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A ntillean Justice
Minister Nor-
berto Ribeiro said during
his working visit to Bon-
aire almost a month ago,
"You will get the (anti-
crime) money for sure,
probably next week."
But as yet, almost a
month later, Bonaire has
not received any of the
promised minimum
amount of one million
The Minister explained
that a number of
"bureaucratic omissions"
were the reason why
Bonaire is still waiting.
On the positive side

funds have come directly
from the Netherlands for
the repair of the jail.
Reportedly, the police cells in Rincon
are almost complete and may go into
service by the end of the year.

A No wonder Air Holland flights
to Europe were such a bargain. Two
former managers of bankrupt Air Hol-
land, including Director Cees van Dor-
mal, have been arrested on charges of
laundering drug money. A part of the
25 million euros in drug money was
invested in the financially ailing airline,
reported Dutch newspapers last Tues-
day. A "line" was established to regu-
larly smuggle drugs into The Nether-

Governor Domacassi and Minister Ribeiro You
know there are no guilders in that envelope.

Air Holland flew between Amster-
dam, Curacao and St. Maarten from
August 2003 until the beginning of
2004 when it was declared bankrupt.
During their investigation at the homes
of the suspects, Dutch officials found
600 kilos of cocaine, 50,000 euros and
a firearm.
The Exel Aviation Group recently
bought parts of the bankrupt Air Hol-
land. Exel CEO Harm Prins said he
knew nothing about the drug case. "We
only dealt with the bankruptcy trustee,"
he told Dutch news agency ANP.

A Convicted politician Nelson
Monte is back in Bon Futuro Prison
in Curacao after being hospitalized
since October 24 because of kidney
problems caused by high blood pres-
Rather than his previous first-class
stay when his party was in power, this
time he is in third-class accommoda-
tions. Monte is serving a four-year sen-
tence for his involvement in corruption
in government companies. Monte is
also a suspect in the case surrounding
the evasion of the mandatory visa re-
quirement for prostitutes working at the
Campo Alegre brothel. No trial date has
yet been set for the case.

A The Central Government has
managed to cut NAf 28 million from
the 2005 budget, announced Prime
Minister Etienne Ys. The budget now
has a deficit of NAf150 million. The
budget will be presented to Parliament
for ratification shortly.

A Prime Minister Etienne Ys has
asked the Dutch Government to
"reconsider its position" and provide
more than the promised 12 Mare-
chaussees (Dutch military police). A
mixed Antillean/Dutch Committee re-
cently determined that St. Maarten
would receive three Marechaussees,
Curacao seven and Bonaire two. Antil-
lean Justice Minister Norberto Ribeiro
had initially asked for 49 Mare-
The Antilles wants the men not only
to be deployed at airports, as the Dutch
(Continued on page 4)


Prince Bernhard Obituary
Tsunamis on Bonaire
Rincon March6 Lustrum
Part of Capt. Don Back on Bonaire
Turtle Travels (STINAPA)
Fish Spawning
First Underwater Photo Expo
Playground Art
SGB News
Breaking World Records
Christmas Market at SGB
Where to Find the Reporter
Join the Triathlon
Dietitian (Diets)
Whacked Whale Goes to Museum
Bonaire Ambassadors (Sorobon)
Yoga (What Is Yoga)
Art for Fun (House Names and #s)


Flotsam & Jetsam
Police Update
Letter (Thank you, Marina)
Vessel List & Tide Table
Pet of the Week (Rockie)
Picture Yourself (San Francisco)
What's Happening
Micro Movie Review
Shopping & Dining Guides
On the Island Since
(Miriam Geerlings)
Bonaire Sky Park
The Stars Have It

Bonaire Reporter December 10 to December 17, 2004

Page 2

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: S.R.F.Coffie, Desiree, Dodo, Wilna Groenenboom,
Janice Huckaby, Jack Horkheimer, Greta Kooistra, Angelique
Salsbach, Dee Scarr, STCB, Michael Thiessen, Delno
Tromp, Marion Walthie
Features Editor: Greta Kooistra, Translations: Peggy Bakker,
Sue Ellen Felix
Production: Barbara Lockwood
Distribution: Yuchi Molina (Rincon), Elizabeth Silberie (Playa);
Housekeeping: Jaidy Rojas Acevedo. Printed by: DeStad Druk-

Bonaire Reporter December 10 to December 17, 2004

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Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued fom page 2)
Government has indicated, but also to
assist the local police forces.

A Reported in the Curaqao press:
Violence is becoming such a problem
in Curaqao that a group of inmates in-
side Bon Futuro Prison has announced
that criminals who needlessly hurt or
kill their victims will be taught a
painful lesson if they end up in jail.

A The breath analyzer test used to
measure the amount of alcohol con-
sumed by motorists cannot be used
in Antillean courts as legal evidence.
This was revealed during the case
against a 60-year-old Curaqao man who
ran over and killed a 34-year-old pe-
destrian on June 18. The defendant vol-
untarily took the test and registered 710
micrograms. The allowed amount is
220 micrograms. However, tests for
alcohol consumption, whether blood or
breath analyses, have not been regu-
lated by federal or island decree that is
required, according to article 24 section
10 of the new Road Traffic Ordinance
that went into effect in the year 2000.
Nevertheless, based on other evidence,
the defendant was convicted to 15
months in prison.

A Are there too few police in Bon-
aire to even protect Justice officials?
Last week both Judge Van den Brink
and Prosecutor Wesselius were furious
about the lack of police protection in
the courtroom.
Only Servisio di Seguridat i Vigilan-
sia (SSV) officials were at the court-
room entrance. Their function is to
search the persons entering the court-
room for weapons, check whether the
mobile phones were turned off, make
sure the people do not wear head cover-
ing and keep order during the sessions.
Last Monday, a 19-year old who was
sentenced to four years in jail for at-
tempted murder with a firearm became
very aggressive. There were no police
on the spot to restore order.

A According to Colorado State Uni-
versity Professor William Gray, next
year's Atlantic hurricane season will
again be more active than usual but is
unlikely to be a repeat of this year's
damaging series of storms. On the heels
of the most destructive season in more
than a decade, the 2005 season is an-
ticipated to produce 11 tropical storms
and hurricanes, slightly more than the
average, but four less than last year.
Next year's storms are also unlikely to
be as intense or to hit land as frequently
as this season's, which officially ended
on Tuesday. Tropical Storm Otto pe-
tered out Thursday after succeeding in
extending a mean and miserable Atlan-
tic hurricane season that showed the
Caribbean no mercy and inflicted bil-
lions in damage in America.
Bonaire experienced its closest call in
decades this past September when
mega-hurricane Ivan turned north less
than 50 miles from Bonaire. Ivan's
winds fluctuated during its life and it
reached Category 5 status on the Saffir-
Simpson Scale several times, with top
winds of 165 mph, making it the sea-
son's most powerful storm.
The team bases its forecasts on read-

ings of sea water temperatures, atmos-
pheric winds and pressures, the
strength of the El Nifio warm-water
phenomenon in the eastern Pacific and
other climate predictors.
Of the predicted 11 storms next year,
Gray said six will become hurricanes
and three of those will be major hurri-

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A It's nearly here and there may be
still time to reserve a place at Croc-
cantino Restaurant this Friday, De-
cember 10, for the "Big Jazz and
Tuscan Dinner" event, starting at 7
pm. Jazz pros from Curacao, Herchel
Rosario and Ronchi Matthews, will
team up with Guus Gerritsen, Bentje,
Lando and Linda Anthony. Tuscan
Chefs Fabrizio Bemardini and David
Bemardinia will create the four-course
menu. Call 717-7025 for reservations.
The evening is $45 per person.

Security Coordinator Named
he Executive Council has re-
cently appointed Sharlon Wil-
lems as Bonaire's first Security Coordi-
nator. His job is to coordinate law en-
forcement to improve the island's order
and safety. His appointment follows a
spate of violent crimes that shocked the
Willems was a former member of the
Bonaire police, first as policeman and
then detective. He went to Holland for
more training and belonged to the 1,300-
member South-Holland-South Police
and was involved in district police teams
in Dordrecht. He will encourage Bo-
naireans to prevent, report and fight
Police Brutality?
An incident last week has raised the
question of freedom of speech. Biologist
and ex-teacher Klaas Bakker, who runs
nature tours, had his bus broken into at
the Thousand Steps dive site last Mon-
day afternoon while he was snorkeling

with tourists. All the tourists' belong-
ings were stolen. Klaas is a slender,
older professor of biology who has been
conducting his tours for many years,
In protest against escalating crime in
Bonaire, Bakker parked his car in the Lt.
Governor's reserved spot at the Govern-
ment House. He held a sign with a pro-
test letter that the government should do
something about the thefts on the island.
In an overreaction, Bakker was
dragged away by the seven-person Zero
Tolerance Team. According to reports,
he was roughed up, held for a number of
hours and examined at the hospital
while under guard. Governor Doma-
cass6 said what the police did was ex-
Regarding the Sabadeco armed rob-
bery and assault, Prosecutor Wesselius
reports that the police believe that all
persons involved who were in the house
are now injail. The latest person ar-
rested was a 17-year-old male, R.F. Sus-
pects Elery Nicholaas and Sergio Mer-
cera reportedly confessed their crime to
the police.
Personnel of KLM reported to the po-
lice that there was a group of about 30
Russians aboard the plane causing a dis-
turbance and three of them were smok-
ing. As the plane landed, Prosecutor
Wesselius, Police Chief Daantje and
police were at the airport. Three of the
Russians were drunk and taken to jail.

Bonaire Reporter December 10 to December 17, 2004

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

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Dutch Prince Bernhard (center) is escorted by Queen Beatrix of the Nether-
lands (left) and her sister Princess Irene during the funeral service for his wife
Queen Juliana of the Netherlands in Delft in this March 30, 2004photo.


Dutch Prince Bernhard, whose
Prince Bernhard Fonds and
other charities supported many worth-
while programs in Bonaire, died last
Wednesday at 93.
The condition of the prince, who un-
derwent several operations for cancer-
ous tumors, had worsened in recent
weeks. He died at the Utrecht Univer-
sity Medical Centre. "The Prince was
taken in at the Utrecht University
Medical Centre with urgency in the

afternoon due to an increase of com-
plaints and a worsening condition," the
government said in a statement. "At the
hospital, in consultation with the
Prince, it was decided not to take fur-
ther measures. The prince's wish was
respected," the statement said.
Married to the late Dutch Queen
Juliana and father of Queen Beatrix, the
German born Prince was admired by
the Dutch for flying Spitfires for the
Allied forces during World War II. De-
spite his German heritage and role in
the pre-war German army, Bernhard
was also loved for his hard work in put-
ting the Netherlands back on its feet
after liberation.

"Prince Bernhard was a man who en-
joyed life. A vital man, who was active
up to an old age and continued to dedi-
cate himself for people and issues close
to his heart," Prime Minister Jan Peter
Balkenende said in a televised address.
There are ladies on Bonaire who re-
member how the prince flirted harm-
lessly with them.
Prince Bernhard was stripped of his
Dutch armed forces uniform and lead-
ership in 1976 when a parliamentary
commission found he had solicited
bribes to promote the sale of Lockheed
fighter planes in the Netherlands. The
scandal shocked the Dutch people and
nearly forced his wife to abdicate be-
fore a diplomatic solution was found.
Bernhard used his top-level contacts
for causes like the World Wildlife
Fund, where he was founding president
from 1962 to 1976.
Bernhard, Prince of Lippe-
Biesterfeld, was born on June 29, 1911,
in Jena, Germany. He went to school in
Berlin and studied law in Lausanne and
Munich. An adventurous traveler all his
life, he left Germany for Paris after
graduating in 1935. While in Paris, the
dashing young businessman was se-
lected by Dutch Queen Wilhelmina as a
suitable future husband for her only
daughter Juliana. They married in 1937
and had two children--Beatrix, the cur-
rent Dutch queen, and Irene--before
fleeing the Nazi invasion of the Nether-
lands for England in May 1940. Two
more daughters were born during and
after the war.
The Prince flew with the Royal Air

Force from 1942 to 1944 and helped
organize the Dutch resistance move-
ment. After 1944 he helped negotiate
the German surrender.
In the aftermath of World War II he
resisted the idea of a temporary lifting
of democratic governance.
Aware of the onslaught on the envi-
ronment by the accelerating growth of
mankind, he devoted endless time and
energy to the World Wildlife Fund.
Without any political power he earned
great international standing. His list of
achievements in service is impressive.
Prince Bernhard met the challenge of
his title. He should be remembered for
what he became: a true prince. DPress



While negative thoughts, words and
actions abound, compliments and kind
words seem harder to get off the
tongue. If anyone deserves them, it's
our self-appointed guardian of the
donkeys. From a lot of us, Marina,
thankyou for all you've done in get-
ting the donkeys off the streets, out of
town and out of our neighborhoods.
You've done a wonderful job and
your hard work, persistence and dedi-
cation are greatly appreciated, not
only by those of us whose lives are
not only more peaceful (and safer on
the road)...but probably by all your
donkeys as well! DH.S.

a0 ______________________

Bonaire Reporter December 10 to December 17, 2004

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Do you think that Bon-
aire is exempt from
the effects of a tidal wave or,
more properly named, a
"tsunami?" Well think again.
The coast of Bonaire, espe-
cially Klein Bonaire, the
"flats' near Spelonk on the
east and Tolo on the west
coast, tell a detailed story in
the rocks that litter the land-
scape of past monster
Occurring in all oceans Two vie
of the world, tsunamis
may form locally and
strike quickly, as in the
1918 wave that was
caused by an earthquake
in the underwater Mona
Canyon 10 miles north-
west of Puerto Rico ad-
jacent to the area where
one of our nesting sea
turtles, Schille, is currently living. Or
they may travel vast distances, as in the
1755 tsunami that formed off Lisbon,
Portugal, and slammed into the Carib-
bean islands of Antigua, Saba and St.
Martin hours later. The massive swells
may speed across the open ocean at
more than 500 mph.
Ninety-one tsunamis have been re-
ported in the region since Colum-
bus's time. Scientists have verified 27
as true tsunamis and nine more as very
likely true. The impact of a strike on a
populated area can be catastrophic. By
some estimates, as many as 1,800 peo-
ple were killed by the tsunami that
struck the northeast coast of the Do-
minican Republic, just across the Mona
Passage from Puerto Rico, on August 4,
1946. Recent data records 20 tsunamis
in the last 100 years. That's one every
five years on average.

Because of its climate and natural
beauty, the Caribbean coastal regions
have thousands of residents and most of
its tourists. While most everyone who
lives in this region is fully aware of the
hurricane threat and is, to a great extent,
prepared for dealing with the hurricane
hazard, on the contrary, most of the
people living in this region are not in-
formed as to what has been very nicely
described as "the forgotten hazard,"

which is the tsunami. And while Bon-
aire seems to have dodged many hurri-
canes it has no climactic dispensation
from tsunamis.
A few years ago Bonaire became con-
cerned about the active submarine vol-
cano, Kick'em Jenny, close to the is-
lands of the southeastern Caribbean
(just 10 km north of Grenada). Past
eruptions during the last century (1939
and 1965) resulted in observed deep
water tsunamis, with the one in 1939
being measured as 1 meter high (http://
html). The concern is such that, for the
first time, the Caribbean Development
Bank is funding a monitoring program
of the underwater volcano. However,
luckily for the nearby islands, its rum-
blings did not produce tsunamis.
Tsunamis are a true threat to the Car-
ibbean region and, depending upon
their strength and travel direction, to
North Atlantic shores beyond. Accord-
ing to Jim Lander of the University of
Colorado, "since 1530, tsunamis have
caused more deaths in the Caribbean
than in Alaska, Hawaii, and the US
east coast combined." Tsunami
sources include volcanic activity, sub-
marine landslides and tectonic move-
ments of the seabed.
Tsunamis are generated when these

geologic events cause large, rapid
movements in the sea floor that displace
the water column above. That swift
change creates a series of high-energy
waves that radiate outward like pond
ripples. Offshore tsunamis would strike
the adjacent shorelines within minutes
and also cross the ocean at almost the
speed of sound to strike distant shores.
In 1946, a tsunami was initiated by an
earthquake in the Aleutian Islands of
Alaska. In less than 5 hours, it reached
Hawaii with waves as high as 55 feet
and killed 173 people.
Tsunami waves can continue for
hours. The first wave can be followed
by others a few minutes or a few hours
later, and the later waves are commonly
To find out how big the tidal waves
were that hit Bonaire in past times, we
asked Anya Scheffers, a post-doctorate
scientist at Essen University in Duis-
berg, Germany. Anya, in her studies for
The Institute for Geography, has spent
considerable time on Bonaire and the
surrounding islands. "The weight of
the boulder that was moved, can, with
mathematics, determine the height of
the wave that was required to move it,"
she explained. Around Spelonk are two
huge boulders, 137 tons and 126 tons,
that were once a single larger boulder.
A 12m (40') tsunami would be required
to move them, and if they were a single
rock a 23m (76') wave would be neces-
sary to move their combined weight of
263 tons. The rocks are hundreds of
meters from the present shoreline.

What about hurricanes, we asked,
couldn't they have moved the rocks.
"No," says Anya. "Hurricanes just
don't have the force. Hurricane Lenny
brought ashore 2 to 3-ton boulders on
average with a 7-tonner being the
heaviest. This year Hurricane Ivan
moved 25-30 ton boulders in
Washikemba, but these weren't from
the sea bed. The largest moved by Ivan,
which was at maximum category 5
strength as it approached Bonaire,
moved a 45-ton rock. Based on my cal-
culations an 11m (36') high sea wave
was required to do that."
Right now there is no tsunami alert
network in the Caribbean. One has been
proposed. What should be done to pre-
pare Bonaire for tsunamis as other is-
lands do for hurricanes? To their credit
the Dutch Army conducted relief-
providing exercises that were based on
Bonaire being inundated by a tidal
Bonaire should take advantage of the
ease that these ancient tsunami tossed
rocks can be observed by establishing a
"Tsunami Park" in Spelonk (Bonaire's
Bolivia area). A parcel of 300m from
the water's edge for a distance of 500m
south of the Spelonk lighthouse should
do to capture the spirit of the rugged
past. Perhaps the owners of the land
will donate it to the people of Bonaire?
G G.D.

Next Week: Are tsunamis responsible
for Bonaire's "missing reef?" Perhaps.
Learn about it in the next Reporter.

Bonaire Reporter December 10 to December 17, 2004

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his Saturday, December 11, the very popular Rincon Marsh6 open market
will celebrate their 5th year (First Lustrum) at 11 am. All the stands will
be set up, selling handcrafts, local sweets, barbeque, foods and drinks, plants, can-
dles, gifts, you-name-it. There's always a warm welcoming feeling from the
friendly stand holders. That's one of the reasons these weekly marshes have been
such a success and have continued every Saturday. They start early in the morning
at 6 am, to serve breakfast, Rincon style, and stay open until mid-afternoon. OL.D.

Ladies at last year's Christmas Marshe.

Bonaire Reporter December 10 to December 17, 2004

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We can expect to see Captain
Don Stewart, Bonaire's div-
ing pioneer, back on Bonaire within a
few weeks. However, his troublesome
leg has already returned.
Readers will recall that last week we
mentioned that Captain Don, having
been air-ambulanced to Curaqao for
treatment of low blood pressure, once
restored to his former health, decided
to do something about the leg that had
been a problem since injuring it while
attempting to salvage the wreck of the
Sterke Yerke 25 years ago. And in-
deed he did. After conferring with the
doctors he agreed that it should go.
Last Wednesday, December 1st, it was
surgically removed below the knee at
St. Elizabeth's Hospital.
Captain Don never forgot that over
40 years ago Curaqao declared him
persona non grata and he had to set
sail for Bonaire. It was an event that
changed his life and the future of Bon-
aire. Since Don plans to return to Bon-
aire after some more healing, physio-
therapy and being fitted for a prosthesis
there was a question of what to do with
the detached leg. One thing was for
sure; he didn't want it to stay on the
island that threw him out.
Captain Don, from his hospital bed
in Curaqao declared, "There will be no
part of Captain Don left behind! I love
Bonaire too much to leave any of my-
self anywhere else." Enlisting the aid of
his old friend, Lilyann Stewart de
Guiss, he dispatched his leg, the one no

Jack Chalk, Annette Roswell and the
gravedigger watch as Janet Thibault
drops in a handful ofBonaire soil.

longer attached, to Bonaire for a decent
burial. Last Saturday at the Protestant
Cemetery, at the site of the Captain's
future resting place, there was a burial
of his amputated leg and foot. A group,
led by Janet Thibault, dearest partner of
the Captain, was on hand for the brief
ceremony, and each tossed in a handful
of Bonaire soil. It was a bit sad but it
was far more joyful because everyone
realized that when the Captain returns
in a few weeks, it will be without the
pain that has plagued him for years. O


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Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire (STCB) is confident that 'STINAPA,' our
female Green turtle, is indeed back home. Her radio signals show she is
swimming in the same general area day after day. She is currently 80 km off the
coast of Nicaragua in a feeding area with coral at a relatively shallow depth. In her
29 days of travel, 'STINAPA' covered almost 2,100 km (1,300+ miles), sometimes
swimming as much as 100 km in a single day! With all her meandering she now
holds the title of "Longest Distance Traveled" of all of Bonaire's radio-equipped
sea turtles. For now, there will no longer be updates on 'STINAPA.' If her status
changes, we will let you know. We still have one more turtle to track this season,
the fourth, 'Funny.' 'Funny' is still hanging around off Klein Bonaire and we will
start posting updates when she departs.
Earlier this year, a female Loggerhead 'Extra' was tracked from her nesting
beach at Klein Bonaire to her feeding area off the coast of Honduras, over 1500 km
away. Male Hawksbill 'Tom' headed towards the northeastern Caribbean, over 600
km from Klein Bonaire before his signal was lost.
Last year both of the tracked turtles, 'Schilie' and 'Nautila' headed north toward
the Dominican Republic, then on to nearby feeding grounds. It seems the turtles
are a bit like some of our tourists. Then "work" elsewhere but come to Bonaire
every few years for some fun.
The turtle tracking works through signals sent out by the transmitter, which is
switched on whenever the turtle comes to the surface to breathe. O STCB/G.D.

Bonaire Reporter December 10 to December 17, 2004

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Interested in watching fish spawn?
You just need to be in the right place at
the right time- whether with scuba or
snorkel -- and know what you 're see-

T he fish I most often see spawn-
ing are parrotfish.
Clues include: two parrotfish (rather
than a foraging group of three or more)
paying attention to each other (rather
than nibbling rocks), usually 10 feet or
more up off the bottom. One of the fish
will be dull gray or gray and white in
color, the other brightly colored. In
parrotfish the female is almost always
dull colored while the male is marked
with bright blues, greens, pinks, and/or
yellows. When you see such paired-off
parrotfish, hover in the water and
watch. They'll circle a bit, and maybe
he'll chase her. They might dart away
from each other, but don't despair.
They'll usually circle and begin inter-
acting again. Eventually, together,
they'll face upward and swim up in an
especially wriggly way, and you might
notice the cloud in the water from their
simultaneous release of eggs and sperm
(gametes). The instant the gametes are
ejected, the parent fish bolt downwards.
In some subtle way, the moment they
eject gametes the two fish cease relat-
ing to each other. She resumes forag-
ing routinely once she reaches the bot-

If you missed the actual spawning,
don't worry: the male often begins
courting another female almost imme-
Several years ago Dr. Eugenie Clark
did some studies on razorfish living in

the shallow
waters along
One reason
razorfish are
so rewarding
to study is
that they
spawn every
single day. If
you're will-
ing to make a
little effort to
see fish
razorfish are
your fish.
First you
need to be able to recognize razorfish,
which are side-to-side-flattened
wrasses. (Check them out in a fish I.D.
book such as Humann's ReefFishes).
Rosy and Green razorfish are 3" to 6"
long. The third Atlantic/Caribbean ra-
zorfish species is the Pearly, which
grows to about 9" in length on Bonaire.
Razorfish are fascinating to watch
even when they're not spawning be-
cause one of their common behaviors is
to abruptly dive -- right down into the
sand! Where they dive is not random,
but rather a "dive site" in which they
keep the sand loosely packed. From
sunset to sunrise they sleep in their dive

sites too.
So, since razorfish seek sanctuary be-
neath sand, to find a colony of razorfish
you'll have to find some sand. I've
seen razorfish colonies on coarse sand
bottoms as well as fine, densely packed
sand, and in depths down to about 35'.

We've found them at Red Slave, off
Bonaire's entire harbor area, and even
in Lac Bay. At these depths, razorfish
spawn during the two hours prior to
their sunset bedtime "dives." Once
you've found your razorfish colony,
arrive early and watch from the surface
off to the side. Alternatively, you can
find a place on the sand where there's
no coral and no razorfish dive sites and
rest there as motionlessly as possible.
After a short time the razorfish will re-
sume their regular activities.
Pearly and Green males maintain har-
ems, with as many as seven females.
Each female supervises a mini-territory
within her male's territory. He spawns
with each of his mates every single day
in the two hours before sunset. Find a
male (both Pearly and Green males are
a little bigger than the females and have
a spot on each side) and watch him.
He'll check on his females, one at a
time, and do little wriggle-upward dis-
plays ("see what we could do?").

Eventually each female stops foraging,
watches his displays and joins her mate
in the synchronized upward swim
which results in the cloud of gametes.

If the Rosy razorfish had harems or
any social groupings or protected any
territories, we didn't see any evidence
of it. But like their relatives, the Rosies
spawn daily in the two hours prior to
sunset. The males seem to court any
likely female, and there's a lot more
movement throughout the colony than
with the other species of razorfish.
Ta dah! You've seen fish spawning,
on the day of your choice and the time
of the razorfish's choosing. Not only
have you seen spawning, but you've
seen the kind of paying-attention-to-
each-other behaviors, exaggeratedly-
wriggling, dashing-upwards behaviors,
and circling-side-by-side behaviors that
are so commonly a part of fish spawn-
ing. The next time you see those be-
haviors, you'll recognize them and stick
around and watch and understand what
you're seeing. Remember, it's not vo-
yeurism, it's science! ODee Scarr

KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
12-1011:18 2.1FT. 20:49 0.8FT. 81
12-11 11:58 2.2FT. 21:46 0.7FT. 92
12-12 12:43 2.2FT. 22:33 0.6FT. 99
12-13 13:34 2.2FT. 23:14 0.6FT. 103
12-1414:23 2.1FT. 23:55 0.6FT. 101
12-15 0:34 0.6FT. 15:21 2.0FT. 96
12-16 1:12 0.7FT. 16:14 1.9FT. 87
12-17 1:40 0.8FT. 17:20 1.7FT. 76

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Bonaire Reporter December 10 to December 17, 2004

Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 4.

A In connection with Bon-
aire's "Protect Our Turtles"
campaign, a special mailbox
was set up at the TCB
(Tourism Corporation Bonaire)
where children can deposit let-
ters, drawings and ideas. A pri-
mary school monthly newspa-
per dedicated to the campaign
is also being published, with
puzzles, games and comics
about sea turtles. The newspa-
per is part of the "Protect our
Sea Turtles" campaign, the Sea
Turtle Conservation Bonaire
(STCB), Fundashon Pa Bon
Koral and STINAPA to organ-
ize educational activities to
make children aware of the ne-
cessity of protecting sea turtles.
The December edition will fo-
cus on the different kinds of
sea turtles present in the waters
around Bonaire. More informa-
tion on the campaign or for
copies of the newspaper con-
tact STINAPA, telephone 717-

ington Park
Simal ad-
vises that
after some
repairs dur- .
ing the last
two days,
the short
route in
Park can be
traveled by
motor vehi-
cles again
the condi- Sediment from the heavy rains has had its effect as you can see.
tion of the
road is far from perfect, so ONLY jeeps, pick up trucks and vans with high
clearance can drive on it. You do not need 4x4 vehicles.
The bad conditions of the roads are truly compensated by the luxurious vegeta-
tion, amount of water and birds in the salifias.
A bicycle trip to explore the rejuvenated Park is planned for next Saturday at
7:30 am. Meet at the Park gate. More info in Happenings, page 19.

TCB's Rolando Marin and Eveline Marchena

A Aruba Television Broadcasting N.V. (ATV) was here last week shooting
footage in the kitchen of the SGB Hotel School, Chez Nous. Brigette Katelaan
and camerman Arjen Ellens are putting together a piece on the hotel school chefs
from the ABC islands who spent four weeks in October in Italy studying cuisine,
Italian style. Being interviewed above is teacher Vernon Martijn..The team will be
filming hotel school students on the other islands as well as showing the features
each island has to offer. In Bonaire they'll film kayaking through the mangroves
and windsurfing. The film will be shown on TeleCuraqao in January. OL.D.

A The Bonaire Caribbean Club at Hilltop on the tourist road just added this
pleasant "watering hole" and snack bar at the front of the hotel. If you're head-
ing north to see Bonaire, stop in and get hydrated and relaxed. The hotel is located
opposite STINAPA/Marine Park HQ near the Oil Slick Leap dive site. O G/L.D.

Bonaire Reporter December 10 to December 17, 2004

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Governor Domacassi

tends to put an ancient cash register at
the bottom of the sea. The waterproof
ticket has a map to guide you in view-
ing the huge underwater canvasses.
You can also buy a brochure for $30,
and even that is a well thought out and
special gadget. It's a small waterproof
"Pelican" dive case with all the photo-
graphs sealed and numbered, corre-
sponding to the numbers on the map.
With this case you can take part in a
lottery with prizes that include an all-
expense paid holiday in Bonaire for two
for two weeks, including round trip
tickets Amsterdam-Bonaire, hotel and
diving. Second prize is a plasma TV
screen. Third is a round-trip to your
hometown in Holland. The drawing will

one in the world. "It's a
positive piece of public rela-
tions for the island." Domacass6 contin-
ued, "With this kind of opportunity
Bonaire can 'come out of the box!'
And," the Governor said, "I'm thinking
of keeping the exposition permanently."
Shaking hands he congratulated Ros for
his tremendous piece of artwork. Fred
Ros handed the Governor the Bonaire
Government seal to add to the sponsors'
Ros gave special thanks to STINAPA
and the Bonaire Marine Park. Without
their cooperation this piece of work
would have never been accomplished.
Both organizations worked with him on
a tryout last June and gave their ap-
proval that the exposition wouldn't
harm the corals and underwater life.

This golden eyed inquisitive cat
is "Rockie." Rockie is only
eight months old but already she's
given birth to four grey kittens, two of
which have been adopted. But now
that she raised her kittens she's back in
shape and ready to be a perfect com-
panion to the right person. Her owner
said they couldn't keep her and her
kittens any longer and brought them all
into the Shelter. Maybe five was just
too many. But Rocky is a personality
on her own affectionate and smart.
She's in perfect health, has had her
shots and testing and is ready to go.
She's at the Bonaire Animal Shelter on
the Lagoen Road, open Monday
through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm. Tel.
Why is it so many of us are fasci-
nated by cats? Maybe it's because they
remind us of the jungle cats whom
they so resemble their sinuous move-
ments, they're rarely in a rush, the way

Fred said that he could have never
accomplished this without the driving
force of his "mirror," Jan Welten (who
lives partly in Bonaire and Holland),
with whom he discusses and holds all
his projects 'against the light.'
Among the 38 sponsors were four es-
pecially mentioned by Ros: his friend
Hans van Dijk of Vertical Vision (NL),
who printed the images on the huge and
specially treated canvasses; Bonaire
Fun Travel who financially supported
the project; Bonaire Exel for the tickets
and transporting the loads of materials;
and of course Wannadive's Roeland
and Bart for their underwater support.
Ros says it would never have happened
without the other sponsors.

The next day I dove the Expo myself
to see what it's all about. What I found
going down on the sandy reef was the
impressive sight of the canvas boards.
The influence of the sun makes it thrill-
ing and exciting, especially on one of
the images of the landscape of Antarc-
tica. The sun in the photograph is shin-
ing at you intensely. Then there's the
extraordinary experience of feeling the
cold and clean air of Antarctica while
drifting in the crystal blue and warm
waters of Bonaire.
Another special effect you get is an

they stretch out so languorously or
hang draped over a branch, their self
confidence and bearing. But then even
though they are such free spirits they
can also be loving and appreciative.
Many believe that cats are psychic and
can read your mind. People who live
with cats will understand this. So the
next time you see a cat better think
positive thoughts about it. OL.D.

image of a cave which leads to the
ocean. The underwater tour takes about
40 minutes.
Actually it's best to see the exhibit
more than once because the changing
position of the sun gives a different
view of the two-sided canvasses. In the
morning sun the images pointing to-
wards the beach are bright and impres-
sive, but in the shadow side they take
on a sinister aspect. And don't let the
"brother" of Fred scare you...It's just a
dressed-up doll. (It was face down on
the bottom during my dive. Some
Some of the canvasses are placed at
only four meters deep (12') so snorkel-
ers will be able to sample the show.
The photographs which are displayed
are mainly from Ros' projects: "One
Day of 480 Hours at Antarctica," "One
Hundred Feet Above the Wad" (Dutch
island of Terschelling), some views of
Prague (Tsjechie) and of course some
colorful pictures of Bonaire.
Anyway, the best thing to do is to see
for yourself what effect the "moving
light in an unlimited territory" does
to you personally. O Marion Walthie

The "Forty Feet Under the Sea Expo"
will be at Bongo's Beach until Febru-
ary 1.

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S GB students are working on a turtle
mosaic for the wall of the play-
ground at Playa Pabou. According to art
teacher Wilna Groenenboom this mosaic
is a trial one. The school will be buying
new tiles in order to have a more colorful
background and be more weatherproof
Students are from SBO and SPW, 17 and
18-year olds, who are learning to work
with children, older people and the handi-
capped. Teachers are Helen Chiang and
Wilna Groeneboom.
Students working on the project are De-
siree Frans, Dietrich Winklaar, Sharellen
Richardson, Sarai Reinoso, Cristina
Dominguez, Friso Framsma, Terence
Bemabela, Denise Ellis, Yurley Castel-
Hopefully the mosaic will be finished
for the public to see by this Saturday, De-
cember 11. Wilna Groenenboom/L.D.

A Job Well Done! Last Saturday, December 4, students did a cleanup on Kaya
Industria to earn money for field trips. They were paid by Marisela Croes, owner
of Rocargo and Benetton.

Other SGB Activities:
Twenty students from the Havo Four Class are working to raise money to send
themselves on a field trip to St. Martin in May

Nine students from Havo Five are doing the same in order to make a cultural and
educational visit to Curaqao January 27 to 30. They'll be visiting schools, compa-
nies and industries to observe and to help them in their future career plans. O L.D.

Bonaire Reporter December 10 to December 17, 2004

Page 12

day, De-
cember 10,
at the sta-
dium in
Playa there
will be two
attempts to
break exist-
ing Guin-
ness World
Records by
the 950
(from 48
classes) of the SGB (high school). During the school's "Play Day," as part of team
building, all the students in different colored shirts will come together to display
"the World's Largest Living Bonairean Flag." Then, with the addition of teachers,
security people enough to make 1,000 the students will create the World's
Largest Human Conveyor Belt." Everyone will be on their knees, lined up in front
of each other, and a windsurf board (or stretcher) with a person lying on it will be
passed overhead from person to person.
The teachers concocting these ideas are shown above: (L to R): Ben Vrie-
sema (History), Herma Ver Linden (Art, Health), Edi Carolina (English,
Dutch, Papiamentu), Willie Dijkstra (Tourism, Hospitality, Health) and Sipke
Stapert (Physical Education). Guno Gerling, not shown, (Social Science). The
idea for the human conveyor belt came from Head of School, Peter Haak.
As teacher Ben Vriezema says, "This may be a small island, but it sure can think
big and globally!"
The Play Day starts at 7:30 am with all the students marching to the Stadium be-
hind a brass band. There will be games, food and drinks as well as the world re-
cord breaking awesome events. Thanks go to Cultimara, City Caf6 and Hotel
Rocheline for their generous donations for Play Day. OL.D



n Thursday, December 16th,
Scholengemeenschap Bonaire
(SGB) will have its Third Christmas
Market. All classes of the SGB will
either perform on the stage or will be
selling articles or services, competi-
tively priced, from stands. In most cases
these articles and services are made by
the students themselves, giving visitors
the opportunity to see what skills the
students are learning.
There will be art works made of wood
or metal, delicious snacks and tasteful
foods, Christmas decorations, makeup
(schmink) and manicure services. There
is also a class that will offer games and
activities, especially a very original
Ookey Spooky Ghost House. These
games can be played with the entire
family, so bring the kids.
There will be second hand books and
information made available by the par-
ents committee. There will be dance
performances, Christmas carols, a mini
play and many more surprise acts! All
the students will get the chance to show
what they are good at. All the money
raised by the students will be used for
their own class projects, so they have an
incentive to do their very best for this
Christmas market.
The famous Tio Roly will be there
together with his group, 'Inspiration,' to
delight visitors with Christmas songs.
All acts are performed on a podium
mnadr hr SCR 'Q ver owni talenter te h-

nical stu- 3
dents, and
all Christ-
mas lightning is in the hands of the
skilled students of electro at SGB!
This great Christmas market is at the
SGB on December 16th from 18.30 to
22.30. Entry is NAf1 per person and
there is also a door prize from Bonair-
Exel. You must be present to win. If
not, another winner will be picked!
Come one, come all to support this
great activity and the students of SGB.
For questions call Ms. Coffie on 717-
4428 / 09-5277145. S.R.F.Coffie,
MBA (Coordinator Christmas market).

Bonaire Reporter December 10 to December 17, 2004

Page 13

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

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and business information source on
Bonaire. Telephone (599) 717-7160.
For on-line yellow pages directory in-
formation go to http://www.

sultation, Supervision, Hypnotherapy,
Psychotherapy Drs. Johan de Korte,
Psychologist, Phone: 717-6919

Trees and Plants, Bonaire grown.
8000m2 of plants and nursery. Spe-
cializing in garden/septic pumps and
irrigation. Kaminda Lagoen 103, Is-
land Growers NV (Capt. Don and
Janet). Phone: 786-0956 or 787-0956

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Interior or exterior design advice,
clearings, blessings, energy healing
China trained, Experienced. Inexpen-
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Needed: An experienced babysitter
for a 7-month old sweet baby, 2 days
a week. Also a playpen (baby-box)
plus baby-camping bed. Please call
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We want to buy 40 ft container, in
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Need right away:
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Gas stove
Cement mixer
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times. Call Croccantino Restaurant
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HELP WANTED- Part time
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Restaurant Helper wait tables,
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High End Road Bicycle with 60.5cm
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components, two sets of wheels,
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Chevy Engine, 400hp, good condition,
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Classic Sailor
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San Franciso, California

T he story behind this picture is and phone. When they met again in San
love. Roger Willems has lived Francisco, they took this picture with
and worked on Bonaire since Septem- the Golden Gate Bridge in the back-
ber 2002. Last Christmas he met Chris ground and The Bonaire Reporter in
Corwin, who lives in San Francisco. the foreground. Soon Chris will move
Since then they have been visiting each to Bonaire. Story to be continued... 1
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I t's the Sec-
ond Annual
(swimming, cy-
cling, running)
sponsored by
Jong Bonaire,
Saturday and
Sunday, Decem-
ber 18 and 19.
But there's a dif-
ference. In this
Triathlon one per-
son doesn't have
to necessarily do
all three sports.
You can split a
them up among
others. But to
promote more
sports among the
youth of the is-
land it's hoped
that each team
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ook ar d d Getting read for theJong-Bonaire Triahalon
Runners Andrea Simal and Stephany Rommy; Swimmer
put together your Javis Weyman; Biker Papito Lugo
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There are four different types of teams: 1. Mixed team, adults and kids, 2. Indi-
vidual men, 3. Individual women, 4. Individual kids
On Saturday at City Caf6 all contestants register at 5:30 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 NAf 15.
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
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T here are hun-
dreds different
kinds diets nowadays,
and most of them can
lead to successful
weight loss if you fol- *
low them exactly as /
they are designed. But
this doesn't mean that
the foods that fit into
these diets are neces-
sarily healthy. Most of
the time you must fol-
low these diets for a short period of
time and change your eating pattern
drastically to fit the diet rules. The re-
sults: you lose weight, but then when
you return to your old eating patterns
you gain that weight back again. The
weight that you worked so hard to lose
comes back, so you return to a diet.
You lose weight once more, and go up
and down, up and down, like an eleva-
tor. You can become a slave to diets.
So think about eating healthy and
having a healthy lifestyle instead.
Think about changing your eating
habits into healthy ones rather than
doing a two or three-week "crash
diet." When you start by changing
your eating habits you are attacking the
cause of your overweight. And should-
n't we start with the cause?
Eating healthy makes you feel good
physically and emotionally. You have
energy and enjoy every day. By eating
healthy you are promoting your own
good health.


The closer a food is to its natural
state, the better it is for you. Fresh
fruits contain lots of vitamins and min-
erals and will satisfy a craving for
sweets. Eat lots of vegetables every
day, three to four serving spoons.
Choose yellow, green and orange vege-
tables. Steam them to retain the most
nutritional value. Be careful with
sauces; always choose the low fat ones.
Any starches or complex carbohy-
drates, like bread, pasta, rice, etc,
should be high in fiber and whole
grain. Complex carbohydrates that are
high in fiber contain vitamins and min-
Avoid sugar and sugary snacks and
cakes as much as possible. Eat them
only occasionally.
Stick to water as your main beverage.
If you get tired of plain water add a
slice of lemon or lime to add a touch of
flavor. Avoid high sugar beverages like
sodas, instant drinks, etc. Herbal and
fruit teas are also sugar free. Choose

100% fruit juices instead of "fruit
drinks" and "nectar drinks." Read the
labels to be sure.
Shop for lean meats and skinless
poultry and don't forget fish. Remem-
ber, the serving size of meat is 100
grams uncooked weight and 75 grams
cooked weight. Fish contains the good
types of fat so try to have fish at least
two to three times a week. Limit your
eating of processed lunch meats like
hot dogs, bacon, sausage, cold cuts, etc.
Pick the less fat versions and with limi-
Use little margarine or oil when
cooking 15 grams= 1 tablespoon per
person- and use low fat cooking tech-
niques like stir-frying, baking, stewing,
grilling, etc.
Choose low fat or fat free milk and
milk products instead of fatty ones.
Remember to eat a variety of foods.
Give new foods a try even if you think
you may not like them. Create varia-
tions with different kinds of fruits and
vegetables mixed with grains, etc.
Once you learn what foods are good
for you, you need to look at what the
recommended daily quantities are for
your age, and of course you need also
to look at your eating habits.

Do you eat because you are bored, sad
or happy?
Do you snack in front of the TV with-
out even giving it much thought?
Are most of your meals eaten at home
or in restaurants?
How often do you eat fast food?
Do you like to cook?
Do you skip breakfast or lunch, then
overeat later in the day?
How big are the portions you eat?
Do you crave sweets?

Do these questions sound familiar? If
they do, then you should start focusing
on how to change these bad habits into
good and healthy ones. IAngelique


he Bonai group, an after school
study program which involves
teens in cultural anthropology, pre-
Colombian archeology and historical
archeology, has an exciting new project.
They will be reconstructing the bones of
a whale that arrived in Bonaire, impaled
on the bow of the ship Nieuw Amster-
dam in January 2000. (Bonaire Re-
porter Jan. 18, 2000, "Whale
Whacked") The final product will end
up as an exhibit at the museum in
Washington Park.
Since the time it arrived the remains
of the whale have been resting and de-
composing at the Cargill Salt Company.
It was decided to take it to the salt com-
pany rather than the landfill due to its
intense stench. Cargill has donated a
container for the reconstruction work
which has begun in front of the Bonaire
Museum and SKAL (foundation for

literature and culture) building. The
project is being funded by the Prince
Bernard Funds in Holland. According to
the Bonaire Marine Park report at the
time the whale was a 40 foot (12 meters
plus) long adult Tropical or Bryde's
Whale (Balenopptra edeni), locally
called a Bayena Tompoes.
The Bonai group, led by archeologist
Dr. Jay Haviser, is a pilot project for the
rest of the Antilles.
Thanks to all the organizations and
people who helped put this whole pro-
ject together. You might say the whale
gave his life for a good cause. OL.D.

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This group of visitors makes the Sorobon Beach Resort their home
while on Bonaire (L to R):
and Gerry Huisman, The Netherlands; AWARDED BRONZE: John and
Betty Marlow, Texas, USA

t's been awhile since we've pub-
lished photos of the wonderful
people whose visits to Bonaire year
after year make it the successful tourist
destination it is. The TCB (Tourism
Bureau) honors repeat visitors by nam-
ing them honorary Bonaire Ambassa-

Lucy Wegiel
Glenn and Lucy tell us, "We were

told not to go to Bonaire in general,
and in particular, not to go to Sorobon,
because there was nothing there. This
became a challenge for us! Boy, were
we wrong!! We soon discovered that
this incredible island and the quaint
resort (Sorobon Beach Resort) have
everything that anyone can need, and
more! Unspoiled, Unhurried, Unforget-
table. And that's why 10 years and al-
most 20 trips later, we keep coming
Gerry Huisman, The Netherlands
Cor and Gerry Huisman from Hol-
land have been coming to Sorobon
Beach Resort for 15 years and they still
love it! They used to go to Curaqao
also, but this year they have chosen to
stay on Bonaire only. Cor is also the
oldest guest of Sorobon and is 81 years

Betty Marlow, Texas, USA
John and Betty Marlow visit Bonaire
and Sorobon Beach Resort twice each
year and have been coming since 1995.
They live in Texas, but they say the
trip, which is not always easy, is al-
ways worth it! One year they even
rented a private plane to come to Bon-
aire from Aruba because ALM was not
flying, and they didn't want to spend
the night on Aruba! That is loyalty! 1
Delno Tromn

inaire Ieporter uecemier 1lu to uecemier i /,

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New! Usually 9:00pm
(Jude Law)

Early Show (usually 7pm)
The Forgotten

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

SATURDAY 4 PM Shark Tale


Seen recently in
Movieland Cinema:
"The Forgotten" by Jo-
seph Ruben, starring ,
Julianne Moore and Domi-
nic West.

T here's absolutely nothing wrong
with looking at Julianne Moore
for one and a half hours. She is gor-
geous and a terrific actress, but that's
about the sole attraction in this movie.
It starts out well, the suspense builds
and you wonder where it's gonna go,
but then, as the story develops, you
find out that it's going nowhere.
And in the end, when the credits fi-
nally do roll, you can't help but won-
der what this was all about. O Dodo

Friday, December 10 Big Jazz and
Four-Course Tuscan Dinner at
Croccantino Restaurant in the Gar-
den, 7 pm. $45 per person. Reserva-
tions at 717-7025
Saturday, December 11-Rincon
Marshe Special 5-year Celebration,
11 am, Rincon
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 in-
vited. Longer walkers start at Wilhel-
mina 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

Friday, December 10 SGB Play
Day for students at the Stadium -
see page 13

Saturday, Dec 11, Bike trip through
Washington Park. Meet at the Park
gate at 7:30 am. Bring water and en-
ergy food. For more information call
717-8814 or 717-8800.
Thursday, December 16- SGB
Christmas Market entertainment,
food, crafts, etc. 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm,
at the high school. See page 13

This week through- Jan 27, 2005
First ever exhibition of artwork under-

water "40 Feet Underwater": Mov-
ing Light into an Unlimited Terri-
tory," Dutch artist Fred Ros. At the
dive site Front Porch, located at Bon-
gos Beach at Eden Beach Resort. En-
trance Fee $5 (Bonaireans free)

Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhel-
mina Park on Cruise Ship Visiting
Days: Dec. 9, 10 -Legacy, Dec. 12-
Silver Whisper, Queen Mary 2; Dec.
14-Aida Vita; Dec. 16-Columbus

Saturday and Sunday, December 18
and 19 Second Annual Triathlon
(swimming, cycling, running) spon-
sored by Jong Bonaire. Saturday at
City Caf6 all contestants register at
5:30 pm and get a great pasta dinner
("carb loading" for the next day).
Races start at City Caf6 at 7am on
Sunday. Teams pay NAf35; individu-
als pay NAf15. Call Mabel Nava at
717-4303. See page 15.
Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhel-
mina Park on Cruise Ship Visiting
Days: Dec. 19-Adonia; Dec. 25-
Oceana; Dec. 27-Queen Mary 2, Dec.
28-AidaVita, Dec. 29-Silver Whisper

Saturday, December 18-Bonaire
Windsurfers Holiday Freestyle
Frenzy Event-Lac Bai
Sunday, December 19-Bonaire
Windsurfers End of the Year Race,
Monday, December 20-Holiday
Concert with Freewinds Band
Fundraising Evening for King of the
Caribbean 2005. Aboard Freewinds,
7-10 pm. NAf17,50 ($10). Tickets:
TCB, Windsurf Place, Gabrielle Nahr,
Ann Phelan
Dec 25 Christmas Day (Holiday).
Saturday/stores closed
Dec 26 Boxing Day (Holiday). Sun-
Dec 31 5k San Silvester Run. Call
Richard Pietersz, 717-8629
Dec 31 Fireworks all over Bonaire! -
stores close early

Sunday -Live music 6 to 9 pm while
enjoying 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
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 Res-
Friday -Manager's Rum Punch
Party, Buddy Dive Resort, 5:30-6:30 pm


W^DISQ fls


Many centuries ago, in that area of the world now known as India, men of
great intellectual and spiritual stature perceived in a very direct way that
human beings are "disjointed." That is, the body, emotions, mind and spirit pull in
their own directions as each, in turn, demands the fulfillment of its own needs and
desires. This causes a continual separation and prevents the individual from func-
tioning as an integrated whole wherein his full potential is realized. To make pos-
sible an integration of the body, mind and spirit, these wise men or gurus of an-
cient times evolved and perfected, over the centuries, a system of self-development
known as yoga, a Sanskrit word meaning "union" or joining together."
Yoga is composed of a series of postures or poses (asanas in Sanskrit).
As you perform the asanas you must be aware that they have been carefully de-
signed to promote health and beauty as well as stimulating energies that will be of
extreme importance while you practice, and especially during the rest of the day
after your practice.

Life is beautiful and yoga helps
you realize it.
Embrace yoga for what it gives
your mind and body. 1
Merry Christmas
Don and Desiree

Yoga is closed December 7 to 21.
Yoga mixed levels will start again
on December 22 at 8 am at Plaza Resort
As of December 23 Ashtanga/power yoga will be given at the Harbour Village
Spa: Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:30 pm
Wednesday 8 am mixed levels yoga Plaza Resort
Friday 8:30 am mixed levels yoga Buddy Dive resort
Saturday 10 am Gentle flow yoga Buddy Dive Resort
We would like to thank Jong Bonaire for the use of theirfacilities over the past
year. For more information call 717-2727 or 786 6416

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 break-
fast while you shop: fresh fruits and
vegetables, gifts, local sweets and
snacks, arts and handicrafts, candles,
incense, drinks and music. www.
Every day by appointment -Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Bo-
nairean kunuku. $12 (NA1f2 for
Bonaire residents). Tel 717-8489, 540-
Daily- The Divi Flamingo Casino is
open daily for hot slot machines, rou-
lette and blackjack, Monday to Satur-
day 8 pm- 4 am; Sunday 7 pm- 3 am.

Saturday- Discover Our Diversity
Slide Show, pool bar Buddy Dive, 7
pm 717-5080
Sunday Bonaire Holiday -Multi-
media dual-projector production by
Albert Bianculli, 8.30 pm, Capt.
Don's Habitat, 717-8290
Monday Dee Scarr's Touch the Sea
slide experience at the Aquarius Con-
ference Center, Captain Don's Habi-
tat, 8:30 9:30 pm.
Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle Con-
servation Slide Show by Andy Uhr.
Carib Inn seaside veranda, 7 pm
Friday- Week in Review Video Pres-
entation by the Toucan Dive Shop at
the Plaza's Tipsy Seagull, 5 pm. 717-

Mangasina di Rei, Rincon. Enjoy the
view from "The King's Storehouse." Learn
about Bonaire's culture. Visit typical
homes fromthe 17thcentuy. Daily. Call

7174060 / 790-2018
Visit the Bonaire Museum onKaya J. v.d.
Ree, behind the Catholic Church intown
Open weekdays from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5
pm. Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National
Park, Museum and Visitors' Center.
Open daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on
some holidays. 717-8444/785-0017
Sunday at Cai- Live music and danc-
ing starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai.
Dance to the music of Bonaire's popu-
lar musicians.
Rincon Marsh&- every Saturday 6
am to 3 pm. Open market in Bonaire's
historic 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

International Bible Church of Bon-
aire Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic
circle) Sunday Services at 9 am; Sun-
day Prayer Meeting at 7:00 pm in Eng-
lish Tel. 717-8332
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire.
Wilhelminaplein. Services in Papia-
mentu, Dutch and English on Sundays
at 10 am. Thursday Prayer Meeting
and Bible Study at 8 pm. Rev. Jonk-
man. 717-2006
The Church of Jesus Christ of Lat-
ter Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26
Sundays 8:30 11:30 am. Services in
Papiamentu, Spanish and English.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kral-
endijk Services on Sunday at 8 am
and 7 pm in Papiamentu 717-8304.
Saturday at 6 pm at Our Lady of
Coromoto in Antriol, in English.
Mass in Papiamentu on Sunday at 9
am and 6 pm. 717-4211.

Bonaire Reporter December 10 to December 17, 2004

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See advertisements in tis issue


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
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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-
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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 Cafe Moderate Finely prepared Middle Eastern cuisine plus Venezuelan specialties.
Kaya Grandi 59 Monday-Friday, Lunch & Dinner Excellent vegetarian selections.
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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
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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
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Entertaining the revelers was a new band, SILK: Jon Hilgers, Debby Wauben,
Robur DeVries, Chris Morkos and Nick Davies

Last Saturday evening BONHATA,
the Bonaire Hotel and Tourism As-
sociation, held its 4th Annual Awards Gala
in the casino at the Plaza Resort. Its pur-
pose was to honor BONHATA members
who had been voted tops by their peers
and at the same time raise money to fund
a breakfast program for needy high school
students. The event was an over-the-top
success with the winners roundly cheered
and money to fund four months of break-
fasts pledged. In addition to the NAf3.700
raised by BONHATA for one month's
breakfasts for SGB students, other compa-
nies came forward and donated enough
money to fund an additional three months.

And the winners are:

Category Win-

Person of the Year
Property of the Year > 20 rooms
Property of the Year < 20 rooms
Supervisor of the Year
Employee of the Year
Dive Operation of the Year
Green Award
Good Samaritan Award

Excursion Operator
F & B Excellence Award

I th h t t th i htM li

Ire pmJtC oto to ete ri ttt, 1uarljoItte
Hayden of the Antillean Wine Com-
pany presents Jolanda vonGinneken
her raffle prize. The raffle generated
more than enough money to support
a month of school breakfasts.

Harbour Village Resort
Mathilda Suydon
Jeanette Trenidad
Photo Tours Divers
Captain Don's Habitat
(All three for the "breakfast in schools project")
Frits Hannenberg, Eddy Carrillo, Larry Gerharts
Bonaire Tours & Vacations
Chibi Chibi Restaurant D G.D.

Decorate your Home witf a Name and Number

Have you ever tried to find someone's home and noticed that not many peo-
ple have house numbers? I think it is even more traditional in Bonaire to
have a house name rather than a number. For people who have not lived in Bon-
aire all their life, it would make it easier to get around if we all had house numbers
and house names. It would also be fun to look at people's houses and enjoy their
sense of humor or artistic point of view if everyone made a house number or name.
So to get you started I'll give you two examples.

Example of a House Number and Name
#22 Innisfree
The "#22" was made using a small
piece of driftwood. Driftwood col-
lected from the beach needs to be
cleaned first. I suggest soaking the
driftwood completely in fresh water
and letting it dry out in the sun. Re-
peat this step several times to make
sure the salts are flushed out of the
wood. Paint the driftwood with one
coat of white latex house paint. The
white paint makes a good base coat so
that the next color will show up better. Then paint your next color of choice. You
may need more than one coat of paint for the color to show up well. After it is
dry, you can pencil in your house number or you can print out your numbers on
your computer and transfer with carbon paper. I paint the numbers with two coats
of paint. The second coat defines the numbers better. When this is dry, apply a
coat of water base varnish to seal it.

The "Innisfree" fish is made with several pieces of driftwood. All are processed
following the directions above and then nailed, glued, and stapled together to form
the fish design.

Example of a House Number
I cut out a square piece of plywood
and sealed it with two-part epoxy.
The epoxy is the type used on boats
for sealing wood. This layer will keep
the plywood from separating in the.
weather as time goes on. The board
was then sanded and painted with
three coats of water-based white paint.
The shell and wave design are sten-
ciled on with a plastic stencil guide. The #7 was printed with WordPerfect and
traced onto the board using carbon paper. A finish coat of water-based varnish
was then applied.

Hanging your Name and Number:
Saw-tooth hangers are put on the back of both projects. The hangers can some-
times be found at Kooyman. If they are not available, then you can make a wire
hanger with bailing wire. Form the wire in an arc and staple it to the back. Curl
the ends of the arc upward with pliers to keep it in place.
I hope to see many Happy House Names and Numbers in the
neighborhood soon! O Janice Huckaby

This article is part ofa series by Janice Huckaby ofJanArt. Call
99 717-5246 or 791-5246for information on art lessons or to
iew her artworks[]

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4T came and I left, and I came
I and I left... and finally, I
stayed. The first time was in '91. I'd
just finished hotel school and wanted to
become a stewardess, but the Gulf War
had broken out and cabin staff training
had stopped. A girlfriend of mine told
me about a friend of a friend who'd
opened a restaurant on Bonaire called
'Raffles.' I called the owner, Peter
Lensvelt, and took my chances. A cou-
ple of weeks later I arrived. I was sup-
posed to stay for a year, and because
Peter had paid for my ticket I was really
planning to do so.
In the fifth week I met Martin van
Bekkum who had come for a short va-
cation. He'd lived on Bonaire from
1982 to 1984 helping Loes and Karl
build Sorobon Beach Resort. This time
he'd come to visit Ernst van Vliet from
Jibe City. The night I met Martin was
the opening of the 'renovated rest-
rooms' at Raffles. Only 10 people
showed up, amongst them Martin and
Ernst. When I saw Martin I fell for him,
head over heels. There was something
in the way he smiled; he was absolutely
gorgeous, so charming. I just felt, 'This
is him!' I was madly in love. It was mu-
tual and passionate and we only had
one week. Then he left and I immedi-
ately wrote five, six letters, but I got
only one in return in which he excused
himself for not answering, explaining
that he was very busy and telling me to
enjoy my year on the island the way
he'd enjoyed his stay so many years
ago. He also said he'd definitely see me
once I came back to Holland. I felt he
wasn't in much of a hurry and that if he
wanted me to have a good time on Bon-
aire, then I would.
During the Regatta in October I met
this American and I decided to spend
my vacation in the Sates. We had a nice
time together. He fell in love with me
and I liked him a lot, and by the time I
returned to Bonaire it was decided that
when I'd finished my year here I'd
come to see him in California. I'd put
Martin out of my mind. There was no
contact between us; he'd never written
me anymore. So, in 1992 I lived for six
months in California, doing all kinds of
odd jobs. But it wasn't what I was look-
ing for and I wanted to go back to Hol-
land. I'd had management training and I
wanted to do something with it.
I arrived in Holland just before
Christmas and thought of Martin, but I
didn't dare call him after one and a half
years. Maybe he was married; maybe
he was living with someone. I didn't
know what to do, so I thought, 'I'll
send him a Christmas card!' Well,"
Miriam Geerlings smiles, "the moment

he received my card he went to a lot of
trouble to find out where I was because
I hadn't put my phone number on the
card because I didn't want to make it
look too obvious. Once he found me we
talked on the phone for two hours, and
at the end of the conversation he asked
me when I was coming to Amsterdam.
We spent Christmas separately, doing
the things we had already planned, but
then, on December 28t 1992, he came
to pick me up at the Amsterdam train
station and from that moment on we've
stayed together and have never been
without each other anymore."
Miriam is pretty and very easy to talk
to, spontaneous and open-minded. She
orders a soup for us and when it arrives
it's absolutely to die for. "Conch chow-
der," she smiles, "Spicy! Well, Martin
was working as an export manager for
several clothing lines and I thought, 'I
have to make a career.' I worked as a
hotel manager, as a sales manager and
with a marketing company. Neverthe-
less, both of us were still thinking of
going abroad.
In 1994 we came back to Bonaire for
a vacation, dreaming of starting our
own business. We looked around but it
didn't work out; we went back to Hol-
land frustrated. Between 1994 and 1998
we tried to start a business here three
more times, but every time something
interfered at the last moment, so we
thought that Bonaire wasn't meant to be
for us. We'll close the book and see

".... You can be yourself;
you have your own life,
and it's not dictated by so-
ciety. It seems as if people
here are more balanced and
more spiritual."

what we can do elsewhere.
We went to Costa Rica to visit friends
and found a piece of land for sale in
Arenal. Martin liked it; he's better than
I am when it comes to living in remote
places and dealing with very little. He
always says: 'Less can be more. The
less you have, the richer you are.' I'm
not so good in that sense; I like to have
a social life and friendships. So, we
blew off the Costa Rica thing. In Janu-
ary 1998 we got a fax from Ernst: 'Hey,
old pal, do you know that Rob Seket's
Oasis is for sale or for rent?'
Immediately Martin left for Bonaire
to find out if it was something for us
and in June '98 we finally arrived. We
bought Oasis and changed the name to

Kontiki, literally 'God of the sun.' And
as it says in our flyer, it was and is a
dream come true. Our son Finn was 13
months old. We lived in a little room
upstairs and we cleaned and painted,
decorated and renovated the whole
place by ourselves. On August 12th we
opened. The first customers were two
people who came on a bike for coffee.
I'll never forget them... it was so excit-
When we look back we can't figure
out how we did it. Martin became the
chef; he had no experience, but he was
very self confident and did a good job
according to the customers! I was the
waitress. I remember one night when
Finn didn't want to go to sleep. Martin
took him in the car and was driving
around so he'd fall asleep, and every
time he passed by the restaurant I saw
him nodding 'no!' and I'd ask the cus-
tomers, 'Would you like to have an-
other drink?' Of course I couldn't tell
them that the chef was driving around
with our baby and had no time to cook!
We were doing okay though and
when we had the opportunity to take
over the rental of Lac Bay Apartments
it was a logical step. In May 2001 our
second son Lars was born and I felt I
needed some space. We had no privacy
living on top of the restaurant. We
found a very nice house in Belnem and
ever since I feel life has become more
For four years we had the jazz con-
certs and it was something we'd
planned when we were in Holland: live
music and exhibitions. It went very eas-
ily because of the location and the peo-
ple. This place is a unique spot. People
get married here, people come here to

propose, we have lots of honeymoon-
ers, lots of couples and I see beautiful,
romantic things happen and many peo-
ple share their love stories with us, so
much that it makes me think. Martin
and I have been together for 12 years
now and have two children. I would
really like to marry him. It doesn't have
to cost a fortune and if it will be in 10
years that's fine with me too. Then the
boys can carry the train and we won't
need any bridesmaids! But seriously,
maybe it's a good idea for us too..."
She looks at me and her eyes twinkle:
"It was something that just came into
my mind driving down here; I'm a very
impulsive person!
Well, for me life on Bonaire is being
part of a mixture of cultures and nation-
alities, and although we can't travel a
lot I feel when you're living here you
get to know many things about other
countries and other people. You can be
yourself; you have your own life, and
it's not dictated by society. It seems as
if people here are more balanced and
more spiritual. Maybe it's because
we're living in the midst of nature. And
it's also because this island attracts nice
people. I can't say that we'll always
stay here. The future is open. I myself
would like to make a move sometime
and so does
Martin in a
way, but the
question is: Is
there a more
beautiful and a
better place?
And wouldn't
we be terribly
Greta Kooistra

niaire Reporuer uecemner 1lu to uecemuer 1 /,

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How to Watch Next Week's
Geminid Asteroid
Meteor Shower

N ext Monday night, December
13t from sunset to dawn on
Tuesday, we will be able to see the
only known asteroid/meteor shower.
Officially it's called the Geminid Me-
teor Shower, but I like to think of it as
the Geminid Asteroid Shower be-
cause it's different from all the other
meteor showers. We see it every De-
cember and it's always one of the best
of the year, but this year it should be
even better because there'll be no
bright moonlight to wipe out the faint-
est meteors.
Next Monday evening, December
13 f, about 8 pm Sky Park Time, face
east where you'll see some of the Geminid meteor near the Big Dipper
brightest stars of winter, the seven (Ursa Major)
bright stars of Orion. Just to his left a aor
will be Castor and Pollux, the two
brightest stars of the constellation Gemini, the twins. And this is where the Gem-
inid meteor-asteroid shower gets its name because all the meteors appear to come
from Gemini. You'll also notice that this year Castor and Pollux are joined by the
exquisite ringed planet Saturn. So what can we expect to see of the Geminid me-
teor shower this year? Well, because there's no bright moonlight, if you're far away
from Kralendijk lights, you may see 40-50 meteors per hour. And by meteors I
mean streaks of light flashing across the sky which most people incorrectly call
shooting stars.
Now a meteor is nothing more than a tiny speck of space dust which slams into
our Earth's atmosphere so fast that its friction heats up the gasses in our Earth's
atmosphere and causes them to glow like the gasses in a neon tube. What we see is
a brief flashing streak of light as the tiny speck burns up and plunges to its fiery
death. Now a few times every year our Earth regularly plows into massive concen-
trations of this space dust which we call meteor streams. But meteor streams are
really great rivers of comet dust and debris. You see, comets orbit around our sun
just like the planets, and every time a comet comes close to our sun it sheds some
of its material. Eventually this comet debris gets spread all along its orbit and
whenever our Earth plows into one of these space rivers of comet debris we see
many more meteors than usual and we call such an event a meteor shower.
The best one usually occurs in August and is called the Perseid Meteor Shower.
The second best is often December's Geminid meteor shower which we now know
is different from all other meteor showers because its debris does not come from a
comet but from an asteroid named 3200 Phaethon, which makes the Geminid me-
teor shower the only known asteroid shower. This shower is also different from
the others because unlike the other showers which are really good only after mid-
night the Geminids are also good before midnight.

So we suggest you do your watching from 8 o'clock Monday night until dawn
Tuesday morning. Gemini will be overhead around midnight and in the west
around dawn. But look all over the sky to see its meteors. Happy asteroid shower-
ing. O Jack Horkhimer


For the week:
December 10-17, 2004
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Deception in your home is evident. Don't beat around
the bush. Your efforts won't go unnoticed; however, someone you work with may
get jealous. You will enjoy getting together with friends. You can make the most
headway if you put in some overtime. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Opportunities for new partnerships will develop
through the organizations you encounter. Secret activity is evident. Try to avoid be-
ing extravagant this week. The home environment will be unpredictable this week.
Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Your obviously unique way of doing things has
caught the eye of someone in a higher position. Emotional relationships will be
plentiful if you attend group activities. You should be getting into self-improvement
projects. Be careful not to lead someone on if you truly have no interest. Your lucky
day this week will be Friday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) You will be erratic and quite likely to make personal
mistakes. Be aware that joint financial ventures could fall apart. Take whatever time
you can to get to know each other all over again. This time was meant for love.
Make creative changes to your residence. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Someone may not be thinking of your best interests. Don't
deny yourself this week. Your mate will be pushing you to do things that you really
don't want to do. Communication must be open, precise, and honest. Your lucky day
this week will be Wednesday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) If you're preoccupied, be careful while operating a
vehicle or any kind of equipment or machinery. You can make it up to them later.
You could be cornered, so be prepared to tell the truth. You will be prone to care-
lessness that could result in accidents. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You must try to lay your cards on the table. Talk to
your mate and tell them how you feel. A passionate encounter with your mate
should help alleviate that pent-up energy. Be careful when dealing with female
members of your family. Make the necessary changes that will enable you to ad-
vance financially. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You can make new friends if you get involved in
group activities. You need to pamper yourself for a change. Some relatives will be
extremely perplexing. Look out for yourself this week. Your lucky day this week
will be Tuesday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Be careful when dealing with superiors.
Your efforts won't go unnoticed; however, someone you work with may get jealous.
Use your own ideas to further your interests. Your best efforts will come through
making changes in your home. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) You may have the opportunity to get involved
in some interesting conversations. Look into the cost factor, but don't try to get
backing yet. Confusion regarding other people's money and joint ventures will come
to a head. You're best to channel your energy into work. Your lucky day this week
will be Sunday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You could experience unusual circumstances and
meet eccentric individuals. You should get involved with activities that can be en-
joyed by both young and old alike. Don't be shy; if you want to spend more time
with a special person, make a commitment. Dinner, theater, or a comedy club may
be just the place. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Self-improvement could bring amazing results.
You're in the mood to spend time with your lover. Do some research if you want to
find information that you can apply against the opposition you face. Uncertainty
about your relationship is prevalent. Your lucky day this week will be Friday. O

Bonaire Reporter December 10 to December 17, 2004

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