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T he Parliament of the Netherlands
Antilles has unanimously voted
to formally ask Holland for assistance
in fighting crime on the islands, includ-
ing use of the military to patrol the
coasts and Marechaussees (Special po-
lice) to assist local police.

S Curacao will hold its own Refer-
endum on April 8. Voters will be asked
to state their preference for the future
constitutional status of the island. A
committee recommended that only resi-
dents 18 years and older with Dutch
nationality be allowed to vote. Both
Bonaire and Saba had allowed young-
sters 16 years and older as well as non-
Dutch legal residents living on the is-
land five years or more to vote in their
referenda.
The four options in Curacao would
be:
A) Remain part of the Netherlands
Antilles.
B) Become an autonomous country in
the Kingdom.
C) Become part of Holland.
D) Become an independent state.
If none of the four options receives an
absolute majority, there will be a sec-
ond vote between the two leading op-
tions on April 15.
Three of the other Dutch Antillean
islands have already held similar refer-
enda. Sint Maarten voted for a status
aparte in 2000 and Bonaire and Saba
decided in referenda recently to seek to
establish direct ties to the Netherlands.
Sint Eustatius is expected to put the is-
sue to a vote some time next year. What
would it mean if Curaqaoans voted for
Option A, while all of the other islands
choose not to remain part of the Nether-
lands Antilles?

A Major league baseball star
Andruw Jones has lost interest in
building a new sport complex on his
home island of Curaqao after the local
government put his request on hold ear-
lier this year. Construction would have
started in June 2004 and by the end of
next year it would have been com-
pleted.

A The ExelAviationGroup has offi-
cially taken over charter airline
DutchBird. Exel CEO Harm Prins said
that the deal was signed. "We will con-


tinue with DutchBird clients' contracts
as well as keeping their personnel," he
said. "There will soon be an integration
of DutchBird into Exel. DutchBird will
probably be placed under HollandExel
from the summer season." The takeover
gives Exel five more planes and 250
more employees. Two of the Airbuses
may be based in Curaqao for regional
flights.

A The Curacao District Attorney
settled the 20 million guilder fine
against the world famous Curacao
brothel next to Hato Airport, Campo
Alegre, for 6 million guilders. The
money will be deposited in the Crime-
Prevention Fund. Almost a million
guilders in cash and cars had already
been seized. Campo owner Giovanni
van lerland was also personally fined
one million guilders in addition to hav-
ing to serve a 12-year jail sentence. His
companies, Wilhire Advisors Ltd,
Talisa NV, Krisia NV, Curaned Vast-
goed NV, RPS Finance NV and Cam-
pos Alegre CV, were also charged with
drug money laundering. "We have
agreed to this settlement to avoid wast-
ing money and time," stated press offi-
cer Giselle Veen-Jonkhout. "If you take
the appeals process into account it
could take years before the matter is
settled."

A Tourism in Curacao dropped
13% in October; a fall blamed on the
cessation of DCA flights. The island
received at least a thousand fewer visi-
tors from the Caribbean region. Also
vacationers from The Netherlands fell
compared to the record month of last
October when a price war for trans-
Atlantic flights was raging. Readers
will recall how Bonaire's arrival figures
fell when DCA arbitrarily cut service to
our island by 70% a couple of years
ago.

A Another airline has stepped in to
replace service formerly provided by
DCA. British West Indies Airways
(BWIA) will start flying late night
round trip flights between Trinidad,
Curaqao and the Dominican Republic
on December 12 using a 164-seat Boe-
ing 737-800 twice a week.
Normally the Curaqao-Santo Do-
mingo leg is reserved for a national car-


rier of the Antilles or Dominican Re-
public, but special permission was
given in the interest of Curaqao's Free
Zone, which gets lot of customers from
the two island nations as well as Haiti.
The Free Zone has suffered economi-
cally since the bankruptcy of Dutch
Caribbean Airlines (DCA) because of
the loss of airlift from countries in the
Caribbean region.

A Are Bonaire's two medical
schools a boost to the local economy?
According to Ramon Chong, head of
the Economic Affairs Department in
Curaqao, each year a foreign student
going to college in the Caribbean
spends NAf52.000, and each foreign
teacher, NAf 78.000 on the island they
reside. A faculty with 100 students
spends NAf 5.8 million every year.

A Hundreds of tremors continued
to rattle Guadeloupe and Dominica
last Tuesday, two days after a strong
earthquake killed a girl and damaged
scores of buildings, officials said.
In Dominica, a group of children in
the northern town of Portsmouth ran
frantically from a school building dur-
ing a moderate aftershock Tuesday
morning, said Cecil Shillingford, the
country's national disaster coordinator.
Guadeloupe's seismological office re-
ported more than 1,700 aftershocks -
mostly minor ones since Sunday's
main 6.3 tremor. But there have been
several major aftershocks including a
5.4, two 4.9s and a 4.7.

A It's not free. To provide Curaqao
local news for Chinese people, Zhisem
He, 22, started a Chinese weekly pa-
per, the Chinese Weekly News. It's
printed in Chinese characters. The first
edition was published last Saturday.
"Almost all the Chinese people who
end up in Curaqao start out as cooks in
a restaurant. They can't speak the local
language so they can't follow the local
news, which is why we started this pa-
per," declared He. The paper costs
NAJ2.

SOn December 4th, the Bonaire
Hotel and Tourism Association
(BONHATA) will host its 8th annual
Awards Event at the Casino of Plaza
Resort Bonaire at 8:30 pm. BON-
HATA's membership now includes 63
hotels, apartments, restaurants, dive
schools, excursion operators, car rental


IN THIS ISSUE-
FKPD Breaks Ground 5
Sunset Beach Hotel, gone. 6
Havo 4 Students Hustle 6
Wil's Tropical Grill Opens 7
N. SaliFa New Board 7
WEB Upgrades 7
Legend of Lac Bai Pledges 8
Turtle Travels 8
Triathlon is Coming 9
Marines Get Wet 9
Bonaire Hosts Culinary Competition 11
60+ at Chez Nous 11
Italian Temptations 11
Want to Help? (Washington Park) 12
2005 by Germaine 12
Wet and Wild Underwater Art Show 13
Parable (Grandfather) 14
Sint Nicholaas Hits Town 15
Heit's Pier (Capt. Don) 17
Tops in Tennis 18
Renate v.d. Byl Show 22
WEEKLY FEATURES:
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Police Update 5
Vessel List & Tide Table 9
Picture Yourself (Indonesia, Bonaire)10
Pet of the Week (Vlekje) 14
Classifieds 14
What's Happening 19
Micro Movie Review 19
Shopping & Dining Guides 20
On the Island Since
(Hans and Helen Bolsman) 21
Bonaire Sky Park; The Stars Have It 23

agencies, retailers, wholesalers, airlines
and airline services, accounting firms
and banks.
BONHATA will be honoring indi-
viduals, companies and hotel properties
that have been nominated by their fel-
low members in 10 categories. It prom-
ises to be a fun-filled evening, full of
surprises: Bonaire's newest band, a car
auction, a raffle with wonderful prizes
such as KLM tickets to Lima, Quito and

Continued on page 4

Amsterdam, resort stays and much
more. You must be present to win. All
raffle proceeds will go towards helping
the children of Bonaire.
Tickets must be bought in advance
at the BONHATA office (Harbour Vil-
lage Marina) for NAf35 per person,
includes a welcome drink, live music
and snacks. Call Diana at 717-5134
during office hours or buy your tickets
from one of the board members. There
is a dress code: black and white with a
little splash of RED for Christmas.

A The Washington Slagbaai Na-
tional Park would like to invite the
people of the island and visitors to
take advantage of the situation of the
(Continued on page 4)


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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: Capt. Don, Dodo, Yvette Hageman, Marjolein Hay-
den, Jack Horkheimer, Wendy Horn, Greta Kooistra, Marie, Mi-
chael Thiessen, Andy Uhr, Ernst Wesselius
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-
kerij


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Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued fom page 2)
closed roads in the Park for some in-
credible hiking, mountain biking and
bird watching opportunities.
The Park is extremely quiet and
peaceful without the vehicles, which
makes it easy to spot different animals
by the roads. The green of the vegeta-
tion is overwhelming and the tempera-
ture is "friendlier" than normal with the
clouds. It will take between six and
eight hours to walk around the whole
Park and between two and four hours to
go by bike. The roads are very wet, so
be ready for a lot of mud and a lot of
fun. Also, be prepared for some show-
ers during the journey. As you can see,
these activities are not for everybody
but for those in real good shape and
well equipped.

A Did you every wonder what hap-
pened to the whale that arrived in
Bonaire, impaled on the bow of the
ship Nieuw Amsterdam in January 2000
(Bonaire Reporter Jan. 18-24, 2000;
"Whale Whacked")? It was brought to
the Cargill Salt Company until it de-
composed and the bones were saved.
Archeologist Dr. Jay Haviser's group of
Bonai students will take over the pro-
ject of reconstructing the whale bones
to make it a special exhibit at the Wash-
ington Park Museum. According to a
Bonaire Marine Park report at the time,
the whale was a 40-foot long (12+ me-
ters) adult Tropical or Bryde's Whale
(Balenopptra edeni), locally called a
Bayena Tompoes. More details on this
fascinating project next week.

A Almost everyone needs Bonairean
note cards. JanArt has in stock the new
2004 Seasons Greetings Bonaire note
cards. The cards this year depict the
scene of Country Garden Dive Site -
above and below. The price is
NAf26,70 for a box of eight. If you
want authentic greeting cards from the
island of Bonaire you can find them at
the JanArt Gallery on Kaya Gloria 7,
Chat N Browse, DePalm Gift Shop at
Flamingo Beach and Bonaire Arts &
Crafts downtown in Playa.

A Intermezzo Day Spa, with its mag-
nificent location on the waterfront at
Captain Don's Habitat, just added a


A Last week Antonio De Palm was
honored for his 25 years of service to
Bonaire's government as a
messenger at a ceremony attended by
his collegues and family. Commis-
sioner Yonchi Dortalina presented him
with a certificate in commemoration of
the landmark event. Antonio certainly
put his messenger background to good
use because he was a multiple gold
medal winner in track at the World
Special Olympic Games in Dublin
last year and the Caribbean Games
in Jamaica this year. He's known as
the "Barefoot Flash."


delicious new treatment with a lus-
cious scent-a Fruity Scrub -to its
already extensive line of services like
massages, wraps and facials. Feel fresh
and revitalized. Just imagine exfoliating
your dead skin cells on your first day of
vacation so you will absorb the rays
even better. Call them at 717-8290 or
786-7069.

Michael Obersi of Dew Point, N.V.,
the Wimco agent and distributor in Bon-
aire, reports that they have Eurotech ap-
pliances in stock now. They are 220 volt
and 50 hertz, perfect for Bonaire. On spe-
cial right now is a JWIN DVD player
with home theatre system for NAf345.
Dew Point is on Kaya Simon Bolivar #9,
up the street from Telbo. Stop by for a
copy of their free catalog.

SA warm welcome to our newest
Bonaire Reporter advertisers: Benetton
(fine clothing fashions), Bonaire Ocean-
front (beachfront villa), Bonaire Pro
(accounting and tax consulting), Cellular
One (cell phone services). Germaine Ni-
jdam's 2005 Calendar, Intermezzo Day


A Xavier Medical School students conducted free blood pressure tests in
front of the main MCB-Bonaire Bank branch. There was a brisk turnout.


A MCB-Bonaire, Bonaire's leading
bank, has announced two VISA card
events. The first is that you can now
get your MCB VISA card with a color-
ful photo of Slagbaai Park in the back-
ground. The second is that you can
now pay for your Park entrance fee
and any snacks or souvenirs right at
the Park because they are now
equipped with a wireless credit card
machine. Call the bank at 715-5547
for information on the new card and/
or the new VISA system. c


Almar Nicolaas, merchant representa-
tive of the MCB BankCard Services
Department, demonstrates the wireless
redit card machine to George "Kultura,"
Washington Park Chief Ranger.


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Lando on guitar
A If you love good jazz and grand
Tuscan Italian cooking you'll have an
opportunity to enjoy both at Croc-
cantino's Big Jazz night in the Gar-
den on Friday, December 10. Jazz
greats Herchel Rosario on bass and
Ronchi Matthews on piano will be
here from Curacao for the evening.
They'll be joined by Guus Gerritsen
on sax, Benje on guitar, Lando Tjin a
Sjoe on bass guitar and vocalist Linda
Anthony. The new chef direct from
Tuscany, Fabrisio Bernardini, will
serve a delectable four-course meal
that would make the Di Medicis
swoon. Dinner and music start at 7
pm. Make your reservation now as
space is limited. Call 717-7025. The
evening is $45 per person.


Police Hot Line -108
Police Main Line 717-8000
Public Prosecutor 717-8626

Public Prosecutor Ernst Wes-
selius reports:
*There were six drug smuggler ar-
rests by the Flamingo Team at the air-
port last week.
*Five people were arrested for bur-
glaries; two of them were minors, 13
and 14 years old. "This is very worry-
ing to me," Wesselius says, "the fact
that young people are involved in
crimes."
*The police have been very active,
he says. Last year he had 350 cases.
This year there have been 411. "The
police are working hard," he contin-
ues. The numbers of drug smuggling
cases at the airport are diminishing.
The numbers of other cases are in-
creasing as the police are out capturing
more suspects and solving more
crimes. OL.D.


FKPD BREAKS

C3 FZO Li rJ 0)


FKPD
(Foundation for
the Care of
Disabled Per-
sons) Director
Lupe Uranie
shares a light
moment with
Angelo
Clarinda,
owner of BBC
Construction
Company, last
Friday during
the laying of
the first stone
in the FKPD
building pro-
ject. In all,
eight buildings
will go up: a
new recreation
center, day care
for the elderly
and children, a
multi- Lupe Uranie and Angelo Clarinda
disciplined
center and five
houses for people to live independently, but under guidance and supervision. The
entire Pasadia, now in Rincon, will move to the new location, while ATV Stanis-
laus, the work and training facilities, such as the souvenir shop, the greenhouse,
the kitchen and the candle, postcard and handicraft workshop and all the offices,
will stay in Rincon. The majority of the funds to build the facility came from BZV
(the organization that pays for health care) with a donation from Katholieke
Noden, a Catholic organization in Holland. NAPA donated 2,000 concrete blocks.
The new project will be built on Kaya Son Montuno, between the SGB (high
school) and Kaya Nikiboko North. OL.D. G.K.


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SUNSET BEACH HOTEL...


GOING, GOING, GONE

It was the Going..
grandest hotel
on Bonaire in its
time- the Hotel
Bonaire. It included
a spacious casino
and dining room,
where the men
dressed in coats and
ties, the ladies in
gowns, for dinner. It
passed through sev-
eral incarnations as
tourist habits
changed. It was last
known as the Sunset
Beach Hotel, res-
cued from closing
by local entrepre- Going...
neur Hugo Gerharts.
But even he could-
n't stop foreclosure.
The auction of its
furniture and fixture
marked, for many
Bonaireans, a low
point in Bonaire's
tourism history.
For about the last
five years the build-
ings have been va-
cant, an eyesore,
hazard and a monu-
ment to hard times.
Last month the Is-
land Government


HAVO 4 STUDENTS

HUSTLE


On a recent Sunday in November the SGB (high school) Havo-4 class in Ge-
ography/History worked hard to clean our cars and did a fabulous job, in-
side and outside. The whole thing started with the idea of making an educational
trip to one of the other Antillean islands. Saint Martin was picked as the destina-
tion for May 2005.
It's a "do" project, meaning the kids will have to figure out and plan the whole
thing. And when on Saint Martin they will be put to work to do a practical assign-
ment. It's all part of their fourth year education.
The teachers Mr. Loozen (Geography), Mr. Vriezema (History) and Mrs. Chang
(Dutch) are coordinating the trip. Besides getting and staying there and putting
together a program when on the island, the financial component will take a lot of
organizing and fund raising.
So a start was made with a car wash in the parking area of the SGB restaurant,
Chez Nous. (By the way, for an excellent lunch or dinner there, call the school -
telephone 717-8120 for more information).
The pupils sold over 100 tickets and made some extra cash by selling soft drinks
and snacks. The take for the day was over NAf1.000. It's a drop in the ocean so
far, but it's a great beginning. Estimated costs are about NAf 900 per participant.
Next to come is a Guinness Book of World Records record-breaking attempt. All
kids will be involved in this sporting event. What record will be broken is not di-
vulged yet. We'll keep you informed. O Marjolein Hayden


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WIL'S TROPICAL
GRILL OPENS

D espite last Sunday's downpour it
was a sunny opening for Wil's
Tropical Grill. Guests celebrated with
drinks and Wil's tasty hors d'oeuvres
which continually poured out of the
kitchen. The restaurant is ensconced in a
traditional old Bonairean home and gar-
den in the center of Playa, across from
Exito Bakery. Wil and his wife Sue pre-
viously operated their food emporium at
Lighthouse at the Harbour Village Ma-
rina and gained lots of loyal customers. Wil and Sue in their spotless kitchen.
At their new location the house and gar- They replaced everything with their own
den have had a complete overhauling immaculate stainless steel appliances
and painting. It's charming and spar-
kling, and you'll know you're in the
Caribbean! Wil says he'll be keeping a lot of his old standard dishes -all the popular
ones- and it's really Caribbean fresh and spicy. 1 L.D.


NORTH SALINA NEW BOARD of DIRECTORS


T he rel
Sentro di
Bario of
North
Salifia
has
elected a
new
board of
directors
for a two-
year
term.
They are:
S r a Five of the seven new board members
Xiomara
Alberto, Sra. Florence Semeleer, Sr. Santiago "Chago" Melaan, Sr. Nazario Alberto,
Sra. Enid Semeleer, Sra. Rosina Leonicia-Thomas and Sra. Josefa Cicilia. O Press re-
lease


WEB
UPGRADES

Last Thursday, a large group of
WEB employees in the Mainte-
nance and Distribution section com-
pleted an extensive 10-day basic course
in the principles of the "governor" that is
part of power distribution control. This
upgrade, of vital importance to their
daily work, was received enthusiasti-
cally, according to management.
Engineer Elfried Koots of the Power
Management and Control System
(PMCS) company was in charge of the
course. O WEB release


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"LEGEND of LAC BAY" TURTLE TRAVELS

PLEDGES 1 5
........ .................. ..
TURTLE PROTECTION
STCB Photo Bonaire


Bonaire




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Sea Tunr Conseaabon &oarrae



A nother of Bonaire's breeding turtles has completed her journey to her feed-
ing ground, dangerous as it may be. 'STINAPA,' our female Green turtle,
has arrived in her home feeding grounds. In the last 24 hours, she has traveled only
a couple of kilometers and as you can see on the map, her date points are quite
closely bunched. She is approximately 1,570 km from Bonaire and 75 km from the
coast of Nicaragua. Robert van Dam, STCB Project Director, has asked a colleague
who is familiar with the area to provide us with information about 'STINAPA's'
location. (We do know it is in the notorious Mosquito Cays, where turtles are
taken for food.)
'Funny', our female Hawksbill turtle, the final turtle tagged this year, is still with
Bonaire Marine Park Ranger Zudmar Obispo (left) and Sea Turtle Conservation us and is off Klein Bonaire. 1 Andy Uhr
Bonaire's Gielmon 'Funchi' Egbreghts (right) with Doi Boekhoudt after he
pledged to protect the turtles of Lac Bay.

D oi Boekhoudt joins the effort to that were accidentally caught in his this month, an initiative of the Dutch
protect the sea turtles of fishing nets to STCB staff for tagging Caribbean Nature Alliance in coopera-
Bonaire. Shaking hands with staff from and release back into the lagoon. tion with STINAPA, Fundashon pa
the Bonaire National Marine Park and Lac Bay is of special significance to Bon Koral and STCB. STCB aims to
Sea Turtle Conservation sea turtles because it features protect sea turtles through education,
Bonaire (STCB), Doi, who _i_ extensive seagrass pastures research and taking conservation
is a long-time resident where Green and actions. Founded in 1992, the STCB is
of Lac Bay, declared Hawksbill turtles feed. a Bonaire-based, non-governmental and
that he will work to mSTCB staff non-profit organization, part of the
keep turtles in the estimate that more Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle
bay safe from e j than 100 juvenile Conservation Network. STCB is
poachers. Harming I Green turtles use Lac supported by the Netherlands Antilles'
sea turtles has been Bay for feeding Department of Environment & Nature
prohibited on during the daytime. Conservation through a grant from the
Bonaire since 1991. w Another big group of Kingdom of the Netherlands. STCB
The 'Legend of Lac subadult Green turtles release
Bay,' as Doi is also lives on the reefs just
known, said that although he ON A outside of Lac and these
has caught thousands of sea animals may also feed inside
turtles in Lac Bay during his lifetime, the lagoon, entering and leaving
these animals should now be protected through the Cay channel during the
and that he will be watching Lac Bay night.
and beyond to ensure that no more Doi Boekhoudt joins the island-wide
turtles are killed. In recent years, Doi outreach and education campaign,
has turned over several live sea turtles "Protehi nos Turtuganan," that started


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IYACHTIGAND AAG


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December 19 th
Race starts at 7:00 AM


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TRIATHLON IS COMING
It's the Second Annual Triathlon (swimming, cycling, running) sponsored by
Jong Bonaire, Saturday and Sunday, December 18 and 19. But there's a differ-
ence. In this Triathlon one person doesn't have to necessarily do all three sports.
You can split them up among others. But to promote more sports among the
youth of the island it's hoped that each team have one or more kids. So look
around and put together your team, or do it alone if you like.
There are four different types of teams:
1. Mixed team, adults and kids
2. Individual men
3. Individual women
4. Individual kids
On Saturday at City Caf6 all contestants register at 530 pm and get a great pasta
dinner ("carb loading" for the next day). Then on Sunday morning meet at City
Caf6 at 7 am for the start of the races.
Teams pay NAf35; individuals pay NAf15.
Even if you're not a participant you can help, as The Bonaire Reporter is, by
sponsoring kids. It's only NAfl5 per athlete. For more information call Mabel
Nava at Jone Bonaire, telephone 717-4303.. 0 L.D.


Angie
Alegria, USA
Aleuya
Bingo
Bright Sea
Camissa, Chan Is.
Cape Kathryn
Dallia
Delphinius
Dolpins
Destiny
Dulcinea
Elza
Flying Cloud, USA
Gammler
Gatsby, USA
Grey Lady
Guaicamar I, Venezuela.
Midnight of Goodrich
Nathape


Nowdays
Indigo
Inspiration
lolea
Jandreso
Jorja
L' Intuile
Luna C. USA
Mahi Mahi
Maggi
Michelle
Moon Rice
Natural Selection, USA
One Way Wind
Odetta
Panta Five
Papillon
Pisces III
Plane Sailing
Precocious Gale. USA


Pura Vida
Romance
Sagitari us, Aruba
Sandpiper, USA
Serendipty
Sirius
Sylvia K
Sylvester
Ta-B
Ti Amo, USA
Tsih
Tartufo
Tween, Netherlands
Ulu Ulu, USA
Unicorn, Norway
Varedhuni, Germany
Ventura II, Costa Rica
Windmiller, Canada
Ya-T, BVI
Zahi. Malta


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MARINES GET WET

t can be fun, too, for the Dutch marines who are doing different kinds of train-
ing in Bonaire. Hans Voerman of Outdoor Bonaire was asked by the Marine
Corps to take 20 of their men on kayaking and cycling trips last week, but they
didn't expect that they'd need kayaks when a bicycle was supposed to do. (They'd
already done the kayak trip). Hans snapped these photos out in the mundi. Bikes
came from
Cycle Bon-
aire.

You don't
have to be a
Dutch marine
to go on na-
ture adven-
tures with
Outdoor Bon-
aire. On drier
days Hans, a
great friendly
guy who
knows the is-
land well,
takes indi-
viduals or
small groups
cycling, kay-
aking, rock
climbing and
abseiling and
hiking through
Bonaire's na-
ture.

Outdoor
Bonaire is lo-
cated at the
Caribbean
Club Bonaire
at Hilltop. For
more informa-
tion call Hans
at 791-6272. 0
L.D.

KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF
12-03 2:13 0.8FT. 16:28 1.7FT. 52
12-04 2:19 0.9FT. 17:18 1.6FT. 45
12-05 2:08 1.OFT. 10:10 1.5FT. 15:45 1.4FT. 18:05 1.4FT. 40
12-06 1:44 1.OFT. 9:39 1.6FT. 17:11 1.3FT. 19:23 1.3FT. 40
12-07 1:24 1.OFT. 9:45 1.8FT. 18:09 1.1FT. 20:29 1.2FT. 46
12-08 1:11 1.OFT. 10:05 1.9FT. 19:05 1.0FT. 22:11 1.1FT. 56
12-09 0:46 1.OFT. 10:36 2.0FT. 20:01 0.9FT. 23:44 1.0FT. 69
12-1011:18 2.1FT. 20:49 0.8FT. 81


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Sumatra Island, Indonesia


M ireille Nicolaas sent us these
photos of her family taken
during their three-week trip to Indone-
sia this past June.
Traveling were Toeky, Feliz, Mireille
and Ethuriel,. The photo at the left
shows Mireille and her mom, Toeky, in


traditional Batak dance garb On their
trip they visited Sumatra, Jakarta and
Bali. The first photo was taken at
Samanindo island (museum Huta
Bolon) on Sumatra island. The group
photo is at another museum. The Re-
porter gets around. 1


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While
at
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BONAIRE HOSTS

ABC-ST. MARTIN

CULINARY COMPETITION


Bonaire Student Chef Winners 2002


P reparations are underway for
Bonaire's hosting an Interna-
tional Culinary Student Competition in
January 13-16, 2005. Participating will
be eight culinary teams from the ABC
islands and St. Martin. The students
will create, cook and present a three-
course menu which will be judged by
four or five international judges who
will choose the winning team.
The first culinary student competition
was held in Bonaire in 2002, when stu-
dents from the SGB hotel school com-
peted against each other and were
judged by internationally recognized
rules of the Caribbean Culinary Foun-
dation (CCF). Bonaire invited the
school directors and teachers from
Aruba and Curacao to observe the
competition. They were extremely en-
thusiastic and Aruba offered to host the
first ABC competition the following
year Then it was Curacao's turn in
2004.
On Friday, January 14, 2005, at Chez
Nous there will be culinary and possi-


bly bartending demonstrations to which
the public is invited. On Saturday,
January 15, there will be the Grand
Awards Dinner with a magnificent buf-
fet. What else would you expect when
talented chefs and their judges get to-
gether? Tickets will be available later.
We'll have more details as the com-
petition nears, but we wanted to make
sure you got this event on your calen-
dar now.
Donations are needed.
The committee organizing the event
(all non-paid volunteers!) are asking
for donations such as money, food for
the competition, and chef hats and
coats. For more information call Ann
Leong or Vernon "Nonchi" Martijn at
717-8120 or Sara Matera at 786-9299.
O L.D.
Spend Friday,
January 14,
2005
7, AtChez
:= Nous


60 PLUSSERS at CHEZ NOUS


S-r

Members of Flor di Orkidia are served by SGB Culinary Students at Chez Nous

Last week a group of 60 plussers from the Flor di Orkidia Senior Center in
North Salifia had a luncheon at the SGB culinary school restaurant, Chez
Nous. They were brought there by Maria Koeks of Soldachi Tours who declared,
"I'm making sure all the members of the 60 plus clubs get to enjoy a luncheon
here." The group dined on Homemade Tomato Soup, Chicken Cordon Bleu and a
Mango Bavarois.
You don't have to be a 60 plusser to dine at Chez Nous. Age is no prerequisite;
just be someone who enjoys good food and a pleasant dining experience. The res-
taurant is open for lunch on Wednesday and Friday, for dinners on Monday, Tues-
day and Thursday. Lunch starts at 12:30 and is three courses. It's NAf15. Dinners
start between 6 and 6:30 and are four courses. On Mondays, when the higher level
students cook, dinner is NAf25. Tuesdays and Thursdays it's NAf22. Call the day
before to reserve 717-8120 and ask for "Chez Nous." 1 L.D.




ITALIAN



TEMPTATIONS
s a thank you to
their parents
and sponsors the four
young chefs who spent
four weeks in the
Emilia Romagna re-
gion of Italy studying
cuisine, Italian style,
entertained at Chez
Nous last week. Above is a sample of some of the Italian appetizers the guests
were tempted with. As well, Italian wines accompanied all. The students learned
their lessons well. They're Wendly Heredia, Luthgarda Serberie, Bram Schmit
and Isidro Sinto. Each of them told the audience about some of their experiences,
often humorous, in Italy. O L.D.


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WANT T ) HELP? 2005 -BY GERMAINE
onaire's own artist, Germaine Nijdam,
shows off her first-of-a-kind Bonaire calen-
dar for 2005. She's standing in front of the original
paintings. The calendar features Germaine's scenes
of Bonaire, one for each month. Friends of the artist
thought she should do a calendar of Bonaire and
when she suggested it to Deepak Daryanani of Bon-
aire Gift Shop he thought it would be a great idea.
Germaine says, "I wanted to give something back to

available, but not a calendar, and it's just in time for
Christmas giving. It's $10 and available at Bonaire
Gift Shop, Bahia, Best Buddies, Paradise Photo and
Le Flamboyant. For wholesale orders call G.N. Art
at 717-2203. The original paintings are on sale at
Best Buddies. r
SThe prolific artist reports that she's added another .
Ssix new Bonaire designs to her repertoire of tiles
and mugs, making a total of 14 different designs. These great gift items are for sale at
Best Buddies, Bonaire Gift Shop and Bahia. OL.D.
The Aloe Cooker in Washington Park

T he Manager of Washington Park, Fernando Simal, has announced that he could
use some skilled volunteer help for some improvements in the Park. They in-
clude:
Finish the museum exhibits Reforest the Park
Complete the interpretation signs on the walking trails Remove Goats
Expand the museum with a new exhibit (Archeology) Fence the Park
Create a small library at the Visitors Center
Expand toilet facilities at entrance Construct new employee lockers
Finish the Management Plan for the Park
Finish the Complete Guide to WSNP (10 chapters)
Construct housing facilities for scientists/students
Design and implement a monitoring program
Upgrade the roads with cement transects Upgrade shop in stock and "look"
Obtain a security system for the entrance
Restore historical structures inside the Park
Place a whale skeleton at the Visitors Center (in cooperation with BONAI).
If you think you want to help, call him at 565-5229 or 717-8444 to make an appoint-
ment. O


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WET AND WILD -

UNDERWATER ART SHOW
T here will be a new dive experi- solved this obsession, at least for a
ence available to Bonaire's div- while, by creating an underwater studio
ing and snorkeling visitors during De- and art gallery just a stone's throw off of
cember and January an underwater art one of Bonaire's most popular beaches.
show. It's the idea of Fred Ros, an un- He calls his latest project "40 Feet under
conventional artist to say the least. Water."
In cooperation with the World Wild- He continues, "At a depth of about 12
life Fund he produced the exhibition metres the effect of breaking light is
"One Hundred Feet Above the phenomenal... under water nothing is
Wad" (Wetlands), showing the percep- what it seems. I see there a gallery
tion from a helicopter of the Dutch is- where the visitor, provided with com-
land of Terschelling, in the north of The pressed air, wanders through. From
Netherlands, and its relationship with 'room' to 'room' the visitor flippers
the Waddenzee. his or herway with a waterproof
Then in his next project, "One Dy talogue in hand. No sounds,
of 480 Hours," he tried to catch no conversations and very
the endless daylight of Ant- much aware of his or her
arctica on canvas. In this own body, not stand-
most desolate spot of the ing on two feet,
world he illustrated b "ut drifting
how it is to be ex- through a
posed to light, substance
night and day heavier
for three than
weeks air.
and how
this has its How
influence on 1Va FW a we 1 t rety does one
perception. And dp A nr r tmeknags i perceive
now he's focusing on L ikiI 0mrmwitr kuvld % rim enunrE things in such
the effect of seeing alien circum-
things under water. And ~ 2d ubcr tl 19 r I stances? What hap-
what better spot to do it than pens to distance, depth,
in the crystal clear seas of Bon- colors and forms? How is
aire. the eye led and misled? How
"As a visual artist I have for years 7 do we perceive images where the
been obsessed by the phenomenon of volume of air between the eye and
perception," says artist Ros. And he re- the canvas is substituted by a more re-


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reasonable condition. Call 891-4750


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in kitchen. Day shift part time (30 to 35
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Classic Sailor
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tion, about 21' long. Fiberglassed
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nance. Two time winner of Bonaire
Regatta, Class A. A dream to sail.
Bargain at NAf9,999. One of the
last of its kind. Call 717-8988 or
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Home available for rent, stunning
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Larry's Jeep Wrangler for Sale, 350
Chevy Engine, 400hp, good condition,
NAf27,000. Phone 717-5246

Slide and negative Scanner; Minolta
Dimage Scan Dual II, Use with Windows
98, Win 2000, Mac OS
NAf200. Phone 717-5246

HP Notebook Computer model:
ze5400. P4(2.4Ghz), 40GB, 512 MB,
Wireless e-card. Almost brand new, carry-
ing case included, 1700$(US). Info: 785-
7425 after 3 pm.

1996 Mitsubishi Lancer. 60K miles, 4-
Cyl. Very good condition. Asking $5,200.
Call 791-6009 after 3 pm.

Toyota Corolla XL Station wagon,
red, 1995, no damage, 100% technical, all
garage reports, 2nd owner call 717-6907
or 565-5225. Asking price NAf6.500

Computer Printer- HP Deskjet 695-
Black ink includes two full ink cartridges,
NAf100. Call 717-2225

Compaq Laptop Model: 2190US, Intel
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USB, WinXPSP2. Price: NAf2100.
Phone: 786-2388


"4 4 lekje," which means Little
V Spot in English, has had an
interesting history at the Bonaire Ani-
mal Shelter. She's been there for sev-
eral years, and they've kept her on be-
cause she's such a sensational cat.
She's affectionate, loves attention and
is a thoroughly nice personality. In fact,
she's rather like a "trustee" because she
lives outside the cat quarters. She's had
her freedom and yet she stays close.
Vlekje is a perfect example of a Shelter
adoptee: great sociability, excellent
health and she's sterilized. If you'd like
to meet her, stop by the Shelter on the
Lagoen Road, open Monday through
Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, Saturdays until
1. Tel. 717-4989.

The Sterilization Program in October,
which was primarily aimed at the
roaming dog population, prompted a lot
of interest in cat sterilization and right
now there are 80 reservations out-
standing for cats to be sterilized. These
are cats that are just hanging around


S omewhere back
in time, in a
green covered land-
scape next to a forest
was an Indian wigwam
with white smoke com-
ing out of the top.
Inside it was warm
and comfortable, and
next to the low, glowing
open fire a little boy
was sitting on his
grandfather's lap giving
full attention to the
story the old man was telling:
"In each person's inner being there
live two wolves. One represents our
good side; the other, the bad or nega-
tive one. Every second, every minute,
every hour, every year these two
wolves are fighting each other. It's a
fight to the death, a battle to survive, a
conflict which never ends.
As we go through life we come to
situations where decisions must be
made, no matter how small or how
large. We cannot escape the fact that a


and maybe being fed but are not neces-
sarily owned by anyone. Their plight is
not as obvious as the dogs' but it still
exists. The good news is that there are
so many people interested in the wel-
fare of these cats. The Shelter is trying
to figure a way to handle the situation,
but of course it always takes money
and that's a pretty rare commodity.
DL.D.


decision needs to be
made whether we like it
or not. It's at these mo-
ments when we must
make that crucial deci-
sion. You see, grandson,
that's the moment when
the two wolves attack
each other."
After these words there
was a deep silence.
The little boy turned to
his grandfather and,
looking into his eyes,
asked, "Grandfather, which wolf will
win the fight?"
The old Indian looked back and said,
"Grandson, the wolf you feed will be
the one who will win the fight."

In this parable it is clear that no mat-
ter where we stand in life, no matter
what our age or circumstances, we all
need to feed the good part in us if we
want to pick the fruits of goodness in
the future. OMarie


Bonaire Reporter December 3 to December 10, 2004


A PARABLtE AA
..Y wIARIE


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OC NICHOLAAS HITS TOWN


Last Saturday, Sint Nicholaas and his
assistants, the Black Pieten (Swarte
Piet), arrived in Bonaire aboard the ferry
boat, Tribon. A record-breaking crowd of
excited children and adults swarmed the
pier to catch a glimpse of him and the 32
Swarte Pieten. Every child on the island
must have been there, accompanied by
their equally spirited parents or elders.
Sint Nicholaas and Swarte Pieten's pro-
cession from the pier to Wilhelmina Park
was accompanied by the soul-stirring beat
of the drum corps. The Swarte Pieten ca-
vorted through the crowd, dancing and
swinging their sacks and ropes and teas-
ing the children.
Sint Nicholaas and the Lt. Governor
rested on the stage at Wilhelmina Park
where speeches were made with more
cavorting by the Swarte Pieten. At one
point, Sint Nicholaas questioned Commis-
sioner Bemie El Hage, who'djust given a
speech, about when Bonaire's roads
would be repaired because he'd lost so
many tires in the big holes. El Hage an-
swered that work would begin in the mid-
dle of December. The response got a re-
sounding cheer from the crowds.
This was the 10th year that the Foundation
Ata C I Zwartpiet organized such an event
and it was an all out success. Thanks to
all of them for their tireless work.
Although Sint Nicholaas is associated
with gift giving and his coming is close to
the Christmas season, he has nothing di-
rectly to do with the Christian holiday.
His history lies in Dutch folklore and tra-
dition, originating 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, origi-
nally came from Turkey with his helpers
who were black (swarte). At that time
Holland was ruled by Spain, so when Sint
Nicholaas comes, he arrives from Spain
by boat. Then he continues his travels on
a white horse. He always arrives in No-
vember because he has so much work to
do, finding out which children have been
good enough to receive presents. Those
who have been bad will be spanked with
Swarte Pieten's ropes or brooms, and
those very bad will be thrown into the
sacks and taken back to Spain! He keeps a
big book with the names of all children
and whether they have been good or bad.
On December 4, the eve of Sint
Nicholaas' birthday, children put out their
shoes with maybe some carrots or hay for
the white horse, hoping they will receive
a small gift in return. On the big day it-
self, December 5, the family sits together,
singing, having sweets and hot chocolate,
hoping that the weather will not be too
bad so that he will arrive. At 8 pm Sint
Nicholaas and his helpers land on the roof


of the house and the Swarte Pieten throw
the gifts down the chimney. Or Sint
Nicholaas might bang on the door, asking,
"Are there any bad children here?" Every-
one calls back, "No!"
For the Dutch, this is the time for gift giv-
ing, and Christmas is a
more holy time, not
commercial like that in
America, although we've
learned that merchants
in Holland are now pro-
moting gift giving for
both holidays. This Sint
Nicholaas tradition is
totally Dutch, but the
people in the former
Dutch colonies all over
the world have em-
braced it. So much so
that it seems to be com-
pletely accepted that this
cleric, bearing gifts and
dressed for very cold weather in heavy
robes and cloak and miter, does not seem
unusual in such tropical climes as that of
Bonaire, the other islands of the Dutch
Antilles or Indonesia. OL.D.


Members of Foundation Ata CI Zwartpiet, who organized the whole thing: L to R:
Benny Martijn, Betty Martis, Shirley Martis, Renzo Thode, Gerald Victorina,
Soeralv Pourier


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DONAIR'E windowOW4: Wu-rr 't uWO R


FROM THE SHIP'S LOG:

t ]\ ay 21 1962- We cleared
V customs at the pier in center
of town at 1430 hrs. Officials extremely
polite. They made little ceremony.
Stamped our papers, smiled, told us to
enjoy our stay. Said we could stay on the
pier for two days then had to find an an-
chorage to make room for several freight-
ers that were coming in. A wonderful
place. The township was neat and clean. I
saw a strong Dutch influence here and
have never met such friendly people."
On schedule, we left the dock and,
coaxing a few revolutions out of our old
Hall Scott (engine), worked our way up
the coast and set anchor in front of a
small wooden ramp. The bay itself in the
late afternoon light appeared a spectrum
of blues, extraordinarily clear. Beneath
our keel a carpet of corals I came to know
as a "field of gold."
The town stood on a plateau half a
fathom above high water. The beachfront
structures, houses, and an old wooden
bench, a rickety pier barely standing on
worm eaten legs, a fort, and the face of
the dike still sound, confirmed no serious
storms ever struck this settlement from
the west most likely the very reason the
township came to be here in the first
place. We felt we could sleep nights, not
fearing a sudden blast of air from astern.
It really looks to be a fantastic island.
May 24th 1962- We were still there,
just offshore, in the calm bay in front of a
complex of buildings owned by Jules
Heitkoning, a leftover from the intern-
ment camp days of 1940. His property
was a cluster of old buildings with walls
made of mud and stone and sealed sand-
wich-like with thick stucco painted ochre.
There was a workshop for the making of
tortoise shell novelties and a store selling
jewelry and souvenirs. Jules also had a
massive darkroom loaded with antique
cameras and equipment. Jules was a fine
photographer, black and white, of course,
as color was still some years away. All of
this was attached to his home which lay
centered in this array.
Just across a wide street from this
complex was the open sea. Island and sea
were separated by a wall, which was
hardly more than a gathering of coral rub-
ble cemented together. This kept the road
in place as well as keeping the sea from
entering Jules' house. The wall appeared
to be the namesake of the town which
was called Kralendijk or Coral Dike.
At the roadside Jules had a series of
small rooms in which he had his passport


photo studio. Behind there was an open
yard filled with all sorts of local animals.
Jules was an extremely compassionate
man who loved strange animals and
strange people alike. He showed me his
proudest possession, a dog-eared Life
magazine from the 50s that featured him
with his feathered friends, the flamingos.
It was not a zoo that Jules maintained but
rather a temporary sanctuary for some of
his down-on-their-luck friends. A broken
wing here, a fish hook in the beak there,
or worse, a spear gun wound in the back
of a giant sea turtle. It was here that Jules
had built his small wooden ramp which
everybody called Heit's Pier.
Percy was getting comfortable and I had
to remind him that we still had a date in
Antigua. However, with June on the hori-
zon there will be hurricanes ripping up
islands to our north so maybe a little lay-
over was in order.
"Bon tardi, Captain Don," and Percy
handed me a scruffy brown paper bag. I
took it, looking at the penciled sketch. I
saw a drawing of a short pier, a compass
rose, and a long line to the west; approxi-
mate distances and depths and Xs repre-
senting objects. And on the bottom in
heavy pencil the words "Heit's Pier."
"God, Percy, we just got here!"
He laughed, saying. "We's been here all
day. Big j ewfish sleeping under the boat.
Found more junk in five minutes than
I've seen in my whole life." And he held
up a large coral-encrusted clay ur that
appeared to be several hundred years old.
"And enough chamber pots to put under
every bed on island."


"Lt. Governor van
Hesteren warned, 'A
nuisance, you go, and he
pointed to the horizon. 'But
if my island is a better
place because of you,
then....'"


So it had started, just as in Curagao be-
fore Immigration encouraged us to depart.
Here on island two days and Percy was
busy opening new windows.
This part of the township was called
Playa Pabou, a section of the waterfront
that stretched from the Custom House,
which was a little to the south of us, to
Playa Lechi, just a little over a mile to the
north. It was explained to me that it was


called Pabou
because the
sun sets on
this side of
town. Playa
Pariba was the
other side
where the sun
rises. It all
made good
sense to me,
except that the
street ran
north and
south.-

Collecting
small aquar-
ium fish was
what life was all about, the main reason
we dove. It didn't take long before Percy
and I came to know every rock, coral,
chamber pot, fish and piece of junk on the
Playa Pabou sea bed, from the surface to
the bottom of the drop off at 120 feet. My
ship was happy in this place in a warm,
clean and translucent sea, and I couldn't
help but wonder if she knew that this
place most likely was to be her final land-
fall.
Many Bonaireans thought me rich be-
cause of the size of my ship, but in truth I
had only 63 and the ship's papers in my
pocket. Lt. Governor van Hesteren
warned, "A nuisance, you go," and he
pointed to the horizon. "But if my island
is a better place because of you, then..."
He told me a new 30-room hotel was to
open the next year at Playa Lechi, and
soon Bonaire was to become involved in
tourism. I smiled and told him his island
was a rock and just what was he thinking
of selling -Arawak Indian ruins? But a
deal in principle had been struck. I dis-
covered the sole hotel now on island was
called Zee Bad and was built from the
debris of a one-time interment camp for
Germans during WW II.
I hadn't meant to be snide when I told
the Governor that his island was a rock.
But let us be realistic. Maybe not a rock,
but a million years of dried coral, 112
square miles of cactus, Lignum vitae
trees, goats, donkeys and hundreds of
assorted varieties of lizards.
"Percy, I have to talk to you... These
are the facts. Our 63 has been eaten.
There are only a few cans of 'I-don't-
know-what' in the larder, and we still
have 23 cans of maple syrup. Tobacco is
just what you've got in that box. But I


Diver meets Jewfish


think this afternoon's dive is one of the
finest I've ever done, you know? Right
here in the center of town has to be some
of the best coral gardens in the world.
And there are enough tropical fish here to
fill a million aquariums. I vote we give it
a try. I'll find some divers and we'll be in
clover, if I don't get deported first."
I chuckled, thinking the Governor actu-
ally had the balls to challenge me, Cap-
tain Don, to a "produce you stay, a bum
you go." Well, a bum I have never been!
The rest is history, but it all started with
Heit's Pier. 1 / don

We spoke on Monday with Capt. Don
from his hospital bed in Curaqao. His
low blood pressure problem that landed
him in the hospital has been resolved.
He wants to thank all who called him
and sent emails and wishes he could
thank everyone personally, but there was
such a large number that his secretarial
staff (that's Janet) is overwhelmed. The
crew at St. Elizabeth's has been wonder-
ful, he said, and has been providing him
with top notch care. The Captain has
made a decision to
solve the problem
with his foot that
was injured 25
years ago in con-
nection with the
salvage of the
Sterke Yerke. In
recent years it has
been giving him
lots ofpain and has
harbored an infec- C n
tion that is not re- Captain Don
sponding to treat-
ment. We'll keep you posted. O G.D.


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TOPS IN TENNIS


Some of the Aruba Racquet Club Winners


A delegation of 25 from Bonaire joined over 100 other tennis players from
all over the Caribbean, North and South America and even the Nether-
lands in Aruba last month for the Open Tennis Tournament at the Aruba Racquet
Club. Luckily, there was no rain, a lot of sunshine and, more importantly, lots of
fun. Bonaire did very well.

The winners were:
Ladies single B- champion; Lupita St.Jago
Ladies double B- champion; Marijke Maas and Yvette Hageman
Ladies single C- runner up; Rosalie Bierings
Ladies double C- champion; Lupita St.Jago and Prawpahn Wilden
Mixed double C- champion; Prawpahn Wilden and Elvis Tjin-a-Sjoe
Mixed double C- runner up; Rosalie Bierings and Theo van de Rijt
Men's double C- champion; Ibi de Palm and Wolter de Palm
Men's double C- runner up; Michiel Verhoef and Gregory Beudeker
Almost everybody made it to the semi finals as well. We are all looking forward
to the next tournament.
Many thanks to Humprey Hos6 for the great organization and to RE/MAX for
nnonsorshin 1 Yvette Hnaeman


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CEKiL iMVIE IHOIWTfIE

New! Usually 9:00pm
The Forgotten
(Julianne Moore)

Early Show (usually 7pm)
Taxi
(Queen Latifah)
Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAf10,50 (incl. Tax)
High Schoolers NAf 7,75
NEW FILMS BEGIN EVERY FRIDAY
SATURDAY 4 PM Shark Tale
SUNDAY MATINEE 4 PM
Wimbledon

MICRO MOVIE REVIEW
A NEW FEATURE THIS WEEK
Seen recently in
Movieland Cinema:
Taxi by Director Tim
Story, starring Queen
Latifah and Jimmy Fallon. <

If you're looking for a
film with any substance whatso-
ever then avoid this flick like the
plague. The comedy consists mostly of
car crashes which are not so funny to
watch if you happen to have a relative
or friend who didn't survive one. Why
would anyone remake something and
change and cut out all the good things
that were in the original version? Better
luck next week. O Dodo



THIS WEEK
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Dec 2, 3, 4 -
The Female in You (Dutch) See article
last week

Friday, December 3, 2004 until January
27, 2005, Art Show "40 Feet under Wa-
ter" at Bongo's Beach. Open every day
from 3 to 5 pm and evenings from 7:30 to
9 pm. Entrance fee US$5. Bonaireans,
free. See page 13.

Sunday, December 5 -Sinterklaas (St.
Nicholaas) Birthday Celebration

Friday, December 10 Big Jazz and
Tuscan Dinner at Croccantino Restau-
rant in the Garden, 7 pm. Four-course
dinner and an evening of jazz entertain-
ment $45. Reservations at 717-7025 See
page 5.

Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhelmina
Park on Cruise Ship Visiting Days: De-
cember 2, 3-Legacy; December 4-Silver
Whisper; December 9, 10 -Legacy

COMING
Saturday, Sunday December 11, 12 -
Round Bonaire 2-day walk. Longest
walk: 44 km first day, 41 km second day.
Shorter walk: 29 km each first and second
day. All ages are invited. Longer walkers
start at Wilhelmina Park at 4 am; others
start at 5 am. Sponsored by Comcabon.
More information and to sign up call Rich-
ard Pietersz at 717-8629

Saturday and Sunday, December 18 and
19 Second Annual Triathlon
(swimming, cycling, running) sponsored
by Jong Bonaire. Saturday at City Caf6
all contestants register at 5:30 pm and get


r"


a great pasta dinner ("carb loading" for the
next day). Races start at City Caf6 at 7am
on Sunday. Teams pay NAf35; individuals
pay NAf 15. Call Mabel Nava at 717-4303.
See page 8.

Monday, December 20-Holiday Concert
with Freewinds Band Fundraising Evening
for King oftheCaribbean 2005. Aboard
Freewinds, 7-10 pm. NAf17,50 ($10).
Tickets: TCB, Windsurf Place, Gabrielle
Nahr, Ann Phelan

Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhelmina
Park on Cruise Ship Visiting Days: De-
cember 12-Silver Whisper, Queen Mary
2; December 14-Aida Vita; December
16-Columbus

EVERY WEEK
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
Flamingo
Monday -Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the
heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call
Maria 717-6435
Monday -Rum Punch Party on the
beach at Lion's Dive. Dutch National
Products 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.

FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Saturday- Discover Our Diversity Slide
Show, pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm 717-
5080
Sunday Bonaire Holiday -Multi-media
dual-projector production by Albert Bian-
culli, 8.30 pm, Capt. Don's Habitat, 717-
8290
Monday Dee Scarr's Touch the Sea slide
experience at the Aquarius Conference
Center, Captain Don's Habitat, 8:30 9:30
pm.
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.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Bonaire Arts and Crafts (Fundashon
Arte Industrial Bonieriano) 717-5246 or
717-7117
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

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

BONAIRE'S TRADITIONS
Mangasina diRei,Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse." Learn about
Bonaire's culture. Visit typical homes from the
17th century. Daily. Call 717-4060 / 790-2018
Visit the Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d Ree,
behind the Catholic Church in town. Open week-
days from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holi-
days. 717-8444/785-0017
Sunday at Cai- Live music and dancing
starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai. Dance to
the music of Bonaire's popular musicians.
Rincon Marshe- every Saturday 6 am to
3 pm. Open market in Bonaire's historic
town. Soldachi Tours show you the Rin-
con area. Alta Mira
Nature Walking Tour at 6:30 am. Town
Walking tour at 9:30, Bus Tour at 10.
Call Maria at 717-6435 to reserve.

CHURCH SERVICES
International Bible Church of Bonaire-
Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle)
Sunday Services at 9 am; Sunday Prayer
Meeting at 7:00 pm in English. Tel. 717-8332
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire.
Wilhelminaplein. Services in Papiamentu,
Dutch and English on Sundays at 10 am.
Thursday Prayer Meeting and Bible
Study at 8 pm. Rev. Jonkman. 717-2006
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays
8:30 11:30 am. Services in Papiamentu,
Spanish and English.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kralendijk -
Services on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in
Papiamentu 717-8304 Saturday at 6 pm
at Our Lady ofCoromoto in Antriol, in
English. Mass in Papiamentu on Sunday
at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios),
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). Services in
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
Email reporter@bonairenews.com
Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 791-7252


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DINING GUIDE


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.
717-8285


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



s uuo PPI N oo a.L I Seea idsementslin this iss ue


ACCOUNTING SERVICES
Bonaire Pro can keep your financial records in order, mini-
mize your tax liability and provide helpful advice. For indi-
viduals or businesses.
AIRLINES
BonairExel. Bonaire's own ON TIME airline flying be-
tween Bonaire, Curacao and Aruba. Look for The Bonaire
Reporter on board.
APPLIANCES/FURNITURE/COMPUTERS
City Shop is Bonaire's mega-store for TV, Stereos, Air
conditioning, large and small kitchen appliances, computers.
Name brands, guarantees and service center.
BANKS
Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest number
of services, branches and ATMs of any Bonaire bank. They
also offer investments and insurance.
BEAUTY PARLOR
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials, waxing
and professional nail care.
BICYCLE / SCOOTER/ QUADS
De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; professionally re-
pairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top brand bikes.
Have your keys made here.
BOOKS
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
pavement.
CELL PHONES
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.
CLEANING SERVICE
Conetal Cleaning Service cleans homes, apartments, of-
fices. Offers babysitting, gardening, laundry.
DIVING
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.


FITNESS
Bonfysio offers comprehensive fitness programs to suit
your needs whether they be weight loss, sports or just keep-
ing 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, sou-
venirs, 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. Experi-
enced in Immigration matters.
HOTELS
Caribbean Club Bonaire is in a tranquil setting at Hilltop,
adjacent to Oil Slick Leap dive site. Cool breezes, fresh wa-
ter 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.
PHOTO FINISHING
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 / RENTAL AGENTS
Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's oldest real estate
agent. They specialize in professional customer services
and top notch properties.
Re/Max Paradise Homes: Interational/US connections.
5% of profits donated to local community.
Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and insurance
services. If you want a home or to invest in Bonaire, stop in
and see them.
REPAIRS
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
exploration.


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RETAIL
Benetton, world famous designer clothes available now in
Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For men, women
and children.
Littman's Jewelers, where good taste is foremost. Bon-
aire's official Rolex retailer.
SAILING
Woodwind has it all: Smooth trimaran sailing, to Klein
Bonaire, affordable prices, snorkeling with equipment,
guide, drinks, snacks. Call 560-7055
SECURITY
Special Security Services will provide that extra measure
of protection when you need it. Always reliable. Call 717-
8125.
SHIPPING
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of Bonaire.
Customs agents. Professional and efficient. FedEx agent.
Call 717-8922/8033.
SPA-DAY SPAS
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 new-
est of this ABC island chain of elegant spas. Now offering
seaside massages and facials.
SUPERMARKETS
Tropical Flamingo is convenient, clean, modem, efficient
and has the lowest prices on Bonaire. Located behind
NAPA.
Visit Warehouse Bonaire to shop in a large, spotless super-
market. You'll find American and European brand products.
THE market for provisioning.
VILLAS
Bonaire Oceanfront villa for up to nine people: five kitch-
ens, five bathrooms. Ideal for diver.
WATER TAXI
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Call Bonaire Nautico at
560-7254. Ride the Kantika di Amor or Skiffy. Hotel pickup.
WINES
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
Yoga For You. Join certified instructors Desiree and Don
at Jong Bonaire for a workout that will refresh mind and
body. Private lessons too.
ATTENTION BUSINESSMEN:
Put your ad in The Bonaire Reporter.
The most advertising for your guilder.
Phone/Fax 717-8988, Cel 791-7252


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ON THE ISLAND SINCE . .

Hans and Helen Baoa mO


-November 11:3rk ]


"JT did my nursing training in
I Haarlem, Holland, and worked
in hospitals all over the country, mainly
in the Operating Room (OR), assisting
the anesthesiologist. The last place was
in Enschede, in the East of Holland. I
wasn't eager to go there as I'm origi-
nally from Amsterdam and thought the
place would be full of 'rednecks.' How-
ever, I met Helen Maxwell from Aruba,
who was also taking nursing training
and we fell in love. I asked her to come
to Amsterdam to study, but she said it
would be too big a change for her to go
and live in a city like Amsterdam when
she'd just come from Aruba. So I
stayed in Enschede and it was 200%
better than I thought. The whole atmos-
phere was just great! Very soon Helen
and I moved in together, and about a
year later, in 1978, we got married.
It wasn't our idea to get married so
quickly, but in November 1977 Helen's
mother came for a big family reunion,
and although she didn't say so, we felt
very clearly that she didn't approve of
the situation. Practically all of Helen's
family members had come together in
Holland. We thought we'd never be
able to get them together again so we
took advantage of it and got married.
Two years later we left for Aruba.
Helen was pregnant and wanted her
baby to be born there. Miquel was born
in March '81.
I started working in the Emergency
Room (ER) at the Dr. Horatio Oduber
Hospital and later became night duty
chief. Helen worked there in pediatrics.
After our second son Maurice was born
in '84 we felt completely at home in
Aruba.
We worked only nightshifts and
Helen's mother looked after the chil-
dren, so we could spend the whole day
with them. My mother and father vis-
ited often, and we went to Holland
regularly as we were making good
money. Salaries in Aruba were high and
working nightshifts also paid well.
We'd originally planned to stay for five
years, but we ended up staying for 11!"
"In 1991 Hans' mother became ill,"
Helen says. "Hans' parents were di-
vorced and they had two sons: Hans in
Aruba and his brother in California. His
mother didn't have anybody to take
care of her. When she was diagnosed
with breast cancer she wanted to die
and refused to have an operation. When
she told us, we packed up and left for
Holland."
"It wasn't easy," Hans proceeds. "It
was hard to find a house and difficult to
find a job. There were lots of hospital
consolidations and 25 hospitals had
been closed. Then, if you were over 45,


you were written off. I only worked for
one year at the VU-hospital, an aca-
demic hospital in Amsterdam. The rest
of the time I was busy applying forjobs
and filling in papers for unemployment
benefits. Helen stayed at home with the
children who really enjoyed living in
Holland. My mother had her operation
and we looked after her for a year. It
was worth it; she lived 12 more years!
In 2003 she passed away, just a couple
of months after my dad had died."
Hans and Helen Bolsman are relaxed
and open, very sociable and caring.
"Well," Helen says, "after three years
Hans was fed up. He couldn't find a job
and wanted to leave. His mother was
doing fine again, so we decided to go
back to Aruba and he left first. The
whole household was packed and stored
in a container to be sent to Aruba when
Hans called me. He'd gone to visit two
of my brothers who were working on
Bonaire and found out that they needed
people at San Francisco Hospital. We
talked it over and agreed to change our
destination. I called the shipping com-
pany to tell them about the change of
address and the man said, 'Well lady, it
certainly is a change... you have to pay
NAf3.000 more!' But I didn't mind. In
any case it felt closer to home and I
thought we would be able to go to
Aruba frequently. However, once I was
here I found out that the tickets were
very expensive and that there wasn't a
reliable flight connection, so there was
no way to go 'home' regularly.


"Here on Bonaire we had to
take a step backwards
financially... We never
missed the things we couldn't
find here, only during the
times when we were off the
island and were confronted
with all the things money can
buy, but once we were back
we realized we didn't need
any of that."




We'd been through so many different
stages. Life in Aruba had been luxuri-
ous and materialistic. In Holland it had
been about the same, except for the dif-
ficulties in finding a job. Here on Bon-
aire we had to take a step backwards
financially. But we became very easy
going and after awhile it appeared to be
a lot of fun. We never missed the things
we couldn't find here, only during the


times when we were off
the island and were con-
fronted with all the things
money can buy, but once
we were back we realized
we didn't need any of that.
The boys didn't think
Bonaire was fun though.
They were seven and 10
years old; school was a big
change, and compared to
Holland there was nothing
to do. Miquel did his last
HAVO year in a private
school in Holland where
he graduated cum laude.
He and his brother are
both living in Holland
now. Miquel studies civil
engineering and Maurice
works four days a week in
construction and goes to
school one day a week.
They want to set up their
own construction company Hans
in the future, and they're
talking about coming back
to the Antilles to put their knowledge
into practice." She smiles: "Let's see...
it would be nice though...! As far as
I'm concerned, I simply love it here:
the tranquility and nature. Aruba has
changed so much, but in a way Bonaire
is still Bonaire. It's clean and the peo-
ple are friendly. Another important fact
is that I really enjoy my work. I started
at the hospital as the supervisor of the
surgical unit. From 2000 I worked in
homecare and since January this year
I'm the coordinator/supervisor of the
OR."
"When I started work here," Hans
says, "it was a bit difficult. We had to
improvise a lot and at the time the hos-
pital wasn't much more than an old
people's home. Yet I've seen it grow-
ing. First came the surgical unit, after
that the internal unit, and now we're
trying our utmost to give as much care
as possible here on the island. How-
ever, for that we need infrastructure,
materials and accommodation. Never-
theless we're expecting the OR to be
ready next year. Originally I started in
the ER; after that I worked as a nurse;
now I'm doing home and family care.
The best thing about my job is the rela-
tionship you have with the clients.
We're trying to make it possible for
them to stay in their own homes as long
as possible. All the people involved in
giving this care are really working hard
and putting their hearts into it.
The last two weeks Fundashon
Mariadal (foundation that runs the hos-
pital), ADC (laboratory) and DGH
(health and hygiene department) had a


campaign to inform people about diabe-
tes, obesity, high blood pressure and
wounds. Information about prevention
is important in motivating people to
take care of their health and to prevent
the worst, like amputations, cerebral
strokes and heart attacks. With
Mariadal we're putting up a diabetes
outpatient facility.
I'm 58 now and I've two more years
to go, work wise, but I have my plans
for the future on Bonaire because al-
though I like to try something new now
and then, I also want to see the results.
For me the best thing about Bonaire is
the way they take care of the environ-
ment. That's very important to me. To-
gether with Christie Dovale I was in-
volved in Amigu di Tera and I did
something like that in Aruba as well.
There is an issue, however, that makes
me very sad. That's the crime we're
dealing with nowadays. I'm ashamed of
what Bonaire has become. I feel I have
a right to speak my opinion." He gives
me a smile: "I think we could still live
in Holland, but it depends on the space
and the mentality of the people which
has become very hard. If you compare
them, we're
not doing so
badly here, and
as far as I can
see now we'll
stay." 0 Greta
Kooistra


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ast Saturday evening the Cinnamon Art Gallery pre-
sented the works of Renate van der Byl at a special
opening.
Renate was born in Bavaria, Germany, and is the daughter
of a well known artist who specialized in painting churches.
Renate studied art at the Academy of Munich and has lived
on Bonaire since 1994. Her works have been featured in more
than 10 exhibitions, both on Bonaire and in Curaqao. In 2002,
Renate's work was chosen to represent Bonaire for a large
international art exhibition held in Santiago, Cuba. Renate's
paintings were also introduced to Holland's Queen Beatrix
and her late husband on their last visit to Bonaire.

Her paintings are mostly oil on canvas and feature local
people, especially fishermen, the sea, the rugged landscape
and elements of Bonaire's traditional island culture, like har-
vesting and dancing. She is also known for her portraits. Her


Renate and her latest painting of
Bonairean dancers

paintings hang in many private homes around the
world and in banks, government offices and com-
pany headquarters here on Bonaire.

Renate's work reaches a new dimension in this
show, sometimes mystical, mysterious and capti-
vating. Her work just gets better and better.
Cinnamon Art Gallery is located on Kaya A.P.L.
Brion #1,just off Kaya Grandi behind the Banco
di Caribe. Open weekdays from 9 am to noon, 2
to 5 pm. By appointment call 717-7103 or 786-
9563. Van der Byl's work will be on display until
January 5, 2005. O Wendy Horn/L.D.


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*to find it, just look up


Venus Has a
Super Close
Meeting
With Mars
and the
Moon Plays
'Hide the
Biggest
Planet'


Next
week
Venus and
Mars will have
a super close
meeting, plus
the Moon will actually hide Jupiter for about an hour and you can watch it all!
This Sunday morning, December, 5th, one hour before Sunrise, face southeast
where you'll see three planets, the brightest of which is our nearest neighbor,
8,000-mile-wide Venus. Huddled right next to it less than two full Moon widths
away, which is super close, you'll see much dimmer 4,000-mile-wide Mars. Di-
rectly above it is the king of the planets, 88,000-mile-wide Jupiter. And please
notice that Jupiter, Venus and Mars will all appear to be pretty much on an invisi-
ble line, a line we call the ecliptic, which is the path along which all the planets,
the Sun and the Moon appear to travel.
Now if you go out 24 hours later, on Monday the 6th, Venus and Mars will still
be almost as close to each other, but you'll notice that Venus is a little bit lower.
That's because Venus is getting ready to move downward toward the horizon
while Mars is getting ready to move up. In other words, they are in the process of
passing each other.
But you'll also notice that on that path of the planets, the ecliptic, Jupiter has
beenjoined by a beautiful waning crescent Moon. And this is where the fun is go-
ing to start because between midnight and dawn, Tuesday December 7th, the Moon
will actually pass over Jupiter and hide it for a half hour or so. Or, as astronomers
say, the Moon will occult Jupiter. If you have a small telescope it will be abso-
lutely fascinating to watch the entire process from the Moon's starting to cover
Jupiter to Jupiter coming out from behind it. I suggest you start watching around 2
am, Bonaire Sky Park time, Tuesday morning, December 7th. Sometime between
2 am and dawn the hide-the-planet process will occur, but the times will be differ-
ent wherever you happen to be.
Now you may recall that in July 2003 the Moon occulted Mars in a similar fash-
ion and the photographs that amateurs took all over the world were absolutely
spectacular. But I predict this will be even more beautiful because Jupiter is so in-
credibly huge as seen through even the cheapest department store telescope. Plus
you'll be able to watch its moons disappear and reappear one by one.
Now on Wednesday, the 8t, the Moon will be half way between Jupiter, Venus
and Mars, and you will see that Mars and Venus have pulled even farther apart. On
Thursday an exquisite 27-day-old Moon will be on a perfect line with Venus and
Mars. On Friday, if you can still find the Moon, it will be below them. Wow!
What a difference six days make because this is what Venus and Mars look like on
the 5th, and this is what they'll look like on the 10th. As you can see the planets
are always moving, and next week you'll have a front row seat! O Jack
Horkhimer


HAWE IT

For the week:
December 3-10, 2004
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen


ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Take time to talk things over. Travel for business or
pleasure. You will benefit by taking care of other people's concerns. You will have ex-
tra energy; put it to good use. Extravagance will be a problem. Your lucky day this
week will be Friday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) You may want to stay in the background this week.
Your outgoing charm and obvious talent will be admired. Trying to deal with your
mate will be unproductive and possibly hurtful. Your personal life will still be experi-
encing difficulties and you are best to avoid the issues for the time being. Your lucky
day this week will be Wednesday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Don't go out of your way, and don't let these unex-
pected guests cost you money. Your obviously unique way of doing things has caught
the eye of someone in a higher position. Lighten up your serious attitude. Insurance
pay outs, tax rebates, or just plain luck. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Don't be too pushy or demanding, or you may find
yourself all alone. Deception regarding joint finances or investments will cause upsets
between family members. Be courteous if you wish to avoid major delays. Children
could cost you more than you can afford. Your lucky day this week will be Wednes-
day.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Look into any educational activities involving the whole
family. Keep your feelings to yourself if you want to avoid embarrassment. Try to ease
any disappointment by making amends. You may find that you are a little lucky this
week. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Your financial situation may be draining and it's time to
make some serious changes. You will have a greater involvement in groups; however,
they may not be to your advantage. Look into alternate means of supporting your fi-
nancial burdens. Travel and communication will be lucrative for you. Your lucky day
this week will be Thursday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Take a close look at any contracts you've signed in order
to be sure exactly where you stand. Don't be too eager to buy things for those who
really don't deserve it. Get on with business. Be aware that a female you work with
may be trying to hold you back. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You can expect to face opposition on the home front.
You'll have amazing ideas, but superiors may try to block your attempts at implement-
ing them. Don't trust co-workers with important or personal information. Make plans
that will take you to exotic destinations. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Your stubbornness coupled with your mate's
jealousy don't make for a favorable time. Romantic opportunities are evident if you get
involved in large groups or organizations. Don't make accusations unless you are com-
pletely sure that you are correct. You will be in a high cycle regarding work. Your
lucky day this week will be Friday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) You will enjoy lavish forms of entertainment and
should consider making arrangements early. You won't impress anyone by being
overly generous. Your involvement in sports or entertainment will lead to new ro-
mances. Don't settle for less than the best. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You can get ahead if you present your ideas to supe-
riors. You must try to include your mate in your activities this week. Health problems
may prevail if you don't take care of them immediately. Your lack of attention may
have been a factor. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Don't hesitate to visit someone who hasn't been well. Be
precise in your communications to avoid any misunderstandings and arguments. You
can make progress if you deal with the right individuals. Don't be angry, but be on your
guard. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday. O


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