were struck by the extent to
which his varied life experiences marine
research, teaching, dive operation man-
agement, underwater rescue have pre-
pared him for this job. But perhaps even
more important here on Bonaire is his
affinity for people from all backgrounds
and nationalities. A telling example of
the extent to which he has become a true
resident of Bonaire is that after his recent
wedding, over 80 people from 15 differ-
ent countries dropped by to celebrate this
event. Ramon is a valuable addition to
Bonaire's Marine Park and we look for-
ward to seeing the Park thrive under his
management. O Laura Buchbinder

Page 4



Volunteers Jella van Berkum and Greta Koois-
tra prepare a patient

It was a community-wide effort and a lot of *-
good work was done sterilizing dogs who are
present and future puppy factories. The turnout of
residents bringing in dogs was impressive. As of
Tuesday morning, the 26th, 151 dogs were steril-
ized, mostly females (nine males). Many of the Others added, "As we work together everything goes smoother
females were already pregnant, at least two with 10 Thepatient is carried to the operating room. and smoother." All the vets brought their own instruments, but
pups each. A number of the dogs were malnourished due to the stringent security laws in the US the vets from the US
and anemic. One female's life was saved by the program when it was discovered that and Canada couldn't bring medicines but did bring operating room materials (sutures,
she had a diseased uterus that would have eventually killed her. Everyone has been very bandages, pads, rubber gloves, etc.) The Dutch vet, however, was able to bring all the
enthusiastic the vets, the volunteers and those people from the community who medications. Volunteer vets are: Mary Lovie and Cheryl Yuill, Canada; Charlie Brown,
brought in the dogs. Trisha Durrance and Tom Nemetz, US; Hans Lambeek, Holland.
Dr. Mary Lovie, who has been part of sterilization programs all over the world, said Thanks to all the generous volunteers and donors who have made the Sterilization
she was impressed with the "fabulous organization, the volunteers, the whole program." Program a huge success. 0 L.D.

Bonaire Reporter October 29 to November 5, 2004

Page 5

L a 0. A

I would like to express my concern
regarding the seriousness of crime in
Bonaire and the impact it has on all of us.
Safety and security is a basic human
need. If this need is not met it interferes
with how we develop as individuals and
the choices we make for ourselves and
our society. When people no longer feel
safe at home in their beds and the inci-
dence of crime becomes commonplace it
ultimately affects the decisions we make
about where we will live and work, where
our children are educated and what plans
we make for the future.
Factors such as government, finance,
the economy, tourism, are all inter-related
in this sense. For an economy that is
largely dependent on tourism, the in-
crease in crime has already made a dent in
the numbers of tourists who return to
Bonaire. The accuracy and frequency of
crimes being reported to the police and
via the newspapers does not speak to the
number of tourists and visitors who report
them when they return to their respective
homes elsewhere in the world. Whether
annoyance crimes or violent, it has an
effect on everyone. Bonaire may be a
diver's paradise, but divers have to sur-
face now and then. When they do, if they
cannot feel safe, they will not return.
Crime affects real estate values, home
sales, rentals, the development of new
businesses, banking and financial deci-
sions; hence, the prosperity of all Bo-
naireans. As such, the attitude of indi-
viduals, those in government and those in

criminal justice must realize how the fu-
ture of Bonaire depends on their efforts in
response to crime.
There are those who may remark that
the average person should not be con-
cerned about becoming a target of serious
crime. They may make the claim that it is
mostly those whose homes are in Sabe-
deco or Santa Barbara that are at risk.
Others state that most crime is limited to
having one's car ransacked with belong-
ings taken. The remedy is not to leave
your belongings in the car or to take pre-
cautions. This way of thinking is a
method of blaming the victim. Don't give
in to this. We're all victims here. Blam-
ing the victim is a psychological tech-
nique that allows one to diminish the fear
and reality of danger.
Others may comment that the crime
rate is small compared to other places in
the world, as such, not a matter of great
concern. Don't delude yourself. If one
considers the number of crimes given the
population, the rate is perhaps higher than
How many would not choose to live
in places such as Miami, Los Angeles,
Columbia, South America, etc. in view of
the rates of crime known to those areas.
The concept that this small piece of para-
dise, Bonaire, could not possibly have a
crime rate consistent with that of many
ghetto areas elsewhere in the world is
perhaps unthinkable. If one thinks in
terms of percentages versus numbers it is
yet another matter.
People want to believe that their
lives will go on as usual and that the cur-
rent assault on our neighbors in Sabedeco
is saddening and unfortunate for them.

S abadeco armed attack update- The
police say they are working diligently
on solving the crime and ask the general
population to please cooperate and give
any information they can to help. Prosecu-
tor Wesselius asks that informants give
specific information if possible, not just a
name. It was from tips that the double
murder case of the Pleumeekers in June,
2000 was solved after the police specialty
team was brought in from Curagao. A
NAf5.000 reward for information is being
offered. Get more details on page 7.
* There were eight drug arrests at the
airport by the Flamingo Team this past
weekend. The carriers' passports were
confiscated and they were returned to
where they came from. This is what oc-
curs for those individuals who have less
than 2 /2 kg. of drugs; more than that and
they are taken into custody.
* Neither the jail in Playa nor the one in
Rincon have been reopened as we go to
* The Zero Tolerance Unit in Bonaire

The hope is for the perpetrators to be ap-
prehended so that we can all feel relieved.
This would be a mistake. What happened
to our neighbors is a symptom of what is
happening to Bonaire. It is a reminder of
the changes that have taken hold of our
As concerned citizens it is our re-
sponsibility to make certain that these
types of crimes are not tolerated. We can
only do that by persevering in making our
voices heard. Perseverance should also
be shown by our officials not only when a
serious crime occurs but throughout the

closed down the local Kentucky Fried
Chicken outlet because of a lack of hy-
giene and an expired permit. It reopened
within 24 hours. The fast food restaurant
was inspected by a by a team consisting
of police, the Hygiene Department and the
Voluntary Corps VKB. The decision to
close it down was not appreciated by cli-
ents standing in line at the take-out
The authorities cited the facts that KFC
was operating illegally since its business
license was for only five years (from
April, 1994, to April, 1999) and that there
were sanitary infractions in the kitchen.
The hygiene problems were mainly attrib-
uted to an ice machine that leaked water
on the floor.
KFC manager, Roy Celestijn, admitted
that he had forgotten to collect the permit
papers but insisted that there was no hy-
giene problem. "KFC International has to
comply with the highest standards of hy-
giene, quality and customer care, and we
have always done so," he said. OL.D.

months that follow. The policies towards
youth offenders, drug related offenses,
immigration, education and job training
are all involved in making Bonaire a safer
place again.
Everyone except the criminals
should be able to have a sense of safety
and security when they place their heads
on their pillows at night without the fear
that someone will come into their home
with machetes and guns to terrorize them.
This basic human need cannot be ration-
alized away. The future prosperity of
Bonaire depends on it. O Oceana

Bonaire Reporter October 29 to November 5, 2004

Page 6

Albert and Barbara Bianculli
have returned home following
their night of terror on October 11,
2004. Asleep in their home around 11
pm they were awakened and instantly
overcome in their bed by three armed,
masked intruders. The robbery was a
meticulously planned assault down to
the use of tie-wraps, similar to those
used by riot police, that were used to
secure the victims. The hoodlums
spoke English to the Biancullis and
only Papiamentu among themselves.
The Biancullis were secured hand and
foot and methodically beaten and tor-
tured for over an hour. Although one
said, "We are not going to hurt you, we
only want the money," he began sav-
agely beating the couple when they
said there wasn't much money in the
house. They put pistols into their
mouths saying, "Where's the money,
we only want the money!" Barbara
later required sutures to repair the dam-
age from the barrel of the pistol.
After being blindfolded with packing
tape Albert couldn't see much of what
was happening to his wife. He heard the
words "Someone is going to die to-
night... you bitch" Then a shot. The
bullet ricocheted through the wall air
conditioner into the ceiling.
The assailants closed the bedroom
curtains, turned on a table lamp and
began ransacking the room. Then they
began a systematic hour of torturing
Albert in an attempt to get him to reveal
the location of any valuables in the


house. When his tape blindfold slipped
a bit he could see that Barbara appeared
to be unconscious.
At first they beat Albert in the head,
ribs and stomach, then departed briefly
to search the house. The third time they
did this they threw him into a face-
down position. They tortured him by
burning his back and slicing it with a
machete. They threatened to behead
him with the same weapon.
This routine was repeated over and
over. After they repeated this the sev-
enth time they took car keys from Bar-
bara's purse and left in the family car.
The car was found a few hours later
abandoned near a soccer field in North
Salifia, in exactly the same spot where
the car from a similar Sabedeco assault-
robbery, but with less violence, was
found some months ago.
After some difficulty Albert was able
to free himself and his wife. They
shouted to their neighbors for help.
They activated the "panic button" that
they had been unable to reach because
they were so quickly overcome which
summoned SSS, the private security
service. SSS responded in minutes.
Neighbors rushed Barbara to the hospi-
tal where, after being treated, she was
Albert dialed 911 twice but only got a
"busy signal." Eventually the SSS dis-
patcher called the police. The police
didn't respond for over an hour and by
then Albert too was at the hospital.
This incident seems related to other

assault-robberies that have happened
over the last few years. Last Sunday, on
the Mega FM noon radio show
"Forum," two other victims joined the
Biancullis to relate their similar, but
less violent, experiences. All of these
robberies remain unsolved.
The victims of these crimes have de-
manded that trained police specialists
be brought to Bonaire to conduct an
investigation since the local police
force has proven ineffective. Nothing
has yet been done.
The current situation bears an un-
canny similarity to a number of violent
robberies that occurred in the years
1999 and 2000. Then a series of esca-
lating violent robberies culminated in
the June 22, 2000, robbery-murder of
Alfons and Maria del Carmen
Pleumeeker. Finally after AKIB, the
Association of Commerce and Industry,

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and others, organized a massive
"Citizens' March Against Crime" on
June 26th, the specialists arrived and
gathered evidence that resulted in the
conviction of the killers.
People are asking, "Will it again take
a murder to get action?" E G.D.

Bonaire Reporter October 29 to November 5, 2004

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T his is the last article of the
"Hush-Hush Seaside Spots" se-
ries, and I did reserve the best seaside
spot of Bonaire for last. I've had a won-
derful time these past few months trek-
king around the island to discover the
best spots to relax and enjoy the many,
sometimes elusive, beaches of Bonaire.
I am certain that there are still many
spots yet to be discovered, but I do
hope that this series will have given you
some incentive to search for these won-
derful unexpected pieces of paradise
This week I've spent my time visiting
Klein Bonaire, but I must confess I've
only been there a few times since my
arrival to Bonaire last March. As with
many other residents of the island I've
had Klein Bonaire in my field of vision
at least once a day. However, my daily
routine prevented me from taking some
much deserved down time to visit this
wonderful spot. Visitors to Bonaire
flock to Klein Bonaire on a daily basis.
Why can't we residents take time from
our busy schedule to enjoy Mother Na-
ture's gift to Bonaire?
In my view, Klein Bonaire is a never-
ending beach. I've spent quite some
time walking around the west side of
the island, from one beautiful sandy
beach to the next. Most of the beaches
are actually less than a few meters away
from one another. But I must add that
no one is able to describe a visit to
Klein Bonaire without mentioning its

most popular beach, No Name Beach,
and its shack where most visitors take
refuge from the hot sun. I am certain
that many folks with a cold drink in
hand held some very interesting talks in
the shade of this shack over the years.
Wildlife spotting on and around Klein
Bonaire is beyond belief and I do hope
that visitors to the island will respect
their environment. At No Name Beach,
when you snorkel, you don't need to
look for fishes; they come to you and en
mass. As with most residents of Bon-
aire, I've followed the hatching of the
turtles in the papers. But even if I have-
n't been lucky to see any hatchings,
nests, or turtles, a sign explaining the
wildlife found on the island indicates
that there were 72 nests so far this
As everyone knows, the snorkeling is
fabulous on Klein. You will never be
disappointed by the quantity of sea life
you will spot in the area. Try walking
along the shore south of No Name for a
kilometer or so, then let the current
carry you back to No Name while you
investigate the underwater life around
the many reefs. You will be amazed at
the number of different fishes you will
be able to spot and identify.
Klein Bonaire is an oasis where na-
ture will provide your entertainment.
Nature enthusiasts will have a wonder-
ful time exploring this deserted island
and appreciating its wildlife in their
natural habitat. In my view, Klein Bon-

aire is a wildlife reserve that should be
respected and protected as much as
Washington Slagbaai National Park.
Do visit, enjoy and respect this won-
derful piece of paradise! Almost every-
one has always wanted, at one time or
another, to be on a deserted island. We

have ours less than a 20-minute boat
ride from the center of town. So enjoy
Klein Bonaire... and be sure that the
only sign of your visit that you leave
behind on this oasis are your footprints.
1 Josee Bolduc Frosst

Bonaire Reporter October 29 to November 5, 2004

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Connective tissue, in its various shapes and consistencies, forms a continuous net
throughout the entire body. It contains many specialized structures, but it is really all
one piece, from scalp to soles and from skin to marrow. If all the other tissues were
extracted, the connective framework alone would preserve the three dimensional hu-
man form in all its details. Deane Juhan

T his week I would like to share with you the writings of Rolf Gates from his
book, Meditations from the Mat.
"Connective tissue, like consciousness, expands and contracts. In asana (yoga
poses) we work to expand the connective tissue. Rather like a plastic bag that has
been stretched, the connective tissue contracts again, but not to its original dimen-
sions. The progressive nature of this lengthening and expanding process over time
explains why such amazing feats of flexibility are possible and why no amount of
stiffness is reason for despair.
For today, just begin to experience your practice at the level of your connective
tissue. Arriving on your mat, you first encounter your connective tissue as limiting
and stiff. Then, as you move deeper into the practice, it warms and softens. Expan-
sive openings are available to you that you could not achieve even a half hour be-
fore. At the end of the practice, your body feels loose and comfortable. Your entire
system of connective tissue, the organ that defines your physical form, has been
expanded and
filled with oxy-
gen and life. In
this process you
are both the
sculpture and
the sculptor."

Give change a
chance. O[

Don and Desirje of "Yoga For You" offer classes from beginners to advanced Call 717-


t's quite common for students
finishing high school to take time
off prior to embarking on employment
or educational opportunities. A young
man from Curagao decided Bonaire was
the place to take his year off and what
else? Windsurf! Eighteen-year-old Rene
Zande from Curagao had the full support
of his parents in following his dream to
spend a year in the Windsurf Capital of
the Caribbean Bonaire. His hard work
as a VWO (highest secondary-school
educational level available in Curagao)
paid off and now he has a year to train,
play and enjoy the tranquility of this is-
Rene is a freestyle enthusiast hoping to
use the year to perfect some moves,
learn from the Bonaire guys and have
some fun along the way. You can see
him almost every day at Jibe City, either
sailing or waiting for the wind.
Rene came here for dushi vida, the
good life. He finds Bonaire most
friendly. Rene has no favorite Bonaire
sailor. They all impress him. Rene at-
tributes the success of the Bonaire sail-
ors to the good wind and the team effort
of motivating each other. He wishes he
was raised on this island blessed with
good wind and a near-to-perfect launch.
Right now Rene is working on some
light wind sail tricks, but when it's
blowing, he is trying some of the harder
moves with names such as Flaka and
Rene is happy with his decision to live
here. Most days he misses his friends

back home. He also finds Bonaire very
expensive. Not having public transport
available makes the daily trek to the
launch a challenge on windy days.
And for his future plans? Well, his
family and friends hope he continues his
education in Holland, but Rene is very
ambivalent. Right now he is too com-
fortable in a place he now calls home.
Rene is one of many windsurfers who
come to this windy isle to experience the
magic and to follow the wind. O Ann

KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
10-29 13:25 1.9FT. 23:15 0.8FT. 86
10-30 14:02 1.9FT. 83
10-31 0:58 0.7FT. 14:46 1.9FT. 77
11-01 1:38 0.7FT. 15:32 1.9FT. 69
11-02 2:11 0.7FT. 16:13 1.9FT. 61
11-03 2:40 0.7FT. 17:04 1.8FT. 52
11-04 3:06 0.8FT. 17:47 1.8FT. 43
11-05 3:27 0.8FT. 18:32 1.7FT. 37
11-06 3:36 0.9FT. 19:25 1.6FT. 34

Alegria, USA
Bright Sea
Camissa, Chan Is.
Cape Kathryn
Dolphin Street
Dream Catcher, I USA
Flying Cloud, USA
Gatsby, USA
Grey Lady
Guaicamar I, Venezuela.
Honalee, USA
Lady Alice
Luna C. USA
Melaka ii
Moon Rice
Natural Selection, USA
One Way Wind
Panta Five

Phryn II
Precocious Gale, USA
Sagitarius, Aruba
Sandpiper, USA
Santa Maria, Sweden
Scintilla, Germany
Skylark 2
Southern Cross
Sylvia K
Ti Amo, USA
Ty Dewi, USA
Ulu Ulu, USA
Unicorn, Norway
Varedhuni, Germany
Ventura II, Costa Rica
Venus Callipyge
Vite Vite
Windboer III
Wind Hush II, Curacao
Windmiller, Canada
Zahi, Malta

Bonaire Reporter October 29 to November 5, 2004

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t's been a while since I've written a
story about gardening. For the past
weeks I've been enjoying the beginning
of fall in Holland. As always, I was
amazed by the variety of plants, shrubs
and trees you can buy there. Staying
close to my family's tree nursery I
watched the season beginning for picking
up and selling trees. Every year new va-
rieties, not necessarily improved, come
from all over the world, making it diffi-
cult for gardeners to choose the right
plant for the right spot.
We don't have that problem here as
much. As I've said many times before,
we should not create another Florida or
other tropical place simply because the
weather and environmental conditions are
very different. But it pleases us and hope-
fully you too to see that more and more
varieties of good groups of plants have
proven to do great here. Even with the
Cactus or Succulent types we can find
new things. In future articles I will con-
tinue to describe some of those families.
Hurricane Ivan proved once again the
importance of the right plant in the right
place. We see now that most of the plants
in the seaside gardens are coming back,
and those that are still suffering are not
really good for the seaside environment.
What we are always trying to do when
propagating new plants or at least trying
to propagate, is to look for healthy, good
colored plants when taking cuttings. With
a lot of plants, like the Bougainvillea or
Oleander, there are a lot of different col-

ors available on
Bonaire and in
other places. We
always take cut-
tings from those
plants that are
healthy, growing
the way we
want them to, Red Bougainvillea
and rich in flow-
ering. In that way, we are sure to get the
best plants. When we take seedlings like
from the Coconut trees, we always look
for those plants that are, again, not full of
diseases, preferably green, so they do not
need a lot of fertilizer and can grow fast.
And with seedlings from trees like the
Carawara or Neem tree, we try to find the
ones that grow straight, don't make too
strong branches and don't drop their
leaves all the time. It's not 100% guaran-
teed that they come back the same way,
but they will be sure to have some good
heritage from their mother plant and they
have proven to do well on Bonaire.
In this way, you don't need to look for
new varieties all the time, but instead use
the ones we have in our surroundings in a
good way. It makes it simple for home
gardeners and you have a better guarantee
that your plants will stay healthy longer.
But of course, like the recently found
really Red Bougainvillea, we always try
to look for truly new improvements!
Plants are living creatures and I hope
they will keep on surprising us! O Ap van

Ap van Eldik owns Green Label Landscaping, a company that designs, constructs and main-
tains residential and commercial gardens. He has two nurseries and a garden shop in Kral-
endijk which carries terra cotta pots from Mexico and South America. Phone 717-3410

Catered by ....OUR HOSPITAL

t's more than just a hospi-
tal! The Fundashon
Mariadal, which oversees the
hospital, also does large scale
catering with mouth watering
snacks as they did for the Re/
Max's one-year birthday party
recently. It makes sense when
you realize the hospital now is
endowed with a complete pro-
fessional kitchen with the capa-
bility of making numerous
meals. According to Chef
Pieter Mokkenstorm, the new
hospital kitchen is a marvel,
with new appliances like con-
vection ovens and other devices
that make high speed cooking
possible. He and Chef Shirley
Frans have had years of experi-
ence working in restaurants as
well as the hospital. "We're
doing 150 meals a day now,"
says Pieter, "but we can go up
to 300."
As in other hospitals they
prepare meals for all kinds of Sabina Ter Borg and ChefPieter Mokkenstorm at
special diets- normal, salt free, Re/Max anniversary party
low fat, diabetic, vegetarian -
for example. "But we want to be able to offer the patients and our customers menu
choices. We want to serve the people." He continues, "This catering started as a hobby,
but we've seen that people like it. We enjoy it too because we can be creative and it's
something new." Pieter emphasizes that the hospital kitchen is not in competition with
the restaurants. They don't do small parties, only large ones of 75 people or more.
They're non profit and all the proceeds go to the hospital's Fundashon Mariadal.
The kitchen also prepares "Meals on Wheels," hot meals delivered every day to those
who are housebound. They also deliver meals to the two houses where some of the
handicapped from the FKPD are living semi-independently. Twice a week they deliver
hot meals to K'ai Mamina, the elderly day care facility in Tera Cora.
For more information call Chef Mokkenstorm or Vronie Sieverding at 717-8900 or
email vsieverding fundashonmariadal.org. O L.D.

Bonaire Reporter October 29 to November 5, 2004

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Netty and Netto Bernabela were married on September 27, and held their re-
ception at Capt. Don's Habitat. You can find Netty behind the counter at the
Sand Dollar Grocery. Netto is a popular dive master at Captain Don's Habitat.
All the best to this popular couple.
Readers are invited to send their
photos of their engagement or
wedding to The Reporter. The photo will be printed free of charge.

WIN GREAT PRIZES! Take a copy of The Bonaire Reporter with you on
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aire Local Art, Art Supplies, Framing,
and Art Classes. Open Tu-We-Th &
Sat 10 am- 5 pm Friday 1- 7 pm; or
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sultation, Supervision, Hypnotherapy,
Psychotherapy Drs. Johan de Korte,
Psychologist, Phone: 717-6919

Trees and Plants, Bonaire grown.
8000m2 of plants and nursery. Spe-
cializing in garden/septic pumps and
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old male would like to correspond in
German or English with men or
women on Bonaire. His interests are
writing letters to pen friends, music
and sports like swimming and basket-

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Looking for second hand dryer (gas)
Tel: 717-8444 717-5919

Bon Bini Divers
Year-End Sale.

All clothing and hats 45% off, dive
equipment (masks, fins, snorkels, and
wetsuits) 30% off, while supplies last.
Located on the water at the Lions
Dive Resort, between Buddy Dive and
Captain Don's Habitat.

Call 717-2848 for:
Two end table lamps, mint green
with beige shades, in the shape of a
cactus. Very good condition. Origi-
nally, NAf 480 for the set, now both
for NAf 240.
Two chairs, can be used outdoors or
inside. Plastic heavy duty "wicker"
seat and back with dark green tube
frame. Very good condition. Origi-
nally NAf 240 for the set, now both
for NAf120.
Two storage cabinets, perfect for
clothing or as a linen cabinet. Three
panel doors, wood construction. Ex-
cellent condition. Originally NAf440
each, now each only NAf220.
Two beach chairs in the butterfly
style, with brand new, never-been-
used black mesh covers. NAf80 each.
For more information on any of these
items, please call 717-2848.

Would you like to buy
a baby macaw? (hybrid)
Born here on Bonaire. Can leave the
nest now.
Information: 717-2006

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

Classic Sailor
Traditional Bonairean Sailing sloop.
Wood, traditional con-
struction, about 21' long.
Fiberglassed in and out
for minimal maintenance.
Two time winner of Bon-
aire Regatta, Class A. A
dream to sail. Bargain at
NAf9,999. One of the
last of its kind. Call 717-
8988 or 785-6125.

I a -

T his handsome white cat,
"Lucky," with the long ele-
gant tail, is a special needs cat be-
cause he is deaf. Lucky was adopted
and brought to a kunuku to live, but
the neighboring wild male cats
ganged up on him. It was tough for
him because he couldn't hear them
coming! So, for his own safety, the
people who adopted him brought
him back to the Animal Shelter in
hopes that he can find a better home.
He's content and well adjusted and
gets along just fine with all the other
cats at the Shelter. Lucky is a loving
and affectionate cat who would do
well as either an "only" cat or with
other animals who are not aggres-
sive. He's had all his shots, is neu-
tered and is in excellent health. You
may meet Lucky at the Bonaire Ani-
mal Shelter on the Lagoen Road,
open Monday through Friday, 10 am
to 2 pm, Saturdays until 1. Tel. 717-
Some interesting pet lover data
from the US: The pet business, $34
billion a year, surpasses the toy in-
dustry by $14 billion a year, accord-
ing to the American Pet Products
Manufacturing Association. Sixty
percent of American households own a pet. The Jupiter Research firm calculates
that more than $300 million a year is spent for online dating services. Couple that
with 40 million single pet owners (according to Dan Cohen, CEO of animalattrac-
tion.com.) and you have a fertile field for the half dozen online or under construc-
tion dating services which match up people who love pets. O L.D.

Note: Seepage 5for a report on
October's Animal Sterilization Program.

Bonaire Reporter October 29 to November 5, 2004


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FKPD staff and visitors look on while President of the Board Benito Dirksz
Marisella Smith-Petronella and Merugia Janga sign afinancial agreement for
NAf2,5 millionfor the construction of the new FKPD buildings.

On Friday, October 22nd, the entire FKPD (handicapped center) "family"
gathered at E Terras to witness one of the greatest moments in its history,
the signing of a NAf2.5 million contract with BZV (organization that pays for
health care) to build a new complex in Playa. In the presence of Herbert Piar,
President of Fundashon Kas Bonaireano, Boy Clarenda of Fundashon Mariadal,
and the Deputy of Health, James Kroon, the visitors of FKPD and their family
members, the group leaders, the staff and members of the board and friends of the
FKPD, the contract was signed by Benito Dirksz, FKPD Board Chairman; Ma-
rugia Janga, FKPD Secretary; and Marisela Smith Petronella, a department head of
the BZV.
The new project will be built at a site between the SGB (high school) and Kaya
Nikiboko North. In all, eight buildings will go up: a new recreation center, day
care for the elderly and for the children, a multi-disciplined center and five houses
for people to live independently, but under guidance and supervision. In fact, the
entire Pasadia, now in Rincon, will move to Playa, while ATV Stanislaus, the
work and training facilities, such as the souvenir shop, the greenhouse, the kitchen
and the candle, postcard and handicraft workshop and all the offices, will stay in
In her speech, Director Lupe Uranie mentioned that they had received a gift of
302 thousand euros from "Katholieke Noden," a Catholic organization in Holland,
and an amount of US$750 from UTS (United Telecommunications System). The
ceremony was emceed by Claudette Domacass6 and ended beautifully when eve-
rybody held hands and sang "Grandi Bo Ta" ("Great is the Lord"). O Greta Koo-


T his year marks the
100" birthday of
Fatum Insurance, and the
administrators, considering
the future, challenged kids,
via the Youth Foundation
of the Netherlands Antilles,
to create art works draw-
ings and three dimension-
als to "Express Your Fu-
ture." Here are two entries
from Bonaire which again
show the artistic talent that
is coming out of the schools
these days:
"Helicopters" (top) by
Daniela Elisabeth Marquez
and "Fatum 3000" by students of the TUB class. Entries are on display at the
Fatum office on Kaya Gob. Debrot.Prizes to be awarded to the winners are BMX
and Mountain Bikes. Thanks to Fatum, Bonaire: Yvonne Badloe and Michael
Heymans. DL.D.

Bonaire Reporter October 29 to November 5, 2004

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Karet 'Tom'

4 4 rom" the turtle is on his way northeast. The beautiful hawksbill is Sea
1 Turtle Conservation Bonaire's (STCB) first male turtle equipped with a
transmitter. After being fitted with the satellite communication device in July he
hung around Bonaire and Klein Bonaire until October 14 when he headed offshore.
After some dilly dallying he decided to make a beeline for Puerto Rico, averaging
30 to 70 km. per day. He's now about 570 km. from Bonaire. At this rate he may
reach a suitable habitat near the Virgin Islands, or even Saba, around about the
time this issue of The Reporter is on the street. At this writing he's in water that's
nearly 5,000 meters deep.
Robert van Dam, the project director, arrived back on Bonaire last week and
brought two additional satellite transmitters with him, bringing the number of
available transmitters to four. With the end of the 2004 nesting season rapidly ap-
proaching STCB still hopes to fit all four transmitters on turtles. We will keep you
posted of the progress.
Monday was the first of several trips to patrol No Name Beach on Klein Bon-
aire in search of a nesting hawksbill to fit with a transmitter. Hopefully a turtle
who nested two weeks ago will return to nest again but so far no luck.
Also STCB will attempt to find a few more nesting turtles to track, hopefully a
hawksbill from Klein Bonaire and possibly a green turtle from Playa Chikitu in

Hopefully, not all the adults have departed yet. Also, the rangers from Washing-
ton Park reported recent green turtle nesting activity at Playa Chikitu. It may be
useful to go out there to await the return of turtles. Should it be successful there, it
would be the first green turtle to be tracked from Bonaire. O Robert P van Dam
and Andy Uhr
and Andy Uhr

Bonaire Reporter October 29 to November 5, 2004

Hear Guus Gerritsen and his pals play some
of the coolest jazz on the island. It's every Fri-
day night from 7 to 10. Croccantino, the home
of the best Tuscan food in the Caribbean, is on
Kaya Grandi, around the comer from the MCB
Bank. Tel. 717-5025 for reservations. DL.D.

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New! Usually9:00 pm
Early Show (usually 7pm)

Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAf10,50 (incl. Tax)
High Schoolers NAf7,75


SATURDAY 4 PM Two Brothers
The Manchurian Candidate

Thursday, October 28- presentation and
signing of Dos and Bertie Winkel's new
book Eye on St. Maarten Saba St.
Eustatius," 5:30 pm Bongo's Beach
Bar at the Eden Beach Hotel. Film
showing "EYE ON THE CARIB-
BEAN," photographed by ScubaVision
Bonaire's Hendrik Wuyts, 7 pm,
Bongo's Beach Bar at the Eden Beach
Hotel. Free admission. The "Eye on...."
DVD will be available.

Sunday, October 31t Salsa-Meringue
party with the popular Rumba-band,
Kon Tiki, 5 to 8 pm

Rincon Cooking Festival, at the Ter-
rasa la Tropicana in the heart of Rin-
con. Great food tasting. 11 am to 3 pm.

Until November 3 Cinnamon Art
Gallery show of paintings by Nina
Ledezma and Tony Trinidad, open
weekdays 9-12, 2-5 or by appointment.
Kaya A.P.L. Brion #1, just off Kaya
Grandi, behind Banco di Caribe.
Tel.717-7103 or 786-9563.

Sunday -Live music 6 to 9 pm while
enjoying a great dinner in colorful tropi-
cal ambiance at the Chibi Chibi Res-
taurant & Bar. Open daily 5 to 10 pm.
Live Fla-Bingo with great prizes, starts
7 pm, Divi Flamingo
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.
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 Restau-
Friday -Manager's Rum Punch Party,
Buddy Dive Resort, 5:30-6:30 pm

Friday- Open House with Happy
Hour at the JanArt Gallery at Kaya
Gloria #7, from 5-7 pm.
Saturdays Rincon Marshe opens at 6
am 2 pm. Enjoy a Bonairean breakfast
while you shop: fresh fruits and vegeta-
bles, gifts, local sweets and snacks, arts
and handicrafts, candles, incense, drinks
and music.
Every day by appointment -Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Au-
thentic Bonairean kunuku. $12 (NAf12
for Bonaire residents). Tel 717-8489,
Daily- The Divi Flamingo Casino is
open daily for hot slot machines, rou-
lette and black jack, Monday to Satur-
day 8 pm- 4 am and Sunday 7 pm- 3

Sunday- Discover Our Diversity Slide
Show, Buddy Dive at the pool bar, 7 pm
Wednesdays (2nd and 4th) Turtle Con-
servation Slide Show by Andy Uhr.
Carib Inn seaside veranda, 7 pm
Friday- Week in Review Video Presen-
tation by the Toucan Dive Shop at the
Plaza's Tipsy Seagull, 5 pm. 717-2500.
Friday- The Captain Don Show- Con-
versation, fun, yarns, a few slides. Guar-
anteed 85% true. Aquarius Conference
Room. Captain Don's Habitat 8:30 pm
Tel. 717-8290

Bonaire Arts and Crafts (Fundashon
Arte Industrial Bonieriano) 717-5246 or
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Valarie
Stimpson at 785-3451 or Valrie@elbonet.
Cinnamon Art Gallery Volunteers to
help staff gallery during the day. Con-
tact Wendy Horn, at 717-3902 or 785-
Bonaire National Marine Park- 717-8444.
Bonaire Animal Shelter -717-4989.
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, 717-7659

AA meetings every Wednesday; Phone
717-6105; 560-7267 or 717- 3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday
evening at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:30 pm at
the Union Building on Kaya Korona,
across from the RBTT Bank and next to
Kooyman's. All levels invited NAf5 entry
fee. Call Cathy 566-4056.
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 Tues-
day, 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 Mu-
seum 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 holi-
days. 717-8444/785-0017
Sunday at Cai- Live music and dancing
starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai. Dance
to the music of Bonaire's popular musi-

Rincon Marshe- every Saturday 6 am
to 3 pm. Open market in Bonaire's his-
toric town. Soldachi Tours show you
the Rincon area. Alta Mira

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Nature Walking Tour at 6:30 am.
Town Walking tour at 9:30, Bus Tour
at 10. Call Maria at 717-6435 to re-

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-
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire.
Wilhelminaplein. Services in Papia-
mentu, Dutch and English on Sundays
at 10 am. Thursday Prayer Meeting
and Bible Study at 8 pm. Rev. Jonk-
man. 717-2006
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays
8:30 11:30 am. Services in Papia-
mentu, 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 An-
triol, 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
English, Dutch & Papiamentu on Sun-
day at 10 am. Wednesday Prayer
Meeting at 7:30 pm. 717-2194
New Apostolic Church, Meets at
Kaminda Santa Barbara #1, Sundays,
9:30 am. Services in Dutch. 717-7116.

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In this issue we continue a series of
stories by Captain Don Stewart-one
ofBonaire 's "Living Treasures"
and the man credited with focusing
Bonaire on Dive Tourism.


My old Flamingo Beach Club
days were quiet compared to
the excitement I came to know at Habi-
tat some years later. But there were
days, of course. At Flamingo in 1965,
for example, the johns (toilets) in all the
cottages were identical. A heavy cast
iron water tank of 50 pounds or more
was fastened to the wall some distance
above the toilet bowl. When the chain
was pulled, the tank would empty with
a loud roar and the toilet flush. As the
cottages at Flamingo became older, the
braces holding the overhead iron tank
had been known to dislodge, letting the
tank and all come tumbling down as did
the one in Cottage 13 early one morn-
That day the morning silence was
suddenly pierced by a scream. I ran,
seeking the source. I discovered some
tourists in front of Cottage 13; then
came the scream again. I motioned the
guests back, tested the door and found it
bolted. "Miss Gilmore." Louder, "Miss

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Gilmore, are you okay?" knowing that
anybody who would scream like that
couldn't possibly be okay.
"C*#*, no, you schmuck," came a
female's voice, richly tainted with
panic. "Get me out of here."
"Get you out of where?" I hollered
"Get me out of this f*#* john!"
That was some pretty rough language
coming out of a nice New York lady
like Miss Gilmore. Maybe she was
mad. "Miss Gilmore, Miss Gilmore, the
door is bolted. Would you please open
"You crazy-dumb Captain. I can't
open the door. I'm held captive by this
G*#* iron john of yours! I don't give a
s*#*# how you get the door open. Just
get me the f*#* out of here!"
"Watch your language, Miss Gilmore.
I've got children here." Then I drew my
hip knife and neatly sliced a rent in the
cheesecloth large enough for my hand
to slip into and pull back the bolt. I
hated doing this because I would have
to repair the damage myself.
For a fellow who had seen everything,
I was frankly a bit shocked as I looked
into the narrow toilet stall and saw a
naked Miss Gilmore sitting on the por-
celain stool, her body forcibly doubled
forward. She was held firmly in place
by the steel flush pipe which was still
attached to the cast iron reservoir which
had torn loose from the wall. The heavy
tank had fallen forward, smashing into
the wall just above her head. The thin
copper water tube had snapped and was
spewing a formidable spray of brackish
water over the entire back of the cot-
"Will you stop staring, you pervert,
and get me the h*#* out of here!" The
panic was now gone from her voice,
which had turned to pure fury.
"Don't move," I told her and ran to
the front of the cottage. I sought out
Richard, my driver, and barked, "In."
To Maximera, the housemother who
stood staring with big eyes, I said,
"Phone for the ambulance," and won-
dered to myself just what the police
might send.

Richard stood terrified, looking at the
tangle of the iron reservoir, its pipe
across Gilmore's shoulders and a ball of
white flesh with a pinched face matted
with wet hair staring at him.
"Turn the water off. Be careful, don't
hurt her." He stood transfixed. "The
water, Richard, get that friggin' water
off before she drowns."
An American tourist named Spencer
materialized alongside me, analyzed the
whole thing in one glance and said, "I'll
reach over the shower wall and lift the
tank. You pull her out. Take it easy; she
could have a broken neck."
"Get me outta here!"
I motioned for him to start lifting.
Spencer got the tank raised a few feet,
and I extracted Gilmore. As it turned
out, Miss Gilmore did not have a bro-
ken neck.
I joined Spencer at the bar later and
listened to a progress report on the
health of his friend Adam, who, a once-
a-year sailor, had rented one of our
Sunfish and set a course directly down-
wind. From the Flamingo Beach Club,
downwind was directly across the chan-
nel to the nearest point on the little is-
land of Klein Bonaire just west of us.
With our swift trade winds, he literally
flew across that quarter mile channel
and onto the shallow reefs of the island
which were not only rich with corals
but home to millions of big, black, long
spined sea urchins. The dagger board
keel of the Sunfish rammed into the
coral, the boat became unstable, and, of
course, flipped over on its side. New-
ton's Law prevailed and the skipper slid
off the deck of the Sunfish and onto the
It was Teddy the boatman who called
the alarm. He had the small Boston
whaler tied to the dock, engine running,
waiting for Ebo and me to jump in with
rope and snorkel gear. That rescue took
the better part of the afternoon. Once at
the island we hurriedly unfastened the
mast and sail, dumping them onto the
reef, then after righting the board strug-
gled to get Adam back onto the narrow

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deck. We stretched him out on his back
with his rump shoved down into the
cockpit. God, he was a mess. Eyes
rolled up into his head in pain.
It wasn't easy for Ebo or me either. I
took a dozen spines in my ankle. Poor
Adam had them everywhere. I had
never seen worse. Teddy was holding
station against the short bay chop just
outside the drop off in deep water. He
hollered and tossed me a half a flask of
Jack Daniels. I grabbed it as it floated
by, opened it, and took a deep swallow,
then poured a bit into Adam's mouth as
he grimaced in pain. I got a shallow
smile from him and shoved the bottle
into his hand but not before helping
myself to another sample. Ebo had
joined Teddy in the whaler, handling
the towline and giving orders to Teddy
about his speed, trying to convince him
that it wasn't water skis that he was
towing. I clung onto the board, making
sure Adam stayed put and didn't let the
bottle slip away. My job was to keep
him on the board and keep him from
drowning. I secured my mask on his
face and stuck my snorkel tube upside
down in his mouth then hung onto the
rudder to enjoy the ride back.
As I was dragged slowly along behind
the Sunfish, I thought about the area
that I had just seen. Before donating my
mask to Adam, I had a moment of
viewing not only broken urchins but
also of an absolutely pristine reef. The
shelf couldn't have been more than two
feet deep and only feet away was the
drop off. I marveled at its splendor. It
fell off the earth like a tablecloth hang-
ing from a table, not exactly down but
easily a 60 degree fast slope. As I've
said, I'd never dived here before and I
decided do it someday soon. It was
deep and looked spooky. I had always
referred to this place as our nearest
point, and it was just that. Thus, out of
Adam's mishap and rescue came a new
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T- n 1993 I left Belgium and went
1 to Jamaica to work as a dive
instructor. I'd worked five years for
General Motors in Belgium as a robot
technician, but after the robots cut me
up several times I gave up the battle
and the stress and I took off.
After Jamaica I came to Bonaire. I'd
been looking forjobs on the Internet
and it was actually through Pascal De
Meyer (now of Photo Tours) that I
ended up here, working for Buddy Dive
as a dive instructor. Back then Buddy
Dive was still a family resort, and it
was there that I met Donna De Salvo. It
was love at first sight. Donna was stay-
ing with her parents on the charter
yacht Oscarina and had come just for
the holidays. Bart Snelder (Wannadive
co-owner) and Laurence (his wife) had
just met and it was through Bart that I
met Donna. We spent New Year's Eve
on a motorcycle heading for 'Lagoen
City,' 'Beach Boys' it was called then.
The party was wild and crazy, fire-
crackers going off in the middle of the
dance floor and everybody was there:
Henk Ram, Hans Voerman, Murph, you
name it. It was great!
After two weeks Donna went back to
Hollywood to herjob as personal assis-
tant to film director Michael Bay
(Armageddon, Pearl Harbor). I left for
Australia to work again as a dive in-
structor on the Great Barrier Reef.
Every week I taught groups of 12 to 22
students at a time. I did my best diving
there. But after a year I felt burned out
so I continued my travels.
I traveled through Thailand, Laos and
Malaysia until I got a job in a place
called Sipaden, in northeast Borneo. On
every dive I could spot about 20 tur-
tles, 20 sharks and schools of barracu-
das. If you went deep you encountered
the hammerheads. I picked up a video
camera and started filming. I got to
thinking that I'd like to start my own
film company in Indonesia, but it was
too difficult to get a permit.
So I went back to Bonaire as I already
knew the island and also because I
knew nobody was doing filming there. I
started ScubaVision on Bonaire in
I'd studied photography in Antwerp
when I was in my 20s so I knew about
light, structure and composition. In
Australia and Indonesia I'd seen people
working with video cameras, and I
thought, 'I can do that as well!' I
worked for (the now defunct) Sunset
Beach as an instructor, and in my spare
time I filmed tourists on their dives.
They took the video home and it was
their souvenir of the island. Very soon
I started filming at all the resorts, and

by the time Sunset closed down I had
my own NV (corporation) and my own
My dream was to make documenta-
ries for TV, but I soon found out that
there wasn't enough money to spend on
creating good programs. I did some
promotional videos, though, for a resort
on Sulawesi and for one on Irian Java.
Then I began working with Bonaire's
famous underwater photographer, Dos
Winkel, filming the 'Eye On...' series.
First we spent two months in Peru
where I filmed the Winkel family in
search of 'the perfect picture.' Then we
visited Kenya where we spent a month
living with the Masai people. In my
eyes they are the most incredible people
on this planet. I think they are way
more advanced than we are, and they
control the balance between nature and
themselves in an absolute perfect man-
ner. They have their cattle and they live
on blood and milk. They're capable of
making fire with their hands. I tried it a
million times myself but I never man-
aged; it's a mystery, it is magic."
Hendrik Wuyts glows as he tries to
explain, and far away in the pitch black
sky nature itself is endorsing his efforts
by giving a breathtaking show of its
own: lightning strikes in every imagin-
able pattern and in complete silence.
The kunuku with the smolderingfire pit
high up in the Lagoen Hills seems to be
an island of its own; less than a grain
of sand in an immense universe.

"...they are capable of
making fire with their
hands. I tried it a million
times myself but I never
managed; it's a mystery, it
is magic."

"For our latest project," Hendrik con-
tinues, "Dos Winkel and I filmed Saba
and Bonaire. 'Eye on the Caribbean,'
and the premiere will be the same day
the Bonaire Reporter comes out, Thurs-
day, October 28th, at Bongo's Beach
Bar at seven o'clock.
Nowadays ScubaVision films in
every major resort. We film the divers
and we still make topside and underwa-
ter nature DVDs. Just recently we fin-
ished 'Island Adrift,' a beautiful story
about Captain Don's journey, develop-
ing a pioneering vision in dive tourism
and conservation for Bonaire. The film
will be formally released next month.
The premiere will be at Movieland." He
looks at the pretty, petite, Italian-

girl next to
him and
gives her a
smile that
does not
need any
"I am es-
happy, very
happy, about
this project
because it
from col-
Donna and
me. We
found each
other again
after 10
missed each
other in
Australia by
six months when Hendrik was working
for Down Under Dive and I was travel-
ing through," Donna says. "But the uni-
verse had a higher plan! We met again
in 2001, at Bongo's of all places! I
looked like complete hell, I'd just come
back from China where I had been
studying the art of Feng Shui, to visit
my daddy. Hendrik actually knew that I
was coming back because my father
had mentioned it in The Reporter. But
still, we were both shocked to see each
other, and then it was just instantaneous
love at first sight and we became in-
separable. I wasn't living here; I was
intending to start my Feng Shui busi-
ness in Santa Monica, California, so it
was kind of hard for me to make the
transition. However, after 9-11, I de-
cided that life is too short to be away
from the one you love most, so I packed
up my cat and sublet my apartment and
came to Bonaire.
In between, Hendrik came out to Cali-
fornia and I showed him how my life
had been and the beauty of that state. It
wasn't easy for me to decide what I was
going to do. I felt it was a big step. I'd
been very independent and now I had to
start all over again, and I knew Feng
Shui wasn't going to pay the bills.
From the moment I came here, I've
done all kinds of jobs helping people
out, filling in but I just couldn't find
what I was looking for. Now I'm with
Re/Max and I am just where I am sup-
posed to be, using my Feng Shui and
other skills.
For me Bonaire always has had this

spiritual feeling. For example: I want to
see so and so and then I run into them
in the street. That's what happens to me
all the time here. For me the best thing
of the island is the simplicity few
choices that makes it easy! And for
the first time since I've lived here I feel
really good about where I am and
where we are going, and I have big
plans for Feng Shui in our new house
that we are going to build in Bolivia, as
this kunuku has been sold and we have
to leave."
"I think," Hendrik says, "that in life
you have to be able to change often.
That's how you grow up and become
mature, by having the ability to change.
We have Bonaire and now we're
changing at this moment because we're
going to build our own house, because I
believe you can't own something unless
you create it with your own hands. And
then... maybe we'll change again. I
think once the house is finished we still
have to travel the world for a couple of
years, but Bonaire will always be base
Donna smiles: "I definitely see my
future here
with Hendrik
because where
Hendrik is, is
my home." She
nods reso-
lutely: "You
can put it like
Greta Kooistra 6

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*to find it, just look up

Don't Miss Next
Week's Super
Close Meeting of
the Two Brightest
Planets Followed
By an Exquisite
Visit to Each by a
Very Old Moon

N ext week,
Thursday, No-
vember 4th, and Friday,
November 5th, the two
brightest planets of
them all will have a su-
per close meeting which
you'll not see again in
the Sky Park until the
year 2008. Plus on the
8th and 9th they'll be vis-
ited by an exquisite,
very old waning crescent Moon.
On Friday, this week, October 29th, 45 minutes before sunrise, face due east where
the brightest thing you'll see in the sky is our near neighbor planet and the brightest of
them all, 8,000-mile-wide Venus, often called our sister planet because it's almost the
same size. And right below it, only 7 degrees away or 14 full Moons apart because one
full Moon is 1/2 a degree, the second brightest but largest planet of them all, 88,000-
mile-wide Jupiter. It's a planet so huge we could line 11 Venuses or Earths across its
middle. And you might rightly ask if Venus and Jupiter are so close to each other and
Jupiter is so much larger, why is it dimmer? And that's a very good question.
The simplest answer is that Jupiter is much, much farther away from us than Venus
ever is. In fact on the 29th Venus will be only 114 million miles away while Jupiter will
be 585 million miles beyond. But as close as they appear on the 29th the real action
begins on November 1st when they will be less than 4 degrees or 8 Moons apart, on the
2nd less than 3 degrees or 6 Moons apart, and on the 3rd less than 2 degrees or 4
Moons apart. Finally on the two biggest days until 2008, Thursday and Friday Novem-
ber 4th and 5th, they will be at their very closest, less than one degree apart, which
means that less than two full Moons could fit between them. Venus will be only 118
million miles away while Jupiter will be 5 times farther away, a whopping 580 million
Now on Thursday Jupiter will be slightly below Venus to its right, but on Friday it
will be just slightly above it. You see, all through October Jupiter was below Venus,
but after November 5th Jupiter will rise above it. In fact if you go out on November 6th
you will see that they will be about a degree and a half or 3 full Moons apart. But by
the 7th they'll be 2 1/2 degrees or 5 full Moons apart. And then they'll rapidly move
farther away from each other each successive day. Don't miss this super close huddle
on the 4th and the 5th, please.
And as if this weren't enough, on Tuesday morning, November 9th, an exquisite slen-
der sliver of a 26-day-old Moon complete with Earthshine will be parked right above
Jupiter. And on the 10th, an even slimmer 27-day-old Moon will be parked right under-
neath Venus, and all three will be equally spaced and lined up in a row.
So mark the 4th and 5th as Venus/Jupiter super close meeting days and the 9th and the
10th as the visitation of each by an exquisite crescent Moon. Plus on the 9th you'll also
notice that Jupiter is now way above Venus, 4 1/2 degrees or 9 full Moons apart. Isn't
planet watching fun? 1 JackHorkhimer

Moon Info ) First Quarter October 20th

Full Moon October 28 th


(j: Last Quarter November 5th New Moon November 5th

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For the week:
SOctober 29 to November 5, 2004
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Your positive attitude and intellectual outlook will
draw others to you. Passion is about the best way for you to relieve tension. Sudden
disruptions will cause upset and a change of routine in your home environment. Any
capricious behavior will confuse loved ones and your mood swings will result in
loneliness. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Do you really want to start something with someone
you can't reason with? Be sure to cover all the necessary groundwork before signing
binding contracts. Expect to have more people on your domestic scene. If you take
on too much, you will find yourself in martyrdom. Your lucky day this week will be
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Residential moves look hectic and sudden changes
in your life are likely. Don't believe everything you hear. Someone you least expect
may not have your best interests at heart. This might not be a day for hasty deci-
sions. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) You have a tendency to think that no one else will
do things properly. Try to ease any disappointment by making amends. Emotionally,
things may not run so smoothly. An older loved one may be having problems. Your
lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) They didn't fully understand what was expected. It's time
to consider putting money into long-term investments. Be sure to spend time helping
children with projects that are too difficult for them to accomplish alone. Be honest
in your communication and don't lose your cool. Your lucky day this week will be
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Your dramatic approach to life has probably gotten
to your mate. You will have original ideas for ways to make extra money. Financial
difficulties may be worrying you. Be discreet about any information you uncover.
Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Children will keep you busy. Spend a quiet day with
the one you love. Lowered vitality could affect your work. You need to be around
friends and family. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You might be a tad overindulgent this week. Use
your obvious talent to work with detail and you can come up with something great.
Travel will promote new romantic connections. Losses are likely if you aren't care-
ful where you leave your valuables. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Resist secret affairs that could be detrimen-
tal to your reputation. Passion will be your only answer. Moves or the possibility of
having someone different living with you may be difficult at first. Try to spend some
time on your own. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) You can make career moves that will bring
you a much higher income. You can make reasonable bids on real estate or large
items for your home. Chances to express your ideas and beliefs can bring popularity
as long as you're not arrogant. You may have a problem keeping secrets.
Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Someone you work with could try to undermine
you. Unstable relationships are likely. You would be wise to socialize with as many
people as possible. Find out if they have other commitments. Your lucky day this
week will be Sunday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Use your obvious talent to work with detail and you
can come up with something great. Don't get so wrapped up in being rich that you
overlook the fact that your plan may not be as solid as you thought. Your intellectual
wit will bring greater popularity with your peers. Don't be too eager to spend money
that you really don't have. Your lucky day this week will be Friday. 1

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