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B onaire is having a spell of almost
unprecedented rainy weather
with westerly winds. According to the
weather gurus the reason is:

This "tail" has brought over two weeks of
mostly cloudy skies with occasional
heavy rain and rare bright sunshine. Bon-
aire's plants must feel as if they've been
transported to a rain forest. Some varieties
are growing more than an inch (2.5cm.) a
day. Yachts moored in Kralendijk bay
have had to abandon their moorings and
seek shelter in the marinas to avoid un-
comfortable swells and often breaking
seas. The sea has risen over the coast
road several times. Salt spray is browning
trees and rusting automobiles.

But diving on the normally rough east
side has been great, and the farmers are
It makes one think that perhaps Global
Warming could modify the Bonaire's cli-
mate so it would become a producer of
agricultural products. Will that mean ba-
nanas from Bonaire?

A For the third time in six days the
Dutch frigate Willem van der Zaan inter-
cepted a major drug shipment. This
time it was 62 bales at 30 kilos each of
cocaine most probably. There were five
people on board the intercepted speed-
boat, four from Colombia and one from
The Marine's Orion patrol plane spotted
the speedboat around 9 am in the western
Caribbean Sea. The boat was heading to-
wards the northwest. The Dutch ship
joined forces with the American Coast
Guard cutters, Gallatin and Thetis with
their on-board helicopters. A helicopter of

Envirowatch (Silt from QM2 work) 5
In Memory (Baselio Marin-Nukove 6
Dietitian (More on Diabetes) 7
Storm Casualties (Chachacha Beach) 8
Health Day 8
Windsurf Race Guru (Tinho Dornellas)
Pet Prof (Oreo) 10
Young Chefs Back from Italy 11
Special Olympics Leave for Aruba 13
Female Within -Workshop 14
New Island Spa 18
Turtle Travels (STINAPA) 18

Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Letter (Seatbelts) 5
Police Update 5
Picture Yourself (Mt. Abu, India) 8
Vessel List & Tide Table 9
Pets of the Week (SGB volunteers) 12
Classifieds 12
What's Happening 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
On the Island Since (Luis Lazo) 17
Bonaire Sky Park 19
The Stars Have It 19

the British ship Wave Ruler, which was in
the Curagao harbor, joined too. The speed
boat occupants threw the bales overboard,
and the boat was finally stopped by the
Gallatin's helicopter after they fired warn-
ing shots.
Last Friday and Monday the Willem van
der Zaan also intercepted two drug boats.
These contained respectively 1,700 and
3,400 kilos of cocaine. The catch of 3,400
kilos on Monday was the largest bust
from a speed boat since the launch of the
Joint Inter Agency Task Force South
(JIATFS) in 1989.
(Continued on page 4)

Bonaire Reporter November 19-November 26, 2004

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2004 The Bonaire Reporter
Published weekly. For information about subscriptions, stories or
advertising in The Bonaire Reporter, phone (599) 717-8988, 791-
7252, fax 717-8988, E-mail to: Reporter@bonairenews.com The
Bonaire Reporter, George DeSalvo, Publisher. Laura DeSalvo,
Editor in Chief. Address: Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6; Bonaire, Neth.
Antilles. Available on-line at: www.bonairereporter.com
Reporters: Susan Brown, Capt. Don, Jack Horkheimer, Greta
Kooistra, Sara Matera, Annemiek le Noble, Ann Phelan, Angelique
Salsbach, Michael Thiessen, Andy Uhr,
Features Editor: Greta Kooistra
Translations: Peggy Bakker, Sue Ellen Felix
Production: Barbara Lockwood
Distribution: Yuchi Molina (Rincon), Elizabeth Silberie (Playa);
Housekeeping: Jaidy Rojas Acevedo. Printed by: DeStad Druk-

Bonaire Reporter November 19-November 26, 2004

Page 3

Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 2)
The latest catch brings the total to al-
most 7,000 kilos in three actions.

The new Dutch Royal Navy station
ship for the Antilles and Aruba, the sup-
ply ship Amsterdam, will take over from
the frigate Willem van der Zwaan, which
is off to Chile for the maritime exhibition,
Expo Naval, for a month. The Amsterdam
has a crew of 143 and a helicopter on
A CuraqaoExel made its inaugural
flight to Statia last Friday, landing at
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Airport at
12:34 pm and taking off at 1:09 pm.
Aboard flight #2530 were 34 passengers,
many of them students and Statia-bom
persons who wanted to go home for Tues-
day's Statia/America Day celebrations.
A The joint Dutch and Antillean com-
mittee to examine how many Royal
Marechaussees (special military police)
the Netherlands Antilles needs is in a
deadlock. Justice Minister Norberto
Ribeiro told the press last Friday, "I
would assume between 20 to 25 Mare-
chaussees will be the total, but this is a
personal assessment."
A The Netherlands has dropped
three positions on the list of least cor-
rupt countries in the world and is now
listed 10th on the Corruption Perception

Index 2004. Antilles Parliament member
Marco DeCastro points out that The Neth-
erlands, which had been reporting a lot of
negative things about the Antilles in these
last few years, now seems to be suffering
from the same contagious disease. The
yearly index is done by Transparency In-
ternational, a non-governmental organiza-
tion that researches corruption. DeCastro
noted that the corruption in the Antilles
mostly stems from Dutch companies es-
tablished in the Antilles. "In many of the
cases the corruptor is a Dutch company."

4 Based on an investigation conducted
by agencies in Holland and Curagao,
more than half of the Dutch population
(55 %) believes that the Netherlands
Antilles and Aruba should become
completely independent. Antillean and
Arubans' beliefs are very different: only
17 % of them expressed a desire to be-
come independent from The Netherlands.
Another area of difference regards finan-
cial aid. Only 28 % of the Dutch popula-
tion believes more money should be sent
to the islands. However 69 % of those
polled in the Antilles and Aruba want
more money.

A The MVLadyMignum recently took
on board from St. Eustatius (Statia), 37
live donkeys for the Ross University
School of Veterinary Medicine in St.
Kitts. Dr. Robinson of Ross University
supervised the loading of the animals.
University students spend their first se-
mester on St. Kitts and the last eight se-
mesters in the US. The donkeys that were
taken from the island will be used for the
study of large animal anatomy and for
large animal surgeries. Dr. Evert Ri-
jlaarsdam, Head of the Department of
Agriculture and Husbandry on Statia, said

he was happy to see the donkeys leave for
such a good cause. Under the new pro-
gram, roaming animals are tagged and
taken off the streets.

A Chairman of the Chamber of Com-
merce, Aubrey Sealy, thinks the devel-
opment of Bonaire's dive industry is
out of control. In his opinion the exces-
sive number of shops is endangering dive
tourism itself, the mainstay of the island's
economy... and is mostly controlled by
Sealy bases his opinion on the Pourier
Report, considered the bible of the Bo-
nairean economic development plan fa-
voring sustainable tourism. "The way
things now stand the Executive Council
seems to be ignoring the Pourier Report
and, in my opinion, the term sustainable
tourism gets more and more forgotten,"
said Sealy in a press release. "Cash
strapped hotels in combination with the
overburdening of the reefs by an increas-
ing number of divers is certainly causing
big short term problems. Fundamentally,
only resorts with over 60 rooms have the
right to have a dive operation. The growth
of dive shops is currently getting out of
hand because the government has no no-
tion of the amount of legal and illegal
dive shops that are currently in operation
on the island. There is no control on the
quality and especially the quantity of the
number of dive shops. Night diving is a
free for all." Sealy is concerned about
unsupervised shore diving and the fact
that the majority of the dive sites have
English names.
In a radio interview last week the Com-
missioner in charge of Economic Devel-
opment, Bumey el Hage, said that it is
current policy that there are limits on new

business affecting Bonaire's environment,
diving included.

AFlamingo Airport is planning on
opening a VIP lounge for Business
Class passengers. The lounge, managed
by Moreno Binelli (who has the bar-
restaurants in the airport and transit
lounge), will offer a comfortable place to
relax between flights. There is flat screen
TV, DVD and video, wireless laptop
computer connections to the Internet,
drinks, etc... The lounge is expected to
open within the week.

b American Thanksgiving is nearly
upon us. It's Thursday, November 25, and
Buddy Dive's restaurant, the Bella Vista,
will be having a gala Thanksgiving Buf-
fet on the Beach. Tables will be laden
with turkey and all the trimmings, a
creamy pumpkin soup, glazed ham, sweet
potatoes, fresh salads beets, corn, green,
TC's green bean casserole, etc. etc. Fol-
low that with a slice of Caribbean pump-
kin pie and you can waddle away happily.
The buffet is NAf40 ($22.50) and begins
at 7 pm. For reservations call 717-5080,
ext. 535
A Welcome to our new advertiser,
Julimar, which helps to process all
the paperwork for residency permits
and procuring Dutch passports. Owner
Juliet Somer is experienced in these mat-
ters, having worked in Immigration for a
number of years. She does all the trips to
the government, waiting in line and fol-
lowing your papers from beginning to
end. Need to write a letter to the govern-
ment but don't know Dutch? Let Julimar
do it for you. The office is just around the
comer from Re/Max, on the way to Telbo.
See the ad on page 14. O G/L.D.

Bonaire Reporter November 19-November 26, 2004

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9I O PI N O an daET E R 0. Uk E PAGE

Dear Editor,
Today Bonaire experienced a tragedy.
A child was killed in a horrible auto-
mobile accident.
I cannot speculate, and do not know
whether or not the occupants, including
the child, were wearing safety belts.
An educated guess, however, looking
at the drivers around me here, is that
they were not. Nor can I speculate that
the child's life would have been spared
had he been wearing a seatbelt.
I can only say that I truly grieved. As
a mother and human being I cried for
that family's loss and pain. And I re-
membered a similar experience of my
own, only with different results. My
and my son's lives were spared in the
accident we had. I had on a seatbelt,
and he was in his child safety seat. He
had NO physical injuries. I had signifi-
cant injuries, but judging from the fact
that the steering wheel was on my
chest, and the motor on my legs; I

would not be here today were I not
wearing my seatbelt. The other passen-
ger in our car had life altering injuries.
He hit the dashboard with his knees,
shattering his hip, and windshield with
his face causing massive blood loss and
eventual loss of an eye-he would not
wear a seatbelt.
How many times I feel actual
anger when I drive and see a child
standing on the front passenger seat-
those all too gruesome dashboard and
windshield taunting fate should the
driver have to make a sudden stop.
Isn't it time that Bonaire, a place that
cherishes its children as much or more
than any place I know, start protecting
them in this simple, rudimentary way?
The cost of a child safety seat is so
minimal in comparison to the cost the
poor family of today is suffering. It
only takes a minute to do. It becomes
such a habit that you are no longer
aware of doing it. Teach your children
from NOW. My son does not, to this
day, get in the car without buckling up.
And he will remind any passengers
who fail to do the same, without
prompting from me. In other places it is
an expensive infraction to have un-
belted minors in the car. It should be
here as well. An adult can choose to be
stupid; our children depend on us to
keep them safe.
Elise Seraus-Dietrich


Police main line 717-8000
OFFICE- 717-8626

P ublic Prosecutor Ernst Wes-
selius reports:
Three suspects were arrested this
past week in connection with the
purse snatching of the owner and
workers of Garden Caf&.
Another two persons were arrested
because they allegedly were trying
to break into a house to steal air
conditioners. They are suspected of
a break in at another house.
There were two arrests by the Fla-
mingo Team at the airport of per-
sons trying to smuggle cocaine.
A fight was broken up late in the
evening and one person arrested.
The cause of the fight is unclear at
this time.
The Prosecutor has asked for help
from Holland to send Royal Mare-
chaussees to aid the Flamingo Team at
the airport. "We need some kind of
assistance there," he said. The respon-
sibility of the Marechaussees is to pro-
tect the borders of a country.
*** * ****** ** ***
As we go to press a report was re-
ceived of a break-in and theft at a wa-
terfront home in Belnem. The occu-
pants were not at home when the
break-in occurred but surprised the in-
truders when they returned.

Bonaire Reporter November 19-November 26, 2004

The workers aboard the barge
placing new pilings for the
QM-2 are hosing off sand and silt into
the water. While not the worst possible
hazard to the environment since the
sand is from the sea bottom, the result-
ing silting can smother coral over a
wide area. O G.D.

There were reports that at least two
shots were fired as the thieves de-
parted, but no one was reported hit.
No one has yet been arrested. Investi-
gation is continuing. OL./G.D.

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FI V I RW\/AT r. I



t is not often that I cry. But, as I
watched Big Bas Marin's coffin car-
ried through the doors of the San
Bemardo Church, my eyes filled. Follow-
ing close behind was Ebo Domacasse,
Bonaire's first dive guide, and as I looked
at him, I realized that the founding fathers
of our diving industry are slipping away.
Now only Ebo and I remain with memo-
ries of the beginning. Baselio had not
only been a superb and beloved dive
guide to all those early divers, but he was
my friend. Together we had opened many
exciting new reef sites.
My favorite site was Nu Kove. In 1974,
Aquaventure, operating from the beach of
the Hotel Bonaire, owned a big diesel
boat called the Coral Queen whose cap-
tain was the lovable giant of a man,
Baselio Marin. Bas captained the long
hauls, usually to the western end of the
island. They were all-day runs, great div-
ing, the best. However, Hotel Bonaire's
food and beverage department could not
be convinced that Baselio needed the
lunch boxes early if he ever wished to get
back before dark. Because of this constant
battle, I tried another tack. "Bas," I said,
"enough is enough! We will buy a piece
of property up at the end of the island
near the Park and build another dive sta-
tion, a restaurant, with beaches and a
pier." We thought of this special dream as
Nu Kove.
To take on a project of this magnitude
required an influential friend. Hugo
Gerharts, an early pioneer of Bonaire's
tourism, threw his weight into the project
and threaded our way through mountains
of bureaucracy.
Baselio and I knew the general area in
which Nu Kove was to be found. It had to
be in a sheltered area many miles to the
northwest. We had searched from the sea
as well as the land without result. Hugo
suggested that the Land Office had aerial
pictures of the island, which we scruti-
nized with excitement. Then, yes, under

Baselio Marin 1927-2004

powerful magnifying lenses, we discov-
ered our Eden, protected by heavy reefs
seaward, and a half-mile of impregnable
foliage on land. Here, amidst all of this,
the lens showed a splendor of a 12-body
sandy beach. However, there was no en-
trance from either land or sea. To pur-
chase it, as I had hoped, was not possible.
We did get a five-year renewable lease,
which was more than enough, a permit for
the construction of a small building and a
slap on the back to "get on with this pro-

looked at Baselio, his six
foot two inch frame,
wrestler's imposing
weight and strength,
shoulders capable of
moving a 12-pound
sledge with ease. From
that moment the project
was "all go."
Bruce Bowker and
Eddie Statia were the
fellows in charge of out-
fitting the special truck
required for the project: a
ton and a half stake
truck. Space for a dozen The original
divers, many steel tanks,
two small outboard engines, fuel, enough
food, sizeable roll-out shade awnings,
drop-down lunch tables, guitars, and a set
of horse shoes, just for fun. And a Daisy
B-B gun for plunking. There was a lot
more on the truck, of course: binoculars
for bird watchers, a cot for those who
wished to snooze, and a first aid box, but
radios were a "no-no."
Everybody at Aquaventure was excited
about the Nu Kove project. The crew
looked forward to their turn to guide di-
vers through this special portal to the
reefs. In time, the road entrance, the park-
ing area, the ramp and dock were com-
pleted. The time had come to begin The
Cut. This horrendous undertaking re-
quired three weeks of back breaking toil
to complete the channel. After The Cut
was finished the rubble was removed and
the sea was ours. In my opinion, there
was no lovelier place.
A boat we called The Bull, not as pretty
as it was functional, with the two small
outboard engines, could take a group of
eight or so excited divers north to the nor-
mally inaccessible, beautiful reefs on the
west coast of Washington Park. We could
easily do three trips a day from the Nu
Kove hub. Nu Kove was an exciting ex-
perience, a happening of that early year
1974, whose memories should be shared
with all.
Peter Hughes at Flamingo was the only
other dive shop on island, and Peter did

pier at Nu Kove, now long gone.

not encourage diving freedom. Therefore
Nu Kove was for a special time our own
private domain. However, other dive op-
erators came later, and shore diving esca-
lated. There were storms from the west,
and I was busy building Habitat. Things
changed. Dive staff found new ventures.
The Bull was swept from its mooring and
bashed against the cliffs. Nu Kove be-
came a memory. Big Baselio drifted to
other ports, and life went on.
Now, 30 years later, as I look upon his
coffin, my memories are alive and acute,
as if all of this had only been yesterday.

Bonaire Reporter November 19-November 26, 2004

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As a diabetic you should create
healthy eating habits. This
-Eat a Wide Variety of Food Every
Day Eating a wide variety of foods
helps you get all the nutrients to main-
tain good health.
-Be Physically Active Every Day. Try
to do 30 minutes of physical activity
every day. Start slowly and build this
up gradually. During the Diabetes
Campaign a week ago we had aerobic
and fit walking activities with blood
pressure and blood glucose check ups
before and after exercises. It was very
nice to see that more than 50% of the
participants' blood pressure and blood
glucose dropped after the exercise.
This shows why exercise is so very
important for diabetics.

-Eat High Fiber Foods such as Fruits,
Vegetables, Whole Grains and Beans.
These foods provide lots of vitamins,
minerals and fiber.
- Use Less Added Fat. It is well known
that eating many foods that are high in
fat, particularly ones with too much
saturated fat and dietary cholesterol,
can contribute to the development of
clogged and narrowed arteries. This
can lead to heart disease, and people
with diabetes are at an even greater
risk for developing it.
- Use Less Added Sugar. Sugary foods
like soft drinks and sweets, like ice

cream and cookies, are not healthy for
anyone. They provide a lot of calories
with little or no nutrients. So practice
- Use Less Added Salt and Sodium.
Most of the salt we eat comes from
processed food. Use your salt shaker
lightly and use more fresh and unproc-
essed food.
-If You Choose to Drink Alcohol,
Limit the Amount and Drink It with
Food. Don't drink on a daily basis and
then not more than two glasses.
-Eat about the Same Number of Calo-
ries Each Day, and Never Skip
- Check Your Feet for Cuts, Blisters,
Red Spots and Swelling that can Re-
sult from Diabetes- Related Nerve
Damage. Ask your doctor to refer you
once a year to a podiatrist for a foot
and proper shoe check up.
-Test your blood glucose. Ask your
doctor when and how often.
-Keep a record of your blood tests,
medications and daily events. Revise
this with your doctor and your dieti-
-Take your diabetes medication as pre-
scribed. Your medication plan should
make you feel better and fit.

Tropical Snack Cake
(12 servings)
11/ cups all-purpose flour
1 cup whole oats
1/4 cup granulated sugar or 2 table-
spoons of heat-stable sugar substitute
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
1, 8-ounce can crushed pineapple in
juice, undrained
1/2 cup fat-free milk
1/3 cup mashed ripe banana
1/4 cup egg substitute or 2 egg whites,
lightly beaten

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla
Heat oven to 350F. Grease and flour
an 8x8-inch square pan.
In large bowl, combine flour, oats,
sweetener, baking powder, baking soda
and salt; mix well. In medium bowl,
combine pineapple (including juice),
milk, banana, egg substitute, oil and
vanilla; blend. Add to dry ingredients
all at once. Stir just until dry ingredi-
ents are moistened. (Do not over mix).
Pour batter into pan.
Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until golden
brown and wooden pick inserted in the
center comes out clean. Cool in pan on
wire rack 10 minutes. Remove from
pan. Serve at room temperature. Store
tightly covered.
130 calories per serving, 3 gram fat
22 gram carbohydrates

On November 26th you can have
your blood pressure anid blood sugar
tested and, of course, get the proper
information. This will go from 8 am
to 3 pm, in front of the MCB-bank
main branch and will be handled by
the Xavier Medical School. E

.. Salsbach

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R ough seas last
Tuesday, No-
vember 9, around 5
pm brought a lot of
people down to
the seaside to
watch high
waves batter
the shore.

the turbulent
wave action a
tug was called to aid
the HCCC company's
big barge working next to
the south pier. But before help
could arrive, the barge broke loose
and drifted down onto the swimming
and boat pier in front of Dive Inn,
chopping off an end of the concrete
structure and weakening the rest of the
ChaChaCha Beach, one of the is-
land's favorite family spots, where gen-
erations of children have learned to
swim, seems to be getting a rough deal
in the last few years. First, the big old
shade tree on the shore got cut down
when the boulevard was built. For
years the tree had given shade to the
families who came to watch while the

children were in the sea. But then the
very generous Rotary Club of Bonaire
saw the need and filled it. They do-
nated and installed three wood and
thatched umbrellas, attractive and
practical, and there was shade
once again.
But something else has
gone, and the young
swimmers really
miss it. It's
the swim

that was
a few meters
from the
shoreline. Dur-
ing the wind re-
versals of Hurricane
Ivan it was dashed to
bits. No longer do the
kids have something to
swim to and take a little rest before
heading back. What we hear from reli-
able sources is the swim platform is
(was) the property of the Bonaire gov-
ernment. So how do we get it replaced?
These same reliable sources say letters
should be written to the Lt. Governor
who can bring it up at the Island Coun-
cil meeting. Maybe they're just not
aware of it. O L.D.

ast Sunday at the SGB (high school) the Health Department organized a
Health Fair with representatives from health food companies, the hospital
and all the organized dance, fitness yoga and walking groups. There was free test-
ing for diabetes and blood pressure. Shown above are some of the organizers with
Commissioner James Kroon: Dietitian Ang6lique Salsbach, Marugia Janga and
Sharine LoozenOL.D.



H ere's SGB teacher, Jon Hilgers reading The Bonaire Reporter at the head-
quarters of the Brahma Kumaris on the top of Mt. Abu in the state of Ra-
jasthan in India. It's an ethereal place where all is peaceful and spiritual. It's nice
that he was thinking of The Reporter while he was there. D

WIN GREAT PRIZES! Take a copy of The Bonaire Reporter with you on
your next trip or when you return to your home. Then take a photo of yourself
with the newspaper in hand. THE BEST PHOTOS OF THE YEAR WILL WIN
THE PRIZES. Mail photos to Bonaire Reporter, Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6, Bon-
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Bonaire Reporter November 19-November 26, 2004

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I met Tinho Domellas about six years
ago when he was volunteering at a
kids' windsurf clinic up in Cape Cod. He
was wearing a large pink-brimmed hat
and was running around helping a mass of
kids get on the water. I could tell from my
first impression that this man had a lot of
heart and soul for his sport. Tinho is well
known in the windsurf world for his fea-
ture articles on learning to windsurf in
Windsurfing Magazine. He and his wife
own one of the best windsurf schools in
the US. He is also an all-around great
guy. His sidekick and lovely wife, Susie,
is every bit as wonderful, lighting up the
mood of any event. They are a well
known couple in the US and abroad for
hosting one of the world's most popular
regattas, "Midwinters." In fact, annually
a crowd from the Bonaire Sailing Team
heads north to compete in this event.
Tinho Domellas and Susie were
recently in Bonaire for their bi-annual
pilgrimage. This year they brought one of
their three windsurfing sons, Philip, who
shares their love for this sport. They were
seen coaching kids, arranging gear for
kids, running the windsurf races and en-
joying the Bonaire Regatta festivities of
the week. I caught up with Tinho and
Susie during the event to chat about their
recent visit on the island. In our conversa-
tion I was surprised to learn just how long
they had been coming to Bonaire. I knew
what personally drew me to this island,
but what about this man of energy and
passion? Tinho was almost too busy to
conduct an interview, but once he got
going he had the spark to share and chat.
"Tinho, I understand you are a vet-
eran here at the Bonaire Regatta. How
did you come to your first Regatta 15

years ago? When did
Susie come along? "
"The first time in
1989, I came alone with
some of my friends who
told me how much fun
the race was. After that
it has been a race that
Susie and I look for-
ward to all year long."
"You are an event
coordinator along with
your wife, producing one
of the most popular races
in the US. How does
Bonaire Regatta differ
from a US event?"
"The Bonaire Re-
gatta is an international
event that has all classes
of sailing vessels com-
peting, whereas our
race is windsurfing
only. The Bonaire Regatta is unique
because the whole community is behind
the race. There are vendors at night
serving food in Wilhelmina Park,
and every day something is happening
during an entire week. In my view the
Bonaire International Regatta is a lot
more fun. I like racing on my board
while all the boats are all sailing as
well. It is a celebration of sailing as a
general sport. That is so unique to the
Bonaire Regatta."
"What makes Bonairean windsurfers
so successful?"
"Well, it helps a lot when you live
in paradise and have good winds al-
most every day. And the fact that Bon-
aire has a history of very fast and good
windsurfers. It started with Elvis Mar-
tinus and Patun Saragoza. They would
totally dominate other racers when we
started coming to Bonaire back in
'89. Now you have a new generation of
really fast sailors with the Frans Broth-
ers, Christian Dammers and Juvanie

Tinho and Susie Dornellas

Thielman. These guys are fast!!"
"Which Bonaire Kid has exceeded all
your expectations?"
"Every Bonaire kid has exceeded
my expectations. I am amazed at how
well they progress."
"Do you see any up and coming new
kids we should watchfor possible star
status in windsurfing? "
"In the Super Kids, Amado Vri-
eswijk is very competitive. He only
started racing last year. Jurgen
Saragoza has his dad's racing blood
going on super drive, Bjorn as well. In
the Big Kids, Bjorn Saragoza and
Archuendro Finies are very polite and
good competitors. They have such good
hearts, representing the Bonairean
spirit. In the Juniors, I was impressed
with Clay Finies who did a great job
racing against guys with bigger sails."
"As a parent, how key is your role
in the success ofyour children who wind-
surf and how can parents foster this
sport? "

"I believe that parents are key in
bringing the kids to the beach and ex-
posing them to windsurfing. This is the
sport of a lifetime, and you can learn a
lot of important lessons that apply to
real life. Schools should make wind-
surfing a mandatory development dis-
cipline because you will learn to focus,
to persevere and to get up when you
fall. Parents understand these 'life les-
sons' and can use windsurfing as a
means of teaching kids these qualities
without lectures or sermons."
"Could you live full time in Bon-
"OH YES I COULD!!! I am waiting
for Bonaire to adopt me as its child."
"When you are not running an
event, doing a photo shoot for your free-
lance work and sailing, what do you and
your family do while on Bonaire? "
"We just sit back and soak in the
warm friendly air and peace of Bon-
aire. We go snorkeling and sometimes
diving. And I make sure I eat my ra-
tion of Kabritu from Papi Martinez,
some ribs and grilled chicken from Hu-
landes Grill, go to Rincon and check
out the shops and mostly try to keep up
with Elvis Martinus and his never end-
ing jokes." 1 Ann Phelan

KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
11-19 2:53 0.8FT. 18:42 1.7FT. 62
11-20 3:15 0.9FT. 10:09 1.5FT. 14:37 1.3FT. 19:47 1.6FT. 55
11-21 3:23 1.0FT. 10:08 1.6FT. 16:14 1.2FT. 20:44 1.5FT. 53
11-22 3:11 1.1FT. 10:21 1.7FT. 17:43 1.1FT. 21:57 1.3FT. 57
11-23 2:16 1.1FT. 2:18 1.1FT. 10:44 1.8FT. 18:58 1.0FT. 23:04 12FT.
11-24 11:16 1.9FT. 20:14 0.9FT. 71
11-25 11:47 2.0FT. 21:22 0.8FT. 77
11-2612:17 2.0FT. 22:23 0.8FT. 81

Alegria, USA
Bright Sea
Camissa, Chan Is.
Cape Kathryn
Da Capo
Dolphin Street
Dream Catcher, I USA
Flying Cloud, USA

Gatsby, USA
Grey Lady
Guaicamar I, Venezuela.
Honalee, USA
Lady Alice
Luna C. USA
Moon Rice
Natural Selection, USA
Ocean Breezes
One Way Wind
Panta Five
Precocious Gale, USA
Pura Vida
Sagitarius, Aruba

Sandpiper, USA
Santa Maria, Sweden
Scintilla, Germany
Sylvia K
Ti Amo, USA
Tween, Netherlands
Ulu Ulu, USA
Unicorn, Norway
Varedhuni, Germany
Ventura II, Costa Rica
Windmiller, Canada
Zahi, Malta

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Bonaire Reporter November 19-November 26, 2004


4 reo" was a border collie/aussie
Smix. She was brought to me
by some folks who said they could not
manage her any more. Her initial prob-
lems were the product of simple genetics.
Both of these breeds are herding dogs,
and there weren't any cows, sheep or
even geese where we lived. Many herding
dogs who are deprived of this activity will
refocus all of that natural drive onto their
chosen human(s), not wanting to let them
out of sight. At the time I worked as a
ward nurse in a veterinary hospital and
lived in an apartment in the back, so I was
able to see her often throughout the day. I
also took her to the beach daily to run.
Even so she developed anxious behav-
iors, such as gathering various of my per-
sonal belongings (clothes, eye glasses,
book, ATM card...), piling them in front
of the door, and lying on them until I re-
turned, occasionally chewing on them if I
was late.
I'd only had her for a month when we
had an earthquake. I had grown up in
California and was used to earthquakes,
but this one measured 7.1 on the Richter
Scale. It was followed by weeks of fright-
eningly large aftershocks -- every 10 or
15 minutes the first few days, and dozens
per day after that. Our building (the vet
hospital and my apartment) survived, but
being only 10 miles from the epicenter,
we were surrounded by destruction.

After the initial quake the vets and other
staff left to check on their homes and did
not return for two weeks. There was no
power or water. Surrounding buildings
continued to fall in the aftershocks. The
National Guard took over the town.
Power and water came back on twice dur-
ing this time, but the power was ground-
ing itself in the water pipes (causing elec-
tric shock when I turned on the faucet), so
I had to disconnect it again both times.
I had around 25 animals in my care,
some of them very sick (the hospital spe-
cialized in Oncology), and it was 10 days
before owners were able to pick up the
last of them (many no longer had homes).
Needless to say, this was a very stressful
time for Oreo, made so much worse be-
cause of the stress I was under. Having
survived this together, I took Oreo and
the rest of my pets and left California. We
drove across country, and day by day
Oreo became increasingly nervous about
being left in the car for even short periods
of time. Eventually she became destruc-
tive if I was out of sight for even a min-
ute. Pets can suffer from post-traumatic
stress just as humans can. The earth-
quakes and moving had exacerbated
Oreo's existing attachment disorder. She
only felt safe when I was with her. When
we arrived in North Carolina I had to start
working immediately, leaving her alone

for many hours at a time. She was miser-
able and became more and more destruc-
Finally, I had to face the fact that, as
much as I loved her, I simply could not
meet this dog's needs. I could not be with
her every minute, nor could I provide her
with a sufficient outlet for her natural en-
ergy and focus. So, I found Oreo a home
and a job on a nearby farm. There she
happily took to herding cows and was
never left alone again. O Susan Brown

Bonaire Reporter November 19-November 26, 2004

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The young chefs, having returnedfrom Italy, serve the press at Chez Nous:
Bram Schmit, Luthgarda Serberie, Wendly Heredia and Isidro Sinto

T he ABC Italy stage students are
back. The Bonaire students ar-
rived on island October 30th full of ex-
citement from what they learned and
experienced in the last month. Plus they
were a few kilos heavier!
The Serramazzoni Hotel and Catering
School in the Emilia Romagna region
of Italy were their hosts and gave a
world wide view of food and cooking
as a profession to these young students.
Renowned chefs, who were their ori-

vate teachers, radiated passion as they
spoke about different food and wines.
The future is bright for Bonaire's
Tourism, and we are confident this pro-
gram will enrich several young profes-
sionals in Horeca here on Bonaire.
A press conference was held at Chez
Nous, the SGB hotel school, last week.
Commissioner Geraldine Dammers
spoke about her experiences as part of
the ABC delegation which was hosted
by the Emilia Romaena region. She

saw first hand the facilities where our
students leaned and met the director
and teachers.
Life is full of learning and growing
experiences. We continue to
work closely on Bonaire with both the
public and private sectors to enhance
the education process of our future la-
bor force.
Great thanks to the NGO (non-
governmental agencies) Platform, espe-
cially Pancho Cicilia, for helping to
secure the funds to send the students to
Italy. L Sara Matera

T he four culinary students -
Luthgarda Serberie, Isidro Sinto,
Wendly Heredia and Bran Schmit -
returned with a heightened sense of ma-
turity about them. They had been a
month in a new environment with a
new language, learning about their cho-
sen profession from some of the finest
chefs in Europe. They roomed with
Italians as well as students from all
over the world who had been invited by
the Emilia Romagna region to come
and study. Friendships were made, tee
shirts, CDs and caps exchanged. There
were flirtations. Connections will be
maintained with the Internet, they said.
Proudly they announced they got used
to the cold weather and even found
Bonaire too warm since they returned.
They bubbled over with enthusiasm
in telling their stories. Fun times with
pastry and pasta making, the wine tast-
ing. the difficulties in learning all the

terminology for wine culture. The rigid
discipline. The laughs when they said
one of the hardest things was eating all
the food too much, too many courses.
So what now? They all want to finish
SBO, the highest level now in Bonaire
for the hotel school. Bram hopes to go
to Italy soon for a stage (training) ses-
sion for a half year. His aim is to "work
in an Italian kitchen." Another wants to
get as much education as possible so
she can manage a restaurant.
The coordinator and organizer of this
whole program, Sara Matera, was with
the students for the entire four weeks. It
was she who was instrumental in get-
ting the students from the islands of
Aruba and Curacao to attend as well.
The "Dad" who was there through all is
Vernon "Nonchi" Martijn, who is one
of the culinary teachers at the SGB.
Nonchi accompanied the first group
two years ago and now considered a
veteran. Moreno Binelli, well known
chef from Bonaire, was there as inter-
preter (Italian to Papiamentu), but his
visit this time was cut short. However,
his role of interpreter was filled by Joan
Lopez who went with the original
group two years ago and is now work-
ing as a chef in Italy. His Italian is
flawless, we were told.
The words (with a couple of minor
changes) to an old WWII song come to
mind: "How can you keep them down
on the island after they've seen Ita
lee?" LL.D.

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Call or fax The BonareReporter at 717-8988 e-mail ads@bonairereporter.com

JanArt Gallery, Kaya Gloria 7, Bon-
aire 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
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For on-line yellow pages directory in-
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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
irrigation. Kaminda Lagoen 103, Is-
land Growers NV (Capt. Don and
Janet). Phone: 786-0956 or 787-0956

Toyota Corolla XL Station wagon,
red, 1995, no damage, 100% techni-
cal, all garage reports, 2n owner call
717-6907 or 565-5225. Asking price

Toyota truck wanted to buy- 1996
or newer. Email nb318(@hotmail.com

2-3 bedroom house needed for 8
weeks commencing early Jan. Pool or
seaview. Call 786-5072

2-3 bedroom house needed Jan.5-
June 5. On-island references available.
Email tysonpoor @hotmail.com

Narwahl rubber boat (5 meters) with
polyester bottom, colors red with
black, needs little fixing, 1500 Naf.
Tel. 717-7977

Classic Sailor
Traditional Bonairean Sailing sloop.
Wood, traditional construction, about
21' long. Fiberglassed in and out for
minimal maintenance. Two time winner
of Bonaire Regatta, Class A. A dream
to sail. Bargain at NAJ9,999. One of the
last of its kind. Call 717-8988 or 785-

here's something special going
on at the Bonaire Animal Shel-
ter. Every Saturday, starting last week-
end, four girls from the SGB (high
school), as part of their Social Studies
program, will be volunteering 48 hours
to help out at the Shelter. This fine pro-
gram of community service offers stu-
dents the opportunity to volunteer ei-
ther at the Shelter, STINAPA or the
Kas di Sosiego (old folks home).
We caught the girls on their very first
day, and they had a great time getting
acquainted with the four young pups in

the photo. Left to right the girls are:
Claudine Amattabri, Anny Mendoza,
Aleixandra Mendoza and Paola Ren-
don. The pups they're holding are all
about three months old, two females,
two males. They're short-haired and
thus easy to care for. And, as the girls
can attest, they're outgoing, very social
and extremely well adjusted and ador-
You may see these pups for yourself
at the Shelter on the Lagoen Road,
open Monday through Friday, 10 am to
2 pm, Saturdays until 1 pm. Tel. 717-
4989. 1 L.D.

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B onaire's Special Olympics Team
headed for Aruba this week to
compete in the National Games. They'll
be competing in Bocce, Swimming and
Athletics against teams from Aruba and
St. Martin. Our team is made up of
some experienced athletes as well as
some new faces. Accompanying the
team are Head of Delegation Onnie Em-
erenciana, Bocce Coach Pedro "Lendy"
Leito, Athletics Coach Sylvio "Chio"
Semeleer and Assistant Aura Engelhart.
At the right of photo is Head Coach
(and Swimming Coach) Elizabeth
Wigny. Go for the Gold, guys! DL.D.

Mariolein Fonesca-Verhoef

Bonaire Reporter November 19-November 26, 2004

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In short: A search for your own dreams and a bal-
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Using stories and myths, visualisations, meditations, body work and practical exer-
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November 27, 28, Saturday and Sunday, 9 am to 5 pm
The cost will be NAf 165 including coffee, tea and materials.
Location: Old Lagoen in a very warm, relaxed, beautiful place
Confirm your participation by contacting Annemiek or Birgit as soon as possible.
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New! Usually 9:00 pm
(Queen Latifah)

Early Show (usually 7pm)
Ladder 49

Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAf10,50 (incl. Tax)
High Schoolers NAf7,75
SATURDAY 4 PM Disney Animation


Friday, November 19 Celebration with
David Cape, "the Footwasher." Bonaire
Christian Fellowship, Lagoen Road, 7:30
pm, tel. 785-9530
Saturday, November 20-Art Exposition,
Marjolein Fonseca-Verhoef, one night
only, Capt. Don's Habitat Conference
Room, 7 to 11 pm.
Saturday, November 20 International
Day of the Child Children's activities
during the afternoon, Children's March
6 pm, Wilhelmina Park, sponsored by
SEBIKI Tel. 717-2436
Nov. 26-27, Friday and Saturday Round
Bonaire 2-day walk 44/41 km. 717-8629

Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhelmina
Park on Cruise Ship Visiting Days: Sun-
day, Nov. 21-Adonia, Nov. 25/26-Legacy
Until November 25 Cinnamon Art Gal-
lery show of paintings by Nina Ledezma
and Tony Trinidad, Kaya A.P.L. Brion
# 1, just off Kaya Grandi, behind Banco di
Caribe. 717-7103 or 786-9563.
Wednesday, November 24 Dart Tour-
nament City Caf6 tel. 717-8286
Thursday, November 25 American


Saturday, November 27-Opening Gal-
lery Show artist- Renate v.d. Byl, Cinna-
mon Art Gallery. Until January 5
Saturday, Sunday, November 27, 28 -
The Female in You (in English) See pg.
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Dec. 2, 3, 4-
The Female in You (Dutch) See pg. 14

Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhelmina
Park on Cruise Ship Visiting Days:
Nov. 29 Oceana & Veendam

Sunday -Live music 6 to 9 pm while en-
joying a great dinner in colorful tropical
ambiance 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 on Time Sharing and how to save
on your next vacation. 6:15 to 7 pm
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 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. www.infobonaire.com/rincon
Every day by appointment -Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Bo-
nairean kunuku. $12 (NAf12 for Bonaire
residents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800.
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, pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm 717-
Sunday Bonaire Holiday -Multi-media
dual-projector production by Albert Bian-
culli, 8.30 pm, Capt. Don's Habitat, 717-
Monday Dee Scarr's Touch the Sea slide
experience at the Aquarius Conference
Center, Captain Don's Habitat, 8:30 9:30
Wednesday (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.

Bonaire Arts and Crafts (Fundashon
Arte Industrial Bonieriano) 717-5246 or
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, 717-7659

AA meetings every Wednesday; Phone 717-
6105; 560-7267 or717- 3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday eve-
ning at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:30 pm at
the Union Building on Kaya Korona,
across from the RBTT Bank and next to
Kooyman's. All levels invited NAf5 eny fee.
Call Cahy 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 Tuesday,
7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, 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

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Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials, waxing
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De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; professionally
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The Bonaire Gift Shop has an wide selection of gifts,
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JuliMar assists with the paperwork and procedures
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b c b- Botterop Construction Bonaire N.V., offers out-
standing fabrication of all metal products, including
stainless. Complete machine shop too.
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center offers
fast, fine processing for prints and sIides plus a variety of
items and services for your picture-taking pleasure.
Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's oldest real es-
tate agent. They specialize in professional customer
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 insur-
ance services. If you want a home or to invest in Bon-
aire, stop in and see them.
Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed or
built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Electrical,
plumbing, woodworking, etc.

Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun tours
including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snorkeling
and exploration.
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 meas-
ure of protection when you need it. Always reliable. Call
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of Bon-
aire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient. FedEx
agent. Call 717-8922/8033.
Face and Body Day Spa offers the ultimate in advanced
beauty treatments, facials and massage. Call
Intermezzo Day Spa at Captain Don's Habitat is the
newest of this ABC island chain of elegant spas. Now
offering seaside massages and facials.
Tropical Flamingo is convenient, clean, modem, effi-
cient and has the lowest prices on Bonaire. Located be-
hind NAPA.
Visit Warehouse Bonaire to shop in a large, spotless
supermarket. You'll find American and European brand
products. THE market for provisioning.
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Call Bonaire Nautico at
560-7254. Ride the Kantika di Amor or Skiffy. Hotel
pickup too.
Antillean Wine Company. You've tried the rest; now
try the best: best prices, highest quality wines from
around the world, kept in a cooled warehouse. Free de-
Yoga For You. Join certified instructors Desire6 and
Don at Jong Bonaire for a workout that will refresh mind
and body. Private lessons too.

Put your ad in The Bonaire Reporter.
The most advertising for your guilder.
Phone/Fax 717-8988, Cel 791-7252

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"T was born December 24th, 1948,
I in Valparaiso, Chile. My father
was a carpenter, specializing in furni-
ture. We had seven children in our fam-
ily. When I was nine I started to work in
an aluminum factory sweeping the
floors. I went to school until noon, then
I worked in the factory till 6 pm. After a
few months they taught me how to
make lids for pots and pans with a ma-
chine. The owners of the factory were
Germans and they said it was good that
children learned how to do the job. I
was the youngest person working at the
factory; there were no regulations, no
inspections. We had to survive and take
whatever job we could get.

Starting when I was 11, I worked for
several years with my father and brother
as a carpenter, but when there wasn't
enough work we did construction. I en-
joyed it. I liked to lay bricks, and when
we worked for a company that built
2,500 houses we became specialized in
building roofs. Then I went to another
company where I learned how to take
measurements. I learned about weight
and resistance of the concrete. I special-
ized further in masonry, laying bricks
and tiles, and I became an all-round ma-
When my father was young he worked
in the copper mines in the interior of the
country, and he'd told me fascinating
stories about it. That got me curious.
One of the stories was that when you go
into the mines when they're empty,
when nobody is working, you would
still hear all the noises the hammering,
the voices as if everybody was still
there. And you know, I found out it was
true. Very strange.

I went to the copper mines of Rama-
yana, in Tiltil, a place in the interior,
when I was nearly 17. I lived in a camp
that the corporation had built for the
employees. We also got our food from
the corporation. I worked two shifts: in
the day I worked until 6 pm building the
mine tunnels, and from 7 pm till 2
o'clock in the morning I worked down
in the mines. I was young and had a lot
of energy.
We worked seven days a week, and
every five months we would have week-
ends off. Then we did a lot of dancing
with the girls from Tiltil! The miners
drank a lot of Chilean wine, but after
one month they'd stop drinking for
months, then they start all over again.
The mountain was 4,500 meters high.
The mines were halfway down into the
mountain and they were about 150 me-
ters deep. I was never afraid to go
down. I worked there for a year and a
half, and I returned to Valparaiso loaded

with money. My family and I had a
really good time buying all sorts of
things that we needed for the house.
I went back into construction and,
when I was 21, I left to work on the
Juan Fernandez Islands in the Pacific,
400 miles off the coast of Chile. They
are beautiful islands, much smaller than
Bonaire, and they're supposed to be
Robinson Crusoe's islands. I even saw
his cave! I like to see places, I like to
travel, but after a year I got bored and
went back to Valparaiso where I worked
days and studied at night to become a
contractor, and I learned plumbing as
well. Everywhere in the world plumbing
and electricity go together with con-
struction, however, not in Chile. We
have earthquakes so frequently that they
come secondary. It's far more important
to learn how to build a solid structure.
In '79 there wasn't enough work in
Chile anymore. I saw an ad in the paper
asking for carpenters, masons, etc. to
come to Venezuela. I applied and got
the job with an international organiza-
tion in Caracas. I worked in different
places all over the country, and I had 68
people under me.

"We worked seven days a
week, and every five
months we would have
weekends off Then we did
a lot of dancing with the
girls from Tiltil!"

In 1988 I saw an ad from Tecno Con-
sult, asking for builders for Bonaire. I
came and started working for Harbour
Village. Then in 1991 I went to St. Mar-
tin to work for an Italian company
building a hotel there. I stayed one year
in St. Martin, then I went back to Cara-
cas, to Tecno Consult, but I had to wait
some months for them to arrange my
papers for Bonaire.
It was then and there, in Caracas, that
I met lovely Carmen Campos on the
street, in the marketplace where she was
selling blue jeans. I went back to the
market every day to see her, and we
dated for three months, always meeting
in the street or in a restaurant, but she
never took me to her house to meet her
family." Carmen (33) laughs: I never
took him home because I thought there
might be some girls in my neighbor-
hood who would snatch him away from
They make a lovely family: Luis Lazo,
strong and good-looking; Carmen with
her beautiful smile; pretty and quiet

(11;) and
little charm-
ing Cinndy
(6) who
never stops
talking and
who makes
some draw-
ings for me
in up-
'Cinndy in
the bakery,'
sailing the
happily rid-
ing a horse'
'Cinndy 's
with a giant
snake. '
Luis pro-

Luis, Deisy, Carmen and Cinndy

ceeds, "after three months I had to go
back to Bonaire and I wrote Carmen but
I never got an answer. So, I went back
to Caracas to 'buy more blue jeans,' but
Carmen wasn't there anymore. I asked a
mutual friend about her whereabouts,
and we met again in a restaurant, both
of us with long faces because of the
misunderstanding caused by the lost
letters. However, we went to the post
office together and it turned out the let-
ters were there!
She took me to meet her family and I
became very good friends with my
mother-in-law, who's actually some
years younger than me. Carmen's
mother also had an extremely poor
childhood, very tough and sad and lots
of suffering like me, and we understood
each other, and apart from being my
mother-in-law she became my friend.
Carmen and I got married in Caracas,
and Deisy was born there. When the
baby was nine months old they both
came to Bonaire where I'd started work-
ing for Silvosa."
"If it had been up to me, I would have
gone back the same day I got here,"
Carmen laughs, "but now I like the
tranquility and the schools are very
good. Here the children have to go to
school, not like in Caracas where no-
body cares. Both girls are in Kristu Bon
Wardador primary school, and they're
doing well. I also work there with a
government project, Obra di ma. Deisy
and Cinndy like it here. Deisy likes to
swim and to ride her bike and she likes
to eat the fish Luis catches, but when
she's in Caracas she likes it better there.
Cinndy is the one to tell you when you

say something that's not so nice about
Bonaire: 'Don't talk bad about my
country!' She was born here; she's our
"I like Bonaire," Luis says, "I like it
much better than St. Martin. The people
here are nice, more educated and you
find beautiful places like Karpata, the
caves, the Salifias, Piedra Pretu and Bo-
livia. I love to fish, and whenever I get
the chance I go to the coast or to the
Our children speak Dutch, Papiamentu
and Spanish, and Cinndy loves to try to
speak English. Here you can live in
peace. It's not like when you're in the
streets in Caracas, the crowds of peo-
ple, everyone worried and stressed out,
looking for a better opportunity, looking
for a way to survive. Here you don't
have that tension. In the 16 years since
I've been here I've worked for many
companies. I also started my own con-
struction company, but it is asleep now,
and until I know how to go about it I'm
working for somebody else. When I
look back at my life I know that I've
been fighting to survive, like everyone,
like all of us. I improved my life by
coming here
and now we
have a higher
standard of liv-
ing. I'm in the
process of get-
ting my papers
and I'm staying
here for good."
1 Greta Koo-

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Intermezzo at Capt. Don's Ha

T he Intermezzo Day
Spa will be com-
ing to Capt. Don's Habi-
tat in January with all the
wraps, massages, facials
and scrubs. But right
now, adjacent to the pool
at the resort is a little
piece of paradise where
you may have massages
and facials, right at the
water's edge, enclosed in
a private little cabana
with pleasant aromas, soft
music and wind chimes
accompanying the sound
of the waves. To intro-
duce Intermezzo to the
island they're offering a
special package right
now a massage and a
Piccolo facial both for only $75.
Intermezzo is a family business, begun
in Aruba in 1998. Bibi, a physical thera-
pist, and her sister Marcella, an estheti-
cian, wanted to do something together to
combine the clinical with the beauty as-
pects. Enter Marcella's husband, Mike, a
businessman, and Bibi's husband, Martin,
a P.R. business person. Together they run
six successful spas in Aruba in major ho-
tels, having opened one new one each
"We don't use any machines," says
Bibi. "Everything is done by hand." Mar-
tin explains, "When we hire a therapist
(we have 40 employed now) we train
them to our system. So, no matter who

-,- ~
you have as a therapist, the work will be
the same a very personalized, special
touch treatment that we have in all our
spas." Bibi continues, "We want every-
one to feel comfortable and at home. We
even have our own products that are all
natural things like our Coffee Body
Scrub and even a Chocolate Scrub!"
There will be a number of packages at
the new spa, but you may mix and match


S Q TINAPA," our transmitter equipped Green turtle, is averaging al-
most 100 km per day in her travels away from her Bonaire nest. She has
turned to the southwest and is headed in the direction of Panama. Her position is
approximately 1,200 km. from Bonaire and about 500 km from a suitable habitat.
Early last week Sea Turtle Conservation (STCB) missed a chance to fit an-
other female Hawksbill with a transmitter. Typically, a female will nest every 14
to 16 days during the nesting season, and the nesting pattern of this Hawksbill sug-
gested that she was on a 15-day cycle. Plans were for STCB staff to go out last
Tuesday evening to No Name Beach on Klein Bonaire in anticipation of the fe-
male's return. To our surprise, a new nest was discovered Tuesday morning, indi-
cating that she had returned the night before, 13 days after her last nesting. We are
holding hopes that she will try one more time. 1 Andy Uhr

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*to find it, just look up

The Lord
of the
and the

M ost
you already
know that in
July our Cas-
sini space
craft went into
orbit around
the planet af-
fectionately called the "Lord of the Rings," the 6th planet out from the Sun, Sat-
urn. And although it has not been visible to the naked eye in evening skies from
Earth for the past five months, it has now returned for viewing and is in fact the
only planet visible in evening skies before midnight. Plus it is on a straight line
with two of my favorite stars, Castor and Pollux, the Gemini Twins.
On any night next week, Thanksgiving week, from 9 to 10 pm Sky Park time,
face just slightly north of east where just above the horizon you will see three
bright objects lined up in a row. The brightest and closest to the horizon is the
Lord of the Rings, 75,000-mile-wide Saturn. And if you've never thought about
getting a small telescope before, now would be a good time because Saturn will be
available for viewing for the next few months and is almost everyone's favorite
through even the smallest scope. Plus it will be up even earlier for the Christmas
and New Year holidays.
Now if you draw a straight line from Saturn just slightly up and to its left it will
run through the two brightest stars of the constellation Gemini, first Pollux and
then Castor. And I always like to compare these two stars whenever they're close
to any planet. You see the brighter star, Pollux, is a lot larger than Saturn or any
planet to say the least. In fact it is about 11 times the diameter of our own million-
mile-wide Sun, which means we could fit about two million Saturns inside it. But
don't let appearances fool you because even though Pollux is brighter than its twin
brother Castor, Castor hides a magnificent secret because if we look at it with
large telescopes and special instruments, Castor shows us that it is not just one
star. In fact, it is not even a double star or a triple star or a quadruple star or a quin-
tuple star. In reality it is actually six stars, three pairs all moving about each other
in an outrageously intricate cosmic ballet.
So why is comparatively dinky Saturn so much brighter? Simple answer: it is so
incredibly much closer. In fact the light from Saturn will take only 70 minutes to
reach us next week, whereas Pollux is so incredibly far away it takes its light 35
years to reach us. And Castor's light takes 45 years!
So ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, start your Gemini and Lord of the Rings
watch now. Just look for the three in a straight line any night next week. And if
you're one of those who still needs help finding cosmic objects, well, on Monday
night after Thanksgiving, November 29t an exquisite waning gibbous Moon will
be parked just to the side of Castor and Pollux and above Saturn. And on Tuesday
the 30t an even prettier gibbous Moon will be parked almost between Saturn and
Pollux. So if you can't find them next week without help, wait until the 29t and
30t and the Moon will find them for you. O Jack Horkhimer


For the week:
( November 19-26, 2004
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) You will reap the rewards for your kind actions. A pas-
sionate encounter with your mate should help alleviate that pent-up energy. Opportu-
nities will develop through those you encounter while attending organizational events.
Rewards for past good deeds will highlight your day. Your lucky day this week will
be Sunday.
TA URUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Travel for business will not only bring you valuable
information but also profits as well. You should get out and enjoy social events where
you are likely to meet new potential mates; however, don't overspend. Try not to be
too harsh with loved ones; there will always be two sides to an issue. You could be
cornered, so be prepared to tell the truth. Your lucky day this week will be Wednes-
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Networking will be a necessity. Read between the lines
before you sign your name. You can enjoy social events and meet new potential
mates; however, avoid being lavish. Set a limit on the amount you're willing to spend,
and be sure to stick to it. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Be careful while traveling. Investments will not be as
they appear this week. You will have the discipline to make changes you feel are nec-
essary. Someone you care about may not be too well. Your lucky day this week will
be Saturday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Your outgoing, aggressive nature will attract someone
you've been eager to meet. Positive connections can be made if you get involved in
environmental organizations. You may be upset if someone has borrowed something
that belongs to you. Travel will also be very informative. Your lucky day this week
will be Friday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Be careful not to show your temper when dealing with
the boss. Talk to people who can give you important knowledge. Your mate could get
on your nerves if he or she backs you into an emotional corner or puts restrictions on
your time. Your tendency to take on too much will end in fatigue. Your lucky day this
week will be Wednesday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Entertainment should include your whole family. You
will be prone to carelessness that could result in accidents. Make sure to arrange in
advance to spend quality time together. Your involvement in groups will be favorable
for meeting new and exciting individuals. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Someone may try to damage your reputation. Rec-
ognition will be yours if you meet your deadline. Spend time with friends and rela-
tives. Travel for pleasure. Cultural activities will prove to be quite enlightening for
everyone. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) You may feel a need to make changes to your
legal documents. You're in a high cycle for romance. Involvement in groups will be
favorable. Business partnerships will prove lucrative. Opportunities for partnerships
are present; but get every detail in writing. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Your practical approach to life may charm some-
one who has been observing you. This time was meant for love. Make creative
changes to your residence. You need to sit back and enjoy. You will find that you can
work progressively at improving yourself this week. Your lucky day this week will be
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Uncertainties regarding your home and family are
evident. Opportunities will come through behind the scenes activities. Overexertion
and negligence will be your worst enemies. You may interest some of them in a ser-
vice you have to offer. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Residential moves will be hectic and may be unsatis-
factory. Elders may get you going this week. You have worked hard and the payback
is now. Channel your energy into decorating or household chores. Your lucky day this
week will be Sunday. O

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