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S int Nicholaas (Sinter
Klaus) and his Black
Pete (Zwartepiet) helpers will
make their 2004 appearance
this coming Saturday morning, i
September 27. Sint Nicholaas
is associated with gift giving
and his coming is close to the
Christmas season, but he has
nothing directly to do with the
Christian holiday. It originated
more than 600 years ago when
the Bishop of Madrid, Spain,
gave gifts to everyone on his
birthday, December 5. This
bishop, it is said, originally
came from Turkey with his 2003 arrival
helpers who were black
(zwarte). At that time Holland was ruled by Spain, so when Sint Nicholaas comes, he
arrives from Spain by boat. This year, in keeping with tradition he will arrive in Bon-
aire by boat at the old pier. Activities will begin at 9 am in Wilhelmina Park and Sint
Nicholaas is scheduled to arrive at 10 am sharp. After being greeted by the Governor,
Sinter Klaus and his entourage of Zwartepieten (Black Petes) will tour Kralendijk and
then on to Rincon. The festivities are organized by the Foundation Ata C I Zwartepiet
(FASIZ) and SEBIKI and are one of the cultural highlights of the year.
ter is reportedly in the hospital in critical
condition. In Portsmouth, Dominica, the
quake caused the steeple of a Roman
Catholic Church to tumble, forcing can-
cellation of Mass. Several other buildings,
including houses, were reportedly dam-
aged. Portsmouth was already reeling
from heavy rains that lashed the town last
week, causing landslides and cutting the
town off from the rest of the island. It is a
fact that earthquakes are sometimes trig-
gered by heavy rainfall.
A Our sources tell us that KLM has
little interest in servicing the Caribbean-
US route. That leaves the Exel group
with a clear advantage, having been in
the area for over a year with Bonair-
Exel. Exel's CEO Harm Prins said last
week, "If we receive a (Central Govern-
ment) guarantee-letter today stating that
we will be granted our permit to fly (the
former DCA routes), 150 people will have
a job tomorrow." Reportedly Exel has
already picked out 30 pilots, 30 ground
personnel and about 100 cabin crew per-
sonnel. "If the Trans-Atlantic route ex-
pands from two to four times weekly we
will need 60 more cabin personnel," he
Exel has also received the promise of a
subsidy from the Dutch Government. The
Stichting Studiefinanciering (Student
Loan Foundation) would help pay for the
NAf10.000 course for ex-DCA pilots.
For an already otherwise qualified pilot
to acquire a full-fledged air operator's
certificate (AOC) for the Boeing 737 to
be used on Curagao-US routes takes two
to three months. DCA had been flying
DC-9s and MD-80s so their personnel
need this training. Besides the 737, Exel
is said to have a Boeing 757 and two Em-
braer 145s ready in The Netherlands
IN THIS ISSUE
Forma-A Brighter Future 6
Yoga (Tension Solution) 7
Art Expo (Fonseca-Verhouef) 8
MCB Donation to Youth Center 8
Fruit Boat Burns 9
Yacht Found 9
Relaxation for the Rich 9
Rain-When will it stop? 10
Gardner (Flooding) 11
Communications Workshop 12
Restaurant Musical Chairs 13
VIP Room Soon Open 18
Turtle Travels (STINAPA) 18
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Letter (Applause for Seatbelts) 5
Opinion (Anti-Crime Reward) 5
Police Update 5
Picture Yourself (Milwaukee, Wisc) 8
Vessel List & Tide Table 9
Pet of the Week (Sneeuw) 14
What's Happening 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
On the Island Since
(Janice Huckaby) 17
Bonaire Sky Park 19
The Stars Have It 19
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Flotsam and Jetsam (Continuedfrom page 2)
ule, first meeting with the Guardianship
Board. Afterwards, he met with Police
Commissioner Gerold Daantje; then he
went to the police station in Kralendijk to
meet with Prosecutor Ernst Wesselius.
He had lunch with Governor Domacasse,
Antilles Governor Frits Goedgedrag and
the members of the Cabinet of the Gover-
nor. In the afternoon he visited the anti-
crime task force of the hospitality indus-
try and the island's commissioners. The
Justice Minister promised NAf1 million
to purchase new police cars, computers,
add seven experienced additional officers,
material for law enforcement services, the
Guardianship Board, and the After Care
and Resettling Foundation.
A In an overall plan to reduce crimi-
nal activity in the Antilles, Ribeiro has
an emergency plan up for approval to
the Council of Ministers. It is estimated to
cost NAf 16.8 million in all. Some of the
funds are needed immediately to place
more police officers on the streets and for
building additional jail cells. The island's
existing lockups will not be ready until
It should be noted that in the past Minis-
ter Ribeiro promised funds that should be
available as part of the Urgency Program
of the Central Government. However,
Bonaire never received any. But on this
visit he said, "You will get the money for
sure, perhaps as soon as next week."
A The Antillean Government will
soon close three diplomatic stations.
Prime Minister Etienne Ys announced last
Tuesday that the post in Brussels, Bel-
gium, will be the first. From now on the
Brussels activity will be managed from
the Antilles House in The Hague. Also to
be closed will be the offices in Port-of-
Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, and Havana,
Cuba. The decision will save the govern-
ment about NAf 1.2 million per year.
A The Island Territory of Curacao
will float a bond issue on Monday, De-
cember 6. The issue offers a 7.625% rate
with a maturity of nine years and a semi-
annual coupon. The issue is to primarily
refinance a maturing bond issue of NAf
25.9 million. The general public can sub-
scribe to this bond issue at all commercial
banks until December 1 at 10 am. The
Island Territory of Bonaire does not have
the right to issue bonds.
A At the same time the Curagao bond
is being floated the Central Bank has
warned that the combined deficits of
the Antilles and Curacao cannot be fi-
nanced. The bank told the coalition par-
ties during a presentation that it sees a
maximum financing space for 2005 of
200 million guilders, of which 150 mil-
lion is for the Central Government and 50
million for the Island Territory of Cura-
9ao. The federal budget shows a deficit of
NAf 183.5 million and the Curagao
budget of NAf90.2 million.
A The Bonaire Council of Underwater
(CURO), the as-
sociation of Bon-
aire dive shops
and schools an- .
election of its
officers for the
They are: Bruce
Bowker Carib Inn, President; Daniel
Henggeler Blue Diver, Vice President;
Susan Davis Bon Bini Divers, Treasurer.
DURO is committed to uphold the highest
standards in diving and support of the
A Air Jamaica has won another ma-
jor award: this time, the 2004 Crystal
Palm Award for Excellence, from the
Caribbean Hotel Association (CHA). The
national airline beat other major carriers
to take what is widely regarded as one of
the regional travel industry's most coveted
awards. Chairman of Air Jamaica, Gordon
'Butch' Stewart, accepted the award at the
CHA's annual dinner.
A Reuters reported that the leader of a
Venezuelan heroin trafficking ring has
been extradited from the Netherlands
Antilles to New York on charges that his
group smuggled US$70 million worth of
drugs into the US. US federal prosecutors
said Luis Alberto Ibarra was formally ex-
tradited from Curagao last Tuesday. If
convicted, he faces a maximum sentence
of life in prison and a mandatory mini-
mum sentence of 10 years. The indict-
ment says Ibarra used human couriers
primarily from Caracas to smuggle heroin
into the US, either ingesting baggies
(bolitas) of heroin or hiding it in luggage.
A Cargill Salt Bonaire set a new re-
cord in 2004 by producing 520,000 met-
ric tons of crystal sea salt. It is the first
time in the history of the plant that salt
production exceeded a half a million tons.
Notwithstanding fierce competition on the
world market, Cargill succeeded in selling
more salt to the US, Europe and the Car-
ibbean region. Since the beginning of the
modem operations in 1972, the plant has
produced over 10 million tons.
A Captain Don (Stewart), Bonaire's
dive pioneer, was admitted to St. Fran-
cisco Hospital in Bonaire last Friday eve-
ning, suffering from low blood pressure.
Because the Bonaire hospital was not able
to do all that was necessary, he was air-
lifted to St Elizabeth Hospital in Curagao
the next day. There he was stabilized in
the intensive care unit. He is now feeling
much better, but as we go to press he re-
mains in hospital. Join us in wishing him
a speedy recovery and return to Bonaire.
A Don't miss the opening this Satur-
day, November 27, 7 to 9 pm of Renate
van der Byl's art exhibition at the Cin-
namon Art Gallery. Renate paints true
Bonairean scenes in oils. At the opening
there will be music and hors d'oeuvres by
Annette of Last Bite Bakery. See adver-
tisement on page 8.
A The Mangasina di Rei Foundation
announced the opening hours for the
historic "Warehouse of the King" and the
associated open air museum: Monday,
Wednesday and Friday 9 to 11 am, 1:30
to 3:30 pm.. If you wish a guide please
call 791-3424. Admission is $5 per person
or NAf5 with your sedula. G G/L.D.
Bonaire Reporter November 26-December 3, 2004
9. 9 e ILaT I V 0. ff U L
I wish to pro-
pose an Island
Wide Reward Ini-
tiative to aid the police department and
the Island Prosecutor in the investiga-
tion and capture of all criminal ele-
ments that conspire to commit violent
crimes against the citizens of Bonaire.
The plan is to offer a Reward for any
person who provides written, docu-
mented testimony of information lead-
ing to the arrest and conviction of the
suspected criminals in any future case
of violent crime.
The victims of the attack must come
forward to the public and file a proper
police report, Process Verbal, and no-
tify all the available Media Outlets of
the details, including descriptions and
sketches of the attackers, if they are
able, of their unfortunate experience.
This Reward Initiative can be funded
from private and business sources to-
tally independent of any Government
Agency or Foundation. I call on all the
citizens of Bonaire to join together and
contribute to this effort. I also ask all
the business associations to request
their membership to become actively
involved in funding this project. The
economic and social benefits to every
segment of Bonairean Society will be
improved by this effort.
The Island Prosecutor should be the
sole responsible person to make the de-
cision as to the validity of a claim for a
Reward payment in any active case in-
vestigation. The voluntary information
given by any person to the Police or
Prosecutor must be held confidential
and can be anonymously provided by
the witness, if necessary, for their own
safety and peace of mind.
The objective of this Reward Initia-
tive, in the spirit of "ASISTI SIN
MIEDU," is to unite the people in all
the barrios of Bonaire and empower
them to have control over the criminals
and bring them to full accountability for
APPLAUSE FOR SAFER
I would like to express my delight in
the Letter in last publication regarding
"The way we drive our kids" on Island
It is sad that it took a very tragic inci-
dent to put this issue in the spotlight
where it belongs. Ten years ago I did an
opinion piece where I emphasized the
stupidity and wanton carelessness in the
way I saw kids, even small kids, being
Union cele- | | |
The police s
brated their 7th Lus-
trum this last week-
end (a lustrum is
five years, times
seven it's 35 years)
with a mass in An-
triol and a celebra-
tion afterwards at
of the Police De-
with the arrests of
the three suspects in
the purse snatching
via scooter reported
last week, the police found about 12
stolen scooters and scooter parts at
the homes of the suspects. Everything
was confiscated and is being held as
evidence at police headquarters.
SAs part of the Zero Tolerance pro-
Sitting in the drivers lap
Sitting up front
Sitting in an unbelted carriage and
Hanging from a window
There really should be a law against
these habits but, if not, there is a need
to educate the motoring public and
gram, the police made a drug raid on a
house in Kaya Macario St. Jago last
week and confiscated bolitas, 10 small
plastic sacks of cocaine and 92 Ecstasy
pills. Arrested were a female, B.J.F., 26
years and C.F., 28 years. OL.D.
there is a need for constant monitor-
ing. I hope through your paper that the
others will follow suit and the other
media forms radio, TV. etc, and that
there will be some attention to increas-
ing the awareness level in this matter.
tonaire Ieporter NovemDer zb-uecemDer 3, ZUU4
Police Hot Line -108 Police main line 717-8000
Public Prosecutor's Office- 717-8626
FORMA For A
With the increase in local crime
and drug trafficking on the
island, it's sometimes difficult to realize
that many local residents are working
hard to make the future brighter for
Bonaire. Some important ways to
achieve these goals are by education
and professional training. But how and
where is it done?
The Fundashon Formashon Pa
Mahan (FORMA), located on Kaya
General C.M. Piar, was established
some 12 years ago with the aim of help-
ing the increasing number of high
school dropouts to graduate with their
high school equivalency diplomas and
assist in furthering their education and
giving them professions.
Since his October 1st appointment as
FORMA's Executive Director, Mirto
Cecilia has been diligently working
with the Antillean Department of Edu-
cation, local businesses, as well as
FORMA's sister organization, FEFFIK,
in Curaqao to provide high quality
training to the population of Bonaire.
We all understand this well-known ide-
alism: with more residents trained to
hold high-level positions in local busi-
nesses, government and other organiza-
tions on the island, there will be fewer
low income people. From there the
snowball effect starts. With a smaller
difference in incomes, a decline in
crime rates will follow and so on. But
can it be done? And how do we get
there? FORMA's aim addresses this
Most of FORMA's training is based
on specific academic and professional
needs from basic reading and writing
skills to language training to personal
money management. FORMA provides
technical training in carpentry, indus-
trial painting, in the hotel and restaurant
industry, and even windmill repair, just
to name a few.
One major obstacle FORMA is fac-
ing, which is also a worldwide phe-
nomenon, is the lack of encouragement
given to young people to complete their
education. Parent's passive reaction to
their teenagers' not attending school on
a regular basis is resulting in the Gov-
ernment's changing legislation and
writing a new law making it mandatory
for every child up to the age of 16 to
attend school. If children are not at-
tending school on a regular basis, the
Government will levy a fine on the par-
ents. The reality is that most teenagers
would rather watch television than
spend time in a classroom studying.
The difference to them between prepar-
ing themselves for a good career or
working at a minimal wage job is not
that great right now, especially since
they get paid at the end of the month
Whether today's teenagers will be
able to afford decent housing and a de-
cent lifestyle for their future families
are not on a teenager's priority list...
and should not be. Shouldn't it be the
parent's responsibility to look out for
the welfare of their children? It is
probably the hardest battle parents have
to fight, but when parents win that bat-
tle their children should eventually real-
ize how important that battle was to
As with any successful enterprise,
FORMA has modified its direction over
the years to meet the professional and
educational needs of Bonaire's resi-
dents. Often, FORMA is asked by local
businesses to provide professional train-
ing to their employees. Some local
business would rather upgrade their em-
ployees' skills than look for qualified
foreign workers. Teachers for these
courses either come from the island or
Recently I had the opportunity to
meet three recent FORMA graduates
who took their educational training op-
portunities seriously. All three have
completed their training in Skol di
Bario (neighborhood school) and are all
planning to start training with SEK's
(the Department of Education) Basic
Edmund H. L. Obispo, graduates
School Teacher Training Program in
Urveline Hart, an intelligent young
woman, attended the Skol di Bario pro-
gram in order to achieve her dream of
becoming a Basic School teacher.
Urverline graduated from SGB last
(Continued on page 7)
Bonaire Reporter November 26-December 3, 2004
(A Better Future? Continuedfrom page 6)
spring and decided to immediately
continue her education via FORMA
Also graduating was Elmond H.L.
Obispo. Elmond decided he needed a
career change after a 15-year stint in
the hotel and restaurant industry. As
with many adult learners, Elmond had
to juggle his work responsibilities and
his studies. In order to complete his
training, Elmond had to constantly rush
from work to his classes. But this did
not stop him; he is now waiting for the
next stage of his training with SEK.
Gerlende Reine and her daughter
Last, but not least, is Gerlande
Reine. Gerlande, a stay-at-home mom,
decided to return to school after a two-
year break. In addition to her joy of
being around children, Gerlande de-
cided to further her education through
the Basic School Teacher's Program to
be able to provide better opportunities
to her child.
These are only highlights of the mix
of students who decide to further their
education through FORMA. All have a
different past, but most of them are
working towards the same goal. But
will they stay on Bonaire after their
education is completed? According to
the Minister of Education, The Honor-
able Maritza Silberie, who herself
taught at FORMA, to date no data has
been collected concerning the where-
abouts of graduates. However, the
Minister stresses that there's been a
trend in recent years that more and
more students who have attended insti-
tutions of higher education in Europe
are returning to the Antilles. In addi-
tion, more and more high school
graduates are choosing higher educa-
tion rather than technical training. As
for our three recent graduates, only
time will tell if they decide to assist our
local youngsters in learning their
The graduating rate of FORMA's
students is a whopping 70%, with 60%
of them able to find work quickly after
graduating. These high percentages can
only confirm the foundation's ability to
quickly adapt their educational and
professional training to the changing
socio-economic needs of Bonaire.
FORMA is doing a really fine job 1
Josde Bolduc Frosst Photos by the author
YOGA FOR YOU
fi w 0 ! !! m si
* I ension" is, for most people, quite a vague condition, and there are almost as
I many feelings and descriptions regarding it as there are those who have ex-
perienced any type of discomfort or uneasiness.
Tension is a tightness or a squeezing that occurs in the organism mentally, emotion-
ally and physically. If you observe yourself carefully when you next experience a
"tense" condition you will become aware that there is a "tightness" occurring at the
point of discomfort. We "squeeze" ourselves mentally and induce a headache. When
we get "up tight" emotionally we feel uneasy. We can "contract" ourselves physically,
and the result is a multitude of aches and pains.
If you agree that squeezing, tightening and contracting are responsible for tension, then
the relief of the condition would result from de-contracting or, in other words, letting
go and relaxing.
The procedure for "letting go," as you observe the tensed muscles, is to calm your
mind so that you can focus on your breath. Then, as you become aware of the pause at
the end of the exhalation and the pause at the end of the inhalation, your muscles will
relax. By repeating this self-observation process frequently you will be able to change
the pattern and habits of tensed muscles so that they de-contract when they're not being
This physical de-contraction, which we emphasize with yoga, not only frees a great
amount of tied up energy but leads to emotional and mental relaxation.
Give change a chance, O Desir/e
Don and Desirje of "Yoga For You"
offer classes from
beginners to advanced
Call 717-2727 or 786-6416
Bonaire Reporter November 26-December 3, 2004
WITH THE REPORTER
The works of artist Marjolein
Fonseca-Verhoef were featured
in an art exhibition at Capt. Don's
Habitat last Saturday evening a one-
time event. Fonseca-Verhouef works in
multiple medias ceramics, wood,
Plexiglas, wax and bronze "depending
on what I want to create," she says.
She's well known to many other artists
on the island who have taken her
classes in the past. Fonseca-Verhoef is
the daughter of artist Marie Therese
Artist Marjolein Fonseca- Verhoef
C arlos Rodriguez (left), of the
Harbour Village Marina,
brought along a copy of The Bonaire
Reporter to the Harley Davidson 100h
Anniversary Rally in Milwaukee, Wis-
consin, last summer. Thanks to Carlos
and his bike, Bonaire's flag was repre-
sented at the event! 1
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Orpheline Saleh of Maduro & Curiel's Bank presented a contribution of
NAf10.000 to Domi Jan Jonkman who accepted on behalf of the Youth
Center Hubentutpa Kristu in Rincon.
Bonaire Reporter November 26-December 3, 2004
T he Venezuelan fruit boat, Zaeta II,
burned and sank after leaving the
dock in Curaqao. Some two miles south-
west of Caracasbaai there was an explo-
sion on board. All seven crewmembers
survived the explosion. One of them was
injured and taken to the hospital. The
Coast Guard received the distress call at
2:30 pm. Private boats, Speedy and Toucan, and the rescue boat from the oil plat-
form in Caracasbaai all went to the rescue. The Coast Guard cutter Jaguar tried to
extinguish the fire with its on-board equipment, but the vessel could not be saved.
n Orion plane of the Coast Guard
in Curaqao spotted an abandoned
yacht 20 nautical miles west of Bonaire
last Sunday. Curacao's Citizens Rescue
Service (CITRO) boats Antje and Cor-
nelis Zwaan were called and towed the
yacht Mangusta into port. It was regis-
tered in Road Harbour, Tortola, British
Virgin Islands. It had been reported
missing earlier this month by its insur-
ance company. It apparently dragged
anchor from Isla Gran Roque in Vene-
zuela, over 150 miles east of Bonaire. 1
Coast Guard photo
Relaxation for the Rich
B onaire is frequently a refuge for
the rich and famous, or even
sometimes just the rich. How can you
tell? Check out the mega yachts at Har-
bour Village Marina or the private jets at
the airport. Last week there was one of
each, and they belonged to the same per-
The private jet was an Airbus 319, just
a step below the jets used by kings and
presidents. And the yacht was the Apo-
gee: 205' of luxury, the 11th largest pri-
vate yacht in the world. Their owner is
Darwin Deason, the former chairman of
the board of Affiliated Computer Ser-
vices in Texas.
The Apogee has a custom marble and
mahogany interior, a captain and 16-
member crew. It accommodates 12
guests and sports four decks with an air-
conditioned gymnasium with Jacuzzi. If
you want to charter it you will have to
cough up $320,000 a week.
Apogee offers some interesting features
spread out over its decks. There's an ele-
vator that can take guests to the sundeck
where they can work on their tans or
work out in the gym. If someone is a
good singer (or at least a legend in his/
her own mind), the karaoke machine and
Wurlitzer jukebox are sure to be big hits.
If they like the water there are a 24' and
21' tenders, glass bottom kayaks, SCUBA
and fishing gear.
Built in 2003; by Codecasa in Italy of
Engines: 2/2,260-hp Caterpillars
Length: 205 feet
Beam: 37 feet
KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF
11-2612:17 2.0FT. 22:23 0.8FT. 81
11-2712:52 2.0FT. 23:06 0.7FT. 82
11-2813:29 2.0FT. 23:44 0.7FT. 80
11-29 0:20 0.7FT. 14:00 2.0FT. 77
11-30 0:59 0.7FT. 14:36 1.9FT. 72
12-01 1:29 0.7FT. 15:14 1.9FT. 66
12-02 1:55 0.8FT. 15:47 1.8FT. 59
12-03 2:13 0.8FT. 16:28 1.7FT. 52
Camissa, Chan Is.
Dream Catcher, I USA
Flying Cloud, USA
Guaicamar I, Venezuela.
Luna C. USA
Natural Selection, USA
One Way Wind
Precocious Gale, USA
Sagitari us, Aruba
Santa Maria, Sweden
Ti Amo, USA
Ulu Ulu, USA
Ventura II, Costa Rica
I YACHTING AND WATERSPORTS PAGE I
Bonaire Reporter November 26-December 3, 2004
S WHEN WILL IT STOP? tsa real rainy rainyseason
B onaire had a taste of weather
that affected most of the
other Caribbean islands during the
rainy season. Seemingly unending
rain, very heavy at times, drenched
the island last week. It was pre-
ceded by two weeks of showers
which had already saturated the soil.
Beginning Tuesday, November 16t,
torrential downpours began at a rate
measured at 112 inches (3.8 cm) per
hour. Before the rain let up on Fri-
day another foot (30 cm.) had
fallen. The average annual rainfall
in Bonaire is 16-21 inches (40-51
cm.). As a result of the rain, parts of
the island resemble a tropical rain
forest and the view from the air is of
a sea of green.
The cause was a long ridge of rain
clouds that covered the southern
Caribbean from Colombia to the
Windward Islands. The heaviest
clouds were over the ABC islands.
Fortunately there wasn't much wind
to uproot trees in the softened earth.
On Friday the ridge moved just
north of the islands providing some
relief, but sprinkles continued. Old
timers said it was the longest spell
of heavy rain they could recall.
At the airport 8.3 cm. (3.3 inches)
was officially recorded on Tuesday;
the highest rainfall registered in the
ABC islands during the period. Lt.
Governor Herbert Domacass6 had
already closed down the schools
"for safety reasons." Many roads
were blocked including the main
road to Rincon from Kralendijk.
Some roads to kunukus were acces-
sible only by 4-WD vehicles; others
were impassible because they
(Continued on page 11)
A fter recent
the people of Bon-
aire have been see-
ing a species they
rarely observe. Here
are local residents,
Annie and Dee,
fighting to save
family pets from the
Shark (in fore-
ground). The pho-
ity was unfortu-
nately lost in the
savage attack.. Ph
Bonaire Reporter November 26-December 3, 2004
(When will it stop? Continuedfrom page 10)
were under several feet of water. Most
of the island's houses experienced
leaks and minor flooding.
People were affected in much the
same way northerners are by a snow-
storm. They remained in their homes,
had trouble with dripping roofs, and
most enjoyed the spectacle of rivers
and waterfalls that are usually foreign
to the island.
People living on kunukus ran out of
power as there was no wind for the
windmills or sunlight for the solar
panels. Landline telephones were un-
reliable and cell phone circuits were
jammed. Non-diving tourists were dis-
appointed by the lack of sunshine,
however, diving activities, for the
most part, continued normally. Boats
filled with water and swamped. Laun-
dry mounted up as nothing would dry.
Wood swelled and doors and windows
jammed. There was some fun. We
spotted five youngsters on windsurfers
in the middle of the street in a Kral-
endijk neighborhood. The power
company, WEB, is to be commended
for maintaining service throughout the
period for most of its customers.
DROB, the Department of Highways
and the Environment, has estimated
that it will cost NAf10 million to re-
pair the island's roads as a result of the
rain and flood damage.
We recall that Bonaire voted for
closer ties with The Netherlands in the
recently completed Referendum. But
we don't think that we voted for Dutch
weather as well. O G.D. -Thanks to
Marcia Latham for rainfall statistics.
THE BONAIRE GARDNER
his week's article was supposed
to be about more Jasmine varie-
ties, but being up-to-date as we are, of
course I will write about these past
days of heavy rainfall.
If you read my stories on a regular
basis, you know that I'm a big fan of
rainfall, but recently a lot of people are
asking me whether I'm happy now! The
amount of rainfall has been so unusu-
ally much that it creates more damage
that it does good. As The Reporter
mentioned last week, if the changing of
the climate means that we'll have this
much rainfall, then we should be able
to produce a lot more vegetables and
fruits on Bonaire in the future, and it
would change the natural vegetation
big time. Most of the problems caused
by these last heavy rains are soil ero-
sion and pieces of gardens completely
And another thing that has happened
a lot is that plants have gotten so heavy
now that in the wet soil they just fall
over. If they are big trees, there is noth-
ing you can do. But if they're shrubs
like Bougainvillea or Ixoras, which
don't have strong root systems, they'll
fall over easily. The thing to do is to cut
them way back and just ease them back
into the soil. Put a nice ridge of diabaas
around them and maybe stake them for
a few weeks. Make sure when it is not
dining any more that they get suffi-
cient water. They will come back in no
When it stops raining is an excellent
time for serious pruning. Also if you
want to avoid further damage in the
next weeks, pruning is a good idea.
Plants are growing really fast now, and
that is not good when it gets sunny
again because the plants will be too
vulnerable to drying out. So if you
have some delicate plants that have
been growing like crazy, don't hesitate
to cut them back a bit. Also this really
strong growth doesn't bring any flow-
ers, so pruning is a good idea for flow-
ering shrubs as well.
Maybe you think that I've lost my
mind, but you should also keep watch
over the watering of the garden! After
being spoiled so much, if it stops rain-
ing now, during the next two weeks
you have to watch for any sign of
drought and provide your plants with a
little bit of water. It's also because they
are really spoiled now too, and, like
I've said, have been growing like crazy
and have a lot of new fresh green
The last tip that I want to give is don't
start working with soil like diabaas, the
local dirt, too soon. If you work with it
while it is still muddy, then when it
dries out it will get hard as a rock.
Maybe it won't be as bad when it is
done by hand, but please be careful
with any machinery on the ground that
you want to use for plants.
But I personally think that when we
have our sun back for a few days, Bon-
aire will never be as beautiful as in the
next coming months. And so will your
garden, if you keep these precautions in
Good luck to everybody, especially
those of you who have had some dam-
age from the rains. 1 Ap van Eldik
Ap van Eldik owns Green Label Landscap-
ing, a company that designs, constructs and
maintains residential and commercial gar-
dens. He has two nurseries and a garden
shop in Kralendijk which carries terra cotta
pots from Mexico and South America. Phone
717-3410. NOW OPEN SATURDAYS,
NON-STOP 9 TO 4.
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home, at work and among friends. Speaking
the same mother tongue does not mean that
you speak the same language! True commu-
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stands your message and intent. But we're
usually so concerned with WHAT we are
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we communicate (Style). More than 70% of
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Bonaire Reporter November 26-December 3, 2004
O ver the last six
months it's been
pretty extraordinary to
see how many local res-
taurants have opened,
while others have closed,
changed ownership or re-
located. This phenome-
non has some experts in
the field remarking that
there seems to be a sort
of musical chairs for res-
taurant owners going on.
Some investigation e Ti
shows that the reasons
are fairly diverse.
To begin with, the local
bar and restaurant trade has experienced
some rough times. Tourism numbers were
under pressure after the close passing of
Hurricane Lenny in 1999. Traveling hab-
its were affected by the terrorism attack of
September 11th. Last, but definitely not
least, tourism was affected by the experi-
ence of crime and the reporting of it on
Most restaurants held their ground and
were somewhat reluctant to invest, but,
according to a survey of the Statistics Bu-
reau, investors' confidence was on the
rise after a few years of decline. Those
that did not survive were taken over by
local entrepreneurs or European investors
with strong Euros in their pockets. Then
there were also some that chose to change
location in hopes of an improvement in
their business. Finally there is number
that opened in a location that was previ-
ously not destined as restaurant location.
If we look at the situation as it evolved
we see that, beginning at the north end of
the island, the first change will happen at
the beginning of next year. On the spot
that used to be the Den Laman restaurant
of the late Shon Ma Rijna construction is
very advanced on a building with 16
apartments and a restaurant on the ground
floor. The owner is Sietse de Jong, who
will keep the name Den Laman for now.
Continuing south we note that recently
the well-known Bonairean, Lucille Mar-
tijn, took over the main restaurant at the
Harbour Village resort. She therefore
closed Chez Lucille on Kaya C.E.B. Hell-
mund. The old location, Hausmann's
Folly, will probably not reopen as a res-
Staying in the Harbour Village com-
plex we see that the Lighthouse Restau-
rant closed its doors after what appears to
be a conflict between the operator and the
landlord. The operators, Wil and Sue
Heemskerk, quickly saw a chance when
De Tuin was closed down by creditors
get on Kaya Kachi Kraane. After a while
the seasoned (no pun intended) diner will
notice that the sign that used to read Ama-
deus has been replaced by Guernica. A
long feud between the renter and license-
holder, which ended up in court, led to
Without wasting too much time, the
renter, Mr. Rien de Nijs, opened Bras-
serie Bonaire in the Royal Palm Shopping
Mall, This place specializes in French
The aforementioned Guernica, named
after Pablo Picasso's famous painting la-
menting the bombing of this little Spanish
town by the Germans, illustrating the hor-
rors of modem warfare, opened its doors,
serving delicious tapas.
Going inland after Guernica we drive
by Little Havanna, soon to be changed to
Havana with one "N," according to own-
ers Anton and Piek, as they weren't pay-
ing attention to the painter. Well, the paint
wasn't really dry after it covered the name
it formerly had, De Admiraal.
All right, heading in the same direction,
we go by the Rendez-Vous, where owner-
ship has changed, albeit a little while
longer. The new owner is Mr. Manfred
Before heading back to the seaside we
see what used to be De Tuin, as already
mentioned. In a way also related to this
story is the fact that its owners opened
Mai-Mai last year on Kaya C.E.B. Hell-
mund in a former video-rental store.
Once back on Kaya Kachi Kraane we
soon notice a brand new structure built by
and in the style of the South American
Indians. It's soon to be opened as a joint
venture of City Cafi and It Rains Fishes.
Not much is known yet about their menu.
Finally we get the popular Casablanca.
The musical chairs started here a few
weeks ago too. Again a disagreement be-
tween landlord and the renter caused this
place to change only one street number
before the music stopped again. Chang-
ing this dwelling into a restaurant location
is going full speed and should be finished
The only question now is: Who is going
to turn on the music again and fill the
empty spot that Casablanca left behind?
1 Restaurant Raconteur
Bonaire Reporter November 26-December 3, 2004
N ow here is a very special dog. His
name is "Sneeuw," which means
snow in Dutch. He has such a good char-
acter and such a kind disposition that the
Shelter staff thought he'd get along well
in a kennel with a group of puppies. It's
true. Everyone gets along very well. If
the puppies get too rambunctious Sneeuw
just shows his teeth, but just slightly, to
let them know they've gone too far. What
a mellow boy he is. His owner left the
island and brought him to the Shelter.
One wonders how someone can give up
such a fine dog with such a lot of sub-
stance and deep character. Sneeuw is two
years old; he's castrated, has had his
shots and is in perfect health. If you'd
really like to have a fine dog as a com-
panion, stop by the Shelter and meet
Sneeuw. The Shelter, on the Lagoen
Road, is open Monday through Fridays,
10 am to 2 pm, Saturdays until 1. Tel.
Wonder why the dogs at the Bonaire
Animal Shelter are not barking madly
These dogs, without the pressure of hav-
ing to mate at every moment, can relax
and be their own selves and develop their
own individual personalities. Stop by for
a visit; you'll understand what we're say-
Bonaire Reporter November 26-December 3, 2004
IPET of the WEE
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KLY MWVIE SIHOWTfllES
New! Usually9:00 pm
Early Show (usually 7pm)
Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tickets NAf10,50 (incl. Tax)
High Schoolers NAf7,75
NEW FILMS BEGIN EVERY FRIDAY
SATURDAY 4 PM Shark Tale
SUNDAY MATINEE 4 PM
Thursday, November 25 American
Saturday, November 27-Sint Nicholaas
arrives in Bonaire, Wilhelmina Park, 9
pm (See Flotsam, page 2)
Saturday, November 27-Opening Gal-
lery Show artist- Renate v.d. Byl, Cin-
namon Art Gallery. Until January 5
Saturday, November 27-Surinam Fes-
tivities, Jong Bonaire
Saturday, Sunday, November 27, 28 -
The Female in You (in English) See
article last week
Tuesday, November 30h, Communica-
tion Workshop, from 7 to 11:30 pm.
See story on page 12
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Dec. 2, 3,
4 -The Female in You (Dutch) See arti-
cle last week
Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhel-
mina Park on Cruise Ship Visiting
Days: Monday, Nov. 29 Oceana &
Saturday & Sunday, December 11 & 12
Round Bonaire 2-day walk 44/41 km.
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
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, So-
cial 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 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 Marsh6 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 (NAfl2 for Bon-
aire residents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800.
Daily- The Divi Flamingo Casino is open
daily for hot slot machines, roulette and
black jack, Monday to Saturday 8 pm- 4
am and Sunday 7 pm- 3 am.
Sunday at Cai- Live music and dancing
starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai. Dance to
the music of Bonaire's popular musicians.
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
Nature Walking Tour at 6:30 am.
Town Walking tour at 9:30, Bus Tour
at 10. Call Maria at 717-6435 to reserve.
International Bible Church of Bonaire -
Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle)
Sunday Services at 9 am; Sunday Prayer
Meeting at 7:00 pm in English Tel. 717-
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. Jonkman.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays
8:30 11:30 am. Services in Papiamentu,
Spanish and English.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kralendijk -
Services on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm
in Papiamentu 717-8304. Saturday at 6
pm at Our Lady ofCoromoto in Antriol,
in English. Mass in Papiamentu on Sun-
day at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios),
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). Services in
English, Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday
at 10 am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting
at 7:30 pm. 717-2194
New Apostolic Church, Meets at
Kaminda Santa Barbara #1, Sundays,
9:30 am. Services in Dutch. 717-7116.
Send events to The Bonaire Reporter
Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 791-7252
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.NAf5enriy
fee. Call Cathy 5664056.
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, Jeannette
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya
Sabana #1. All Lions are welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12
noon-2 pm Rendez-Vous Restaurant,
Kaya L.D. Gerharts #3. All Rotarians are
welcome. Tel. 717-8454
Mangasina di Rei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse." Learn about
Bonaire's culture. Visit typical homes from the
17thcentury. Daily. Call 717-4060 or 790-
Visit the Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d.
Ree, behind the Catholic Church intown. Open
weekdays from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel.
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holi-
Bonaire Reporter November 26-December 3, 2004
FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Saturday- Discover Our Diversity Slide
Show, pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm 717-
Sunday Bonaire Holiday -Multi-
media dual-projector production by Al-
bert Bianculli, 8.30 pm, Capt. Don's
Monday Dee Scarr's Touch the Sea
slide experience at the Aquarius Confer-
ence Center, Captain Don's Habitat,
8:30 9:30 pm.
Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle Conser-
vation 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.
Bonaire Arts and Crafts (Fundashon
Arte Industrial Bonieriano) 717-5246 or
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Valarie
Stimpson at 785-3451 or Valrie@(telbonet.
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 -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
CLUBS and MEETINGS
AA meetings -every Wednesday; Phone
717-6105; 560-7267 or 717- 3902.
See advertisements in tis issue
RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE I WHEN OPEN FEATURES
Bella Vista Restaurant Moderate. Breakfast and Lunch Magnificent Theme Nights: Ssaturday: Beach Grill; Wednesday: Mexican
Sea Side Restaurant at Buddy Dive Resort Dinner during Theme nights only. Night; Friday: Manager's Rum Punch Party
717-5080, ext. 525 Open every day and All-You-Can-Eat B.B.Q
Bistro de Paris Moderate Real French Cooking in an informal setting
Kaya Gob. N. Debrot 46 Lunch and Dinner Superb dishes prepared with care and love French chef
(half-way between hotel row and town) 717-7070 Closed Sunday Owner-operated Eat in or Take away
Calabas Restaurant & Moderate-Expensive Get a view of the beach and turquoise setting when enjoying a breakfast buf-
Chibi Chibi Restaurant and Bar Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner fet or a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar. Inspir-
At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort. Waterfront Open 7 days ing vistas and the highest standard of cuisine.
717-7901 ClosedSunday5 to 7
Croccantino Italian Restaurant Moderate-Expensive Tuscan chef prepares exquisite dishes. Authentic ingredients and romantic
Downtown at Kaya Grandi 48 Dinner setting make dining a delight. Be served in a garden setting under floating
717-5025 Closed Monday umbrellas or in air-conditioned comfort. Take outtoo.
Garden Caf6 Moderate Finely prepared Middle Eastern cuisine plus Venezuelan specialties.
Kaya Grandi 59 Monday-Friday, Lunch & Dinner Excellent vegetarian selections.
717-3410 Saturday, Dinner. Closed Sunday Pizza and Latin Parilla
The Last Bite Bakery Low-Moderate Enjoy a delicious dessert or savory baked meal in the comfort of your home
Home Delivery or Take Out Orders taken 8 am-4 pm; Deliveries 6-7:30 or resort. This unique bakery offers gourmet class items -always from
717-3293 pm, Closed Sunday scratch- for take out or delivery only.
The Lost Penguin Low-Moderate Watch the bustle of downtown from this street side Caribbean-style bistro
Across from MCB Bank in downtown Kralendijk Breakfast, Lunch, Early Dinner owned and run by a European educated Master Chef
Call 717-8003. Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays and his wife.
Nonchi's at Cultimara Low Delicious local and international food to take out or eat there. Everyday a different
791-4280 Open 5 am-8 pm MondaySaturday combo. Sandwiches and roast chicken too.
791-4280 Open 5 am-S pm Monday-Saturday Ln fro NAJ6,50
Lunch from NAf6,50
POnKaa G ebrot Low-Moderate Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest in-
On Kaya Gob. Debrot Low-Moderate gredients. Salads, desserts. Eat in or take away. Nice bar too.
2 mile north of town center. 790-1111 Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday Call ahead to eat-in or take out 790-1111
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BonairExel. Bonaire's own ON TIME airline flying be-
tween Bonaire, Curacao and Aruba. Look for The Bonaire
Reporter on board.
City Shop is Bonaire's mega-store for TV, Stereos, Air
conditioning, large and small kitchen appliances, com-
puters. Name brands, guarantees and service center.
Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest number
of services, branches and ATMs of any Bonaire bank.
They also offer investments and insurance.
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials, waxing
and professional nail care.
BICYCLE I SCOOTER QUADS
De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; professionally
repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top brand
bikes. Have your keys made here.
Watercolours Bonaire and Eye on Aruba, Bonaire,
Curacao are the most original ways to remember Bonaire
and the islands at their best. At Photo Tours and many
other island shops.
Bonaire Diving Made Easy, Third Edition, is an essential
in your dive bag. The latest information on Bonaire's
shore dive sites.
BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION
APA Construction are professional General
Contractors. They also specialize in creating patios and
walkways with fabulous sprayed and stamped concrete
Cellular One Special Offer -Free calls to other Cellular
One phones on the weekend. Buy NAf300 worth of calls
and get a free Nokia or Motorola cell phone.
Conetal Cleaning Service cleans homes, apartments, of-
fices. Offers babysitting, gardening, laundry.
Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch dive
shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade on Bon-
aire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive computer H.Q.
Dive Inn Seven studio apartments and dive shop/school
directly on the waterfront in the heart of town. Friendly,
highly experienced with an exceptional staff.
Bonfysio offers comprehensive fitness programs to suit
your needs whether they be weight loss, sports or just
keeping in shape. Convenient schedule.
Fit 4 Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in Pilates,
Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional trainers, fitness
machines and classes for all levels.
GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES
Green Label has everything you need to start or maintain
your garden. They can design, install and maintain it and
offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden chemicals.
GIFTS AND SOUVENIRS
The Bonaire Gift Shop has an wide selection of gifts,
souvenirs, liquor, dive watches, digital cameras, things for
the home, T-shirts all at low prices.
GOVERNMENT PAPERWORK HELP
JuliMar assists with the paperwork and procedures
needed to obtain permits, citizenship, residency and more.
Experienced in Immigration matters.
Caribbean Club Bonaire is in a tranquil setting at Hill-
top, adjacent to Oil Slick Leap dive site. Cool breezes,
fresh water pool, cozy bar and restaurant.
Golden Reef Inn is the affordable alternative with fully
equipped studio apartments in a quiet Bonaire neighbor-
hood. Just a 3-minute walk to diving and the sea.
METALWORK AND MACHINE SHOP
b c b- Botterop Construction Bonaire N.V., offers out-
standing fabrication of all metal products, including
stainless. Complete machine shop too.
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center offers
fast, fine processing for prints and slides plus a variety of
items and services for your picture-taking pleasure.
REAL ESTATE I RENTAL AGENTS
Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's oldest real es-
tate agent. They specialize in professional customer ser-
vices and top notch properties.
Re/Max Paradise Homes: International/US connections.
5% of profits donated to local community.
Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and insur-
ance services. If you want a home or to invest in Bonaire,
stop in and see them.
Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed or
built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Electrical,
plumbing, woodworking, etc.
RESORTS & ACTIVITIES
Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun tours
including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snorkeling and
Woodwind has it all: Smooth trimaran sailing, to Klein
Bonaire, affordable prices, snorkeling with equipment,
guide, drinks, snacks. Call 560-7055
Special Security Services will provide that extra measure
of protection when you need it. Always reliable. Call 717-
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 717-2622
Intermezzo Day Spa at Captain Don's Habitat is the
newest of this ABC island chain of elegant spas. Now of-
fering seaside massages and facials.
Tropical Flamingo is convenient, clean, modern, effi-
cient and has the lowest prices on Bonaire. Located be-
Visit Warehouse Bonaire to shop in a large, spotless su-
permarket. 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 Skify. Hotel
Antillean Wine Company. You've tried the rest; now try
the best: best prices, highest quality wines from around
the world, kept in a cooled warehouse. Free delivery.
Yoga For You. Join certified instructors Desiree and
Don at 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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Bonaire Reporter November 26-December 3, 2004
ON THE ISLAND SINCE . .
S'r[' he first time was in 1982
I when I came as a diver for
one week and I saw nothing but under-
water Bonaire and the Flamingo Beach
Hotel. We came to check out the island,
and after we got back I told the dive
club it was a beautiful place, but I did-
n't return. I remember standing in front
of Flamingo Beach looking down the
main street and it reminded me of West
Texas nothing but dust and tumble-
I was born in Port Arthur, Texas. I
have two brothers and one sister who
passed away. I lived in Houston and
Dallas, working as a costume designer
for Renaissance fairs and stage produc-
tions. And, as a passionate hobby, I was
teaching diving and traveling to differ-
ent destinations in the Caribbean.
In 1987 I decided that I couldn't han-
dle another year of cold water and new
students so I sent my r6sum6 to Grand
Cayman. I'd been there; it was livable
and easy to get to. When I was hired I
sold all of my costume equipment and
bought underwater cameras. The first
year in Grand Cayman I taught diving;
then I opened my own underwater pho-
tography center. I'd always done land
photography, and I love nature, so it
went hand in hand with underwater
After four years I had a job offer to
run an underwater photography center
at the Flamingo Beach Hotel in Bon-
aire. I was perfectly happy in Grand
Cayman, except... it was starting to
grow; tourism was overwhelming; and
cruise ships were everywhere. The div-
ing was just beautiful, but it was hard to
get to the locations because of the traf-
I was honored that I'd been asked to
fill this position in Bonaire because at
that time it was the biggest and best
photo center in the Caribbean. So, again
I came for a week and I said, 'Why not
try it for one year?' I put the business in
Grand Cayman up for sale and it sold
The first six months here were really
difficult; it was hard to enjoy my life
after work. In Grand Cayman I was in-
volved every day in a little theatre. I
acted, painting props and I designed the
costumes, and on the weekends I played
beach volleyball. On Bonaire I didn't
know anybody, and starting over with
new friends and new activities was a
little difficult, but after one year I felt
very much at home.
The big difference was the Antillean
people. In the mornings I would walk
from one end of the hotel to the other
and I was greeted by everybody who
was working there; all called me by
name. That was so special. After the
first year I said, 'I'll sign another con-
tract for a year with the hotel,' and then
time began to pass very quickly. I spent
my extra time in the darkroom process-
ing all the wonderful pictures I was tak-
ing of Bonaire on land and underwa-
ter. It was my new art medium, and I
was doing it full time, night and day. I
was a maniac!" She laughs: "I was still
single! If a photograph really touched
me, I would paint it, and at some point I
was painting more and more underwa-
ter pictures. In 1995 I built my house in
Antriol. That was my turning point;
that's when I knew I was in."
Janice Huckaby radiates harmony;
she makes you feel better. With her long
blond hair, her blue eyes and her kind
ways she's somehow some sort of a
real-life fairy. Her paintings are profes-
sionally displayed in the living room
and the kitchen, but still, it's a house,
not only a gallery. It's a mixture of
peace and beauty and real life.
"The big difference was
the Antillean people. In
the mornings I would
walk from one end of the
hotel to the other and I
was greeted by everybody
who was working there;
all called me by name."
"A year after I built my house I de-
cided it was time to start my own busi-
ness with the art from the house. Hilde
Nahr had been really helpful and had
been selling my art at the Harmony
Gallery in town, but when she closed I
opened here full time. Now I paint Bon-
aire. I paint the land, I paint people's
portraits and I paint the underwater
world. I teach art classes to children
and adults and I feel life has been very
good to me.
All these years I've been single, and
then I met Larry on July 1st 2000. It was
love at first sight; there's no other way
to put it. We had nine months of dating.
He'd come to Bonaire, having left Can-
ada looking for a new adventure, and,"
she smiles sweetly, "I knew exactly
what I wanted. So now we've been to-
gether for four years! We met at City
Caf6, on Dia di Arte. I had my exhibit
at Wilhelmina Park and I was just tak-
ing a quick break. I'd seen him three
at a glance,
day at a
the third day
He had been
here for a
Life, to me,
turns and you
choose a path
to follow in
hope for the
made it com-
As long as
I can re-
Larry Bailie and Janice Huckaby
admired National Geographic photog-
raphers and I thought if I could ever
dream of a lifestyle working with na-
ture and sharing it with other people it
would be perfect. And that's what I am
doing now. I love nature and I love to
share. I feel that my art is a record of
history for this island; I paint my im-
pression of reality. My paintings are of
specific places and my newest painting
is a dive site called 'Country Garden.'
I've painted the land as it is and the un-
derwater corals as they are at that loca-
tion. I pick the fish photographs that
I've taken to paint those fish in their
natural habitat. So, the years of being in
the water gives me the knowledge to
put together these paintings in a realis-
tic way. It gives me so much perspec-
tive on what it should look like in the
painting. Then when people walk in and
say: 'It looks just like Bonaire!' I smile
The island changes every hour: the
colors, the way you see the land and the
way nature reacts. Iguanas, goats and
donkeys: they all have their specific
times to show up. For me you could
never be bored with the scenery. I see
many different paintings during the
course of a day. I would like to stay
here forever..." She goes inside and
comes back accompanied by two big,
beautiful, clean and healthy looking
dogs. "These are my little girls. My
children have four legs each," she says.
Then she puts an underwater picture
ofBaselio Marin (see last week's Bon-
aire Reporter for a story about Baselio)
on the table and looks at it. "I'm work-
ing on this very special painting. His
daughter, who lives in Holland, gave
me the assignment. Baselio and I
worked together at Flamingo Beach.
This is very special to me and it means
a lot to me to be able to paint this for
the family since he was my friend
also." Carefully she puts the picture
aside and continues: "I feel everyone is
born with a natural talent and to be able
to use your talent, I think, brings out the
happiness and the joy. That's my phi-
losophy." She blinks: "You have to
work on it though, very hard! I'm still
growing and always learning, but the
more you work on it, the more you're
open to it. I have a career that I have a
passion for, that I love, and the insight
into the ideas keep coming. I feel that I
have a real pur-
pose here to
your life has
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AIRPORT VIP ROOM TURTLE TRAVELS
IS TINAPA', our female Green turtle, turned to the west once again (See map),
S moving past San Andres island, and has entered a shallow shelf that is known
as a good habitat for Green turtles. Earlier this year, 'Extra,', a female Loggerhead, re-
turned just to the north of the same general area. Yesterday, 'STINAPA' covered over
80 km and is currently 1,540 km from Bonaire.
A Hawksbill turtle nesting on No Name Beach, Klein Bonaire, was fitted with a
satellite transmitter Monday night by a team from Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire
(STCB). This is the fourth turtle to be tracked during the current nesting season and the
second Hawksbill, after 'Tom' the male Hawksbill was tracked moving towards the
northeast Caribbean earlier.
A field team consisting of Hanny Kalk, Gij s Hoogerkamp, Andy Uhr (volunteers and
STCB webmasters), Gielmon Egbreghts and Robert van Dam (STCB staff) and others,
set out Monday night to monitor No Name Beach for nesting activity. Around 8:20 pm
a large Hawksbill turtle was found digging a nesting hole on the beach. She soon began
laying eggs and was then measured (92.3 cm curved carapace length) and tagged on her
front flippers. After completing her nest, the approximately 65 kg animal was inter-
cepted by the team and a transmitter applied to the top of her carapace. At 10:45 pm the
Hawksbill turtle was released and she quickly departed into the sea. We expect her to
start migrating towards her feeding habitat soon. More details in the next edition. O
F lamingo Airport's VIP lounge is the VIP lounge; Kees Storm, Chairman
getting closer to opening. A pre- of the Supervisory Board; and Cedric
view (soft opening) was provided last Jonis, KLM Service Manager, Bonaire.
week. Pictured are KLM consultant Co A grand opening is planned later this
deKoning; Moreno Binelli, operator of week. O
Bonaire Reporter November 26-December 3, 2004
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A Full Beaver Moon
and Three Cosmic
T his weekend is the -. ,
long Thanksgiving -I* ,
holiday in America -
which marks the start of
the pre-tourist season L -
preparations on Bon-
aire. Cosmically speaking, in addition to the turkey on some tables, we'll have our
annual three cosmic birds in the sky, which you can see after Thanksgiving dinner.
Plus this year an exquisite full Moon called the Beaver Moon will light up our
On any clear night this week at about 7 pm Sky Park time, face west and if you
look high above the horizon you will
see the three bright stars which, if we
connect by lines, make up what is offi-
cially called the Summer Triangle,
but which every November I unoffi-
cially call the Thanksgiving poultry
triangle. You see, historically these
stars have been associated with cosmic
birds. The highest star is Deneb, the
bright tail star in Cygnus the Swan.
So in addition to our Thanksgiving
turkey we have a heavenly swan to be
thankful for. The bright star farthest to
the left, Altair, is the brightest star in
Aquila the Eagle. And the brightest of the three stars and closest to the northwest
horizon is Vega, the brightest star of Lyra the Harp, which, strange as it may
sound, has had more feathery incarnations than the other two put together. You
see, Lyra was not always a harp.
In fact long ago before it became a lyre it was a cosmic turtle, but before it was a
cosmic turtle it was a bird of one sort or other. Ancient records tell us that Lyra's
association with birds goes back over 2,000 years. In ancient India, Lyra was seen
as a heavenly vulture. But when Babylonian kings and their queens strolled
through the hanging gardens of Babylon they looked up and identified Lyra as
their great mythological bird of storms, Urakhga. And later, as desert caravans
wandered across ancient Arabia, people looked up and referred to Lyra as either
the swooping desert eagle or, would you believe, a cosmic goose which in my esti-
mation is a bit more tasty for anyone's Thanksgiving dinner. It was also once
known as a great osprey and at another time as a wood falcon. Anyone for a wood
falcon or osprey drumstick? At any rate, only in the past couple of hundred years
or so have we in the west seen Lyra exclusively as a lyre, a small harp. In fact dur-
ing the 18th century these stars were still seen as a bird, an eagle, but with a lyre in
its beak. So perhaps we should play lyre music after Thanksgiving dinner?
At any rate, this weekend after you've had turkey up to here why not step outside
just after dinner and look for some birds of a different feather. And thank the heav-
ens above you'll never get them in your leftovers. But if you've had it with birds
altogether then simply turn east just after sunset and you'll see the exquisite full
Moon of November, also called the Beaver Moon, which will light up your entire
Thanksgiving weekend. O Jack Horkhimer
For the week:
( Nov. 26-Dec. 3, 2004
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Someone you live with may feel totally neglected.
You should expect to have changes in your home. You can make money through
solid investment plans. Try to accommodate them without infringing on your own
responsibilities. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Don't let friends or relatives make you feel guilty if
you're not able to attend one of their affairs. This is a great time for a family outing
orjust a drive. Use your added discipline to get what you want. It's time to reevalu-
ate your own motives and make changes to yourself first. Your lucky day this week
will be Sunday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Take time to listen to children and help them with
projects that seem impossible to them. Extend an invitation to clients you enjoy
spending time with. Unexpected bills may set you back. Find out more, if you want
to start your own business. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) You need to be careful not to make promises that
you can't fulfill. Minor accidents are likely if you take risks. You need to refrain
from being the generous one in the group. Don't let your emotions get out of hand.
Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Pleasure trips will be favorable and bring about romance.
Social events held in your home will be successful and entertaining for those who
attend. Trips, educational pursuits, or projects that could lead to new outlooks
should be on your agenda. Talk to employers in order to promote your career objec-
tives. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Do not force your opinions on others; the connec-
tions will be short lived. Don't let your work and your personal life interfere with
each other. Emotional deception is evident. Sign up for courses that will help you
understand yourself better. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Be careful that you aren't saddled with the responsi-
bilities of others. Take a long look at your present direction and consider your pro-
fessional options. Stick to your work and avoid emotional confrontations. Social
events should be the highlight of your day. Try to get out and socialize. Your lucky
day this week will be Monday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Your ability to come up with original ideas will
bring recognition from superiors. Don't say things that could be damaging later on.
Cut loose. Get involved in sports events that will benefit your physical appearance.
Make the necessary changes that will enable you to advance financially. Your lucky
day this week will be Thursday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Don't hesitate to enlist the aid of friends or
family if you have a big project to finish in your domestic environment. Sign up for
courses or join fitness clubs. Don't overload your plate. Try to deal with it quickly;
don't dwell on past regrets. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Financial limitations are likely if you take risks.
Draw up contracts regarding your personal situation. Don't confide in anyone for the
time being. Opportunities for partnerships are present; but get every detail in writ-
ing. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Situations could easily get blown out of propor-
tion if you have made unreasonable promises. Remember; talk to them, not at them.
Think about your priorities. Changes regarding your image will bring you greater
confidence. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Do things that involve children. It's a favorable time
for real estate, investments, and moneymaking opportunities to be successful. Catch
up on correspondence. Everything is moving quickly, just the way you like it. Your
lucky day this week will be Tuesday. 1
Bonaire Reporter November 26-December 3, 2004