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P. 0, Box 407, Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean, Phone 790-6518, 786-6125, email: reporter( Since 1994

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Dia di Arte is always for kids
too-our artists of the future.

11 year old Nataniel
Zimmerman shows off his work.



In a continuing campaign against parrot
poaching and nature defilement Bonaire
officials last week confiscated 14 endangered
-species Loras and 113 Prikichis from a
single individual. Charges are pending.

> Queen
Beatrix of the ..
(photo), her son
Crown Prince '
Alexander and
his wife Prin- .
cess Maxima,
will pay a for-
mal visit to the
six Dutch Caribbean islands from October
28 to November 6 this year.

�It's almost a sure thing that some of the
most popular Internet cameras that show
scenes of Bonaire known as "Bonaire Web-
Cams ," will be closing down at the end of
August, after 11 years of operation. From its
pioneering start with the region's first under-
water webcam it had a peak of 14 cameras
operating in 2010. It is now down to about a
half dozen. Bonaire's tourism benefitted from
its numerous WebCams. Many visitors, and
even locals while traveling, tune to the Cams
to capture the unique essence of the island.
The WebCams were never sponsored by the
government Tourism Bureau (TCB). Accord-
ing to spokesman Jake Richter, unless a buyer
can be found for the Bonaire WebCams be-
fore the end of August, 2011, it will shut
down at that time. Anyone who has an interest
in some or all of the Bonaire WebCam assets
can contact Jake or email

1WILLEMSTAD- The Government of
Curacao has not begun action to make the
US dollar the country's official currency and
has no plans in that direction, said Finance
Minister George "Jorge" Jamaloodin to the
Curacao Parliament. The Curacao govern-
ment also decided that October 10, the date
when the Netherlands was dissolved as a
"country" last year, will replace December 15
as a public holiday. It's not a holiday in Bon-

0THE NETHERLANDS- Last week, to the
disappointment of Jews and Muslims, the
Dutch Parliament voted to ban the non-
anaesthetized ritual slaughter of food ani-
mals. The final count was 116 ballots for and
30 against the move. Animals are killed using
ritual slaughter techniques to obtain kosher
and halal meats.

Jewish and Muslim representatives argued
that animals do not suffer more in the process
than by methods used in traditional slaughter-
houses. Christian Democrats and the small,
right-wing religious party, SGP, were both
against the measure, calling it an infringement
of the right to religious freedom. Animal
Rights Party MP Marianne Thieme de-
fended the ban, which she introduced.

,MIDDELBURG, The Netherlands--The
only coral to be found in European Dutch
coastal waters has as good as died out, ma-
rine protection group Stichting Anemoon
said. The coral, known as Dead Man's Fin-
gers, is still found on shipwrecks and the
Klaverbank in the North Sea, which would be
a good reason to give the area protected
status, the foundation said.
Bonaire's much more verdant tropical corals
are under stress from warm sea temperature
this summer.

� Dutch city's archivist Teun de Bruijn will
visit the island to-
gether with H!
Dordrecht cultural
entrepreneurs Mi-
moun Himmit and
Marieke Knol of ' '
the bureau
"Mobility in Mu- .
sic" in early July to .
prepare a project to
digitalize Bonaire's BbiAntoin
archives. The effort
can begin at the end of 2011. Financial sup-
port will be from, among others, the Mon-
driaan Institute, according to the website
During the past years, local historian, jour-
nalist and author Franklin "Bbi" Antoin
has built up an extensive collection on Bon-
aire's cultural heritage, consisting of pictures
from the 20th century, video tapes, audio
tapes, objects, books, newspapers and other
documents. However, the material is currently
stored in a 6 x 4 meter space and the storage
conditions are far from ideal; the deterioration
of the material is clearly visible, according to
the website.
The Heritage Center of Dordrecht, DiEP, will
assist in the digitalization and opening up of
the archives on Bonaire.
Bonaire's Platafonna Kultural and Fun-
dashon Histdriko Kultural Boneriano origi-
nally took the initiative to have the present
material digitalized and made available. They
will work with DiEP, the National Archives in
The Hague and the Institute for Image and
Sound in Hilversum.

According to the largest Bo-
nairean community in The Netherlands lives
in Dordrecht and this explains the close bond
with the island. All parties involved feel a
strong urgency to conserve Boi Antoin's
archives. The archives can be especially valu-
able to European Dutch residents so they can
learn more about their new, exceptional

"Schools on Bon- n-
aire, St. Eustatius .
and Saba will re- .
ceive more money .
from the Ministry of .
Education, Culture ,
and Science in The
Netherlands this
coming school year.
Marja van Bi- -
jsterveldt Minister of Education (photo)
made the announcement just before the
school vacation. She explained this to the
Commissioners of Education on the islands in
a video conference on July 1 st and in a letter
to the schools.
The schools for Primary Education (formerly
Foundation Based Education) will receive
10% more money. The schools for Secondary
Education can also receive more money if
they provide a clear overview of their income
and expenses.

10THE HAGUE--The Dutch Government
is willing to provide, under certain condi-
tions, incidental financial assistance to
bring the public libraries on Bonaire, St.
Eustatius and Saba to a level that equals
the level of the basic library in The Nether-
lands, while catering to local needs and cir-
Dutch State Secretary of Education, Culture
and Science, Halbe Zijlstra, stated that his
ministry would assist the libraries with
�150,000 per island. The Island Governments
will draw up plans in the near future to define
how the libraries should look and operate, the
steps that are required their own financial
contribution for at least four years.

1 WILLEMSTAD--Insel Air made its inau-
gural flight from Curacao to Charlotte,
North Carolina, last Wednesday. Bonaire
residents can connect through Curacao for the
flight. Charlotte is a US Air hub and offers
flights to numerous US cities. The flights are
every Wednesday and Saturday, departing at
9:10am from Curagao and arriving in Char-
lotte at 1:25pm. The return flights depart from
Charlotte at 2:25pm, arriving in Curagao at
(Continued on page 3)

This Week's Stories

Tax es (Relief?) 3
Butterfly Garden, KishiKishi Caf6 6
Respect for Sabal Palms 7
War Games and More 7
Tasty, Simple and Healthy! 8
Egypt Bound McCombie/Friedberg 8
Memoriam- Sara Brandsen, 9
Widen Award Winner Fadilah Ali 9
Lora News Update 10
Henk Roozendaal Solo Show 10
19th Dia di Arte 11
14 Medals forthe Special Olympics Team
in Greece 15
Letters: Lionfish, Timeless Bonaire, Man-
groves, and shrimp 17
Shelter's Fair 18

Flotsam & Jetsam 2
On the Island Since (Robert Smaal and
Majolein Rijpkema) 4
Bubbles-Do You Know-True Love 6
Bon Quiz #54 (Architecture) 7
Latin MusicClassics-Julio Iglesias 9
Classifeds 12
Tide Table, Sunrise & Sunset Times,
Moon Phase 12
Body Talk- Brainwashing Limits 13
Bonaire Real Estate Reflections-Bonaire
Opportunity 13
Picture Yourself (Spenge, Germany,
Washington DC USA) 13
Shopping & Service Directory/Guides 14
Masthead 16
What's Happening? 16
Sudoku Puzzle 17
Sudoku Solution 17
Bon Quiz Answer 17
Pet ofthe Week-Holly 18
Sky Park (Special Sky for July) 19
The Stars Have It 19
How to contact us

Letters to the Editor:
Story tip or idea:
The Publisher:
Box 407, Bonaire,
Dutch Caribbean
Phone 786-6125
Phone 790-6518 / 786-6518.
Note: the 790-8988 number is

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�0THE NETHERLANDS--Beginning in
September, KLM flights between Am-
sterdam and Paris will run on used cook-
ing oil. The route might be labeled "French
Flies." The move is an important new step
towards aviation sustainability, the airline
announced last Wednesday. "KLM has
again shown it is stimulating the develop-
ment of biokerosene," said Managing Di-
rector Camiel Eurlings. "The route to
more than 200 KLM flights will operate on
bio-kerosene, biofuel derived from used
frying oil and tested to meet the same tech-
nical specifications as traditional kerosene
jet fuel.

SThe Dutch National Ombudsman, who
deals with complaints concerning the
Police, tax authorities and Kingdom Ser-
vice Caribbean Netherlands (Rijksdienst
Caribisch Nederland -RCN), will visit the
Dutch Caribbean in October 2011. Pre-
liminary groundwork has already begun.
An example of a problem may be non-
responsiveness to a letter submitted or ill-
treatment by an official. A person with a
grievance should first contact the respective
institution. If no solution is found, then
contact the National Ombudsman.
For additional information, call the free
telephone number 0800-0555 between 7
and 11am.

10THE HAGUE--The budget for Dutch
world service Radio Netherlands World-
wide, RNW, is to be slashed from 46 mil-
lion euros this year to 14 million euros,
Foreign Affairs Minister Uri Rosenthal
said after the weekly cabinet meeting. The
effect of the cut on the RNW facility on
Bonaire has not been yet determined.
In addition, responsibility for RNW is being
shifted from the Culture Ministry to the
Foreign Office, and six million euros of its
funding will come from the development
aid budget, Rosenthal said.
The focus of RNW's activities will shift to
providing independent information in coun-
tries without a free press.

I Get moving! Exercise is like Miracle-
Gro for your brain and body: It increases
cognition, slashes your risk of Alzheimer's,
protects your heart, dials down stress,
builds muscle, strengthens your bones and
boosts your immune system. What's more,
brain chemicals called endorphins that are
released during exercise yield a powerful
feeling of happiness and well-being. Fitness
has no age limits.
Even if you've never belonged to a gym, it's
never too late to start building aerobic en-
durance, muscle strength and balance. Bon
Bida Spa is the place to do it... and it's air-
conditioned during this hot time of the year.
Start with a regular pedaling or walking

They have
the best
to help,
build up to
an exercise
class or
Arrange a
with a
trainer who
can show Fire truck at Bon Bida Spa-
you how to The Brandweer (fire dept)
trains here
safely use
the ma-
chines to work on areas that bother you. It
will be the best investment you can make.
SCorrection: The ship that was

"arrested" and chained to the pier be-
cause it had defects that threatened navi-
gation, safety and the environment, is
still in port. The vessel, Santa Paula sail-
ing under the Venezuelan flag, had serious
faults that made it a threat to navigation. It
had come from Aruba with a consignment
of cement for Bonaire. Work to correct the
problems was underway last week. In the
last edition we reported that the ship had

10Did you know: The Antillean Wine
Company (AWC) doesn't just sell
wine? It's now associated with its in-
house neighbor, "Le Garage." Added to
AWC's already well stocked inventory of
all kinds of glasses, decanters and more
wine associated items, are things for the
kitchen and house - place mats, clocks,
rugs, pillows, containers, and more - and
even toys for babies and children. Many
of the items come from Ikea and are top
quality and stylish too. Stop in and see
for yourself. AWC and Le Garage are in
the storage facility at Kaya Industria 23,
other side of the street from Warehouse
Bonaire. They're open from 9am to 12:30
pm, Monday through Saturday. Tel. 560-

I Welcome to the More for Less Su-
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advertisers. More for Less is tops for or-
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- Thanks for reading. 0 G. L.D.

10BONAIRE--During the recent visit of
Dutch State Secretary of Finance, Frans
Weekers to Bonaire, a number of people
demonstrated in Wilhelmina Park to
emphasize their dissatisfaction about the
economic situation on the island follow-
ing integration with Holland. Contrary to
the many promises that the living standard
on Bonaire would improve, people are ex-
periencing more difficulty with the cost of
living. The island has become increasingly
expensive in their opinion. The organizers
of the protest said people are fed up with
broken promises by The Netherlands.

�Ironically, the Tax Service of the Neth-
erlands (Belastingdienst) won an award
for its innovative Internet Communica-
tion Technology (ICT) scheme for Bon-
aire, St. Eustatius and Saba.
Despite the award the people on these is-
lands are unhappy with the new tax ar-
rangements. Islanders believe their tax bur-
dens have increased considerably since the
new relations within the Dutch Kingdom
took effect, while salaries were stagnant.
There was a protest gathering on Bonaire
during the visiting state secretary's visit.
Former Democratic Party leader Jopie
Abraham also sent an urgent letter to The
Hague calling for a reconsideration of the
island's present situation.
One of the issues these three islands face is
that they import almost all their products
via nearby islands and those islands already
have had duties imposed on the products
leading to double taxation. (Curagao for
Bonaire and St. Maarten for Saba and

PPThe State Secretary of Finance Weekers,
during his visit to Bonaire on July 23
promised to take measures to relieve the





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burden for the residents of the Dutch
Caribbean. The State Secretary was made
to understand that there is unrest and dissat-
isfaction regarding the way the new tax
system is working out for the local people.
He now shares these concerns and will ad-
dress some adjustments for the short as well
as the long term. Some ideas include:
Increase the tax free threshold -The State
Secretary has promised to increase the tax-
free threshold with the inflation correction
and possibility per July 1st. The tax-free
threshold is currently $9750. Furthermore it
will be examined how to lower the in-
creased burden for pensioners.
ABB (Sales tax) -In the week of June 27th
the State Secretary started discussions with
representatives of the Curacao and St.
Maarten civil service regarding the double
taxation which is now levied for the transit
of goods. It will also be examined if the
ABB on the costs of freight can be abol-
ished. The accumulation of the ABB, which
now exists in, among others, the horeca
(hotel and restaurant) and construction
sectors, will be looked at.
Short and long term -In the coming weeks
the State Secretary will examine which
significant problems can be quickly re-
solved. Furthermore he will order research
into the bottlenecks which must be ad-
dressed, however, this will require more
time as it involves changes in the law,
which require parliamentary procedure.

�In The European Netherlands the cost of
buying a house has been cut. The special
tax on house purchases - overdrachtsbe-
lasting or conveyance tax - is to be reduced
from 6% to 2% for a year in an effort to
boost the housing market. The 4% reduc-
tion does not apply to the 5% overdrachts-
belasting recently introduced in the Dutch
Caribbean as far as we can determine.

� WILLEMSTAD--The Parliament of
Curaqao has unanimously adopted a mo-
tion urging the government to reduce or
eliminate the OB turnover tax and im-
port duties on fruit and vegetables. Some
of Bonaire's fruits and vegetables come via
Curacao, and Bonaireans should also bene-
fit. Currently the tariff varies between 5 and
10.5% for most vegetables and fruit. For
"exotic" items there is a 27% duty.

Bonaire Reporter- July 8-22, 2011

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�4 W VI hen I worked in Eng-
V V land as a trainee to
complete my physiotherapy stud-
ies, I found out how much I liked
working abroad. While I was
completing my study back in
Holland I saw an ad in the paper
which said 'We are looking for a
female physiotherapist with a
minimum of three years work
experience and preferably a spe-
cialization.' Well, I had not
graduated yet and," he chuckles,
"I could not meet the other pref-
erences either but I applied and
they hired me! I graduated on a
Friday, on Saturday I flew to
Bonaire and the following Mon-
day morning I started working
for Bonfysio in Kaya Grandi,
with Simone Sweers and Imre
I had planned to stay for a cou-
ple of years and then go back to
Holland, to my friends and fam-
ily, but I stayed for six years. It
was a magnificent time: the
work, the clientele, the team and


Bonaire - a wonderful experi-
Then I found a practice for sale
close to Amsterdam and I de-
cided to go for it. I bought the
place and worked there for three
years, but after two and a half
years I was invited to a friend's
wedding on Bonaire. I had the
most incredible time... it felt like
coming home! Back in Holland I
looked out of the window and it
was a typical Dutch winter day:
dark and grey and drizzly and
then I got very homesick, but
where was my home?
I started thinking. My heart told
me to go back to Bonaire, but I
didn't want to go back to what
I'd done, I wanted to move on, so
I thought, 'I'll go to Aruba.' I
applied for a job at a physiother-
apy practice. They told me I
could start as a substitute for four
months. I thought, 'Once I'm
there everything will be all right.'
I sold my practice in Holland and

went to Aruba. I'd just started
working when the Horatio E.
Oduber Hospital contacted me
and offered me a job. The hospi-
tal was reorganizing the rehabili-
tation ward and they wanted me
to assist. As I didn't want to let
the other practice down I asked
the hospital if I could do the job
during morning hours for the first
four months so I would be able to
work at the physiotherapy prac-
tice in the afternoons and eve-
nings. They agreed and I worked
very long days but it was all
worth it!
At the hospital, work was fasci-
nating. I learned so much; the
people were inspiring and the
team was great. Then I organized
a course for the Physiotherapists
Association of Aruba. It was
given by Dos Winkel, well-
known on Bonaire and a very
good friend of mine. When we
went for lunch Dos told me,
'Bonfysio on Bonaire is for
sale... and I think it's something

Kobert and Marjolein at home

"Both of us are fluent in Papiamentu and to me

it's a logical thing to be interested in the

culture, the history and the customs of the
Bonaireans. It's a matter of respect for the

country and its people. "

for you!' I'd been on Aruba for
two years, time had flown and I
was still enjoying every minute
of it and so I thought, 'It's not
the right time.' Then a colleague
of mine started asking me ques-
tions about Bonaire and Bonfysio
and while I was telling him about
my years on Bonaire it was like

somewhere in my mind a switch
went on and I thought, 'I should
do it!' I contacted Simone and
bought Bonfysio. At the end of
October 2007, I came back to the
island. I enjoyed it tremendously,
setting everything up.

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On the Island Since (continued from
page 4)
In November 2010 we moved
the practice to Hato where I'd
bought Michiel Verhoef's build-
ing and we started with Bonfysio
Bonbida. It's a magnificent and
outstanding location and we've
improved so much. I've never
regretted it for one minute!"
Marjolein says, "I met Robert
when I was still studying physio-
therapy and the school had me
work as a trainee at his practice
close to Amsterdam. There was
an instant click and we became
friends. I had a good time work-
ing with Robert and his team and
by the end of my studies when I
was looking for my final trainee
post, Robert advised me to do it
on Bonaire, at Bonfysio. It didn't
work out, but I had my mind set
on going to the Antilles, so I de-
cided to apply at the hospital on
Aruba. I had arranged the trainee
post in Aruba a year ahead of
time and when I told Robert I
was going to Aruba he told me
he was going too!
I went in June 2006. I'djust
started working when I met
Robert who was working at the
hospital in the mornings. It was a
very interesting and fun time and
I learned a lot. In December, on
the last day of my trainee period,
I planned a farewell party to
thank all my colleagues and at
that party Robert and I fell in


They look at each other, blush
and laugh and there's the old,
old magic that makes them
shine... They are one of the nic-
est couples I've met: very social,
sweet and caring and absolutely
passionate when it comes to their
"Well," Marjolein continues, "I
still had a two-month vacation on
Aruba so we spent a lot of time
together and we got to know each
other better. But I had to gradu-
ate in Holland, and when I left it
was a very intense and painful
farewell. All in all we were sepa-
rated for one year. We had tre-
mendous phone bills, we wrote
very long mails, then I graduated
and I got one job after another in
Holland. At a certain point I was
working six jobs while Robert
was in transit between Aruba and
Bonaire. I was working as a
physiotherapist in downtown
Amsterdam, I was giving medi-
cal fitness, I was giving hydro-
therapy for heart patients in a
pool, I was a free-lance masseuse
and I was working as a personal
trainer at the Okura Hotel in Am-
sterdam. It was very varied: one
day I'd be giving physiotherapy
to people of all different nation-
alities in the working class
neighborhoods of Amsterdam
and the next day I was at the
Okura Hotel, the personal trainer

of national and international ce-
lebrities and members of the
royal Dutch family. But... none
of it was worth staying for as I
was missing Robert terribly.
Then he bought Bonfysio and the
situation took a turn for the best:
we could finally live and work
together. I arrived on Bonaire
February 2008." She laughs. "I
came to give it a try and we're
still trying but I'm not leaving!
We fell in love in December, he
asked me to marry him in De-
cember and we're going to get
married this coming December."
Robert smiles. "It was meant
to be! We are happy here. We
enjoy this island; the people are
so friendly and they're always
grateful for what you do for
them. Because of our work we
see people of all different nation-
alities and from all walks of life.
Both of us are fluent in Papia-
mentu and to me it's a logical
thing to be interested in the cul-
ture, the history and the customs
of the Bonaireans. It's a matter of
respect for the country and its
people. The language is a must,
especially in our profession, be-
cause you have to know precisely
what the complaints of the peo-
ple are and they can only explain
that in their own words. We have
a multi-functional company. At
Bonfysio we have three physio-
therapists, a manual therapist and
a pedotherapist and we're still
growing. Bonbida is a spa and a

You'll get a warm welcome at Bon Bida Spa and Bon Fysio

fitness center where we have four
instructors who do personal train-
ing, intake conversations and
group training like Pilates, spin-
ning and Caribbean dance. We
also offer a great variety of mas-
sages, we have a sauna, showers
and lockers. Others rent our
space and they give Salsa,
Zumba and Yoga and soon Tai
Chi lessons. Fire fighters come to
work out here and also employ-
ees of many private companies.
Youngsters from SGB high
school get a discount because we
want Bonaire to become healthier
and more sport minded. And we
sponsor talented young people
who excel in sports like surfing,
biking, running, dancing and
swimming and we're oh, so
proud of them!
To me the beauty of our job is

that you can help people to make
them feel better. Often it is a real
challenge, but when you succeed
it's so rewarding! It's always
different and it's always diverse.
We love what we're doing and I
am very excited about the future.
We're going to get married and
we have so many ideas and
plans, personal and professional
and... this island is our home. I
couldn't think of any other place
in this world where I would feel
as much as home as I do here."
Their eyes meet and Marjolein
laughs. "I to-
tally agree!"

Story & pho-
tos by Greta


Bonaire Reporter- July 8-22, 2011

Page 5

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towards Lac

So on
Sunday, the
26th of June I -
started my
600 cc single
four stroke off
road motorcy-
cle to have
some extra fresh air forced into my lungs
and mind. It was a dry and windy day and I
really had the intention tof enjoying the
island and the elements. We rolled along the
boulevard, the salifias, the airport and the
barrio of Belnem to have a stop at Pink
Beach. Then I continued my trip without
goal. The ride was the goal. I passed the
King William's Lighthouse and Sorobon
Beach (too crowded). The road along the
mangroves more or less curled in the direc-
tion of civilization again. I decided to turn
right, towards Lac Bay, where the fishermen
find their shelter. Then I noticed a hand-
painted red and silver truck of friends of
mine. So I followed them towards Lac Bay.
After a couple of hundred yards my friends
turned left.
They parked their vehicle and stepped out.
They had been invited to the official open-
ing of the new Butterfly Garden and I ap-
peared to be more then welcome... An up-
until-now-unknown lady, beautifully
dressed, invited us in. Her name was Di-
anne Lucassen and together with Georgie
Rigault they were the new owners of the

former Butterfly Farm Bonaire, now Butter-
fly Garden Bonaire. Nice people with a
daughter named Edalina and son Julius plus
Sunemy, a friendly helper.
The new Butterfly Garden Bonaire is an
oasis in the outback of Bonaire. The cov-
ered tropical garden gives food and shelter
to some 130 butterflies. The butterflies on
exhibit come from private breeding and
from farms in Costa Rica. In the center of
the garden is a huge pond, giving shelter to
dozens of Koi carp. The atmosphere is quiet
and peaceful. It's a place to relax and to get
in touch with nature and your own soul
again. This Butterfly Garden really fits Bon-
aire. No noise, no music, just the ear tick-
ling whisper of the trade wind...
Then I met Eva Loeffen and Kiki Cor-
nelissen. Two lovely girls and driven stu-
dents from Food Designs-Hertogenbosch,
The Netherlands. These youngsters are
stageairs (trainees). They set up and organ-
ized the new KishiKishi Lunch cafe, at-
tached to the Butterfly Garden. (Kishikishi
in Papiamentu stands for "itchy" or ticklyy".
I really wonder which girl came up with that

Did You
that it's possible
to find true love
in the tropics?
Although a rare
feat for other
animals, most
species of butter-
fly fish will have
partners for life. . -
As a couple, they
are nearly insepa- ' "
rable and hunt, live, travel, and raise their young
together. In fact, a separated butterfly fish will swim
above the reef for a better view to find and reunite
with its mate. And when one mate dies, the other
may die as well. 0 Lori Sako

Lori Sako is in her third year at Oberlin College in
Oberlin, Ohio, and is a general biology major. She
is currently studying at the CIEE Research Station
in Bonaire.

name!/jb) band, "Bla
In the KishiKishi Lunch cafe you can ex- enjoyed a I
perience the real Caribbean feeling. KishiKi- early even
shi combines typical local products and gie, Eva, K<
modem global cooking techniques in a ers. A wor
peaceful surrounding. Within a couple of The Butt
weeks Eva and Kiki will return to Europe Kaminda I
again to finish school. Then Sharon Morales their beaut
will take over the KishiKishi cafe. www.butte
It was Gezaghebber Glenn Thode who did den and ca
the official opening and speech. Live reggae Sunday, fr
music was played by a Jamaican/Bonairean Garden Bo
the Awor

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ack Diamond." Some 50 persons
lovely and relaxing afternoon and
ing. Well done, Dianne and Geor-
Kiki and Sharon and all other help-
iderful opening!
terfly Garden Bonaire is located at
Lac 101. Call: 795-8989 or visit
iful website: The gar-
fe are open from Tuesday until
om 9 am until 5 pm. Butterfly
)naire and KishiKishi are part of

Bulevar Gob. N. Debrot 74 --, -, -
(Across from Sand Dollar) -- .
Phone 717-7224 - ,

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RAspd lbo SaieM

About 20 years ago, when I was liv-
ing on the island of Bonaire, my
passion for exotic palm trees started after
an adventurous search for the Sabal Palm
of Bonaire.
In those days, my brother in law, Rob
Seket, ran the Egreta Bar and restaurant,
what is nowadays Kontiki. Rob had a his-
tory with flora; he'd lived and worked
previously in Colombia and cultivated
orchids, which were collected from the
jungles of Colombia. Those were sold
throughout the world to plant enthusiasts.
At the end of the 80s Rob moved with his
family to Bonaire.
He told me of the great Sabal Palms
growing in the saltpan area of Bonaire. I
was hooked from the start and we planned
a day to find those Sabal trees and we had
to stroll along notorious "Manzanillos,"
with its burning leaves. We eventually
found a huge Sabal Palm tree, easily esti-
mated to be over 100 years old, growing in
coral rock. The bare trunk showed steps
made by the locals that they probably used
to cut the leaves for roof making or
brooms. During further exploration on the
island I found more adult trees in a garden
in front of a house in Amboina and in an
area closer to Belnem, which later was
given the justified honorable name, "Sabal
Further investigation brought us to Cu-
racao's Christoffel Park where on a sole
ridge of the mountain "Seru Biento", in a
beautiful setting overlooking the coast of
Curagao, the Sabal Palms of Curacao
Sabal Palm tree species are among the
most difficult to verify and most reveal
their origin or differentiations at an adult
state. Though earlier studies conclude the
Curagao Sabal is related to the "Sabal Pal-
metto," the Bonairean Sabal is somehow
different. Where the Curagao Sabal is
grass-green the Bonairean Sabal Palm has
bluish-grey colored leaves.
It seems that the Bonaire Sabal is also

much bigger than its Cura9ao neighbor. In
my opinion it's more related to the "Sabal
Uresana" from Mexico. Probably the Sa-
bal on Bonaire was given to us by migrat-
ing birds, an idea supported by bird enthu-
siast Jeff, founder of http://
www.bonairebirds. corn/.
It is more than romantic to presume that
the Bonairean Sabal Palm is a different
species. For love of Bonaire I sincerely
hope so, but in order to be a different spe-
cies it should have been there for at least
centuries. Nobody knows..... but on my
next visit to Bonaire this coming January
we will pick some seeds and leaf samples
in an effort to have them studied and ex-
amined by the Botanic Garden and Univer-
sity here in Malaga, Spain. As a working
title we will use Sabal 'Seket Bonaireano'
in remembrance of Rob Seket, who has
since passed away.
The above photo, courtesy of Miriam
Geerlings of Kontiki beach, shows a ma-
jestic Sabal palm planted by Rob.
Please respect Sabal Palm trees. They
are very sensitive to transplanting so
please leave them in their natural habitat.
Enjoy them for what they are and more
importantly, where they are. Just remem-
ber that they are Bonairean! U
Peter 'Palm Nuts' Lensvelt

S y , ' . .

Bonaire Reporter- July 8-22, 2011

The men in
military Hr. Ms. Johan de Witt
uniform you've
seen along ... ..
Bonaire's roads
and shores are
Dutch Marines
and some British
Royal Marines . -
taking part in a --IN. 1-
large military J i I
training exercise
named Caribbean -
Archer 2011. All
three ABC
islands are -
involved. In " -
Aruba the -
marines are Landig, ,
training for high
level ground operations against an battalion of up to 61
equivalently armed foe. In Curacao's terdam has facilities
Ostpflnt special operations similar to an mored personnel cai
action in Afganistan are being simulated. tle tanks, and also do
On Bonaire the troops are training for up to six landing cra
amphibious ops and a non-combatant ter-making capability
evacuation. They are being supported by ties with a medical t
the Royal Dutch Navy's largest vessel, medical operating th
the amphibious transport ship Hr. Ms. laboratory. The ship
Johan de Witt (L 801). She is one of two Dutch Navy around
Landing Platform Docks (LPD) of the ance: Cruise Speed
Dutch Navy with a length of 177 meters Range 18,500 km (9
designed to transport a fully equipped 10 mps (20 kt).M 1
marine battalion with materials. It has
extended command facilities and B
sophisticated electronics and weaponry. OllQ
The ship is operated by a crew of 124, p. -. .
including 13 officers. Accommodation is 3`
also provided for a fully equipped marine Hin -


3 troops. Hr Ms Rot-
to transport 170 ar-
rriers, or 33 main bat-
ocking facilities for
ift plus extensive wa-
y and hospital facili-
reatment room, a
leatre and a medical
p was delivered to the
2006/2007. Perform-
6 mps (12 kt), Max
9,989 nm), Top Speed
Press release G.D.

uiz #54

In Playa and Rincon there are several
buildings from the 1960s era. And this
particular structure is included in that cate-
Architecturally they present a design
unique to that period and catch the eye.
They include the former Super Comer
(now Lee's Bar), the building opposite it,
the tourist office and the building south of
that. In Rincon there is Tusnara Supermar-
ket, and around the comer from Plasa Ko-
merse, a bit down the road on the right also
stands a magnificent building, sadly dete-

Q) Another downtown building is de-
picted in the photo. What was it used
for? Where is it? Answer on page 17

BonQuiz appears regularly in The Reporter.
It's prepared by Christie Dovale of Island
Tours. To arrange a
tour, contact her via her
IslandToursBo- Phone 717-
4435 or 795-3456
Email: christie-

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Tasty, Simple and Healthy! Egypt

Marie Salsbach publishes
her vegetarian recipes in a
Birthday Calendar: "Sabroso, B o u n
Simpel Saludabel"(Tasty, Simr-
- - - j 1 /-r1, t

fic l anutn aluty!)

Marie Salsbach is well
known for the first
health shop and restaurant on
the island, "Je-Mar," that she
operated in the 90s on Kaya
Grandi. There were healthy
choices on the menu. Lunch
time always included a vege-
tarian choice. Since then she's
wanted to show everyone that
a healthy diet, high in fiber,

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Marie with her husband Papachi
and daughter Angelique at the opening

n1,9 ""d No"thul) I � �=R

I was overjoyed to welcome
two very close friends back .-i
to Bonaire this past week! Mel
McCombie and husband Harris
Friedberg are long time annual .
visitors to our island and have .
made many friends among the Ha.rrii Fr
locals and expats as well. Addi- . ,1
tionally they have been prop-
erty owners since 1997. After the custom-
ary hugs and greetings I was informed that
they would not be returning next year!
Of course Mel had had a sly grin and
Harris remained stone faced while I was
informed that they would be spending a
year in my ancestral homeland ofF_.- pl' "I
was awarded the 2011-12 Fulbright Schol-
arship in American Studies for the Ameri-
can University in Cairo. I will be teaching
starting in early September 2011. Courses
will include postwar American culture, the
history of photography, American advertis-
ing history, and the art history survey," she
The Fulbright Program is the flagship
international educational exchange program
sponsored by the US government and is
designed to increase mutual understanding
between the people of the US and the peo-
ple of other countries. The primary source
of funding for the Fulbright Program is an
annual appropriation made by the US De-
partment of State, Bureau of Educational
and Cultural Affairs. Participating govern-
ments and host institutions, corporations
and foundations in foreign countries and in

The Salsbachs with Honored Guests: Commissioner Delno Tromp, Advisor Marugia
Janga, Geraldine Dammers, Alvin Clemencia

fruits and vegetables can be very tasty.
She was fanatic in converting all the local
snacks like pastechi, johny cakes, pancakes,
even cakes, into healthy whole grain ver-
sions with lower fats. She made everything
that came from her oven, believe it or not,
indeed very tasty!
After closing the restaurant, Marie
cooked for small groups, but she's always
wanted to publicize her vegetarian recipes,
especially since many people don't know
how to prepare a well balanced vegetarian
With this first publication coming to frui-
tion, Mary wants to encourage people to a
healthier eating habit. Research shows that
vegetarians suffer less from many of the
diseases associated with the typical western
diet, including obesity, coronary heart dis-
ease, hypertension, type II diabetes, diet
related cancers, constipation, etc. These
health benefits are due to the nutritional
value of a vegetarian diet that is rich in
vitamins and minerals, poly-unsaturated
fats (the healthy fats) and fibers. A typical
vegetarian diet reflects most of the dietary
recommendations for healthy eating.
This nice publication combines the reci-
pes with a Birthday Desk Calendar Recipe
Book which gives easy-to-make soups and
dishes, showing different ways to substitute
meat - using beans, tofu, eggs, or soya
meat. It's simply for those who want to
have a healthy and meatless variation. Each

recipe comes with its nutrition value per
With this Birthday Calendar-Recipe
Book Marie shows how to introduce a
meatless dish into their regular week's
menu or have some healthy variations in
their cooking - in an easy and simple way.
It's also worth mentioning that these reci-
pes are adequate for most diets such as
weight control, cholesterol control, blood
pressure control, diabetes, constipation
relief, etc.
At the Birthday Desk Calendar-Recipe
Book presentation last Saturday, guests
were invited to taste some of the dishes
from the book. Honored guest, Commis-
sioner Delno Tromp reported, "Everything
- all the bites and tastes - were fabulous,
especially her cashew nut spread. We were
totally pampered by Marie."
These Desk Calendar recipes can have a
suitable place in your kitchen. They're
available at Bonaire Essentials (behind Best
Buddies), Flamingo Bookstore, Books and
Toys (next to Best Buddies) or at Marie
Salsbach at cel# 7950109 of 7860551.
They are in Papiamentu, but are easy to
understand. They make a lasting and
memorable gift.
This is Marie's first publication with the
intention of having more in the fu-
ture. Enjoy it. U Angelique Salsbach/L.D.

Bonaire Reporter- July 8-22, 2011


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the US also provide direct and indirect sup-
Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected
on the basis of academic or professional
achievement, as well as demonstrated lead-
ership potential in their fields. The Program
operates in over 155 countries worldwide.
Since its establishment in 1946 under legis-
lation introduced by the late US Senator J.
William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Ful-
bright Program has given approximately
300,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists,
and scientists the opportunity to study,
teach and conduct research, exchange ideas
and contribute to finding solutions to shared
international concerns.
Mel's husband Harris Friedberg, associate
professor of English at Wesleyan Univer-
sity, will be joining Dr. McCombie in Cairo
and will be giving several lectures on poet-
ics, and conducting his own research. Both
McCombie and Friedberg will miss Bon-
aire-"it's doubtful that the warmth and
hospitality of the Egyptians trumps Bo-
naireans-but we plan on frequent diving in
the Red Sea and in Zanzibar, "she said. U
Story & photo by "Mike "- LMG

M C3CA3 E. Ee9c


Most people have been brain-
washed into believing only pre-
scription medication can "cure" high
blood pressure! More people are worried
sick about their cholesterol, not under-
standing the problem! More people are
given antibiotics for the most ridiculous
reasons, including things like menstrua-
tion and ear infection in babies!
If you are fortunate enough (and have
not been brainwashed enough!) and have
an enquiring mind perhaps you realize
there is always a choice where your
health is concerned. You do your re-
search, ask for a second or even a third
opinion, and in short, take CONTROL of
your health! The flip-side of the coin is
also your attention seekers. Sadly, they
would like to be told the name of their
"problem," what to take for it, do some
tests in Curacao and possibly also go to
Columbia! When these same people are
told to change their diet and lifestyle and
to stop consuming alcohol and sodas, it
all seems too much like hard work!
I do not want you to misunderstand
what I am saying; there is a time and
place for chemical drugs! Emergency
and certain life sustaining medication
have a very important role to play! I
want to give you an example of being
locked into a medication. Mr B (age 62)
goes to the doctor because he is feeling
sick. The doctor takes his blood pressure
and it seems to be elevated. Ah, that is
your problem, high blood pressure! Now
Mr. B has a name for why he is feeling so
bad. Mr. B is prescribed the standard
blood pressure medication, and 6 years
later, Mr. B is still taking the medication,
but in the meantime Mr. B has a few
other problems added to the original
problem. Cholesterol, treated with more
medications on top of the blood pressure
medication, very often can lead to sexual

dysfunction. Now Mr. B's wife wants to
leave him and he is depressed!
Let's start with the original problem.
Blood pressure fluctuates throughout the
day, and one isolated reading does not
establish high blood pressure. To estab-
lish true high blood pressure and whether
cardiovascular disease is involved, read-
ings should be taken over a period of
time. If, at that point the BUN (blood
urea nitrogen) test was done, it would
have been very clear that Mr. B does not
produce enough hydrochloric acid and
therefore cannot metabolize his proteins
adequately. Undigested proteins form
ammonia nitrogen that is very, very often
responsible for an elevated blood pres-
sure! A course of the correct amino ac-
ids, a few dietary changes and Mr. B
would have been as right as rain!
Now let us talk about "natural" cures,
or "natural" medicines. The only things
naturally present in the body are vita-
mins, minerals and amino acids. Yes,
some plants and herbs have amazing
properties for healing, but you still have
to supply the body with the basics. Very
few (if any) shop-bought multi-vitamins
contain amino acids!
It is this indiscriminate use of store-
bought nutrition that has contributed to
the brainwashing of the masses together
with the very successful strategy of the
FDA and Big Pharma and ultimately our
doctors, in making people believe that
prescription medication is the only way!
It is not, of course, but it does take a lot
more work! 0
Stephanie Bennett '

Author Stephanie Bennett
was born in Cape Town,
South Africa, where she stud-
ied herbs, minerals and nu-
trition. Before moving to Bonaire she contin-
ued her studies in the UK and now researches
Bonaire health issues.

Award Winner
F adilah Ali, Master of Environ-
mental Science from the Uni-
- versity of Southampton, was the
recipient of the Bill Wildin Volun-
teer Internship Travel Award at
CIEE last week. The award was
presented by Prawphan Wildin.
(left). U Photo by Hendrik Wuyts


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D Cracked? Pocket?
O Missing O Worn?

O Causing
Gum Pain?

Kaya J.G. Hernandez z/n
(Near Botika Korona)
New hours:
9 am-12 pm,
2 pm-4 pm

Call For An Appointment 717-2248 or 786-3714
Bonaire Reporter- July 8-22, 2011

3n Memoriam

Sara Brandsen
* Lelystad 24-09-1986 t Almere 23-06-2011
Sara came to Bonaire
in September 2005
and began working for
Buddy Dive Resort
sho,: . shortly afterwards: first
=... V-. the reception and reserva-
. .tions, then she transferred
to Belmar Apartments
where she worked as As-
sistant Manager. She
qualified as a Divemaster
at Belmar beginning in
May 2009. She became a
Dive Instructor in De-
cember 2010. Unfortu-
nately she became ill this
January and in February
she was diagnosed a hav-
ing a rare and aggressive
Non-Hodgkin Lym-
phoma. She fought her
cancer for a long time but
it was an unfair fight
which she lost on Thurs-
day 23-06-2011. Since
she was diagnosed she
never gave up hope of
winning the fight and she
stayed the positive and
caring person she always
was. - Joep Goode

ulio Iglesias,
(born in 1943) is a Spanish singer
who has sold over 300 million records
worldwide in 14 languages and released
77 albums. Julio is one of the best selling
musical artists in history.
In 1971, he married Isabel Preysler and
had three children, one of which is Enri-
que Iglesias.
His career started in 1968 when he won
the Benidorm Song Festival. After this
event he signed a deal with Columbia
Records. He represented Spain in the
1970 Eurovision Song Contest, earning
fourth place. Shortly after he had a num-
ber one hit in many European countries
with" "Un Canto A Galicia." That single
sold more than 1 million copies. In 1979,
he moved to Miami and started singing in
different languages such as English,
French and Portuguese. In the 1990s,
Iglesias returned to his original Spanish
melodies, with several albums which
became super-sellers all over the world.
Last year Iglesias continued to travel
around the world with his "Starry Night
World Tour" to promote his 42 year ca-
Jodv's Music Quiz
Last week's answer: "Julio Iglesias" is
the father of Enrique Iglesias.

Jody's is the well-known fashion shop
for men and women at Lagoen Hill.

This week's winner is Cathy Forehand.
She can pick up the free CD at Jody's
on Lagoen Hill #18.
This week's question:
Who is the singer of the famous hit: "If
I Had A Hammer?"
Please send your answer to: and be entered in
a drawing to win a CD of your own choice
in Jody's shop at Lagoen Hill #18.
The winner of this week's contest will be
announced in the next edition of The Re-
porter. U Jo Bux

In their collection they have 100% origi-
nal brands like: Nike, G-Star, Replay,
Lacoste, Zucchero, A Priori and Zulu.
At the Friday crafts market Jody's Music
is one of the stakeholders and always
tries to bring in the best music for young
and old at the right moment.

Page 9

Lora News Update From The Echo Foundation

Lots of rain = lots of eggs so many of
the Lora pairs have had clutches of
four eggs. This is probably due to the wet
winter and the abundance of food for the
wild Loras. The trial driftwood nest box that
the Foundation installed was one of those
nests and there are now four rapidly grow-
ing chicks in there. They are going to have a
vote for names on Facebook and provide
weekly updates on their development.
The nest monitoring work continues re-
lentlessly with researcher Jose criss-crossing
the island checking on chicks and finding
new nests. Catherine Wensink (planning and
admin) and Sam Williams both get to escape
from office jobs and try to help Jose once a
week. Phil, the Master's student from Impe-
rial College, is also with the Foundation and
working on his research project.
The Foundation has also been working
with the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance
(DCNA) and the Dutch Government repre-
sentatives (RCN) on the island to develop
future monitoring efforts. Echo's plan is a
comprehensive program that would show
how the Loras are doing and whether the
things they are doing have an effect on their

Readers who have been following the Lora
articles in recent Bonaire Reporters should
be glad to know that Monty (May 27-June
24 edition) and his friends have gone
wild! The released Loras have done great.
Monty flew off for a few days and Sam was
worried, but after four days he nonchalantly
flew in for breakfast. This was a huge relief
and it goes to show the release has been a
success. Only three other released birds
hang around the aviary now. They are
Harry, who is a good friend of Fat Sally, and
"The Darling." Sally is not exactly flying
yet but she did manage a rapid wing assisted
scurry across the aviary floor when a Cara-

cara flew directly overhead. Equally it
seems that it's only at those moments when
Harry (who has been released) chooses to
fly. At most other times he can be found on
the aviary roof.
Loras, Isla and Johan, got together soon
after being released. They started to play
house at a nest box on the release site and
much to our surprise they even laid an egg.
It's really amazing to think these Loras were
stuck in small cages and now they are living
freely and even (trying to) contribute to the
wild population.

Conservation Action
Echo has received further support from the
World Parrot Trust and Natural Encounters
for Conservation Action and in the near
future will be working to create more nest
boxes from driftwood trees. Echo will also
be installing motion sensing cameras at
nests to try and catch images of predators
and poachers. They've already got an amaz-
ing series of pictures where a cat predated
the nest, "Far Far Away."
The Foundation is also planning to move
chicks from regularly poached nests and
foster them into more secure nests so they
can fledge and join the wild population.
Outreach efforts continue with regular
Lora stories in the local papers and online.
The Foundation is also going to achieve
some outreach with local school children
thanks to a developing partnership with
Desiree Croes, education officer at
STINAPA (the NGO that manages the Na-
tional Parks on Bonaire).
Echo is growing rapidly! Sam Williams was
interviewed by Charlie Moores who hosts
Talking Naturally.
Two Ambassadors from the Dutch Post-
code Lottery who were traveling with WWF
-Netherlands (World Nature Fonds, WNF)

came out to see Loras. Guiding the two Am-
bassadors was Bente van der Wilt from
WNF who wrote a nice blog about Echo.
And Echo was featured on Globe Trekker, a
TV series that is broadcast in 40 countries
and which has a global audience of 30 mil-
lion people! When we find out where the
show can be seen we'll let you know.
Catherine has created an EchoBonaire
YouTube channel too. That feeds into a new
page on the Echo. There will be more mov-
ies going on there over the coming weeks.
The Echo Foundation has been looking for
a permanent location that is central to the
Lora work and that will give Echo the op-
portunity to develop a conservation center
of excellence and provide a location to host
eco-tourists. It's the intention that this be a
sustainable development by partnering with
Mangazina di Rei (the Bonaire cultural park
and learning center). The plan would in-
volve securing a piece of land that is recog-
nized by BirdLife International as an

"Important Bird Area." It has a dry forest, a
beautiful rocky hill with Lora nests, a lake
with flamingos on it, and an historic build-
ing. Initial feedback on the idea has been
very promising and it's hoped to have more
news for you in the next update. U Sam
Williams and Echo team

Conservationist Sam
Williams has been
involved with Bon-
aire's Loras for over
seven years. Find out

The Echo Foundation is supported by contri-
butions from the storehouse Mangazina and
Rent 0 Fun Drive


Two Saturdays ago artist
, 1Henk Roozendal's solo
show, "'Caribbean Queens,"
opened in Landhuis
Bloemhof, Santa Rosaweg
6, Willemstad, Curacao.
Most of the paintings on
exhibit are large format and
were specially made for this
The theme is Girls and
Women (in a Caribbean
The show will run until
July 23. Visit. It will be
worth it to see the latest
works by one of Bonaire's
best loved artists.
There's more information
at: www.bloemhof an/
exhibitions display.php.E
Press release./G.D.- photos
provided by Henk Roozendal


OpeniiIt reL'( lpionm ati ladmlIhi II oemilho



Bonaire Reporter- July 8-22, 2011


19tM Dia dIAr*
Cover Story
B onaire's 19th Annual
Dia di Arte was held last
Sunday at Wilhelmina Park. It
was packed with Bonairean
artists, musicians and writers,
along with some international
stars. There were exhibitions of
art, local dancing, painting for
the children. All day there were
live bands, singers and dancers.
You could buy recordings of
the music, paintings and hand-
crafts, sample delicious Creole
dishes, seafood, home made
candy, cakes, drinks and much
Thanks to the Bonaire Foun- Bonnie and Annabelle, always
nation for Art and Culture for a improving their art.
truly great day! L.D.

Compass Captain Wim Malder
can also make perfect Poffertjes!

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S l fliBonaIhirL'' i timingt

Artist-writer-health advisor Stephanie Bennett Winner of the Jan Art contest, Dara
(right) with artist daughter Charleen Bosch with her mom, Judith

Erick Nicholson poses with his incredibly detailed and
beautiful designs made from coconuts.

.1 /It.L' ewo'kcr lk\'Ietorldi-
IIareL'. .JiIIIIIeL KoniI..
creates traditional and
modern lace designs.

Originator and organizer of Nos Kosecha ladies can't help dancing
Dia di Arte, the multi-
talented Emma Sint Jago.

Bonaire Reporter- July 8-22, 2011

Page 11

For Quality House
and Office Cleaning
and Maintenance..
Serving Bonaire for more
than 15 years
Honest, Reliable, Efficient, Thorough, Low
rates, References. One time or many Phone
785-9041 ... and relax.

Starting from $4 per meal.
Call CHINA NOBO 717-8981.
Web site:
www. chinanobobonaire. corn

We Will Care For Your Home
When You Are Away
Property Services Bonaire b.v.
Caretaker/Beheer onroerend goed
J@n Brouwer

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Call Donna at "95-9332

A business ad here can cost
as little as $15.
Tel. 790-6518, 786-6125


Tel (599) 791-6272 1 785-6272

After decades of innovating
Bonaire's diving Captain Don is
applying similar principles to
growing plants.
Pay him a visit.
Meet Bonaire's
Living Legend.
Get him to sign
his new book-
Reef Windows
103 Kaminda
(road to Lagun)
(Look for the blue
rock and dive flag)
Phone: 786-0956

Studios for rent at Hato, ($490-530)
see Kaya Utrecht 25

For rent: Fully furnished cozy apart-
ment in Belnem near the ocean. Hot
water, a/c, full kitchen, patio, terrace
with garden. 110 & 220 volt and internet.
Phone: 796-5530

Town house for rent: Fully furnished 2
bedrooms, 11/2 baths, A/C in bedrooms,
washing machine, screened porches,
alarm system, 1 block from Bachelor's
Beach in Belnem. $800/month utilities
not included. Call 717-6126.

Furnished Studio apt for rent
for single, as of Aug 31 st 2011 in
call 795-3456 or 717-4435 after 6pm

One bedroom apartment for rent
furnished or unfurnished. $450 per
month. Call Phil 788 3766

Fitness Business Opportunity
The fitness company Top Health
Bonaire BV and its fitness equip-
ment inventory at La Hacienda are
available for sale or rental.
For Sale: This is a special and
unique opportunity to invest in an
expanding business sector.
For Rent: It's possible for a fit-
ness instructor to start off without
an investment because all the
equipment is already in place and
pay only the rent and utilities.
Call 795-5578 or email:
benito.dirksz( for
more information.


GE Profile side by side fridge
freezer. White, 69.25" high; 35" deep;
36" wide; 26 cubic feet capacity - $400
or nearest offer. Magnavox 27" colour
TV - $200 or nearest offer. Please call
717-8454 or 785-1790

Mitsubishi L 200 pickup for sale 1995,
in good condition. Never used as a dive
truck, airco, CD, radio, 4 new tires call
795 3456 after 6pm 717-4435

For sale 1997 Chrysler V6 3.3L Mini-
van, 156 kMi, new radiator and rack &
pinion, no reverse gear, asking $1650
obo. New transmission can be supplied
for $800. Call 796 3637, or mail diaital-

For sale: dive tanks, hydrostatic test
valid till Jan. 2013, for $90 ea.; all three
for $250. Call 796 3637, or mail me at

For sale: porch set consisting of a large
(200x90 cm) table with lava stone inlay
and five chairs. Asking $800. Call 796
3637, or e-mail

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Bonaire-Sun Rise/Set,
Winds and weather can . .

Moon Phase and Tides
. .. the local tide's height and time

Bonaire Reporter Classifieds- Are still free
Got something to buy or sell?
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People ask every real-
tor two questions.
The questions are really the
same side of the same coin.
Sellers always ask, "How
much is my house worth
now?" Buyers always ask,
"Is this the right time to
buy?" Each question is
asking "Is this the time for
me to profit, and are the
financial wheels of fortune
turning in my favor?"
Today is the very best
time in many years for peo-
ple to buy on Bonaire. Let me be very clear
and remove all doubt from your mind: Bon-
aire is a buyer's market, a fabulous buyer's
market. Today's real estate on Bonaire is a
rare moment in real estate time.
Years from now people who have taken
this opportunity will have very big smiles
on their faces and be very happy. Those
who do not take advantage of this buying
opportunity will look back to 2011 and
wistfully say, "Why didn't I buy on Bon-
aire then?"
We have always been very cautious and
careful in assessing real estate market con-
ditions. In combination we have more than
80 years of experience in real estate market
analysis. We have been following the Bon-
aire markets since 1988.
We bought and sold for our personal use
several times, and like you, had a personal
choice to make. The choice: to buy when
the market is a seller's market or when it is
a buyer's market.
Buying in a seller's market is easy. Val-
ues are going up, often very rapidly and
you feel comfortable knowing that your
investment is "safe." Of course it is "safe"
only if you buy very, very early in a seller's
It is emotionally much harder to buy in a
buyer's market especially a "bad" buyer's
market. It is also very, very profitable!
When you buy in a buyer's market you are
trading emotional worries for long- term
financial security.
It is not easy to gauge the bottom of the
market. Just as there are no fireworks or
flags announcing the top of a market there
are none announcing the bottom. Highs
and lows are a matter of hindsight unfortu-
nately, not of foresight.
When the world real estate bubble burst
in 2006 it passed Bonaire by. While real
estate values and economies in Holland,
America and most of the world collapsed in
the financial clouds of securitized mort-
gages and credit swaps created by the fi-
nancial gnomes, Bonaire real estate contin-
ued to increase in value.
There are several solid reasons why Bon-
aire's real estate values increased while
others suffered. All of those good reasons
supporting Bonaire were not sufficient to
ride out the financial and real estate hurri-
cane and tsunami. In 2009 and 2010 the
world's economic issues became our eco-
nomic issues.
Real estate values began to sputter. As

Bonaire Reporter- July 8-22, 2011

the excitement of 2010 helped values, po-
litical uncertainty hurt values. The real
estate tides on Bonaire seemingly were
going in opposite directions at the same
time. There was no uncertainty in the rest
of the world in 2009 and 2010: the real
estate tide was going out for sellers and
going out fast, very fast.
If you look carefully at Bonaire and
abroad, there is a slack tide changing to a
buyer's tide. There is still a great deal of
concern and worry with the Euro because
of the Greece, Portugal, Ireland, Italy and
Spanish crises. There is tremendous con-
cern over the American debt and deficit
issues. There is also a faint and distant light
at the end of the tunnel. Issues which are
being addressed. Job growth is increasing.
Unemployment is falling. Confidence is
slowly returning to the real estate world.

We are experiencing more buying interest
from sophisticated buyers, those who buy
low and sell high. We are definitely seeing
increasing reality by many sellers. These
sellers know markets do not turn on a dime.
They know it will take time for the real
estate pendulum to swing 180 degrees.
These sellers have growth plans for their
The wise buyer and the wise seller under-
stand how to take advantage of time. Each
understands that this is opportunity time on
Bonaire. U
Anna & Art Kleimer
The Kleimers are founding partners of
Bonaire Island Real Estate, B.V. In 1993
they were "America's Outstanding Real-
tors. " Email:

or Art(atBonaireislandrealestate.corn


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25, 2011, edition of The Reporter they drove 3 1/2 hours from their home in Bucks,
County, PA, along with their copy of The Bonaire Reporter to check it out. They plan
to return to Bonaire in 2012.


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Bonair Real Estate Reflections


Divi Divi Air- Bonaire's "on time airline" with 16
flights a day between Bonaire and Curagao. Your
first choice for inter-island travel. Now flying to


City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest
selection of large and small home appliances, furni-
ture, TV, computers, cell phones and more. F service
and in-store financing too.


Exito offers fresh homemade breads and pastries,
fruit shakes including fresh orange juice maker on
the island, freshly made sandwiches, an expanded
salad bar and other take-out items-at affordable


Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials and
facial waxing.


De Freewieler sells bikes and all kinds of bike ac-
cessories. They do professional repairs on almost
anything on two wheels. Have your keys made
here too.


Total Home Sustainable Building Products stocks
a large collection of European quality hardware.
Call 701-7011, above Caribbean Homes Realty


All Denture Lab-for the best denture care by an
experienced professional. Repairs while you wait.
Next to Botika Korona on Kaya J. G. Hemandez.


Norca's Deli Cafr, upstairs above Botika Bonaire
on Kaya Grandi offers lunch plus a special "after
hours" Rijsttafel dinner if you call ahead: 717-4376

Pasa Bon Pizza is Bonaire's best. Freshly prepared
pizzas made with the finest ingredients. Salads, desserts.
Eat in or take away. Nice bar too. Very cool jazz mu-
sic!780-1111 Call ahead to eat-in or take out, Next
to Bistro (above)
Lunchroom de Bonairiaan-Breakfast & lunch
prepared and served by Stichting Project students
under professional guidance. Monday-Friday, 9-2.
Kaya Gob. N. Debrot, opposite Divi Flamingo.
(closed in July)


Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with dive shop
and well stocked retail store. Best book trade on Bon-
aire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive computer

Dive Friends has four dive schools and three retail
shops so you always get the best deals and can be
assured of top notch training.


ScubaVision - Pro video of your Bonaire vacation,
above and/or below the water with a custom DVD
by Bonaire's top videographer, Hendrik Wuyts


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. Now in new expanded location off
Kaya Industria.

Captain Don's Plants, Trees and More sells genu-
ine acclimated Bonaire plants. Take a 30-minute
tour too. Strong plants for strong Bonaire gardens.

HEALTH and WELLNESS - Also see Spa & Gym

Essentials -New health center brings together nu-
trition, health food and massage in a single location
downtown. Beautiful new courtyard location just
off the main street.


Bonaire Second Home Care can handle all the
needs of second home owners on Bonaire including
inspection, management and cleaning.


Bonaire's creative video and still photographer
for the wedding or other important events in
your life. ScubaVision, Kaya Grandi 6, see website or YouTube


Bonaire Island Real Estate, B.V. Brings personal
attention, experience and integrity to property trans-
actions. In 1993 they were "America's Outstanding

Caribbean Homes, "the Re-
freshing Realtor," specializing
in luxury homes, condos, lots,
rentals and property manage-
CAARIBEAN HOMES ment. And now Yachts!

,- . 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.
Sunbel ealty

Benetton, world famous designer clothes available
now in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For
men, women and children.

Special Security Services will provide that extra
measure of protection when you need it. Always

The Storehouse
(Mangazina in
Papiamentu) of-
fers Secure Stor-
age For Vehicles,
Household Items, NGASINA
Diving And .,A GASlGNA
Business Files or
Inventory. Across from the northern hotel row.


Services N.V.

Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
FedEx agent. What would we do without their
superb services?


BEVERLY Bio Aesthetics-Offers several meth-
ods for treating skin challenges like Skin Tags,
Facial Cholesterol Deposits, Milia, Acne Pimples,
and more as well as massage and beauty care.

Bon Bida Spa & Gym World
Class fitness and health facility-
Classes, top notch machines,
trainers. Day, monthly or annual

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Nubia's Face and Body- Professional massage ther-
apy, facials, reflexology, lymph drainage, Shiatsu,
deep tissue massage and other body and facial treat-

Warehouse Supermarket on Kaya Industria-
Biggest air conditioned market with a friendly staff,
the largest selection and lowest prices on the island.

More for Less
Bonaire's 'boutique" supermarket with a wide selec-
tion, specializing in organic vegetables, unique prod-
ucts and hard-to-find items. On the Nikiboko Road

Christie Dovale will personally take you on a fas-
cinating tour of the island. Contact her via her
website: Phone 717-4435
or 795-3456. You will
remember it always. * O

Get to Klein Bonaire by I ARHOUS6
Ferry. Ride the Kantika N A I R E
di Amor. Hotel or down-
town pickup The only
water taxi to Klein Bonaire with built-in ramp

Antillean Wine Company. You've tried the rest;
now try the best: best prices, highest quality wines
kept in a cooled warehouse. Free delivery. Kaya
Industria 23, Mon.-Sat. 9 am-1 pm.

Fortnightly Adver-
tisers in
The Ronaire Reporter
included in this
guide. Free!
To place an ad
call 790-6518,
or email

Bonaire Reporter- July 8-22, 2011

Page 14



Late breaking report from the Spe-
cial Olympics World Summer
Games 2011 in Athens, Greece:
On July 3rd, the last games were
played. During the games Bonaire
won 14 medals, an impressive
achievement for our small team. On the
last day
Bonaire's Special Olympics Team re-
ceived Two more Gold Medals:
Revelino Engelhart and Kenneth
Piar -playing Doubles Bocce
And three more Silver Medals were
won by: Marion Melaan-100m Ath-
letics and
Swinda Offerman and Magnet An-
thony -in Doubles Bocce
The photos show some exciting mo-
ments for our team. U DeIno L. A.

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Rijsttafel for early dinner on
request by reservation only
Minimum 2, Maximum 12 people
Regular hours 8 am-6 pm
non-stop, Mon-Sat
Call 717-4376 for reservations

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* Rooi Lamoenchi Kunuku Park
Tours $21 (includes tax). Dis-
counts for residents and local peo-
ple. Tel. 717-8489, 540-9800.
* We Dare to Care Park chil-
dren's playground open every day
in the cooler evening hours.

* Rincon Marshe-8am-2 pm. En-
joy a Bonairean breakfast while you
shop, fresh fruits and vegetables,
gifts, local sweets, snacks, arts,
handicrafts, candles, incense,
drinks, music. Big Marche first
Saturday of the month-
*Bonaire Animal Shelter's
"Garage Sale" every Saturday,
8am-5pm. At Kaminda Liberador
Simon Bolivar, across from Bran-
daris Cafe. Tel. 717-4989
* Monthly flea market at "We
Dare To Care" Playground, 1st
Saturday of the month, 2- 6 pm.
Rent a table for $10. Information:
Marissa Jansen (Tel: 701-1103) or
Kim de Raadt (Tel: 787-1475)
* Wine Tasting at Antillean Wine
Company's warehouse on Kaya
Industria, second Saturday of the
month, 7-9 pm. Snacks and tasting
of six wines for $10 per person.
Tel. 560-7539.
* Soldachi Tours-See the real
Bonaire and be transported back
in time. Learn about the history,
culture and nature by Bonaireans
from Rincon. Call Maria Koeks for
more information-796-7870.

* Soldachi Tours of Rincon, the
heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-
Call Maria, 717-6435-best island
tour value
* Meet the Captain Night at Cap-
tain Don's Habitat Bar- Get up
close and personal with Bonaire's
dive pioneer. The Captain will
autograph your copy of his newest
book Reef Windows.

*SGB High School Chez Nous
Restaurant- 6 pm, multi course
dinner, $20. Reservations 700-

*SGB High School Chez Nous
Restaurant- 12:30 multi course
lunch, about $12. Reservations 700-

.SGB High School Chez Nous
Restaurant- 12:30pm - Multi
course lunch, about $12. Reserva-
tions 700-4628
*Bonaire Chess & Draughts
(checkers) players get together
on from 19.00 till 21.00 at the
SGB-school: Kaya Frater
Odulfinuz z/n

* Jong Bonaire Chess &
Draughts players get together
from 17.00 till 19.00 at the SGB-
school. Kids can start at age six.
Tourists are welcome. Con-
tact Serapio Pop, at 701-9660


Sunday- Creature Feature- John
and Suzie Wall of Buddy's Digital
photo center present a multimedia
slide presentation about Buddy's
House Reef- pool bar Buddy Dive,
6:30-7 pm, 717-5080
Monday -- Touch the Sea -- Dee
Scarr, honored as a member of the
Women Divers Hall of Fame con-
ducts Bonaire's Touch the Sea pro-
grams of personalized dive guiding.
She presents a unique perspective
on critters and corals, plus an up-
dated Bonaire lionfish report, every
Monday she's on-island at 8:30 pm
in the Aquarius Conference Center
at Captain Don's Habitat, Call 717-
Wednesday - Sea Turtle Con-
servation Bonaire (STCB) pre-
sents an informative slide
show: Sea Turtles of Bonaire, at
8pm, every 2nd and 4th Wednes-
day in the conference room at Cap-
tain Don's Habitat (717-8290)
Mangasina di Rei, Rincon. Enjoy the
view from 'The King's Storehouse."
Learn about Bonaire's culture. Visit
homes from the 17th century. Daily.
Call 717-4060 / 790-2018
Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree,
behind the Catholic Church in town.
Open weekdays from 8 am-noon, 1:30-
5 pm. Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National
Park, Museum and Visitors' Cen-
ter. Open daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed
on December 25th. and January 1st.
Call 788 - 9015 or 796 - 5681
AA meetings - every Wednesday at
7pm. Phone: 790-7001 and 796-
Al-Anon meetings - every Mon-
day evening at 7 pm. Call 790-7272

Bridge Club - Wednesdays, 7:15
pm- All levels, NAf2,50, call Re-
nata at 796-5591 to find out the
evening's location.
Darts Club plays every other Sun-
day at City Cafe. Registration at 4,
games at 5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-
JCI - First Wednesday of the
Month- Junior Chamber Interna-
tional Bonaire (JCI Bonaire, for-
merly known as Bonaire Jaycees)
meets at the ABVO building,
Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30
to 9:30 pm. Everyone is welcome.
Contact: Renata Domacass6 516-
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 wel-
come. For more information call
Rotary lunch meetings Wednes-
days, 12:15-2 pm - Divi Flamingo
Beach Resort in Peter Hughes
meeting room upstairs above the
dive shop. All Rotarians welcome.
Tel. 701-1100.
Toastmasters Club meets every
two weeks. For more information
call Crusita de Palm at 786-3827 or
Lucia Martinez Beck, at 786-


Protestant Congregation of Bon-
Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. In
Papiamentu, Dutch, English, Sun-
days, 10am.
Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian, in
Papiamentu, Sundays, 8:30 am.
Children's club, Saturdays, 5 pm, in
Sunday School, Sundays, 4 pm, in
Rincon. Bible Study and Prayer
meetings, Thursdays, at 8 pm, Kral-
New Apostolic Church: Centro di
Bario Nord Salifia, Sundays, 10 am.

Services in Dutch. 700-0379.
International Bible Church of
Bonaire, at SGB High School audi-
torium (Kaya Frater Odulfinus, off
Kaya Korona) Sunday services in
English at 9 am; Sunday eve-
ning prayer meeting at Por's home,
7 pm. Friday, 6 to 8 pm, Light &
Life Club, children 5 to 12 yrs. Tel.
Catholic: San Bernardus in Kral-
endijk - Services, Sunday at 8 am
and 7 pm in Papiamentu, 717-8304.
Our Lady of Coromoto in Antriol,
Saturday at 6 pm 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). In
English, Dutch & Papiamentu on
Sunday at 10 am. Wednesday
Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm. 717-
Ministerio di Kristu Hesus Services
Sunday mornings at 10 am at Jong
Bonaire Youth Center in English,
Dutch and Papiamentu. Preaching
the full gospel. Contact: 786-2557.
Prayer and Intercession Church,
in English. A full Gospel Church
located temporarily at Kaya Alex-
andrit # 20, Santa Barbara, Re-
publiek. Services are held on Sun-
day mornings from 10am until
11:30am. Bible studies in English
are on Monday nights from 7 to 8
pm. Contact: 717-3322
The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints: Kaya Sabana
#26, Sundays: 9 am Sacrament
Services (Translation to English
and Papiamentu upon request)
10:20 Sunday School, 11:15 RS/
YM/YW/PH Primary held from
10:20-12 noon Visitors wel-
come: Call 701-9522 for informa-
Foundation Fountain of Living
Waters, Centro Fuente, Service
Sunday at Kaya Aruaco 4 at 6 p.m.
Preaching in Papiamentu and Span-
ish. For Marriage Counseling, con-
tact 717-2161

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Dear Editor,
I see lots of tools going around to use to
catch lionfish: spear guns, nets, and I
even read a story of a canasta (fish trap)
baited with lioness-fish eggs!
However, if you have nothing with you
but your bare hands and you spot one,
there is a trick.
A lionfish is not very aqua-dynamic, for
the abundance of decorative poisonous
fins and pins cause drag. So with snorkel
and fins you are able to keep pace with it.
Chase the lionfish until it gets tired and
slows down. If it's under a rock, knock
the rock with a stone and the sound will
scare it out into the open.
Within three minutes you will get a
chance to comer it and knock it out with a
This works in shallow sandy areas
where you find few reefs like between
Punt Vierkant and Red Slave.
Larry Gerharts


S- - "

Dear Editor:
So this is how it went... Bonaire slowly
became a home away from home: the place
that you stay in and have no particular inter-
est in exploring. Rather, you explore other
places from it and return to its comforts.
The place you know and feel local, but also
the place that you have never cared to fully
Little discoveries here and there.
Not unlike the little sandy "I'a kai
beach" (our name for it), by KonTiki, with
an old wooden bench or two, right by the
lazy shallow water, where a mind and heart
opening drink, cognac with orange juice,
was invented. With stories and secrets by
friends, shared with the warm breeze only.
Bonaire was windsurfing at first, pure and
The best place I know anywhere. Warm,
crystal clear water, un-crowded, except for
occasional sweating cruise ship herds being
dumped by small vans and taxis at Lac Bay
beach for couple of hours in cruise ship
season. Rushing into inviting bay waters
and soon shouted out of it.
The Hangout Bar where you could have
fresh food, lunch, dinner almost, with a mix
of locals and not-so-locals . A place where
there are not only no days of the week, no
months, no seasons, but "open" and "close,"
daylight and nighttime. The place where
you would be asked and not surprised by:
- What do we have now, is it end of May
or something? It really happened and it was
so honest in Bonaire.
How would it compare with "real" home?
It would not. It is life in a different
bracket, parallel to the one we've known for
so long.
I am not sure how, but it is even difficult
to have an argument with someone in Bon-
aire, certainly between us, few friends who
go there often, but also with the others on
the island.
Somehow, for whatever reason, an argu-
ment and Bonaire do not mix together well.
It is a place, where you would stop at a
house, outside of town, to ask for directions
to the nearest bar, and that house would
become a bar.
Smiling owner would pull out a bottle of
good whiskey and share it with you, with
his kids running around, treating you as a
friend. Just like that.
It really happened and was so innocently
natural in Bonaire.
Could you become a better person living
there? It certainly seems that way.
Back to Lac Bay, its water and windsurf-
ing. There is nothing like it.


Q) What building is in the

A) The former Technical
School, then the former
Ontvanger's (Collector's)
on Kaya J.A. Abraham
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Bonaire Reporter- July 8-22, 2011


Wind or no wind, sitting tired or relaxed
on a board in the middle of the bay makes
you think of nothing.
Or, walking in thigh-deep warm, calm
water all around the bay, splashing, sitting
on a sandy bottom and doing plenty of not
doing anything. Not noticing the passage of
time, a rare feat indeed..
How used are we to running out of time,
at home. A norm really, rushing to the next
thing, and another, and the one after. But
there, on Lac Bay, we actually enjoy time
running by and away, with absolutely noth-
ing pending.
Where else can time be so timeless?
Further into Lac Bay, closer to the reef,
water up to your waist, warm, pristine. Liq-
uid glass-like quality.
Doing nothing, stepping on a sandy bot-
tom raising sand clouds, watching uninter-
ested fish swim by, sometimes a turtle, oc-
casional barracuda that may scare you until
you know its habits.
Lazy snorkel, chat with friends, and still
nothing to worry about, nothing pending.
Until you get hungry or until it gets dark.
No other time markers.
Do you know another place like this?
Bonaire... So..., this is how it goes.....
quiet home away from home....
Mark Marchelewicz
(Thanks to the TCB for alerting us to this


Dear Editor:
What have a platter of jumbo shrimp,
murdered fishermen, impoverished coastal
communities and disastrous hurricanes have
in common? Mangroves.
On Bonaire we really care about our man-
groves and rightly so. Maybe we should not
only care about our own mangroves.
Most people (including myself until some
years ago) do not realize that every time we
eat those great tasting garlic shrimps we are
actually take part in killing mangroves
somewhere else in the world.
In 2001 an estimated 52% of global man-
groves were lost to aquaculture, of which
shrimp farming is responsible for a stagger-
ing 38%. (Editor's note: There is no longer
shrimp farming on Bonaire)
Those mangroves are CO, consumers,
they release oxygen, produce carbohydrates,
they hold carbon (very interesting because

they minimize the greenhouse effect), filter
water and nutrients, are buffers for coast-
lines, maintain the quality of coastal waters,
are fish nurseries and bird havens, support
an enormous biodiversity and are the super-
markets and protection for hundreds of mil-
lions of coastal people.
And still they cut down mangroves so
more shrimp farms can grow shrimps who
will find their way on peoples' platters who
really don't need to eat those fat shrimps
Those shrimp farms do not only take
away very valuable land, but they poison it
with the use of antibiotics and other ways so
they need to cut down more mangroves
after four to five years to continue produc-
And if local people want to claim their
lost land they have to fear for their own
lives. Most of them are being pushed into
And all this because we want to eat
shrimp that are totally unnecessary for us.
And this again is possible because in a lot
of countries mangroves do not have any
economic value so they can produce shrimp
If people really did value mangroves for
what they are really worth, then shrimps
would soon disappear from the supermar-
kets and restaurants because they will be
unaffordable. Enjoy your meal!
Hans Voerman
People interested in this subject are recommended to
read the book : "Let them eat shrimp-the tragic
disappearance of the rainforests of the sea" by Ken-
nedy Warne ISBN-13:978-1-59726-683-3


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a small, white
curly dog, died
during the delivery
of her six puppies,
four of the pups
Doctor Jan, the
vet, taught Miss
Radinka Thode
(11) how to feed
the babies. Alas,
only one survived
and Radinka
named her
For four long
weeks Radinka .:
would feed Teddy
every three hours, "
first with a syringe
and later with a baby bottle. Every night
the alarm clock would go off in the mid-
dle of the night and Radinka would get
up to feed her puppy. And so it happened
that she saved her life. Teddy is eight
weeks old now and she's doing fine!
She's had her first vaccination and when


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she's six months old she's going to be
sterilized, for sure!
Radinka and Teddy are inseparable,
where Radinka goes, goes Teddy. They
shop, they play and sleep together, they
are forever friends! U
Story & photo by Greta Kooistra

L ast Saturday was another successful Book ..'
and Flea Market Sale at the Shelter. And
much of its success was to the energetic and ,
enthusiastic volunteers - more than 10 of them,
most of whom volunteer at the Shelter during
the week! Another thank you goes to the people
who donated the items to sell. (It seems that
there are more books at these sales than at a big .
library in the US or Holland.) Visitors always
have a good time at these fairs, meeting new
friends and chatting with old ones. One dog was
adopted during the festivities and a number of
other people showed a lot of interest in becom-
ing pet owners. The drinks were ice cold and
the pastechis made by Yachi were mouth water-
ing! If you missed the market, not to worry as Young Norvile reading a book
most of the things will be brought down to the at the Shelter Fair.
Shelter's Weekly Garage Sale Shop at
Kaminda Liberador Simon Bolivar across
from Brandaris Caf6. Volunteers staff the shop from 8 am to 5 pm every Satu
day. U Laura DeSalvo

Pet of the Week
S ammy Sellars from San Diego, Califor-
nia, made his first visit to Bonaire last
week and one of the things he wanted to do
was to visit the Bonaire Animal Shelter, espe-
cially the cat cage. Sammy has his own tux-
edo cat, "George," at home.
At the Shelter right now there are so many
cats to choose from - kittens, young cats,
older cats, all different colors. It was difficult
for him to pick one to pose with. But here he
is with darling "Holly," a beautiful young .
black, white and gray kitten who's like a purr
machine. She cuddled up with Sammy and
really hoped he'd bring her home with him on
J the plane. That didn't happen but everyone "k
had a good time anyway. Holly has a brother,
"Harry," and the two of them together are a
fun loving pair. All the cats up for adoption
are healthy and sociable. They've been exam-
ined by the vet, given their tests for feline
leukemia, wormed, given their shots and will
be sterilized when they're old enough. All this is included in the cat adoption fee of
After his Shelter visit Sammy got a Shelter T-Shirt, that are for sale at the Shelter
gift shop. They are very cool shirts and it's a great way to help support our Shelter.
There are all colors and sizes, adults and children. (Note: A number of animals have
been adopted from the Shelter and brought home with their new owners to Europe or
the US. The Shelter can take care of nearly everything, including putting in a micro
Shelter Alert: There is a big need right now for volunteers to come in and so-
S cialize with the animals. The cats love having people around to cuddle them and
play with them. The dogs would like to have someone to walk them on a leash,
maybe teach them how to sit and just have fun. If you can spare a few hours, call the
Shelter at 717-4989. You'd be doing a great service - and have a good time as well!
The Shelter is on the Lagoen Road, open Monday through Saturday, 9 am to 1 pm
and 3 to 5 pm. U Laura DeSalvo



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In early July look
south at 11 pm.
You'll see Scorpius, one of
the few constellations that
actually looks like its
namesake. You won't need
to strain your imagination
to see a scorpion in these V ,E . -.,
stars. Scorpius is visible ' 7,
above the southern horizon NGC ia3
as a long fishhook shape.
This curve of stars marks .
the scorpion's tail and
stinger. You need more
imagination to see the
body, heart, and claws of
the scorpion, but the stars
in this region tie together so nicely. As the
night moves on, the scorpion appears to
crawl from left to right, or westward,
along the southern horizon. The brightest
star in Scorpius is a beautiful red star
named Antares. The brilliant tint of this
star has inspired observers for thousands
of years. Antares means "Rival of Mars"
because of its similar hue to the red
But it's nothing like Mars. Antares is
one of the largest known stars in the gal-
axy. Look at the entire orbit of Mars
would fit inside Antares. But at around
600 light years away, it's still about the
same brightness as the much closer and
much smaller planet Mars. With its flick-
ering red light, Antares looks like it's the
beating heart of the sinuous scorpion.
But watch out for his stinger! At the end
of the hook you'll spy two stars that are
almost on top of each other. The brighter
one is called Shaula and the dimmer one
is Lesath. Together they were known as,
"the sting" in ancient Arabic and are the
brightest stars to appear so close together
in the night sky.
In ii- i , ..- -, Scorpius is the slayer of
the mighty Orion. It took just one sting to
fell the great hunter and send him to the
underworld. Legend has it that Orion
never wanted to see that darned scorpion
again - and they're never visible at the
same time.
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while Scorpius reigns over the summer.
Binocular alert! Just above "the sting"
are two open star clusters just at the edge
of 2' 2, vision. These clusters are called
M6 and M7 (the "M" stands for the in-
ventor of this catalog system, Charles
Messier). Even with the weakest binocu-
lars, both clusters make a beautiful sight.
M7 is also called Ptolemy's Cluster since
he wrote about the nebulosity of this re-
gion almost 2000 years ago. M6 is nick-
named the Butterfly Cluster because the
stars resemble outstretched wings. As the
night rolls on and we get closer to mid-
night you'll notice someone hunting the
great scorpion - but it's not Orion out for
revenge. Just to the left of the scorpion
stands Sagittarius the Centaur Archer
who has his bow firmly aimed at Antares.
Sagittarius is recognizable more as a tea-
pot-shape than an archer. The spout of the
teapot marks the bow and arrow and the
dipper shape forms his body. When you
look at Sagittarius, you are looking into
the center of our galaxy, the Milky Way.
If you're observing from an extremely
dark sky site, you will see the cloudy
band of the Milky Way stretch across the
sky from north to south ending in Sagitta-
rius. This also makes a great place to look
with binoculars. The Milky way is really
"billions and billions" of stars. Better than
the best fireworks show the stars of Scor-
pius and Sagittarius will make you say
ooh and aah all summer long. 0 Dean

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ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Your talents
are likely to be discovered. You can anger
others quickly this month. Avoid over-
spending on items for your home. You
may need a good friend to lean on. Don't
forget family obligations. Your luckiest
events this month will occur on a Saturday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Don't be
afraid to make additions to your house.
Problems with in-laws may cause friction
in your personal relationship. If boredom
has set in, find new and unique directions
that offer interesting friendships. Unpleas-
ant situations concerning family members
will be unnerving. Your luckiest events
this month will occur on a Wednesday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Be careful
not to take on other people's problems.
You may find yourself in a financial bind.
You mustn't make promises that you won't
be able to keep. You may have some diffi-
culties with someone you live with. Your
ability to organize and get everyone to-
gether will enhance your popularity and
bring interest from potential mates. Your
luckiest events this month will occur on a
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Take
advantage of the opportunities that present
themselves. The home environment will be
unpredictable this month. You'll communi-
cate easily and develop new friendships.
Use your head and do things to your liking.
Your luckiest events this month will occur
on a Tuesday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) You need some
rest. You can make financial deals that will
bring you extra cash. Someone may be
trying to damage your reputation. You
should be on the road. Your luckiest events
this month will occur on a Friday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Don't di-
vulge secret information. Don't hold back;
go with the flow and take a bit of a chance.
Don't lament to a friend about any griev-
ance regarding your mate, or it may be
hard to rectify your relationship. You will
be able to enlist the help of colleagues who
believe in your ideas.
Your luckiest events this month will occur
on a Monday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You have
been stagnating for some time now and
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Don't let someone talk you into parting
with your cash unless you can truly see the
benefits of doing so. Arguments with em-
ployers or colleagues will be to your detri-
ment. Your luckiest events this month will
occur on a Sunday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 - Nov. 22) Don't
rely on others to do your work. Opportuni-
ties to make advancements through good
business sense are evident. You are best to
do something energetic with friends in-
stead. Pleasure trips will induce exciting
and passion ate encounters with those of
foreign extraction. Your luckiest events
this month will occur on a Monday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) If
you address those in a position to grant you
favors you should get the support you re-
quire. Stop telling others about your prob-
lems. Minor fevers or infections will de-
velop if you're over-stressed. Don't hesitate
to look for alternatives that will enable you
to raise the kind of donations you need to
do the job right. Your luckiest events this
month will occur on a Tuesday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan.
20) Take advantage of the opportunities
that present themselves. Be sure that the
person you're drawn to is not already in-
volved. You can make a difference if you
offer your help at functions that involve
children. Don't give up what you have until
you can be certain just what it is you're
getting. Your luckiest events this month
will occur on a Saturday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Secret
affairs will only lead to heartache. You can
open up to your mate and let them know
what you expect out of this relationship.
Be careful; you may upset someone you
live with if you don't consult with them.
You should regain some of your self es-
teem if you get involved in organizational
functions. Your luckiest events this month
will occur on a Monday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You need
to do something energetic and different.
Involve yourself in group endeavors. Good
day for romance. Try to visit friends or
relatives you don't get to see often. Your
luckiest events this month will occur on a
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