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K LM and Dutch Eagle Express
(DEE), now doing business as
BonairExel, have reached agreement on
forming a join regional airline based in
Curagao. "We have decided to work to-
gether. How exactly, we still have to work
out," said DEE shareholder, Niek Sand-
mann, from Amsterdam, where the talks
were held. Possibly the airline(s) that will
evolve from the former Aruba/Bonaire/
Curacao-Exel fleet will start operating in
two to three months. Reportedly negotia-
tions with Sandmann are being conducted
by Deputy KLM President-Director Peter
Hartman, who recently visited Bonaire.
According to the Dutch daily, De Tele-
graaf Niek Sandmann's business partner
is Erik de Vlieger, who earlier this week
announced his retirement from direct in-
volvement in his many companies but
will stay a shareholder in the Exel Avia-
tion Group. However, some of de
Vlieger's aviation investments are on the
verge of folding, and significant layoffs in
Europe are expected if that occurs.
Bonaire Senator Ramonsito Booi, a key
player in the original effort to bring Bo-
nairExel to our island, says he is working
to make sure air service to Bonaire con-
tinues uninterrupted in the meantime. It
was announced earlier this week that the
name Exel would be disappearing from
the BonairExel, CuracaoExel and
ArubaExel aircraft. Winair, the Antillean
windward island airline owned by the
Central Government that was set to be
taken over by Exel, will be included with
the former Exel airlines in the new ar-
rangement.
The intention is to improve inter-island
service and add jets of KLM's subsidiary,
Transavia, to the Antilles fleet. The


Samco (Schreiner Aircraft Maintenance)
company will be hired and on-time per-
formance will be improved, Sandmann
said. The current ATR 42 fleet is in need
of maintenance, one source of the delays
BonairExel passengers have been experi-
encing. Dutch reports byA. Burlage and
B. Mos- De Telegraf

k The new
airline, West
Caribbean
Aruba, will
be operational
by March 18, West
Aruba Day. W e
Acting direc- Ufi tn
tor of Aruba's
Aviation Administration Chris Dammers
says steady progress is being made with
the procedures for the necessary manuals
and filling the various positions within the


company. The airline will start flying with
a single MD-82 aircraft, similar to the
MD-88 used by the bankrupt Air Aruba,
which means the pilots won't require
much extra flight training. A second plane
will soon be added. The airline will be
flying to Curagao, Bonaire and Colombia,
with the US to follow later.

A Another start-up, I-Jet Caribbean,
will continue with the fights on the Mi-
ami-Port au Prince-Curacao route it
began around Christmas to meet the great
demand from Haiti to the ABC islands
and Florida. The company aims to be the
successor to DCA for the route. It offers
good fares (less than NAf400 to Florida),
good service (includes meals and a US
Immigration expert) and reliability (on
time). For the time being the company
uses a Boeing 727 (170 seats) and flies
twice a week, on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Walthie photo


A Dutch Justice Minister Piet Hein
Donner concluded his trip to the Neth-
erlands Antilles with a visit to Bonaire.
He met with Police Chief Police Gerold
Daantje, Chief Prosecutor Gilbert Joubert,
Lt. Governor Herbert Domacass6 and
Deputy Prosecutor Justine Gonggrijp.
While the minister had been in the Antil-
les last year for orientation this visit was


IN THIS ISSUE:
Bonaire Wins Top Spot
(Student Chefs) 4
New Names for New Kids 5
Learning Bonaire (TCB Leader) 5
New TCB Leader (Ronella Croes) 5
Tsunami Help 6
Bonaire Visit (an Intersession Course) 6
Bonaire Ambassadors
(Norton; Emry) 7
Walk-a-thon on Sunday 8
St. Maarten Asks Bonaire 8
Wear Yellow-LiveStrong 8
Edwin Muller (Windsurfing) 9
Yoga (Letting Go) 12
Where to Find the Reporter 12
Buddy Dive at 25 Expands 13
Pet Prof (Cat's IQ Test) 13
Phil Turns 75 14
Salute to Sergeant Major (Dee Scarr) 18

WEEKLY FEATURES:
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Vessel List & Tide Table 9
Pet of the Week (Ryan) 11
Classifieds 12
Picture Yourself (Sweden) 14
Reporter Masthead 14
What's Happening 15
Micro Movie Review 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
On the Island Since (Gisla Zils) 17
Bonaire Sky Park 19
The Stars Have It 19



"to nail things down," he said during a
press conference in the Pasangrahan.
The most important result of his visit
was the signing of several agreements for
Dutch assistance for law enforcement in
the Netherlands Antilles to fight crime.
The Netherlands will send extra police
(Continued on page 3)


Bonaire Reporter January 21 to January 28, 2005


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Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued fom page 2)
detectives, which Chief Daantje said is
not an unnecessary luxury for Bonaire,
considering the persistent understaffing of
the local police force. The added man-
power will work behind the scenes, espe-
cially to solve violent crimes. This also
means that police officers can be put on
the streets to heighten security. A work
group of local police and Dutch military
police will maintain border control at the
airport especially to intercept drugs. The
100% inspection will continue at Schi-
phol Airport in Holland and will be sup-
plemented with stricter controls at all An-
tillean international airports. The 13 mili-
tary officers and 12 Customs officials will
be assigned to Curagao and Bonaire air-
ports starting in March and will remain in
the Antilles for a maximum of two years.
Next month 40 detectives and 20 other
police officers will go on duty to combat
crime in the Antilles, primarily on Cura-
9ao.

Recently a mobile seawatch radar
was tested in Bonaire. The system is
actually being used by the Royal Army
and the Marine Corps and has been opti-
mized to track ships around the ABC Is-
lands. The Coast Guard hopes that this
radar will be able to spot attempted drug
landings on Bonaire. In mid-2006, a per-
manent radar will become operational,
but in the meantime the Coast Guard will
use the mobile unit.


Sea News


k During the Island Council meeting
last week, Commissioner James Kroon,
who is responsible for the island's medi-
cal policy, discussed the problems of the
health care system in Bonaire. He said
that he is very concerned about the in-
creased amount of chronically ill patients
and the ever-increasing medical expenses.
He suggested a significant reorganization
of the current health care system, more
attention to metal health and that informa-
tion and prevention should be the focus
for this coming year.
According to him, as many as 53% of
the adults in Bonaire have a chronic dis-
ease, like diabetes, high blood pressure,
kidney failure and heart and vascular dis-
eases. He feels there is insufficient health
care on the island for this group of peo-
ple. Usually the patients have to go to
other islands or foreign countries for
treatment. Kroon says there are plans to
attract more specialists to Bonaire. Since
numerous Bonairean kidney patients have
to fly several times a week to other is-
lands to be dialyzed, it is more logical to
have a dialysis center in Bonaire.
He added that about 17% of adults in
Bonaire are mentally ill or depressed.
There is no care for these people. A psy-
chiatrist visits Bonaire for a few hours a
month to treat these patients, and there
are only two nurses for the care of the
mentally ill people. There are no govern-
ment-sponsored psychologists or social
workers in Bonaire.

A The multipurpose frigate HMAS Van
Speijk returned to the Netherlands Antilles
as station ship for the Royal Marines on
Monday. With its crew of 140 and an on-
board Westland Lynx helicopter, she will
remain in the Caribbean for one year to per-
form counter drug operations with a Law
Enforcement Detachment of the US Coast
Guard on board. The vessel will be used by
the Royal Marines as well as the Coast
Guard of the Netherlands Antilles and
Aruba.


This photo unintentionally tells a different story than intended. In it the Dep-
uty Minister of the Netherlands Antilles, Mr Henri Brookson, is visiting a travel show
in The Netherlands to promote tourism. In the background you can see the poster for
Sri Lanka; in the foreground, Bonaire. Because of the tsunami-created devastation in
Sri Lanka many tourists have had to change their plans, and some have chosen Bonaire.


A Postal rates are changing. Local
letter mail increases 1.8%, part of which
will go to establish innovative services
such as the Elite Post service that offers
intra-island, next-day delivery. A 20-
gram letter will cost NAf 1,75. Intera-
tional letter mail between 0 to 20 grams
remains the same, while rates for letter
mail between 21 grams and 2 kilos, small
packages and printed matter have been
simplified and most of the rates have been
reduced.
A letter destined for Holland weighing
500 grams used to cost NAf61,65, but
will now be reduced 66.7% to NAf20,50.
A package destined for the US weighing
250 grams was NAf25,20, but will now
cost NAf14.40. The release stated, "A
shipment of 100 grams consisting of
printed matter (like magazines) destined
for Aruba was NAf5,45. As of January
18, it cost NAf3,95."

A Curacao pays 82% of all taxes in
the Netherlands Antilles. Of the record


tax revenues of NAf 1.3 billion in 2003,
over a billion came from Curagao. About
74% of the people in the Antilles
(133,644 out of 180,592) live on Curagao.
Second is St. Maarten, which, with
33,119 legal residents, produced NAf 172
million. Bonaire produced NAf56 million
with 10,185 residents; St. Eustatius NAf5
million with 2,498 residents; and Saba
NAf2.2 million with 1,146 residents.
Per capita Curagao paid an average of
NAf7.992 each in taxes; Bonaire
NAf5.513; St. Martin NAf5.197; Statia
NAf2.020; and Saba NAfl.990.
Of direct taxes, the income tax yielded
the most, namely NAf 516 million. For
indirect tax, the sales tax yielded the
most, NAf261 million.

k Don't forget to attend the SGB High
School open house this Saturday, 22
January, from 10 to 12 noon. See what
the school offers and meet the staff. 1
G. L. D.


S, A Acting director Peter de Witte (left) and
Commander Frank Sijtsma presented the
Coast Guard's newest weapon against drug
i i traffickers and human smugglers the
:5 Super RIB to members of the press in
SCuragao. This extended version (12 meters
long) of the Rigid Inflatable Boat is driven
by 630-horsepower engines and can reach
speeds of up to 40 knots (more than 70 kilo-
l meters per hour). Weighing close to 6 tons
and with a V-bottom, it is better suited to the
-relatively rough Caribbean Sea than the
smaller RHIBS and outdated patrol boats it's replacing. It can also give chase longer
than its predecessors, some 15 hours straight at 30 knots. Five have now arrived, of
which two for are Curagao, two for Aruba and one for St. Maarten. In total the Coast
Guard will get 12 Super RHIBS by the end of next year, four each for the three sta-
tions. The Dutch Government invested 6.75 million euros: 5 million for the boats and
1.75 million for the necessary infrastructure. In April, 34 new Coast Guard officials
will also start working, bringing the total personnel to 188.


P The Royal Marines and the Damen ship-
yard in Gorichem, Holland, recently signed a
contract for the design and construction of
a new support vessel to replace the vener-
a. T eA able Pelikaan which is a familiar sight in
our waters. The new vessel will replace the
current support ship in 2006. Then-defense
minister, De Grave once called it "a brutal
ship." Marines on board have to sleep in
shipping containers stacked three stories
high, which promotes seasickness because of the heavy rocking motion of the short
boat. The new Pelikaan is much longer (65 meters) and more comfortable, with proper
accommodations for 40 Marines. Powered by two diesel engines, it can reach a top
speed of 17 knots compared to the 12 knots of the current ship.


Bonaire Reporter January 21 to January 28, 2005


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BONAIRE WINS THE TOP SPOT

in the ABC Island-ST Maarten

Student Chef Competition


S aturday night at
Chez Lucille's at
the Harbour Village Beach
Resort was the setting for
the Gala Awards Dinner
for the ABC Islands, St.
Maarten Student Chef
Competition. Everyone
agreed it was a tremen-
dous success: the students,
the judges, the teachers
and coaches and the orga-
nizing committee.
Nine teams competed in
the kitchen of the SGB
hotel school, sometimes
four teams at a time, follow-
ing strict international culi-


nary competition rules. Professional
judges on the scene were lead judge,
Klaus Friedenreich, Henny Kolenbrander,
Helmut Holzer and Augusto Schreiner.
All four judges were bor and trained in
Europe but now have their businesses in
Florida, Georgia and Puerto Rico, respec-
tively.
Each team had to create and present
three dishes: appetizer, main dish and des-
sert. Judging was based on, for example,
sanitation, how they followed their work
plan, use of their culinary skills, plate
presentation, and most of all, taste and
flavor. The teams try to accrue as many
points as possible, the number of points
determining whether they win a gold, sil-
ver, bronze or no medal. They don't com-
pete with each other but with the system.
In this competition, for instance there
were seven bronzes and two silvers. No
team had the required number of points
for a gold.


Trevorfrom the TV show, "Kiko ta Kiko," films
the Feffik team from Curacao.


After the competition the judges met
with the teams to critique their perform-
ances. "This is a time for teaching and for
the students to learn," Head Judge Klaus
Friedenreich said.

Two exciting announcements were also
made. The winning team, SGB Bonaire,
will be invited to attend Chef Klaus
Friedenreich's Culinary Arts Institute in
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, for a week. And
St. Maarten coach, Bart Peut, invited all
the teams to come to his island in May
2006, for the next culinary competition.
Also to be invited then will be teams from
Saba, Statia and the French side of St.
Maarten.
The event was filmed by Hendrik
Wuyts of Scuba Vision and a video will
be made to use as a promotional aid for
future hotel school students and to air on
TV. O L.D.


SPONSORS
Thanks to all the sponsors and supporters for making this event happen:


AMFO
Antillean Wine Company -Rocca del Macie
wine tasting and raffle prizes
Bonaire Culinary Foundation
Bonaire Tours for all the transfers and the com-
plimentary island tour to the students
BonairExel
Bonaire Reporter
Bonaire Restaurant Association- chef coats
Capriccio's Restaurant Lola's pastry demon
stration
Caribbean Club
CCF
CHA
Cedros


Chez Lucille at Harbour Village Beach Resort
Consales
Divi Flamingo
Martines Imports- Polar
NGO Platform
Rum Runners Restaurant- chef coats, Brad's
bartending exhibition
ReMax- chef hats
SGB (high school)
Special Olympics for the use of their van
Tropical Inn
Warehouse
Xerox- for the prize of the laser printer to one
of the students D


Chef Vernon checks out the Aruba team


COMPETITION RESULTS:
1. SGB Bonaire Silver Medal
2. EPI-2 Aruba Silver Medal
3. EPI-1 Aruba Bronze Medal
4. SBO Bonaire Bronze Medal
5. FEFFIK Curacao Bronze Medal
6. Ban Bria 1 CuracaoBronze Medal
7. Ban Bria 2 CuracaoBronze Medal
8. Sundial St. MaartenBronze Medal
9. EPB -Oranjistad Aruba Bronze Medal


WINNERS OF INDIVIDUAL COURSES:
Appetizer- FEFFIK Curaqao
Main Course- SGB Bonaire
Dessert- EPI-2 Aruba


After it's all over there's a great sense
of relief and time to exchange signatures
and plan on getting together again soon.


Bonaire Reporter January 21 to January 28, 2005


The top winner a Silver score- goes to the SGB team Bonaire -
receiving congratulations from the four judges


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NEW NAMES FOR NEW KIDS LEARNING BONAIRE

W e told you the F
"new kids," the
goats born on the Keshi Kiki
(goat cheese) kunuku around
the first of the year, needed
names. So last week the 27
children of the Pelikaan
School visited the farm as
part of their Animal Project
and to present their chosen
names for the eight baby
goats to farmer Aleta van
Beeck.
The beautiful "cover goat"
of The Bonaire Reporter
(January 7t issue) was
named 'Lippie' because of
its sharp black marked lips,
the kids told me. Aleta was
very happy with all the
names picked: Tuti, Frutie,
Brunie, Liefie, Spots, Kiki
and Peli (Lippie's sister).
The goat kids and the chil-
dren seemed to enjoy play-
ing with one another.
After the Keshi Kiki
Kunuku excursion the
schoolchildren visited Pi-
loto's kunuku on Kaminda
Lagoen. Piloto's farm added
cows, calves, chicken and
rabbits to the day's experi- s Ronella Croes, Bonaire's new General Manager of Tourism at the TCB,
ence. The kids had a great IV had several orientations to bring her up to speed on Bonaire's latest cul-
time learning, and on the tural and environmental attractions. First, Bonaire's cultural expert B6i Antoin
way home there were loud animal Mike (infront) and Jorge gave her a tour of various historical sites. Then she and STINAPA (Park Author-
songs coming from the bus. photo tried out the milking stationity) Director, Elsmarie Beukenboom (driving the boat) herself a past director of
and story by Marian Walthie tourism, visited Klein Bonaire. O G.D.
and story by Mar/an Waithie


Bonaire Reporter January 21 to January 28, 2005


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PRIZES THAT NEED TO BE CLAIMED:


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+ 55

"A wesome," "Splendid,"
-"A "Humbling" were some of
the sentiments we heard about Satur-
day's fund raising extravaganza for the
Asian Tsunami victims. The outpour-
ing of generosity from the Bonairean
people was on an unprecedented scale,
not only of material items but in per-
sonal effort. In less than a week the
arrangements for the day-long fund-
raiser with its sales booths, auctions,
food and drink, performers, donors,
sellers and buyers were completed.
Thousands of Bonairean residents and
tourists showed up at Wilhelmina Park
to buy, sell, contribute and join together
to raise money to help people who lost
everything in the disaster.
We cannot print a complete list of
sponsors and contributors. There are
lists of many who helped and people,
organizations and businesses that con-
tributed, but that will never be com-
plete. There were folks coming up to
help or to give raffle prizes or other
things during the whole day. The or-
ganizers feel, in order to not forget any-
one, they'd rather thank everyone in a
general way.
An incomplete, but audited, tally is


NAf54,980. That doesn't include some
bank transactions yet, as well as the
contributions from churches and
schools. Per capita, it is the largest do-
nation of any Caribbean island reported
so far. It should eventually exceed
NAf60,000.
A lot of raffle prizes haven't been
picked up. The numbers of the winning
tickets are listed on the right. Af-
ter Sunday, January 23, the prizes
that still have not been picked up will
go up for auction. We will inform
you on what, how and when. The prizes
range from t-shirts to sailing trips and
airline tickets. This will provide full
disclosure on all gifts offered, and will
raise even more money.
The Antillean Wine Company is of-
fering bottles of the fantastic Novello
wine for NAf15/bottle-100% goes to
the relief fund.
Prizes, if provided with valid tickets,
can be obtained by emailing to tsunami-
helpiinfobonaire.com or calling
787-0707.
Any questions or information can be
directed/ obtained
via email: tsunamihelp(Zinfobonaire.
com or by phone to 787-0707. The we-
site is: www.infobonaire.com/
tsunamihelp. O G.D.


Sponsor
Tropical Travel
Bailamores Centro de Danza
BonaireExel

Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire
Pasa Bon Pizza
Sand Dollar Grocery
Bailamores Centro de Danza
Rum Runners


Plaza Resort Bonaire


Mona Lisa
Woodwind

Great Adventures Harbour Village


Aquaspace



Flamboyant
Chat n Browse M. Gaynor
Aquaspace
Pasa Bon Pizza
Beverley Bio Aesthetics
Tropical Travel

Great Adventures Harbour Village
Bonairean Golf Club Piedra So
Plaza Resort Bonaire
Caribbean Laundry
Benetton
Mushi Mushi
Railamoroe Centro do n-lnal


Prize
2 person Island Tour
Gift certificate Salsa
Roundtrip BON CUR

Book It Starts with water
Gift certificate Ang. 25
100 guilder shopping spree
Gift certificate Street dance
Gift certificate Ang. 50


Breakfast for two


2 specialty menus
2 person Sunset sail

Book Sea and Sea guide


2 person Nemo trip



2 person Dinner coupon
Bonaire Turtle shirt
5 person Nemo trip
Gift certificate Ang. 25
30 min. massage
2 person Island Tour
2 person Discover Scuba
Diving
30 min. lesson Golfpro
2 person Kayak Trip
Dry Cleaning ticket
Gift certificate Ang. 100
2 person Sunset sail
ift certfifirato e .horlladinn


Ticket #
1658015
1658034
1658043,1658364
1658228,1658705
1658047,1659017
1658066,1658887
1658081
1658159
1658162,
1658707,1658734
1658462,1658935
1658987,1658256
1658194,1658821
1658889,1658903
1658971
1658280
1658357,1658643
1658428
1658381,1658437
1658470,1658609
1658284,1658327
1658067,1658948
1658503,1658512
1658534,1658567
1658648,1658819
1658671,1658379
1658018
1658520
1658571
1658605
1658615
1658650
1658654

1658660
1658670
1658676
1658741
1658760
1658860
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Bonaire Reporter January 21 to January 28, 2005


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From January 9 to 15, eight students
and two teachers from the Illinois
Math and Science Academy, a special
high school for accelerated math and sci-
ence students, learned all about some of
Bonaire's non-profit environmental or-
ganizations (NGOs) during a special win-
ter intersession course. Hosted by
Pauline Kayes, part-time resident of Bon-
aire, and Marina Melis, Director of the
Donkey Paradise Safari Park, the stu-
dents began their study by visiting
STINAPA headquarters to learn about
the foundation and the marine and land
parks from Director Elsmarie Beuken-
boom and Washington Park Manager
Fernando Simal. Next they were given a
tour of the turtle nesting sites on Klein
Bonaire by STCB's Funchi Egbrechts
with the promise of perhaps even seeing
Hawksbill hatchlings later in the week.
Since part of the requirement of their


intersession course is to provide service,
the students also spent two days working
at the Donkey Park, assisting Marina in
caring for the donkeys.
Amazingly they found time for two
guided snorkels from Carin Ekrich (Sea
and Discover) and Renee Leach (Renee's
Snorkeling Adventures), a kayak trip into
the mangroves through the Mangrove
Center and a free lunch at Richard's wa-
terfront restaurant. They carried their
notebooks everywhere, writing down
information in order to complete their 30-
question quiz on Bonaire, including ques-
tions on coral reef ecology, turtle nesting
conditions, the history of the donkeys,
Bonairean culture and government, etc.
A highlight was meeting the Bonai stu-
dent group at the museum to work with
Dr. Jay Haviser on their whale skeleton
project. O Pauline Kayes


BONAIRE AMBASSADORS


Charlie, TCB's Evelain Marachena, Jesse, Dave and Jewels Stabnik of Pirate Cruises.

The Bonaire Ambassador's List is growing and grew especially during the month
of December. On December 29th we added a father, Jesse Norton, and his two
sons, Charlie and Dave, from Virginia, to our growing list. At Eden Beach they got
their Bronze Medals for coming to Bonaire over 10 consecutive years. Their good
friend on Bonaire, Jewels Stabnik from Pirate Cruises, was responsible for making sure
they got their medals.

Jim and Diane Emry from South Carolina became Bonaire Ambassador Silver
Medalists for coming to Bonaire for 25 years. They started coming in the 70s and on
their first trip they fell in love with the people of Bonaire and discovered its beautiful
underwater world. Over the years they
saw many changes, but despite its
growth Bonaire has remained the
Paradise that they first discovered. The
people continue to be warm and
friendly. The Marine Park has been
well preserved. They enjoy the unhur-
ried relaxing atmosphere that Bonaire
continues to offer. Jim and Diane will
be back in May 2005, and then that
will be their 26th year and so they will
become Gold Bonaire Ambassadors.
11 Story andphotos by Delno Tromp
Evelain Marchena from TCB with Jim and
Diane Emry


Bonaire Reporter January 21 to January 28, 2005


Students rom Illinois Math and Science Academy
visit Bonairefor an Intersession Course


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The Walk*aThon is SUNDAY!


These people all walked (or ran) the distance in 2004.


Last chance to get tickets to join the
Walk-a-Thon to benefit Bonaire's
Special Olympics Team. For the last two
years, this event has been the major fund-
raising event on the island, and this year it
can be even bigger. Everyone on the is-
land is invited to join to walk to bike -
to roller blade. Or you can just buy a
ticket (NAf25) and cheer everyone on or
sponsor a participant. The more the mer-
rier. But you have just until Saturday to
get your ticket from one of the board
members (see box below). Not only will
you have the satisfaction of knowing you
gave to a good cause but you get a goody
bag with T-shirt, canvas back pack, water
bottle, hat and, at the end, at Pasa Dia in
Rincon, a delicious free barbeque.
Everyone meets at the Slave Huts at 5
am. You may leave your car at the Sta-
dium in Playa and get a bus to the starting
line. The bus leaves the Stadium at 4:30
am SHARP. There will be pick up trucks
and Red Cross personnel along the way to
help you up if you have any problems.


Every five km. there will be a refreshment
stop where you can get water, Gatorade,
oranges and lots of encouragement.
Present your ticket and get your gift
bag at City Cafe/Hotel Rocheline lobby
during these times:
Thursday, January 20 1600-1900;
Friday, January 21 1600-1900;
Saturday, January 22 1000-1600.
Some of The Bonaire Reporter staff will
be doing the 30 kilometer trip on bikes,
with their cameras ready to record the
event. So when you see them, give a wave
and a smile and you might appear in next
week's Bonaire Reporter. OL.D.


Special Olympics Bonaire Aids Sint Maarten


Bonaire Special Olympics board members Delno Tromp and
Roosje van der Hoek-Goeloe with afew of the Sint Maarten Special Olympics
staff and athletes. From left to right: Xiomara Wilson,
Linda Richardson, Delno, Leo Violinus, Beatrix Arrindell,
Sint Maarten First Lady Angela Richards and Julia Boasman.

ast week two board members of Special Olympics (SO) Bonaire visited
Sint Maarten to help with the start-up of Special Olympics Sint Maarten
as well as to promote our Third Annual "BonairExel" Walk-A-Thon. After a long
session in which information and experiences were shared, the delegation met
some of the athletes of Special Olympics Sint Maarten.
A big thank you goes to the official airline of Special Olympics Bonaire, Bo-
nairExel, who not only is sponsoring SO Bonaire, but has also offered to sponsor
SO Sint Maarten with reduced airfares when needed to go abroad for participa-
tion in Special Olympic Games on one of the other islands. O Roosje van der
Hoek

WEARYELLOW i: LIVESTRONG


how you care: Get your Live Strong arm bands here in Bon-
aire to benefit the Bonaire Cancer Society. They're NAfl0
(to cover shipping and other costs) and are sold at Sand Dollar
Grocery, from Stacey Winklaar at the Benetton Shop, TCB, Gabri-
elle at MCB Playa or at Croccantino Restaurant. OL.D.


Everyone's getting into the Walk-a-Thon spirit. This week all the sponsors got to-
gether for a photo session with the Jong Bonaire kids. Ludwina Lendering, Director
of Wega di Nomber, presents a check to Jong Bonaire head Bilha Thomas to sponsor
20 Jong Bonaire kids in the Walk-a-Thon this Sunday. Joining in were representa-
tives of other sponsors: MCB bank, BonairExel, and TC Herrera.


Special Olympics
Bonaire National
Director Delno
Tromp models
the waistband
water carrier that
you can buy for
NAflS. It's got
zipperedpockets
for keys, lipstick,
money, whatever
and holds a water
bottle, so you can
step right out,
hands free.
Makes a great
gift too. All pro-
ceeds go to Special Olympics. Get them at
City Cafd/Rocheline during the bag
handout times (see above). J L.D.


GF io xl
,vcu0s%'OW


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Board of
)irectors 4/'05


National Director Delno Tromp
President Lupe Uranie
Treasurer/Secty Claire Sealy
Dr, Spec. Events- Onnie Emerenciana
Head of Coaches Elizabeth Wigny
Public Relations Roosje Goeloe
Board members: Mike Gaynor, Chio
Semeleer, Sharon and Scott Barlass,
Aura Kock, Lucille Soliana


Bonaire Reporter January 21 to January 28, 2005


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WINDSURF SCENE AT SOROBON Af/ AFTER^=7-/o WITHl MA4V OF THEe SEA,.
ERCWIN MILLER.


I wanted to sit down with my neighbor,
Erwin Muller, to learn more about one
of Bonaire's pioneers of windsurfing. If
you don't know this gentle giant you have
seen him. He is a dive instructor at Toucan
Dive and a living legend on Bonaire. He
also buzzes around, usually wearing a faded
red Toucan Dive shirt, on his quad. He has
wild long hair and a beaming grin. Erwin
was one of the first Bonaireans to wind-
surf. It was hard to find Erwin home as he
is often at sea fishing or diving. One rainy
day I found him relaxing in his oceanfront
Antillean house. We sat down in this old
Bonaire structure and discussed the wind-
surf scene in days not too long ago. Erwin
spins a great story, but he is hazy with de-
tails and dates. Still he kept me captivated


while I listened to his many tales of way
back when. He always has a twinkle in his
eye and a brilliant grin as he shares his per-
sonal tale of the sea and life in Bonaire.

Erwin, a 40 something Bonairean, has
spent his life on the sea. His first experi-
ence on a windsurfer was around 1972
when he was a dive instructor at the old
Sunset Beach Hotel. Erwin recalls a doctor
from Aruba bringing a board for his vaca-
tion. Erwin took a spin and was hooked.
He recalled the board to be a Whaler, an old


"Along with fierce mosquitoes, night-
time wandering donkeys and partying
sailors, the next day could not come
soon enough, and the days were spent
catching the wind."

style board without foot straps. This vintage
board can be found today in garages and
under decks in any seaside community a
windsurf relic. Erwin recalls the booms
being wooden and the sails cloth without
any battens to keep the form. We both
laughed, wishing we had some old gear for
memorabilia. He recalls his friends, Con-
stantino "Patun" Saragoza and Junie Statie,
also trying this new sport. Another man of
the sea, Elvis "Piskechi" Martinus, was
manager at a gas station but took time from
work to learn how to windsurf around
Playa. One day Erwin decided to sail to
Curacao to attend a race. When some of the


other locals heard about his adventure they
joined in. Erwin planned to sail from Playa
(Kralendijk) to Klein Bonaire and then on
to Curacao. Light winds made the trip long
but Erwin made it ahead of the others.
When Elvis Martinus didn't show up in
Curacao, people were worried; authorities
were notified and a search started. While
telling the story, Erwin chuckled with glee,
claiming Elvis was "lost" and ended up at
Klein Curacao where he spent the time
drinking and chilling with local fisherman.
The next day Elvis showed up safe and
sound. "I think he was lost, but I don't
really know. All I know is he had a lot of
people really worried," Erwin recalls. It
was clear from the laughter and mirth in
Erwin's voice that he enjoyed this day very
much.
Another pioneer in the sport Erwin says is
Ernst van Vliet, a Dutchman who ran the
windsurf concession at Sunset Beach. With
more laughter Erwin says Ernst spent more
time rescuing windsurfers who drifted to
Klein Bonaire than teaching anyone to ac-
tually windsurf. Due to the offshore winds
Ernst sought a safer location and was one
of first to take windsurfing to Lac Bay, then
a quiet fishing and swimming area. Once
the locals started sailing at Lac it was soon
their favorite place to sail. A group started
Aquaspeed, a windsurf club, and the sport
suddenly was alive and well in Bon-
aire. Erwin recalls many a night spent
sleeping near the shop and sailing all day.
Elvis would caution the sailors to care-
fully hang up their gear in the night but


much to his dismay, he was ignored and
donkeys would walk over the sails damag-
ing them. "He warned us," Erwin laughs,
"but we didn't listen too good." My jovial
story teller laughed, sharing the antics of
those times. Along with fierce mosquitoes,
nighttime wandering donkeys and partying
sailors, the next day could not come soon
enough, and the days were spent catching
the wind. They even sailed up to Cai in the
waves with boards that had no foot straps.
This is incredible since it's the foot strap
that keeps the sailor attached to the board
while catching air. Again, laughter in his
story telling reveals it was a hilarious ex-
perience.
When I ask Erwin what he thinks about
the new school windsurf scene he shakes
his head a little. "The kids don't know sail-
ing rules and right of way," he said. He
wishes they knew more about sailing and
the rules and not just how to throw tricks.
He also wants the kids to sail for enjoyment
and for the passion of being at sea, not just
to make money. It's a great sport to keep
kids busy and off the streets, but they need
to be focused and learn other skills so they
can work and take care of their future. He
feels the youngsters of Bonaire have a great
island to live in harmony with the sea: to
fish, dive, and windsurf. The sea has been
good to Erwin. It's been awhile since he
took to a board, but he has many memories
of the early days and the scene at Sorobon.
O Ann Phelan


Ann Phelan, Bonaire based owner of Carib-
bean Wind & Sun Vacations, a windsurf and
eco tour specialty travel service, is the Event
Coordinator of the Annual Bonaire PWA King
of the Caribbean. To book a trip or consult
with Ann email her at:
ann@bonairewindsurfing.com


Angie
Antares
Bettina, Venezuela
Bright Sea
Camissa, Chan Is.
Cape Kathryn
Cava
Clemencia
Cordelia
Delphinus
Desire
Flying Cloud, USA
Forewinds
Galandriel
Gammler
Gatsby, USA
Guaicamar I, Ven.
Haxebase


Kamila
Lady Alice
La Familia
La Orana
Letrancer
Little Mermaid
Luna C. USA
Maebelle
Mahi Mahi
Maggi
Nava Maria
Natural Selection, USA
Nechtan
Oniro
Precocious Gale, USA
Rire II
Santa maria
Sandpiper, USA


Sea Fever
Sea Festa
Sirius
Sylvia K
Surprise
Ta-B
Tartufo
Ti Amo, USA
Tsih
Tartufo
Tween, Netherlands
Ulu Ulu, USA
Unicorn, Norway
Varedhuni, Germany
Windmiller, Canada
Ya-T, BVI
Zahi, Malta


Bonaire Reporter January 21 to January 28, 2005


KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF
1-21 10:28 2.1FT. 19:57 0.8FT. 53
1-2211:00 2.1FT. 20:33 0.7FT. 60
1-23 11:33 2.1FT. 21:13 0.7FT. 66
1-2412:00 2.0FT. 21:54 0.8FT. 71
1-25 12:29 2.0FT. 22:28 0.8FT. 75
1-26 13:03 1.9FT. 22:59 0.8FT. 78
1-27 13:31 1.8FT. 23:28 0.9FT. 79


VESSELS MAKING A PORT CALL: I


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2004 The Bonaire Reporter
Published weekly. For information about subscriptions, stories or
advertising in The Bonaire Reporter, phone (599) 717-8988, 791-
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Editor in Chief. Address: Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6; Bonaire, Neth.
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Reporters: Susan Brown, Desiree, Jack Horkheimer, Pauline
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Housekeeping: Jaidy Rojas Acevedo. Printed by: DeStad Druk-
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D o you feel
uptight,
nervous, stressed
out? Take some
advice from
"Ryan" the cat and
find a comfortable
spot away from it
all and just chill
out! Your cares
and worries just
fade away and you
can concentrate on
the important
things in life like
relaxing and letting
the world come to you.
Ryan came into the Shelter with his sister "Rita," who's been adopted already, and
his brother "Boy." All three of them are very fine animals and come recommended
highly. Ryan is about six months old; he's been sterilized, is in great shape and has had
his shots. Stop by the Bonaire Animal Shelter and see for yourself what healthy and
social animals are there for adoption. It's on the Lagoen Road, open Monday through
Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, Saturdays until 1. Tel. 717-4989.
Ever wonder just how much damage one firecracker can do? Check out what one did
to the roof of the Shelter it's a hole about 4 inches by 3 inches that was made in the
corrugated roofing material, "Etemet," that covers one of the cages. Apparently the
firecracker was thrown in from the street. The cage was occupied at the time by one
dog that was in there for quarantine!
Here's a real use for your old Bonaire license plates. Bring them into the Shelter
so they can be sold to tourists who think they're great souvenirs. It's a good way
to help raise money for the Shelter. O L.D.


Bonaire Reporter January 21 to January 28, 2005


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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.


uLv crmi sL c ..i- *.m au**r *
and business information source on
Bonaire. Telephone (599) 717-7160.
For on-line yellow pages directory in-
formation go to http://www.
yellowpagesbonaire.com


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

CAPT. DON'S ISLAND GROWER
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

LUNCH TO GO- Starting from
NAf5 per meal. Call CHINA
NOOe 717-8981 1


Bonaire Images
Elegant greeting cards and beautiful
boxed note cards are now available at
Chat-N-Browse next to
Lovers Ice-Cream and Sand Dollar.
Photography by Shelly Craig
www.bonaireimages.com

Visit Gallery "MyArt"
Marjolein Fonseca-Verhoef
Call: 785-3988

NEW NEW
BRASSERIE BONAIRE
Restaurant Terrace Take away
SPECIAL DINNER MENU *
NAf35.OO $ 20.00
CRAB BISQUE
CATCH OF THE DAY
COUPE CARIBE
OPEN: 11.30 a.m. -02.00p.m.
DINNER 06.00p.m. 09.30p.m.
Sunday and Monday closed
ROYAL PALM GALLERIES,
DOWNTOWN KRALENDIJK,
Kaya Grandi 26 F/G, TEL/FAX:
717-4321
NEW NEW


For Rent: Comfortable 2-bedroom
beach villa-weekly or monthly-
choice location-Privacy & security-
July 15 to Jan 15-Brochure available-
Phone (Bon) (599) 717 3293-or (US)
(570)-586 0098-e-mail larjaytee aol.
com


Laptop Computers for sale: Sony
VAIO V505DX, Pentium M 1.4 GHz
Centrino RAM 512 MB HD 60
GB CD-RW / DVD, LAN, Wireless
802.11b Centrino 12.1" TFT XGA
Screen Size, $2,000 (negotiable) and...

a Toshiba Satellite A75-S229, Pen-
tium 4, 3.2 MHz, 15.4 TruBrite Wide-
screen, TruBrite, 512MB RAM, 80GB
Hard Drive, CD & DVD
Writer, 802.1 1g Wireless, LAN,
$2,800 (negotiable). Call 786-5119 or
thusisiva @hotmail.com

TV/VCR Combo-Samsung 20"
color Television and Magnavox VHS.
NAf125 for both. If interested, call
717-2848.

Suzuki Samurai Jeep, in very good
condition, color white, NAf7.000, tel.
717-2066.

2 Italian design (LUCE PLAN)
ceiling fans, transparent blades, re-
mote control, V220, Never used, still
in orig. boxes $500, tel. 717-2066

Oster (TM) Espresso / Cappuc-
cino Maker_- in perfect condition -
only used for 6 months makes two
cups simultaneously filter also holds
Senseo bags Asking Price = NAf90.-
Contact : Tel 717-2209





Privateer Renegade boat- used
for diving. With 200 HP Yamaha.
All very well maintained and ready to
go. NAf29,990 Call 717-8819 8 am-5
pm


Classic Sailor
Traditional Bonairean
Sailing sloop. Wood,
traditional construction,
about 21' long. Fiber-
glassed in and out for
minimal maintenance.
Two time winner of
Bonaire Regatta, Class
A. A dream to sail.
Make an Offer. One of
the last of its kind. Call
717-8988 or 785-6125.


MOVING INTO A NEW HOUSE?
Make it more livable from the start
FENG SHUI CONSULTATIONS
Interior or exterior design advice,
clearings, blessings, energy healing
China trained, Experienced. Inexpen-
sive. Call Donna at 785-9013


YOGA FOR YOU


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Call 717-2727 or 786-6416


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Car Rental Agencies,
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Banks:
MCB (Playa & Hato
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RBTT
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Bonaire Boekhandel,
Flamingo Boekhandel

Realty Offices:
Harbourtown
Re/Max
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Restaurants:
IBistro de Paris

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Chez Lucille
City Cafe
Croccantino
Wil's Tropical Grill
IGarden Cafe
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Lost Penguin
Lover's Ice Cream
Pasa Bon Pizza
Seahorse Cyber Cafe
Subway

Shops:
Bonaire Gift Shop
City Shop
DeFreewieler
Inpo
Paradise Photo
Photo Tours, Playa
Exito Bakery
Bonaire Super Store
(old 7-7)

Hotels:
Buddy Dive
Capt. Don's Habitat
Carib Inn
Caribbean Club Bonaire
Dive Inn
Divi Flamingo
Eden Park Hotel
Harbour Village
Plaza
Sand Dollar


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Consales
More for Less
Progresso
Sand Dollar Grocery
Tropical Flamingo
Warehouse

Others:
Bonfysio
Botika Korona
Bestuurscollege
Caribbean Laundry
Customs
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Harbour Village Marina
Parliament
Rocargo
TCB
Telbo

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Joi Fruit Store,
Lemari Grocery,
Rincon Bakery.


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Bonaire Reporter January 21 to January 28, 2005


This week I will be quoting from Rolf Gates' book, Meditations from the Mat.

SI rarely teach a class that doesn't include at least one student who is brand
new to yoga. Working with beginners affords me an excellent opportunity to
observe just what it is we bring to our mats. Despite wide age, gender, socio-
economic, cultural and physical differences, we all carry some of the same bag-
gage. Whether you are a dancer, a housewife, a grad student, a retired police offi-
cer or an aerobics dropout, you will no doubt confront the same roadblocks to
learning that I see students encounter everyday: pride and fear.

If you are new to yoga, chances are you are wrestling not only with the postures
but also with the judgments you pronounce on your efforts. But if you can make a
commitment to be a little easier on yourself, I am certain you will enjoy your prac-
tice more. If not, you may soon find yourself making all sorts of excuses to avoid
practicing altogether- it will become just too painful.

When we opt out of experiences that challenge us, it's usually because our pride
is in the way. And "pride" is really another word for fear- the fear of not being
enough. Marlon Brando delivers this truth magnificently in the movie Apocalypse
Now when, sweating in a nadir of spiritual bankruptcy, he tells his executioner, "It
is our judgment that defeats us." We become our own executioners when we sit in
judgment of our efforts. Only when we act without judgment can we truly flourish
in our lives. Yoga means becoming one. As long as we stand apart in judgment, we
sabotage the opportunity for connection and integration that is yoga. So I encour-
age you: get into that canoe and ride with the river. Commit and don't look back.
Before our bodies can open, they must first let go; the clenched and guarded mus-
cles must relax. But the mind must let go first."

Allow yourself the time to re-read this so that you can slowly start to practice the
process of letting go.
Give change a chance. O Desirde


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BUDDY DIVEAT5 E X PAN D S TOTHENORTH


Buddy Dive General Manager Ruud Van Baal and Operations Manager Lisa
Muehlemann welcome us through the break in the fence
between Buddy Dive and Lions Dive.

n 1980, operating from a shipping container, Buddy Dive Resort began. Over the
years it has grown into the first class resort it is today. At the end of last year it began
an expansion that is continuing. The owners of Buddy Dive took over the Lions Dive
operation adjacent to their property ...and they've big plans. One of the first things we
noticed is that all the buildings in both resorts have been painted a sunny yellow, a favor-
ite color of owner Ingrid van der Valk.
Combining the two resorts brings the number of units up to 71: 40 units at Buddy Dive,
31 at Lions. General Manager Ruud van Baal says, "That means we have 200 beds." Ac-
cording to van Baal, there has been such an increase in guests that they've needed to ex-
pand to serve their customers.
Renovations have started with the painting; there will be new fabrics, curtains, furi-
ture particularly some very lovely beds from Indonesia. The dive tank drive-through
will be relocated so it's more accessible from the road, and it will have the retail shop
(moved up from the seaside location), showers and a bathroom. A maintenance depart-
ment will be set up where the present drive-through is, far enough away from the rooms
so that there will be little disturbance.
A number of the Lion's Dive staff is still working here, so guests who have their
"favorites" will most likely find them there, albeit in a different uniform.
Back at "Buddy Dive central" the bar will get a new roof and the buffet updated. "Lunch
on the beach has become really popular," explains Operations Manger Lisa Muehle-
mann. The Bella Vista Restaurant serves breakfast and lunch and theme night dinners.
Their breakfast buffet is overseen by a Dutch chef who's had experience on the island.
The new restaurant Manager is Patrick Wilj an. Kirk Gosden's Lion's Den Restaurant
will continue to serve their very popular dinners. There's now a pass through between
the two restaurants.
The building that housed Bon Bini Divers is being opened up with windows to the sea
and turned into a real conference room with air conditioning and space for 50 seats. The
back area of the building will be an activity center for children. The old Lions Dive of-
fice is being transformed into a three-bedroom rental unit.
"We expect the renovations and transformation to take from nine to 12 months," ex-
plained van Baal, "then it will be one complete Buddy Dive." 1 L.D.


CATIQ9and



PERSONALITYTEST

1. Ifyou get on all fours, bark and A 40 point cat reads The Bonaire Reporter
growl loudly, your cat:
a. Looks at you inquiringly b. Hisses at you and/or retreats
c. Pretends not to notice you d. Looks you in the eye and yawns

2. When your cat wants you to wake up, she:
a. Jumps on the bed and purrs maniacally b. Meows continuously
c. Jumps on your bladder and/or licks your eyelids
d. Knocks an item off your nightstand every 20 seconds until you get up

3. If you hold a mirror up to your cat, he:
a. Looks up, down, left and right b. Hisses at the reflection and/or retreats
c. Approaches and then looks behind the mirror d. Grooms himself

4. When you turn on the vacuum cleaner, your cat:
a. Runs away and hides b. Gets up off the floor and watches you
c. Deliberately goes wherever you want to vacuum next
d. Picks up all the cat toys so that you don't suck them up

5. If you put an object in your cat's way (e.g. a few empty cans in front of his food
dish), she:
a. Stops and looks confused
b. Demands with ever increasing obnoxiousness that you remove the objects
c. Moves objects as necessary d. Manages to avoid/negotiate any objects

6. When your cat is the topic of conversation, he:
a. Is completely oblivious
b. Comes over to participate in the conversation
c. Realizes you are discussing him but keeps his distance and grooms
d. Realizes you are discussing him and leaves the room

7. If you turn on a flashlight, your cat:
a. Ignores it completely
b. Pounces on the beam of light and plays as long as you will
c. Plays for a few minutes and then gets bored
d. Realizes that you have the flashlight in your hand


8. When your cat's water dish is empty, she:
a. Waits patiently at the bowl
c. Meows and waits at the faucet


b. Meows and waits at the bowl
d. Turns the faucet on and has a drink


9. If your cat were trapped in a closet, he would:
a. Sleep until you discover him b. Meow continuously
c. Bang on the door and rattle the doorknob
d. Vomit in your favorite pair of shoes, and then open the door himself

10. When you are sitting at your computer, your cat:
a. Sits on your lap b. Lies on the keyboard
c. Plays with the mouse
d. Emails the SPCA recommending your immediate incarceration


Scoring:
a. = 1 point


b. = 2 points


c. = 3 points. d. = 4 points.


10 -15 points: Burden on Society. This cat expects you to do everything for him. He is
dependent, lazy, trusting, and frankly missing a few buttons off his remote control
(but I'm sure he's very attractive...and sweet...and you love him dearly).

16 25 Points: Upstanding Citizen. This cat is self-aware and intelligent, and moder-
ately demanding. He is more physical than imaginative when it comes to problem
solving, and tends to employ basic instinctive behaviors to get what he wants.

26 35 Points: Rebel. This cat is extremely intelligent. He is more independent, de-
manding, creative, and resourceful. He is also more manipulative, in the long tradi-
tion of domestic cats.

36 40 Points: Criminal Mastermind. This cat is extremely self-aware, one might even
say narcissistic. He also happens to in fact BE your superior in every way. You are
very fortunate that he has chosen to live with you, as he has no need for you what-
soever. 1 Susan Brown


Bonaire Reporter January 21 to January 28, 2005


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ANNOUNCEMIEHMT
PHIL TURNS 75

Phil Katsev, husband of Laraine,
turned 75 over the weekend and
celebrated at City Caf6 on Sunday af-
ternoon with his many friends on the
island. Phil and Laraine are known for
their many charitable deeds on Bonaire
and especially Phil's always-bubbling-
to-the-surface sense of humor. (It is
rumored, but denied that, as the inven-
tor of Preparation H, his future was
secured.)
Phil can always be counted on to
come up with innovative ideas for new
projects and fund raising. He doesn't
just write a check, he thinks up ways
to make his donation generate even
more funds. Just ask the Maria Hopp-
ner or Klein Bonaire Foundations.
Most recently he's produced a video of
Capt. Don Stewart called "IslandAdrift," with Scuba Vision's Hendrik Wuyts. It is
set to debut at the end of next month at Movieland. O L./G. D
Readers are invited to send their photos of their engagement or
wedding to The Reporter. The photo will be printed free of charge.


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WHArS HAPPENING
e i% MICRO MOVIE REVIEW

Ct MV W E I TE Seen recently in
Call tomake sure:Usually9:OOpm Movieland Cinema:
Ocean's Twelve Shall We Dance, by Peter
Chelsom, starring Richard
(George Clooney) Gere and Jennifer Lopez.
I'm deeply impressed two
Early Show (usually 7pm) good movies in a row. After The In-
Shall We Dance credibles you can have an excellent
time with this film. It's very funny, has
KayaPrinses Marie some great lines and is heartwarmingly
Behind Exito Bakery charming. The girls can enjoy Mr. Gere
Tel. 717-2400 (in a tux of course) and the boys can
Tickets NAf10,50 (incl. Tax) drool over J-Lo. If you don't like what
High Schoolers NAf7,75 you see just close your eyes and listen.
You'll hear lovely music. And Susan
NEW FILMS BEGIN EVERY FRIDAY Sarandon in a supporting role has some
SATURDAY 4 PM The Incredibles wonderful words. O Dodo


KARNAVAL BONEIRU 2005


22 January Final Grand Tumba Festival
23 January Youth Tumba
28 January Election of the Queen
29 January Youth Parade Rncon
30 January Youth Parade Playa
5 February Adult Parade Rncon
8 February Adult Parade Playa
8 February Farewell Parade
12 February Festival Closing

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THIS WEEK
Saturday, January 22 -Open House at
the SGB High School, 10-12 noon. Meet
the teachers & staff.

Saturday, January 22 Lions Club-
Comcabon Races 2, 4 and 5K race with
prizes. Starts at 1730. More information
call Richard Pietersz of Comcabon 717-
8629

Sunday, January 23-3rd Annual
Special Olympics Walk-a-Thon You
can walk, run, bike, roller blade -Entry fee
is NAf25, incudes gifts, BBQ at end &
more. Get tickets from Croccantino (717-
5025) TCB (717-8322) or from board
members. See page 8

Now through February 9-Art Exhibi-
tion of Helen Sargent ("Elena") at the
Cinnamon Art Gallery, Kaya A.P.L. Brion
#1, just off Kaya Grandi, behind the
Banco di Caribe.

Now through January 27- First ever exhi-
bition of artwork underwater "40 Feet
Underwater": Moving Light into an
Unlimited Territory," Dutch artist Fred
Ros. At the dive site Front Porch, located
at Bongos Beach at Eden Beach Resort.
Entrance Fee $5 (Bonaireans free)

Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhelmina
Park on Cruise Ship Visiting Days:
Monday, Jan. 24 Oceana; Tuesday, Jan.
25-Aida Vita
COMING
Saturday, January 29 Windsurf Ex-
pression Session Event Site 11 am. On
site, special industry people from Hi Fly
and Starboard.

February 5 & 6 Bonaire Windsurfing
Freestyle Frenzy & Beach Bash two
days of the hottest fun freestyle. Ann
Phelan (786-3134) or Elvis Martinus (790-
2288)

Monday, February 14 St. Valentines
Fundraising Dance Party to benefit the


FKPD (disability foundation). Featuring
"All in Two" professional singers from
Curacao and local DJ, Juan Danger. At
Gran Chaparal, 8 pm to 1 am. Tickets
NAf100 per person. A 10% discount to
groups of 10 at a table -Naf 180 per cou-
ple. Call Shunilla Kroon 717-6210 or
Ansherella Frans 717-6292 during office
hours.

Saturday, February 19-Lora Count.
Call 785-1000, 717-8444

Sunday, February 27-2005 School
Swimming Championships, Meralney
Sports Complex.

May 15-22 -King of the Caribbean -
World Cup Grand Prix, many pros and
guests are expected. For info, see www.
pwaworldtour.com or
www.bonaireworldfreestyle.com

EVERY WEEK
Saturday Rincon Marshe opens at 6
am 2 pm. Enjoy a Bonairean breakfast
while you shop: fresh fruits and vegeta-
bles, gifts, local sweets and snacks, arts
and handicrafts, candles, incense, drinks
and music. www.infobonaire.com/rincon
Sunday -Live music 6 to 9 pm while en-
joying a great dinner in colorful tropical
ambiance at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant
& Bar. Open daily 5 to 10 pm. Live Fla-
Bingo with great prizes, starts 7 pm, Divi
Flamingo
Monday -Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the
heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call
Maria 717-6435
Tuesday -Harbour Village Tennis, So-
cial Round Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10 per
person. Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth
Vos at 565-5225 717-7500, ext. 14.
Wednesday -Meditation at Donkey
Beach from 7:30 to 8:30 pm. Open to all.
Call S.H.Y. 790-9450
Wednesday -Sand Dollar Manager's
Cocktail Party, Mangos Bar and Restaurant
Friday -Manager's Rum Punch Party,
Buddy Dive Resort, 5:30-6:30 pm
Friday- Open House with Happy Hour
at the JanArt Gallery at Kaya Gloria #7,
from 5-7 pm.
Daily- The Divi Flamingo Casino is open
daily for hot slot machines, roulette and
black jack, Monday to Saturday 8 pm- 4
am; Sunday 7 pm- 3 am.
Every day by appointment -Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Bo-
nairean kunuku. $12 (NAf12 for Bonaire
residents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800.

FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Saturday- Discover Our Diversity Slide
Show, pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm 717-
5080
Sunday Bonaire Holiday -Multi-media


dual-projector production by Albert Bian-
culli, 8.30 pm, Capt. Don's Habitat,
Monday Dee Scarr's Touch the Sea slide
experience at the Aquarius Conference
Center, Capt. Don's Habitat, 8:30-
9:30pm.
Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle Conser-
vation Slide Show by Andy Uhr. Carib
Inn seaside veranda, 7 pm
Friday- Week in Review Video Presenta-
tion by the Toucan Dive Shop at Plaza's
Tipsy Seagull, 5 pm. 717-2500.


BONAIRE'S TRADITIONS
Mangasina diRei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from 'The King's Storehouse." Learn about
Bonaire's culture. Visit typical homes from the
17thcentury. Daily. Call 7174060 / 790-2018
Visit the Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree,
behind the Catholic Church in town. Open week-
days from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holi-
days. 717-8444/785-0017
Sunday at Cai- Live music and dancing
starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai. Dance to
the music of Bonaire's popular musicians.
Rincon Marshe- every Saturday 6 am to
3 pm. Open market in Bonaire's historic
town. Soldachi Tours show you the Rin-
con area. Alta Mira Nature Walking
Tour at 6:30 am. Town Walking tour at
9:30, Bus Tour at 10. Call Maria at 717-
6435 to reserve.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Bonaire Arts and Crafts (Fundashon
Arte Industrial Bonieriano) 717-
5246/7117
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Valarie
Stimpson at 785-3451 or Valrie@telbonet.an
Cinnamon Art Gallery Volunteers to
help staff gallery during the day. Contact
Wendy Horn at: wendy@bonaireart.org
Bonaire National Marine Park 717-8444.
Bonaire Animal Shelter -717-4989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.
Jong Bonaire (Youth Center) 7174303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child
Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics Contact Delno
Tromp, 717-7659

CLUBS and MEETINGS
AA meetings -every Wednesday; Phone 717-
6105; 560-7267 or 717- 3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday eve-
ning at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Weekly BonaireTalker Gathering and
Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30pm -
call 567-0655 for directions.
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:30 pm at
the Union Building on Kaya Korona,
across from the RBTT Bank and next to
Kooyman's. All levels invited NAf5 enityfee.
Call Cahy 566-4056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday at
City Cafe. Registration at 4, games at 5.
Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other Tuesday,
7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya
Sabana #1. All Lions are welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12
noon-2 pm Rendez-Vous Restaurant,
Kaya L.D. Gerharts #3. All Rotarians are
welcome. Tel. 717-8454

BONAIRE'S TRADITIONS
Mangasina diRei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from 'The King's Storehouse." Learn about
Bonaire's culture. Visit typical homes from the
17th century. Daily. Call 7174060 / 790-2018
Visit the Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree,
behind the Catholic Church in town. Open week-
days from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open


daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holi-
days. 717-8444/785-0017
Sunday at Cai- Live music and dancing
starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai. Dance to
the music of Bonaire's popular musicians.
Rincon Marshe- every Saturday 6 am to
3 pm. Open market in Bonaire's historic
town.
Soldachi Tours show you the Rincon
area. Alta Mira Nature Walking Tour
at 6:30 am. Town Walking tour at 9:30,
Bus Tour at 10. Call Maria at 717-6435
to reserve.
CHURCH SERVICES
International Bible Church of Bonaire -
Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle)
Sunday Services at 9 am; Sunday Prayer
Meeting at 7:00 pm in English. Tel. 717-8332
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire.
Wilhelminaplein. Services in Papiamentu,
Dutch and English on Sundays at 10 am.
Thursday Prayer Meeting and Bible
Study at 8 pm. Rev. Jonkman. 717-2006
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays
8:30 11:30 am. Services in Papiamentu,
Spanish and English.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kralendijk -
Services on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in
Papiamentu 717-8304. Saturday at 6 pm
at Our Lady of Coromoto in Antriol, in
English. Mass in Papiamentu on Sunday
at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios),
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English,
Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10
am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30
pm. 717-2194
New Apostolic Church, Meets at
Kaminda Santa Barbara #1, Sundays, 9:30
am. Services in Dutch. 717-7116.


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DINING GUIDE


See advertisements in tis issue


RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE I WHEN OPEN FEATURES

Bella Vista Restaurant Moderate. Breakfast and Lunch Magnificent Theme Nights: Saturday: 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 by a French chef
(half-way between hotel row and town) 717-7070 Closed Sunday Owner-operated Eat in or Take away

Calabas Restaurant & Moderate-Expensive Get a view of the beach and turquoise sea while enjoying a breakfast buffet
Chibi Chibi Restaurant and Bar Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner or a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar. Inspiring
At e D Flamino 17-8285each Resort. Waterfront Open 7 days vistas and the highest standard of cuisine.

Croccantino Italian Restaurant Moderate-Expensive Tuscan chef s prepare exquisite dishes. Authentic ingredients and romantic
Downtown at Kaya Grandi 48 Dinner setting make dining a delight. Be served in a garden setting under floating
717-5025 Closed Monday umbrellas or in air-conditioned comfort. Take outtoo.

Garden Caf6 Moderate Finely prepared Middle Eastern cuisine plus Venezuelan specialties.
Kaya Grandi 59 Monday-Friday, Lunch & Dinner Excellent vegetarian selections.
717-3410 Saturday, Dinner. Closed Sunday Pizza and Latin Parilla
The Last Bite Bakery Low-Moderate Enjoy a delicious dessert or savory baked meal in the comfort of your home
Home Delivery or Take Out Orders taken 8 am-4 pm; Deliveries 6-7:30 or resort. This unique bakery offers gourmet class items -always from
717-3293 pm, Closed Sunday scratch- for take out or delivery only.

The Lost Penguin Low-Moderate Watch the bustle of downtown from this street side Caribbean-style bistro
Across from MB 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.
Pasa Bn Pizza wM rat Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest in-
On Kaya Gob. Debrot Low-Moderate gredients. Salads, desserts. Eat i or take away. Nice bar too.
mile north of town center. 790-1111 Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday gredients. Sall ahead to eatin or take out 790-111 away. Nice bar too.





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ACCOUNTING SERVICES
Bonaire Pro can keep your financial records in order,
minimize your tax liability and provide helpful ad-
vice. For individuals or businesses.

APPLIANCESIFURNITUREICOMPUTERS
City Shop is Bonaire's mega-store for TV, Stereos,
Air conditioning, large and small kitchen appliances,
computers. Name brands, guarantees and service cen-
ter.
BANKS
Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest
number of services, branches and ATMs of any Bon-
aire bank. They also offer investments and insurance.

BEAUTY PARLOR
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials,
waxing and professional nail care.

BICYCLE I SCOOTER QUADS
De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; profession-
ally repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top
brand bikes. Have your keys made here.

BOOKS
Bonaire Diving Made Easy, Third Edition, is an es-
sential in your dive bag. The latest information on
Bonaire's shore dive sites.

BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION
APA Construction are professional General
Contractors. They also specialize in creating patios
and walkways with fabulous sprayed and stamped
concrete pavement.
CLEANING SERVICE
Conetal Cleaning Service cleans homes, apartments,
offices. Offers babysitting, gardening, laundry.
DIVING
Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch
dive shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade
on Bonaire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive com-
puter H.Q.

Dive Inn Seven studio apartments and dive shop/
school directly on the waterfront in the heart of town.
Friendly, highly experienced with an exceptional
staff.
Ocean Adventures Discover the world of low bub-
ble, quiet diving. Learn, use, and try our Drdiger Re-
breathing equipment. At Dive Inn. Interested? call
717-2278


FITNESS
Bonfysio offers comprehensive fitness programs to
suit your needs whether they be weight loss, sports or
just keeping in shape. Convenient schedule.

Fit 4 Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in Pi-
lates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional train-
ers, fitness machines and classes for all levels.

GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES
Green Label has everything you need to start or main-
tain your garden. They can design, install and maintain
it and offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden
chemicals.
GIFTS, SOUVENIRS AND LIQUOR
The Bonaire Gift Shop has an wide selection of
gifts, souvenirs, liquor, dive watches, digital cameras,
things for the home, T-shirts all at low prices.
HOTELS
Golden Reef Inn is the affordable alternative with
fully equipped studio apartments in a quiet Bonaire
neighborhood. Just a 3-minute walk to diving and the
sea.
METALWORK AND MACHINE SHOP
b c b- Botterop Construction Bonaire N.V., offers
outstanding fabrication of all metal products, includ-
ing stainless. Complete machine shop too.
PHOTO FINISHING
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center of-
fers fast, fine processing for prints and slides plus a
variety of items and services for your picture-taking
pleasure.
REAL ESTATE I RENTAL AGENTS
Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's oldest real
estate agent. They specialize in professional cus-
tomer services and top notch properties.
Re/Max Paradise Homes: International/US connec-
tions. 5% of profits donated to local community.
Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and in-
surance services. If you want a home or to invest in
Bonaire, stop in and see them.
REPAIRS
Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed
or built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Elec-
trical, plumbing, woodworking, etc.
RESORTS & ACTIVITIES
Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun
tours including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snor-
keling and exploration.


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

Littman's Jewelers, where good taste is foremost.
Expansive selection of jewelry, collectibles and top
name watches. Bonaire's official Rolex retailer.

SECURITY
Special Security Services will provide that extra
measure of protection when you need it. Always reli-
able. Call 717-8125.

SHIPPING
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
FedEx agent. Call 717-8922/8033.
SPA-DAY SPAS
Intermezzo Day Spa at Captain Don's Habitat is the
newest of this ABC island chain of elegant spas. Now
offering seaside massages and facials.

Pedisa Day Spa -for all your body and wellness
needs. 40 years of experience Classic and specialty
massages, Reiki, Reflexology and more.
SUPERMARKETS
Tropical Flamingo is convenient, clean, modern,
efficient and has the lowest prices on Bonaire. Lo-
cated behind NAPA.

Visit Warehouse Bonaire to shop in a large, spotless
supermarket. You'll find American and European
brand products. THE market for provisioning.
VILLAS
Bonaire Oceanfront villa for up to nine people: five
kitchens, five bathrooms. Ideal for divers.
WATER TAXI
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Call Bonaire Nau-
tico at 560-7254. Ride the Kantika di Amor or Skiffy.
Hotel pickup.
WINES
Antillean Wine Company. You've tried the rest;
now try the best: best prices, highest quality wines
from around the world, kept in a cooled warehouse.
Free delivery.
YOGA
Yoga For You. Join certified instructors Desirde and
Don for a workout that will refresh mind and body.
Private lessons too.

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Put your ad in The Bonaire Reporter.
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ON THE ISLAND SINCE


"T used to spend the winters in
I Kenya, but I couldn't go there
anymore because my body had become
too sensitive to the mandatory malaria
medication, so I spent the winter in
Germany. I was very unhappy as the
cold caused me a lot of pain. I didn't
know where to go. I was staying in a
home which was a new experiment:
handicapped and old people under one
roof. It was a beautiful place, but on the
weekends there was no staff, and I
needed help with everything. The can-
cer radiation treatment had destroyed
all the nerves in my arm and left it para-
lyzed. The pain was unbearable; I took
morphine; my health was going down; I
couldn't do anything anymore so I just
didn't move, sat all day and grew fat.
I'd heard a doctor talking about pain
and painkilling so I made an appoint-
ment with him. He looked at my files
and said, 'I can give you an injection
against the pain, but what are you going
to do after that? You have to change
your life, you have to move. Where do
you feel good?' 'In Africa, in the heat,
in the sea,' I answered, so he said,
'Move to a warm climate!' I cried all
the way home in the car, thinking I
can't do it, I'm not a millionaire. I had
only a small sickness allowance from
the government. When I told my son
Stefan what the doctor said and added
that it was impossible, he answered,
'Nothing is impossible!'
He was right! One day a 92-year old
lady who lived in the home came to
help me put on my socks and gave me a
newspaper with an ad that said, 'In Hol-
land, where the palm trees grow.' It was
about Curaqao. Then another lady
called me to tell me that she was going
to Curaqao and I should come with her.
We stayed in Spanish Water. Just be-
fore we were supposed to leave I met a
Dutch family who said I should see
Bonaire. 'It's quieter and the sea is so
beautiful!' So my friend returned to
Germany and I went to Bonaire with
the little money I had left. It was 1994
and I was 47 years old.
The first moment I saw the island I
loved it: few cars, the sea was awe-
some, and the drinking water incompa-
rable. In Africa there were times when
there wasn't any water from the tap for
20 days, just some water from the rain
tanks on the roof and it had to be
boiled. And there were poisonous
snakes there too! People here don't re-
alize what they have!
I wanted to stay. In Germany it was
still winter and very cold. I went to Im-
migration; they told me to talk to the
Governor. You couldn't make an ap-
pointment. You had to go to Rincon


and sit there from six in the morning
and wait your turn. Mr. Frits
Goedgedrag came at seven. I showed
him the letter from my doctor, and he
was very gracious and gave me my per-
mit. I rented a place and in the summer
I flew back to Germany to get a car ad-
justed to my handicap because Akker-
mans couldn't do it. So, the second time
I came with my 'handicapped car' filled
up with pots and pans and dishes, a
fridge, towels, a washing machine and
lots of little things stuffed in."
Gisela Zils has guts: While many peo-
ple in good health, in a stable financial
position and accompanied by their
partner or their family see moving to a
foreign place as a big step, she did it all
by herself bad as she felt and uncertain
of the future. "You see," she says, "I
believe the island came to me. I didn't
come to the island."




"I am 20, except for
the wrinkles! I'm so

happy with all these
extra years."




She shows me a photo album with pic-
tures ofpaintings: "I was and am a
painter. I was left handed and I had to
learn to paint again with my right hand.
In 1986 I started painting islands, is-
lands with flocks of birds flying over. If
anybody asked me what is was, I'd an-
swer, 'That's my dream island.' I'd
never heard of Bonaire or about the fla-
mingos. Here I have everything I had in
Africa, but I have it all year around and
more beautifully!
In 1999 I got this property. I'd moved
seven times. The bank wouldn't give
me a loan to build a house, so I went to
Fundashon Cas Boneiriano and talked
to Mr. Herbert Piar and a social worker.
They said, 'Everybody on the island
can do this when they want to, so you
can too!' They gave me a loan and I
built my house. I still can't believe it;
it's like a dream. What I never thought
would come true happened. I'm very
grateful to Mr. Piar and all the people
who helped me and I promised them I'd
make a nice garden and that's what I
did. It's my hobby.
Most of the time I'm at home with my
dogs and my cat; I like it best here. I'm
in my garden every day or on the beach
collecting funny corals. I make art out


of everything!
I like the cruise ship season. I sit on
the pier, I look around, and always
some young guy helps me to set up my
stand. There are things I can't do by
myself, so I've learned to ask, and if the
first person says 'No,' I ask a second
person; that's normal. Many people
want to help, but you have to ask as
they cannot smell it. It's nice to spend a
day in town when a ship is in. The
promenade is beautiful; the people tell
me about their travels and sometimes
they buy a little thing. I did the tourist
guide course with Sue Felix and so I
can tell them about the island and
things they should go and see.
When you leave your country it's
very hard. You have to leave everything
behind and fear what's coming. You
can cry, but you have to move on. I had
to decide what was best for me. My
whole family was angry: 'What are you
doing? You're sick!' Only my son
stood up for me and said, 'Go check it
out. If it's not good come back on the
first plane!' When you have great kids
you listen to them! I'm very proud of
him! He's so good! It's easy to say
now, but it wasn't at the time. I should
have done it five years earlier!
When I did Sue's course I met a lot of
people; that was another good thing!
Wherever I lived I've always talked
with all my neighbors, with people
when I go shopping. I've met many
people at Trans World Radio Church
and I'm a member of the Queen Angel


snorkel and diving club. The day I go
out snorkeling with them is the best day
of the week! I love it! I think my life is
good, I'm thankful for every day I open
my eyes. A while ago my sister came to
visit me and said, 'Gisela, you know,
the doctor gave you only one year...'
Now I have my 20th anniversary," she
laughs. "I am 20, except for the wrin-
kles! I'm so happy with all these extra
years.
I've grown coconut trees from coco-
nuts. When I planted them the first
thing I asked the Lord was to see my
trees grow big. Now they're big and I
got scared... but life is very exciting!
My faith has grown so strong; I know
there is a God who guides and helps
me; I could have never made it on my
own. I think that you don't always see
the reason why in some situations, but I
know that I would have never moved
from Germany to a nice little island like
Bonaire if it hadn't been for my health.
In spite of my handicap and the pain the
quality of my life has improved in
every possible way. I want to tell my
story to give peo-
ple hope to do
something for
themselves to
make their own
situation better so
they will have a
better life too."
1 Greta Koistra


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DIVING with DEE

A SALUTE TO THE SERGEANT MAJOR


Whether you're snorkeling or
scuba diving around Bonaire or
just looking into the sea from land,
you're likely to see sergeant-major fish.
Sergeant-majors are a type of damselfish,
but luckily for us they're not as aggres-
sive as their yellowtail damselfish cous-
ins! Like other damsels, though, their
bodies are flattened from side to side and
they're more oval than round (except for
the tail, of course). Sergeant-majors of
various types live on tropical reefs
worldwide. Ours in the Caribbean have
five black vertical stripes (called "bars")
on a yellow and white background.


rine Park moorings (especially the con-
crete blocks), and shipwrecks. Next, the
prospective dad clears his site for the
eggs. He removes any bits of shell or
rubble by picking them up in his mouth,
carrying them off the nest and releasing
them. Finally, dad hovers above the nest
site and waves his tailfin, hard, fanning
off any fine debris.
The nesting site is prepared. The hopeful
dad performs a looping courtship display
for the local ladies. One will accept his
invitation and begin swimming back and
forth over the site in tight rows. She's
depositing up to 20,000 adhesive eggs,
which look like purplish-red dots. Her
mate follows, fertilizing the eggs. When
she finishes, she leaves -- if she doesn't
leave, he chases her away.


away any fish that dare come within one
or two feet. He makes sure no crabs or
bristle worms sneak up.
(Okay, most of the time he makes sure no
crabs get to his eggs. On one occasion I
saw a sergeant-major nest area which
included a tiny cavity in the coral head.
As I watched, a little claw emerged from
the cavity, plucked a single egg and re-
turned to the cavity -- without attracting
the attention of the guarding dad. I also
noticed a small circle, empty of eggs,
around the crab's lair; it's just possible
that the egg I saw it steal wasn't its first.)
As the newly-deposited eggs mature they
become greenish gray; in about seven
days they hatch and the larval fish drift
upward. New sergeant-majors feed hun-
grily on other plankton for another week
or two, then, at a size of around half an
inch, they leave the plankton and appear
around mooring buoys, shallow water
rock or coral formations and even in tide
pools.
The scientific name of the Caribbean
sergeant-maj or is Abudefduf saxatilis.
Saxatilis (sak-uh-TILL-iss) is a tradi-
tional-sounding species name, from
Latin, and means "dwelling among
rocks."
But Abudefduf piqued my curiosity since
it didn't sound like Latin or Greek and
wasn't in any of my reference books.
All I could find out was that Abudefduf
fulfilled the criteria for a scientific
name which means someone else had
noticed it was a little different but is
otherwise no help. I had to find an Ara-
bic speaker before I got a translation:
Abudefduf(ah-boo-DEFF-duff) means
"father who darts swiftly back and
forth" a perfect description of the ser-
geant-major dad guarding his eggs! i
Dee Scarr


Bonaire Reporter January 21 to January 28, 2005


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the Sea" dives. It will en-
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*to find it, just look up


Sky Goodies and
Two Celestial
Tongue Twisters


F irst, a few hints to
help find some of
the sights in the exciting
winter sky in our Sky
Park, day by day:
January 21- In early
evening, the Moon shines
between Orion (to its
lower right) and bright
Capella (to its upper left).
Saturn is the bright point
glowing far to the Moon's
lower left.
January 22 Look for
Saturn below the Moon
this evening. Fainter Pol- Where the tongue twisters are in Libra
lux and Castor, the
"twin" stars of Gemini,
are to Saturn's upper left. Procyon is farther to Saturn's lower right.
January 23- The bright "star" shining near the Moon tonight is the planet Saturn.
Fainter Pollux and Castor are also in the Moon's vicinity. The Moon is at "apogee."
January 24 Saturn shines to the Moon's upper right this evening. More directly
above the Moon are fainter Pollux and Castor. Procyon is farther right of the Moon.
January 25 Full Moon, called the "Wolf Moon."
January 26 After the Moon rises in mid-evening, look to its lower right for
Regulus, the brightest star of Leo.
Now, some highlights for early next month: If you get up a couple of hours before
dawn in early February you'll be able to catch a couple of cosmic items whose names
are bizarre and fun to pronounce along with several lovely sky objects. On Wednesday,
February 2"d about an hour before sunrise, face southeast where the brightest thing
you'll see will be a last quarter Moon. Up to its right you'll see the brilliant king of the
planets, 88,000-mile-wide Jupiter. And just below it is the brightest star of Virgo,
Spica. Now if you draw an imaginary line from Jupiter to the Moon and continue that
line it will pass just above the giant red star Antares, which marks the heart of Scor-
pius the Scorpion and will whisk on by the tiny 4,000-mile-wide, red-orange planet
Mars.
So you've got two wonderful stars, Antares and Spica, two wonderful planets, Jupiter
and Mars, and an exquisite Moon to greet you. But it's two dimmer stars near the Moon
which are really made for February 2nd because of their wonderfully weird names.
They are the two brightest stars of the constellation Libra, the scales of justice. The
one closest to the Moon is called Zuben Elgenubi and the one above it is called
Zuben Eschamali. Don't you love it? Now Zuben Elgenubi means the southern claw
and Zuben Eschamali means the northern claw. But as any school kid can tell you the
scales of justice don't have claws. What gives? Well before Julius Caesar came along
these two stars marked the claws of the then much larger constellation Scorpius the
Scorpion. But Julius Caesar wanted to extend the power of the Roman Empire into the
very heavens themselves, so he lopped off the poor scorpion's claws and renamed them
for the symbol of roman justice.
Now if it's cloudy on the 2nd and you can't see the stars, then on the 3rd the Moon
will be just above the three stars which mark the top of Scorpius, and on Friday the 4th
it will be just past Antares, and on Saturday the 5th will be parked right underneath
Mars, named for the Roman god of war. O JackHorkhimer


THE 3TARS


HAVE T0
For the week:
January 21 to 28, 2004
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Drastic financial losses may be likely if you lend
money. You can make new connections if you play your cards right. Romance will
develop through work. This is a great day for a trip. Your lucky day this week will
be Tuesday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) You can beautify your surroundings by renovating
or redecorating. Don't let individuals with wild schemes talk you into a financial
deal that is not likely to be successful. Overindulgence could cause problems for you
with your loved ones. If you try to manipulate emotional situations you will find
yourself alienated. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Your partner may blame you for everything. Exer-
cise your talents and present your ideas to groups you think you can contribute to.
Opportunities to go out with clients or colleagues will be in your best interest. You
will be accident prone if you aren't careful this week. Your lucky day this week will
be Tuesday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Be aware that minor accidents or injury may prevail
if you are preoccupied. Be honest in your communication and don't lose your cool.
Things may not be as they sound. Consider the source before you believe what you
hear. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Put your energy into home renovations. You will easily
blow situations out of proportion. Make plans that will take you to exotic destina-
tions. Visit friends you don't get to see that often. Your lucky day this week will be
Friday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) You are best to stick to yourself this week. You can
surprise members of your family, which in turn will bring you a pat on the back.
Don't let the cat out of the bag. Friends or groups that you're affiliated with may
want you to contribute more cash than you can really afford. Your lucky day this
week will be Monday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Have some fun, but draw the line if someone tries to
fast talk their way into your heart. Money problems will get worse if your partner
hasn't been playing by the rules. You are better off visiting friends or relatives than
entertaining at home. You are exceptional at presenting your ideas. Your lucky day
this week will be Monday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Unstable relationships are likely. Don't believe
everything you hear. This will be a great time to invite friends over to visit. Try to
get out and socialize. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Put your energy into behind-the-scenes ac-
tivities. Join a club to work off that excess energy; but consider ways of doing that
without spending the money. You should get into some of those creative hobbies
that you always said you wanted to do. Your self esteem will come back if you take
part in organizational functions that allow you to be in the limelight. Your lucky
day this week will be Wednesday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Financial limitations are likely if you take risks.
Try not to skirt issues if you think you'll hurt some one's feelings. Entertainment
could be pleasing if it is of an energetic nature. You need time to rejuvenate. Your
lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You will be full of energy and you need to find
something constructive to do. Love relationships will flourish. Do something that
will be stimulating and creative. You won't be able to keep a secret. Your lucky day
this week will be Saturday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You can open up to your mate and let them know
what you expect out of this relationship. Your lover may be annoyed if you have
been flirtatious or not attentive to their needs. Children may pose a problem if they
don't like suggestions. Get involved injobs that require creative input. You can win
points with both peers and superiors. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday. 1


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Page 2 Bonaire Reporter January 21 to January 28, 2005 K LM and Dutch Eagle Express (DEE), now doing business as BonairExel, have reached agreement on forming a join regional airline based in Curaçao. “We have decided to work together. How exactly, we still have to work out,” said DEE shareholder, Niek Sandmann, from Amsterdam, where the talks were held. Possibly the airline(s) that will evolve from the former Aruba/Bonaire/ Curacao-Exel fleet will start operating in two to three months. Reportedly negotiations with Sandmann are being conducted by Deputy KLM President-Director Peter Hartman, who recently visited Bonaire. According to the Dutch daily, De Telegraaf , Niek Sandmann’s business partner is Erik de Vlieger, who earlier this week announced his retirement from direct involvement in his many companies but will stay a shareholder in the Exel Aviation Group. However, some of de Vlieger’s aviation investments are on the verge of folding, and significant layoffs in Europe are expected if that occurs. Bonaire Senator Ramonsito Booi, a key player in the original effort to bring BonairExel to our island, says he is working to make sure air service to Bonaire continues uninterrupted in the meantime. It was announced earlier this week that the name Exel would be disappearing from the BonairExel, CuraçaoExel and ArubaExel aircraft. Winair, the Antillean windward island airline owned by the Central Government that was set to be taken over by Exel, will be included with the former Exel airlines in the new arrangement. The intention is to improve inter-island service and add jets of KLM’s subsidiary, Transavia, to the Antilles fleet. The Samco (Schreiner Aircraft Maintenance) company will be hired and on-time performance will be improved, Sandmann said. The current ATR 42 fleet is in need of maintenance, one source of the delays BonairExel passengers have been experiencing. Dutch reports by A. Burlage and B. MosDe Telegraf The new airline, West Caribbean Aruba , will be operational by March 18, Aruba Day. Acting director of Aruba’s Aviation Administration Chris Dammers says steady progress is being made with the procedures for the necessary manuals and filling the various positions within the company. The airline will start flying with a single MD-82 aircraft, similar to the MD-88 used by the bankrupt Air Aruba, which means the pilots won’t require much extra flight training. A second plane will soon be added. The airline will be flying to Curaçao, Bonaire and Colombia, with the US to follow later. Another start-up, I-Jet Caribbean, will continue with the fights on the Miami-Port au Prince-Curaçao route it began around Christmas to meet the great demand from Haiti to the ABC islands and Florida. The company aims to be the successor to DCA for the route. It offers good fares (less than NAƒ400 to Florida), good service (includes meals and a US Immigration expert) and reliability (on time). For the time being the company uses a Boeing 727 (170 seats) and flies twice a week, on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Dutch Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner concluded his trip to the Netherlands Antilles with a visit to Bonaire . He met with Police Chief Police Gerold Daantje, Chief Prosecutor Gilbert Joubert, Lt. Governor Herbert Domacassé and Deputy Prosecutor Justine Gonggrijp. While the minister had been in the Antilles last year for orientation this visit was "to nail things down," he said during a press conference in the Pasangrahan. The most important result of his visit was the signing of several agreements for Dutch assistance for law enforcement in the Netherlands Antilles to fight crime. The Netherlands will send extra police (Continued on page 3) IN THIS ISSUE: Bonaire Wins Top Spot (Student Chefs) 4 New Names for New Kids 5 Learning Bonaire (TCB Leader) 5 New TCB Leader (Ronella Croes) 5 Tsunami Help 6 Bonaire Visit (an Intersession Course) 6 Bonaire Ambassadors (Norton; Emry) 7 Walk-a-thon on Sunday 8 St. Maarten Asks Bonaire 8 Wear Yellow-LiveStrong 8 Edwin Muller (Windsurfing) 9 Yoga (Letting Go) 12 Where to Find the Reporter 12 Buddy Dive at 25 Expands 13 Pet Prof (Cat’s IQ Test) 13 Phil Turns 75 14 Salute to Sergeant Major (Dee Scarr) 18 WEEKLY FEATURES: Flotsam & Jetsam 2 Vessel List & Tide Table 9 Pet of the Week (Ryan) 11 Classifieds 12 Picture Yourself (Sweden) 14 Reporter Masthead 14 What’s Happening 15 Micro Movie Review 15 Shopping & Dining Guides 16 On the Island Since (Gisla Zils) 17 Bonaire Sky Park 19 The Stars Have It 19 Dutch Justice Minister Donner and Lt. Governor Domacasse Walthie photo

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Page 3 Bonaire Reporter January 21 to January 28, 2005 Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 2) detectives, which Chief Daantje said is not an unnecessary luxury for Bonaire, considering the persistent understaffing of the local police force. The added manpower will work behind the scenes, especially to solve violent crimes. This also means that police officers can be put on the streets to heighten security. A work group of local police and Dutch military police will maintain border control at the airport especially to intercept drugs. The 100% inspection will continue at Schiphol Airport in Holland and will be supplemented with stricter controls at all Antillean international airports. The 13 military officers and 12 Customs officials will be assigned to Curaçao and Bonaire airports starting in March and will remain in the Antilles for a maximum of two years. Next month 40 detectives and 20 other police officers will go on duty to combat crime in the Antilles, primarily on Curaçao. Recently a mobile seawatch radar was tested in Bonaire. The system is actually being used by the Royal Army and the Marine Corps and has been optimized to track ships around the ABC Islands. The Coast Guard hopes that this radar will be able to spot attempted drug landings on Bonaire. In mid-2006, a permanent radar will become operational, but in the meantime the Coast Guard will use the mobile unit. During the Island Council meeting last week, Commissioner James Kroon, who is responsible for the island's medical policy, discussed the problems of the health care system in Bonaire . He said that he is very concerned about the increased amount of chronically ill patients and the ever-increasing medical expenses. He suggested a significant reorganization of the current health care system, more attention to metal health and that information and prevention should be the focus for this coming year. According to him, as many as 53% of the adults in Bonaire have a chronic disease, like diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney failure and heart and vascular diseases. He feels there is insufficient health care on the island for this group of people. Usually the patients have to go to other islands or foreign countries for treatment. Kroon says there are plans to attract more specialists to Bonaire. Since numerous Bonairean kidney patients have to fly several times a week to other islands to be dialyzed, it is more logical to have a dialysis center in Bonaire. He added that about 17% of adults in Bonaire are mentally ill or depressed. There is no care for these people. A psychiatrist visits Bonaire for a few hours a month to treat these patients, and there are only two nurses for the care of the mentally ill people. There are no government-sponsored psychologists or social workers in Bonaire. Postal rates are changing . Local letter mail increases 1.8%, part of which will go to establish innovative services such as the Elite Post service that offers intra-island, next-day delivery. A 20gram letter will cost NAƒ1,75. International letter mail between 0 to 20 grams remains the same, while rates for letter mail between 21 grams and 2 kilos, small packages and printed matter have been simplified and most of the rates have been reduced. A letter destined for Holland weighing 500 grams used to cost NAƒ61,65, but will now be reduced 66.7% to NAƒ20,50. A package destined for the US weighing 250 grams was NAƒ25,20, but will now cost NAƒ14.40. The release stated, “A shipment of 100 grams consisting of printed matter (like magazines) destined for Aruba was NAƒ5,45. As of January 18, it cost NAƒ3,95.” Curaçao pays 82% of all taxes in the Netherlands Antilles . Of the record tax revenues of NAƒ 1.3 billion in 2003, over a billion came from Curaçao. About 74% of the people in the Antilles (133,644 out of 180,59 2) live on Curaçao. Second is St. Maarten, which, with 33,119 legal residents, produced NAƒ172 million. Bonaire produced NAƒ56 million with 10,185 residents; St. Eustatius NAƒ5 million with 2,498 residents; and Saba NAƒ2.2 million with 1,146 residents. Per capita Curaçao paid an average of NAƒ7.992 each in taxes; Bonaire NAƒ5.513; St. Martin NAƒ5.197; Statia NAƒ2.020; and Saba NAƒ1.990. Of direct taxes, the income tax yielded the most, namely NAƒ 516 million. For indirect tax, the sales tax yielded the most, NAƒ261 million. Don’t forget to attend the SGB High School open house this Saturday, 22 January, from 10 to 12 noon. See what the school offers and meet the staff. G. /L. D. The multipurpose frigate HMS Van Speijk returned to the Netherlands Antilles as station ship for the Royal Marines on Monday. With its crew of 140 and an onboard Westland Lynx helicopter, she will remain in the Caribbean for one year to perform counter drug operations with a Law Enforcement Detachment of the US Coast Guard on board. The vessel will be used by the Royal Marines as well as the Coast Guard of the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba. Acting director Peter de Witte (left) and Commander Frank Sijtsma presented the Coast Guard’s newest weapon against drug traffickers and human smugglers the Super RIB to members of the press in Curaçao. This extended version (12 meters long) of the Rigid Inflatable Boat is driven by 630-horsepower engines and can reach speeds of up to 40 knots (more than 70 kilometers per hour). Weighing close to 6 tons and with a V-bottom, it is better suited to the relatively rough Caribbean Sea than the smaller RHIBS and outdated patrol boats it’s replacing. It can also give chase longer than its predecessors, some 15 hours straight at 30 knots. Five have now arrived, of which two for are Curaçao, two for Aruba and one for St. Maarten. In total the Coast Guard will get 12 Super RHIBS by the end of next year, four each for the three stations. The Dutch Government invested 6.75 million euros: 5 million for the boats and 1.75 million for the necessary infrastructure. In April, 34 new Coast Guard officials will also start working, bringing the total personnel to 188. The Royal Marines and the Damen shipyard in Gorichem, Holland, recently signed a contract for the design and construction of a new support vessel to replace the venerable Pelikaan which is a familiar sight in our waters. The new vessel will replace the current support ship in 2006. Then-defense minister, De Grave once called it “a brutal ship.” Marines on board have to sleep in shipping containers stacked three stories high, which promotes seasickness because of the heavy rocking motion of the short boat. The new Pelikaan is much longer (65 meters) and more comfortable, with proper accommodations for 40 Marines. Powered by two diesel engines, it can reach a top speed of 17 knots compared to the 12 knots of the current ship. This photo unintentionally tells a different story than intended . In it the Deputy Minister of the Netherlands Antilles, Mr Henri Brookson, is visiting a travel show in The Netherlands to promote tourism. In the background you can see the poster for Sri Lanka; in the foreground, Bonaire. Becau se of the tsunami-created devastation in Sri Lanka many tourists have had to change their plans, and some have chosen Bonaire. HMS Van Speijk Sea News

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Page 4 Bonaire Reporter January 21 to January 28, 2005 S aturday night at Chez Lucille’s at the Harbour Village Beach Resort was the setting for the Gala Awards Dinner for the ABC Islands, St. Maarten Student Chef Competition . Everyone agreed it was a tremendous success: the students, the judges, the teachers and coaches and the organizing committee. Nine teams competed in the kitchen of the SGB hotel school, sometimes four teams at a time, following strict international culinary competition rules. Professional judges on the scene were lead judge, Klaus Friedenreich, Henny Kolenbrander, Helmut Holzer and Augusto Schreiner. All four judges were born and trained in Europe but now have their businesses in Florida, Georgia and Puerto Rico, respectively. Each team had to create and present three dishes: appetizer, main dish and dessert. Judging was based on, for example, sanitation, how they followed their work plan, use of their culinary skills, plate presentation, and most of all, taste and flavor. The teams try to accrue as many points as possible, the number of points determining whether they win a gold, silver, bronze or no medal. They don’t compete with each other but with the system. In this competition, for instance there were seven bronzes and two silvers. No team had the required number of points for a gold. After the competition the judges met with the teams to critique their performances. “This is a time for teaching and for the students to learn,” Head Judge Klaus Friedenreich said. Two exciting announcements were also made. The winning team, SGB Bonaire, will be invited to attend Chef Klaus Friedenreich’s Culinary Arts Institute in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, for a week. And St. Maarten coach, Bart Peut, invited all the teams to come to his island in May 2006, for the next culinary competition. Also to be invited then will be teams from Saba, Statia and the French side of St. Maarten. The event was filmed by Hendrik Wuyts of Scuba Vision and a video will be made to use as a promotional aid for future hotel school students and to air on TV. L.D. The top winner – a Silver score– goes to the SGB team Bonaire – receiving congra tulations from the four judges Trevor from the TV show, “Kiko ta Kiko,” films the Feffik team from Curaçao. Chef Vernon checks out the Aruba team ABOVE: A group of ladies from the island, escorted by Maria Koeks of Soldachi Tours, stop by the view the plates for the competition After it’s all over there’s a great sense of relief and time to exchange signatures and plan on getting together again soon. AMFO Antillean Wine Company -Rocca del Macie wine tasting and raffle prizes Bonaire Culinary Foundation Bonaire Tours for all the transfers and the complimentary island tour to the students BonairExel Bonaire Reporter Bonaire Restaurant Association – chef coats Capriccio’s Restaurant– Lola’s pastry demon stration Caribbean Club CCF CHA Cedros Chez Lucille at Harbour Village Beach Resort Consales Divi Flamingo Martines Imports – Polar NGO Platform Rum Runners Restaurant – chef coats, Brad’s bartending exhibition ReMax – chef hats SGB (high school) Special Olympics for the use of their van Tropical Inn Warehouse Xerox – for the prize of the laser printer to one of the students SPONSORS Thanks to all the sponsors and supporters for making this event happen: COMPETITION RESULTS: 1. SGB Bonaire Silver Medal 2. EPI-2 Aruba Silver Medal 3. EPI-1 Aruba Bronze Medal 4. SBO Bonaire Bronze Medal 5. FEFFIK Curaçao Bronze Medal 6. Ban Bria 1 Curaçao Bronze Medal 7. Ban Bria 2 Curaçao Bronze Medal 8. Sundial St. Maarten Bronze Medal 9. EPB –Oranjistad Aruba Bronze Medal WINNERS OF INDIVIDUAL COURSES: AppetizerFEFFIK Curaçao Main CourseSGB Bonaire DessertEPI-2 Aruba

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Page 5 Bonaire Reporter January 21 to January 28, 2005 W e told you the “new kids,” the goats born on the Keshi Kiki (goat cheese) kunuku around the first of the year, needed names. So last week the 27 children of the Pelikaan School visited the farm as part of their Animal Project and to present their chosen names for the eight baby goats to farmer Aleta van Beeck. The beautiful “cover goat” of The Bonaire Reporter (January 7th issue) was named ‘Lippie’ because of its sharp black marked lips, the kids told me. Aleta was very happy with all the names picked: Tuti, Frutie, Brunie, Liefie, Spots, Kiki and Peli (Lippie’s sister). The goat kids and the children seemed to enjoy playing with one another. After the Keshi Kiki Kunuku excursion the schoolchildren visited Piloto's kunuku on Kaminda Lagoen. Piloto’s farm added cows, calves, chicken and rabbits to the day’s experience. The kids had a great time learning, and on the way home there were loud animal songs coming from the bus. photo and story by Marian Walthie M s Ronella Croes, Bonaire’s new General Manager of Tourism at the TCB, had several orientations to bring her up to speed on Bonaire’s latest cultural and environmental attractions. First, Bonaire’s cultural expert Bòi Antoin gave her a tour of various historical sites. Then she and STINAPA (Park Authority) Director, Elsmarie Beukenboom (driving the boat) , herself a past director of tourism, visited Klein Bonaire. G.D. Mike (in front) and Jorge tried out the milking station

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Page 6 Bonaire Reporter January 21 to January 28, 2005 “A wesome,” “Splendid,” “Humbling” were some of the sentiments we heard about Saturday’s fund raising extravaganza for the Asian Tsunami victims. The outpouring of generosity from the Bonairean people was on an unprecedented scale, not only of material items but in personal effort. In less than a week the arrangements for the day-long fundraiser with its sales booths, auctions, food and drink, performers, donors, sellers and buyers were completed. Thousands of Bonairean residents and tourists showed up at Wilhelmina Park to buy, sell, contribute and join together to raise money to help people who lost everything in the disaster. We cannot print a complete list of sponsors and contributors. There are lists of many who helped and people, organizations and businesses that contributed, but that will never be complete. There were folks coming up to help or to give raffle prizes or other things during the whole day. The organizers feel, in order to not forget anyone, they’d rather thank everyone in a general way. An incomplete, but audited, tally is NAƒ54,980. That doesn’t include some bank transactions yet, as well as the contributions from churches and schools. Per capita, it is the largest donation of any Caribbean island reported so far. It should eventually exceed NAƒ60,000. A lot of raffle prizes haven’t been picked up. The numbers of the winning tickets are listed on the right. After Sunday, January 23, the prizes that still have not been picked up will go up for auction. We will inform you on what, how and when. The prizes range from t-shirts to sailing trips and airline tickets. This will provide full disclosure on all gifts offered, and will raise even more money. The Antillean Wine Company is offering bottles of the fantastic Novello wine for NAƒ15/bottle-100% goes to the relief fund. Prizes, if provided with valid tickets, can be obtained by emailing to tsunamihelp@infobonaire.com or calling 787-0707. Any questions or information can be directed/ obtained via email: tsunamihelp@infobonaire. com or by phone to 787-0707. The wesite is: www.infobonaire.com/ tsunamihelp . G.D. PRIZES THAT NEED TO BE CLAIMED: Sponsor Prize Ticket # Tropical Travel 2 person Island Tour 1658015 Bailamores Centro de Danza Gift certificate Salsa 1658034 BonaireExel Roundtrip BON CUR 1658043, 1658364 1658228,1658705 Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire Book It Starts with water 1658047, 1659017 Pasa Bon Pizza Gift certificate Ang. 25 1658066, 1658887 Sand Dollar Grocery 100 guilder shopping spree 1658081 Bailamores Centro de Danza Gift certificate Street dance 1658159 RumRunners Gift certificate Ang. 50 1658162, 1658707, 1658734 1658462, 1658935 1658987,1658256 Plaza Resort Bonaire Breakfast for two 1658194, 1658821 1658889, 1658903 1658971 Mona Lisa 2 specialty menus 1658280 Woodwind 2 person Sunset sail 1658357, 1658643 1658428 Great Adventures Harbour Villa ge Book Sea and Sea guide 1658381, 1658437 1658470, 1658609 1658284, 1658327 1658067, 1658948 Aquaspace 2 person Nemo trip 1658503,1658512 1658534, 1658567 1658648, 1658819 1658671,1658379 1658018 Flamboyant 2 person Dinner coupon 1658520 Chat n Browse M. Gaynor Bonaire Turtle shirt 1658571 Aquaspace 5 person Nemo trip 1658605 Pasa Bon Pizza Gift certificate Ang. 25 1658615 Beverley Bio Aesthetics 30 min. massage 1658650 Tropical Travel 2 person Island Tour 1658654 2 person Discover Scuba Great Adventures Harbour Village Diving 1658660 Bonairean Golf Club Piedra So 30 min. lesson Golfpro 1658670 Plaza Resort Bonaire 2 person Kayak Trip 1658676 Caribbean Laundry Dry Cleaning ticket 1658741 Benetton Gift certificate Ang. 100 1658760 Mushi Mushi 2 person Sunset sail 1658860 Bailamores Centro de Danza Gift certificate Cheerleading 1659013 Tsunami Help C O V E R S T O R Y

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Page 7 Bonaire Reporter January 21 to January 28, 2005 F rom January 9 to 15, eight students and two teachers from the Illinois Math and Science Academy, a special high school for accelerated math and science students, learned all about some of BonaireÂ’s non-profit environmental organizations (NGOs) during a special winter intersession course. Hosted by Pauline Kayes, part-time resident of Bonaire, and Marina Melis, Director of the Donkey Paradise Safari Park, the students began their study by visiting STINAPA headquarters to learn about the foundation and the marine and land parks from Director Elsmarie Beukenboom and Washington Park Manager Fernando Simal. Next they were given a tour of the turtle nesting sites on Klein Bonaire by STCBÂ’s Funchi Egbrechts with the promise of perhaps even seeing Hawksbill hatchlings later in the week. Since part of the requirement of their intersession course is to provide service, the students also spent two days working at the Donkey Park, assisting Marina in caring for the donkeys. Amazingly they found time for two guided snorkels from Carin Ekrich (Sea and Discover) and Renee Leach (ReneeÂ’s Snorkeling Adventures), a kayak trip into the mangroves through the Mangrove Center and a free lunch at RichardÂ’s waterfront restaurant. They carried their notebooks everywhere, writing down information in order to complete their 30question quiz on Bonaire, including questions on coral reef ecology, turtle nesting conditions, the history of the donkeys, Bonairean culture and government, etc. A highlight was meeting the Bonai student group at the museum to work with Dr. Jay Haviser on their whale skeleton project. Pauline Kayes Students from Illinois Math and Science Academy visit Bonaire for an Intersession Course T he Bonaire Ambassador's List is growing and grew especially during the month of December. On December 29th we added a father, Jesse Norton, and his two sons, Charlie and Dave, from Virginia, to our growing list. At Eden Beach they got their Bronze Medals for coming to Bonaire over 10 consecutive years. Their good friend on Bonaire, Jewels Stabnik from Pirate Cruises, was responsible for making sure they got their medals. Jim and Diane Emry from South Carolina became Bonaire Ambassador Silver Medalists for coming to Bonaire for 25 years. They started coming in the 70s and on their first trip they fell in love with the people of Bonaire and discovered its beautiful underwater world. Over the years they saw many changes, but despite its growth Bonaire has remained the Paradise that they first discovered. The people continue to be warm and friendly. The Marine Park has been well preserved. They enjoy the unhurried relaxing atmosphere that Bonaire continues to offer. Jim and Diane will be back in May 2005, and then that will be their 26th year and so they will become Gold Bonaire Ambassadors. Story and photos by Delno Tromp Charlie, TCBÂ’s Evelain Marachena, Jesse, Dave and Jewels Stabnik of Pirate Cruises. Evelain Marchena from TCB with Jim and Diane Emry

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Page 8 Bonaire Reporter January 21 to January 28, 2005 L ast chance to get tickets to join the Walk-a-Thon to benefit Bonaire’s Special Olympics Team. For the last two years, this event has been the major fundraising event on the island, and this year it can be even bigger. Everyone on the island is invited to join to walk – to bike – to roller blade. Or you can just buy a ticket (NAƒ25) and cheer everyone on or sponsor a participant. The more the merrier. But you have just until Saturday to get your ticket from one of the board members (see box below). Not only will you have the satisfaction of knowing you gave to a good cause but you get a goody bag with T-shirt, canvas back pack, water bottle, hat and, at the end, at Pasa Dia in Rincon, a delicious free barbeque. Everyone meets at the Slave Huts at 5 am. You may leave your car at the Stadium in Playa and get a bus to the starting line. The bus leaves the Stadium at 4:30 am SHARP. There will be pick up trucks and Red Cross personnel along the way to help you up if you have any problems. Every five km. there will be a refreshment stop where you can get water, Gatorade, oranges and lots of encouragement. Present your ticket and get your gift bag at City Café/Hotel Rocheline lobby during these times: Thursday, January 20 – 1600-1900; Friday, January 21 – 1600-1900; Saturday, January 22 – 1000-1600. Some of The Bonaire Reporter staff will be doing the 30 kilometer trip on bikes, with their cameras ready to record the event. So when you see them, give a wave and a smile and you might appear in next week’s Bonaire Reporter . L.D. Special Olympics Bonaire National Director Delno Tromp models the waistband water carrier that you can buy for NAƒ15. It’s got zippered pockets for keys, lipstick, money, whatever and holds a water bottle, so you can step right out, hands free. Makes a great gift too. All proceeds go to Special Olympics. Get them at City Café/Rocheline during the bag handout times (see above). L.D. Board of Directors 4/’05 National Director – Delno Tromp President – Lupe Uranie Treasurer/Secty – Claire Sealy Dr, Spec. Events Onnie Emerenciana Head of Coaches – Elizabeth Wigny Public Relations – Roosje Goeloe Board members: Mike Gaynor, Chio Semeleer, Sharon and Scott Barlass, Aura Kock, Lucille Soliana S how you care: Get your Live Strong arm bands here in Bonaire to benefit the Bonaire Cancer Society. They’re NAƒ10 (to cover shipping and other costs) and are sold at Sand Dollar Grocery, from Stacey Winklaar at the Benetton Shop, TCB, Gabrielle at MCB Playa or at Croccantino Restaurant. L.D. L ast week two board members of Special Olympics (SO) Bonaire visited Sint Maarten to help with the start-up of Special Olympics Sint Maarten as well as to promote our Third Annual "BonairExel" Walk-A-Thon. After a long session in which information and experiences were shared, the delegation met some of the athletes of Special Olympics Sint Maarten. A big thank you goes to the official airline of Special Olympics Bonaire, BonairExel, who not only is sponsoring SO Bonaire, but has also offered to sponsor SO Sint Maarten with reduced airfares wh en needed to go abroad for participation in Special Olympic Games on one of the other islands. Roosje van der Hoek Bonaire Special Olympics board members Delno Tromp and Roosje van der Hoek-Goeloe with a few of the Sint Maarten Special Olympics staff and athletes. From left to right: Xiomara Wilson, Linda Richardson, Delno, Leo Violinus, Beatrix Arrindell, Sint Maarten First Lady Angela Richards and Julia Boasman. These people all walked (or ran) the distance in 2004. Everyone’s getting into the Walk-a-Thon sp irit. This week all the sponsors got together for a photo session with the Jong Bonaire kids. Ludwina Lendering, Director of Wega di Nomber, presents a check to Jong Bonaire head Bilha Thomas to sponsor 20 Jong Bonaire kids in the Walk-a-Thon this Sunday. Joining in were representatives of other sponsors: MCB bank, BonairExel, and TC Herrera.

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Page 9 Bonaire Reporter January 21 to January 28, 2005 I wanted to sit down with my neighbor, Erwin Muller, to learn more about one of Bonaire’s pioneers of windsurfing. If you don’t know this gentle giant you have seen him. He is a dive instructor at Toucan Dive and a living legend on Bonaire. He also buzzes around, usually wearing a faded red Toucan Dive shirt, on his quad. He has wild long hair and a beaming grin. Erwin was one of the first Bonaireans to windsurf. It was hard to find Erwin home as he is often at sea fishing or diving. One rainy day I found him relaxing in his oceanfront Antillean house. We sat down in this old Bonaire structure and discussed the windsurf scene in days not too long ago. Erwin spins a great story, but he is hazy with details and dates. Still he kept me captivated while I listened to his many tales of way back when. He always has a twinkle in his eye and a brilliant grin as he shares his personal tale of the sea and life in Bonaire. Erwin, a 40 something Bonairean, has spent his life on the sea. His first experience on a windsurfer was around 1972 when he was a dive instructor at the old Sunset Beach Hotel. Erwin recalls a doctor from Aruba bringing a board for his vacation. Erwin took a spin and was hooked. He recalled the board to be a Whaler, an old style board without foot straps. This vintage board can be found today in garages and under decks in any seaside community a windsurf relic. Erwin recalls the booms being wooden and the sails cloth without any battens to keep the form. We both laughed, wishing we had some old gear for memorabilia. He recalls his friends, Constantino “Patun” Saragoza and Junie Statie, also trying this new sport. Another man of the sea, Elvis “Piskechi” Martinus, was manager at a gas station but took time from work to learn how to windsurf around Playa. One day Erwin decided to sail to Curaçao to attend a race. When some of the other locals heard about his adventure they joined in. Erwin planned to sail from Playa (Kralendijk) to Klein Bonaire and then on to Curaçao. Light winds made the trip long but Erwin made it ahead of the others. When Elvis Martinus didn’t show up in Curaçao, people were worried; authorities were notified and a search started. While telling the story, Erwin chuckled with glee, claiming Elvis was “lost” and ended up at Klein Curaçao where he spent the time drinking and chilling with local fisherman. The next day Elvis showed up safe and sound. “I think he was lost, but I don’t really know. All I know is he had a lot of people really worried,” Erwin recalls. It was clear from the laughter and mirth in Erwin’s voice that he enjoyed this day very much. Another pioneer in the sport Erwin says is Ernst van Vliet, a Dutchman who ran the windsurf concession at Sunset Beach. With more laughter Erwin says Ernst spent more time rescuing windsurfers who drifted to Klein Bonaire than teaching anyone to actually windsurf. Due to the offshore winds Ernst sought a safer location and was one of first to take windsurfing to Lac Bay, then a quiet fishing and swimming area. Once the locals started sailing at Lac it was soon their favorite place to sail. A group started Aquaspeed, a windsurf club, and the sport suddenly was alive and well in Bonaire. Erwin recalls many a night spent sleeping near the shop and sailing all day. Elvis would caution the sailors to carefully hang up their gear in the night but much to his dismay, he was ignored and donkeys would walk over the sails , damaging them. “He warned us,” Erwin laughs, “but we didn’t listen too good.” My jovial story teller laughed, sharing the antics of those times. Along with fierce mosquitoes, nighttime wandering donkeys and partying sailors, the next day could not come soon enough, and the days were spent catching the wind. They even sailed up to Cai in the waves with boards that had no foot straps. This is incredible since it’s the foot strap that keeps the sailor attached to the board while catching air. Again, laughter in his story telling reveals it was a hilarious experience. When I ask Erwin what he thinks about the new school windsurf scene he shakes his head a little. “The kids don’t know sailing rules and right of way,” he said. He wishes they knew more about sailing and the rules and not just how to throw tricks. He also wants the kids to sail for enjoyment and for the passion of being at sea, not just to make money. It’s a great sport to keep kids busy and off the streets, but they need to be focused and learn other skills so they can work and take care of their future. He feels the youngsters of Bonaire have a great island to live in harmony with the sea: to fish, dive, and windsurf. The sea has been good to Erwin. It’s been awhile since he took to a board, but he has many memories of the early days and the scene at Sorobon. Ann Phelan Ann Phelan, Bonaire based owner of Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations, a windsurf and eco tour specialty travel service, is the Event Coordinator of the Annual Bonaire PWA King of the Caribbean. To book a trip or consult with Ann email her at: ann@bonairewindsurfing.com YACHTING AND WATERSPORTS PAGE KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT) Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF 1-21 10:28 2.1FT. 19:57 0.8FT. 53 1-22 11:00 2.1FT. 20:33 0.7FT. 60 1-23 11:33 2.1FT. 21:13 0.7FT. 66 1-24 12:00 2.0FT. 21:54 0.8FT. 71 1-25 12:29 2.0FT. 22:28 0.8FT. 75 1-26 13:03 1.9FT. 22:59 0.8FT. 78 1-27 13:31 1.8FT. 23:28 0.9FT. 79 VESSELS MAKING A PORT CALL : Angie Antares Bettina, Venezuela Bright Sea Camissa, Chan Is. Cape Kathryn Cava Clemencia Cordelia Delphinus Desire Flying Cloud, USA Forewinds Galandriel Gammler Gatsby, USA Guaicamar I , Ven. Haxebase Kamila Lady Alice La Familia La Orana Letrancer Little Mermaid Luna C. USA Maebelle Mahi Mahi Maggi Nava Maria Natural Selection, USA Nechtan Oniro Precocious Gale, U SA Rire II Santa maria Sandpiper, USA Sea Fever Sea Festa Sirius Sylvia K Surprise Ta-B Tartufo Ti Amo, USA Tsih Tartufo Tween, Netherlands Ulu Ulu, USA Unicorn, Norway Varedhuni, Germany Windmiller, Canada Ya-T, BVI Zahi, Malta “Along with fierce mosquitoes, nighttime wandering donkeys and partying sailors, the next day could not come soon enough, and th e days were spent catching the wind .”

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Page 10 Bonaire Reporter January 21 to January 28, 2005 ©2004 The Bonaire Reporter Published weekly . For information about subscriptions, stories or advertising in The Bonaire Reporter , phone (599) 717-8988, 7917252, fax 717-8988, E-mail to: Reporter@bonairenews.com The Bonaire Reporter , George DeSalvo, Publis her. Laura DeSalvo, Editor in Chief. Address: Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6; Bonaire, Neth. Antilles. Available on-line at: www.bonairereporter.com Reporters: Susan Brown, Desirée, Jack Horkheimer, Pauline Kayes, Greta Kooistra, Ann Phel an, Dee Scarr, Dodo, Michael Thiessen, Delno Tromp, Roosje va n der Hoek, 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 Drukkerij

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Page 11 Bonaire Reporter January 21 to January 28, 2005 D o you feel uptight, nervous, stressed out? Take some advice from “Ryan” the cat and find a comfortable spot away from it all and just chill out! Your cares and worries just fade away and you can concentrate on the important things in life like relaxing and letting the world come to you. Ryan came into the Shelter with his sister “Rita,” who’s been adopted already, and his brother “Boy.” All three of them are very fine animals and come recommended highly. Ryan is about six months old; he’s been sterilized, is in great shape and has had his shots. Stop by the Bonaire Animal Shelter and see for yourself what healthy and social animals are there for adoption. It’s on the Lagoen Road, open Monday through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, Saturdays until 1. Tel. 717-4989. Ever wonder just how much damage one firecracker can do? Check out what one did to the roof of the Shelter – it’s a hole about 4 inches by 3 inches that was made in the corrugated roofing material, “Eternet,” that covers one of the cages. Apparently the firecracker was thrown in from the street. The cage was occupied at the time by one dog that was in there for quarantine! Here’s a real use for your old Bonaire license plates. Bring them into the Shelter so they can be sold to tourists who think they’re great souvenirs. It’s a good way to help raise money for the Shelter . L.D. “Ryan”

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Page 12 Bonaire Reporter January 21 to January 28, 2005 GOT SOMETHING YOU WANT TO BUY OR SELL? REACH MORE READERS THAN ANY OTHER WEEKLY NEWSPAPER BY ADVERTISING IN THE BONAIRE REPORTER FREE FREE FREE FREE Non–Commercial CLASSIFIED ADS (UP TO 4 LINES/ 20 WORDS) Commercial ads are only NAƒ0.70 per word, per week. Free ads run for 2 weeks. Call or fax The Bonaire Reporter at 717-8988 e-mail ads@bonairereporter.com PSYCHOLOGY PRACTICE BONAIRE. Consultation, Supervision, Hypnotherapy, Psychotherapy Drs. Johan de Korte, Psychologist, Phone: 717-6919 CAPT. DON’S ISLAND GROWER Trees and Plants, Bonaire grown. 8000m2 of plants and nursery. Specializing in garden/septic pumps and irrigation. Kaminda Lagoen 103, Island Growers NV (Capt. Don and Janet). Phone: 786-0956 or 787-0956 LUNCH TO GO Starting from NAƒ5 per meal. Call CHINA NOBO 717-8981 JanArt Gallery , Kaya Gloria 7, Bonaire Local Art, Art Supplies, Framing, and Art Classes. Open Tu-We-Th & Sat 10 am5 pm Friday 17 pm; or phone 717-5246 for appt. BonaireNet is the leading consumer and business information source on Bonaire. Telephone (599) 717-7160 . For on-line yellow pages directory information go to http://www. yellowpagesbonaire.com Still can’t find a copy? Visit our office at Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6 or Call 717-8988 Airport: Car Rental Agencies, Airport Arrivals Area Banks: MCB (Playa & Hato branches), RBTT Bookstores: Bonaire Boekhandel, Flamingo Boekhandel Realty Offices : Harbourtown Re/Max Sunbelt Restaurants: Bistro de Paris Brasserie Bonaire Capriccio Chez Lucille City Cafe Croccantino Wil’s Tropical Grill Garden Café Kentucky Fried Chicken Lost Penguin Lover’s Ice Cream Pasa Bon Pizza Seahorse Cyber Café Subway Shops: Bonaire Gift Shop City Shop DeFreewieler Inpo Paradise Photo Photo Tours, Playa Exito Bakery Bonaire Super Store (old 7-7) Hotels: Buddy Dive Capt. Don’s Habitat Carib Inn Caribbean Club Bonaire Dive Inn Divi Flamingo Eden Park Hotel Harbour Village Plaza Sand Dollar Supermarkets: Cultimara Consales More for Less Progresso Sand Dollar Grocery Tropical Flamingo Warehouse Others: Bonfysio Botika Korona Bestuurscollege Caribbean Laundry Customs Fit 4 Life Hair Affair Harbour Village Marina Parliament Rocargo TCB Telbo RINCON: Chinese Store, Joi Fruit Store, Lemari Grocery, Rincon Bakery. Snip and save so you can always find a copy of The Bonaire Reporter if there are no more at your favorite spot For Rent : Comfortable 2-bedroom beach villa -weekly or monthlychoice location-Privacy & securityJuly 15 to Jan 15-Brochure availablePhone (Bon) (599) 717 3293-or (US) (570)-586 0098-e-mail larjaytee@aol. com MOVING INTO A NEW HOUSE? Make it more livable from the start FENG SHUI CONSULTATIONS Interior or exterior design advice, clearings, blessings, energy healing China trained, Experienced. Inexpensive. Call Donna at 785-9013 Laptop Computers for sale: Sony VAIO V505DX, Pentium M 1.4 GHz Centrino RAM 512 MB HD 60 GB CD-RW / DVD, LAN, Wireless 802.11b Centrino 12.1” TFT XGA Screen Size, $2,000 (negotiable) and... a Toshiba Satellite A75-S229, Pentium 4, 3.2 MHz, 15.4 TruBrite Widescreen, TruBrite, 512MB RAM, 80GB Hard Drive, CD & DVD Writer, 802.11g Wireless, LAN, $2,800 (negotiable). Call 786-5119 or thusisiva@hotmail.com TV/VCR Combo —Samsung 20” color Television and Magnavox VHS. NAƒ125 for both. If interested, call 717-2848. Suzuki Samurai Jeep , in very good condition, color white, NAƒ7.000, tel. 717-2066. 2 Italian design (LUCE PLAN) ceiling fans , transparent blades, remote control, V220, Never used, still in orig. boxes $500, tel. 717-2066 Oster (TM) Espresso / Cappuccino Maker in perfect condition only used for 6 months makes two cups simultaneously filter also holds Senseo bags Asking Price = NAƒ90.Contact : Tel 717-2209 Privateer Renegade boatused for diving. With 200 HP Yamaha . All very well maintained and ready to go. NAƒ29,990 Call 717-8819 8 am-5 pm Classic Sailor Traditional Bonairean Sailing sloop. Wood, traditional construction, about 21’ long. Fiberglassed in and out for minimal maintenance. Two time winner of Bonaire Regatta, Class A. A dream to sail. Make an Offer. One of the last of its kind. Call 717-8988 or 785-6125. NEW NEW BRASSERIE BONAIRE Restaurant – Terrace – Take away * SPECIAL DINNER MENU * NAƒ35.OO $ 20.00 CRAB BISQUE ----CATCH OF THE DAY ----COUPE CARIBE OPEN: 11.30 a.m. – 02.00 p.m. DINNER 06.00p.m. – 09.30p.m. Sunday and Monday closed ROYAL PALM GALLERIES, DOWNTOWN KRALENDIJK, Kaya Grandi 26 F/G, TEL/FAX : 717-4321 NEW NEW This week I will be quoting from Rolf Gates’ book, Meditations from the Mat. “ I rarely teach a class that doesn’t include at least one student who is brand new to yoga. Working with beginners affords me an excellent opportunity to observe just what it is we bring to our mats. Despite wide age, gender, socioeconomic, cultural and physical differences, we all carry some of the same baggage. Whether you are a dancer, a housewife, a grad student, a retired police officer or an aerobics dropout, you will no doubt confront the same roadblocks to learning that I see students encounter everyday: pride and fear. If you are new to yoga, chances are you are wrestling not only with the postures but also with the judgments you pronounce on your efforts. But if you can make a commitment to be a little easier on yourself, I am certain you will enjoy your practice more. If not, you may soon find yourself making all sorts of excuses to avoid practicing altogetherit will become just too painful. When we opt out of experiences that challenge us, it’s usually because our pride is in the way. And “pride” is really another word for fearthe fear of not being enough. Marlon Brando delivers this truth magnificently in the movie Apocalypse Now when, sweating in a nadir of spiritual bankruptcy, he tells his executioner, “It is our judgment that defeats us.” We become our own executioners when we sit in judgment of our efforts. Only when we act without judgment can we truly flourish in our lives. Yoga means becoming one. As long as we stand apart in judgment, we sabotage the opportunity for connection and integration that is yoga. So I encourage you: get into that canoe and ride with the river. Commit and don’t look back. Before our bodies can open, they must first let go; the clenched and guarded muscles must relax. But the mind must let go first.” Allow yourself the time to re-read this so that you can slowly start to practice the process of letting go. Give change a chance . Desirée Do everything with a mind that has let go. By John Chan Don and Desirée of “Yoga For You” offer classes from beginners to advanced. Call 717-2727 or 786-6416 Bonaire Images Elegant greeting cards and beautiful boxed note cards are now available at Chat-N-Browse next to Lovers Ice-Cream and Sand Dollar. Photography by Shelly Craig www.bonaireimages.com Visit Gallery “ MyArt ” Marjolein Fonseca-Verhoef Call: 785-3988

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Page 13 Bonaire Reporter January 21 to January 28, 2005 I n 1980, operating from a shipping container, Buddy Dive Resort began. Over the years it has grown into the first class resort it is today. At the end of last year it began an expansion that is continuing. The owners of Buddy Dive took over the Lions Dive operation adjacent to their property ...and they’ve big plans. One of the first things we noticed is that all the buildings in both resorts have been painted a sunny yellow, a favorite color of owner Ingrid van der Valk. Combining the two resorts brings the number of units up to 71: 40 units at Buddy Dive, 31 at Lions. General Manager Ruud van Baal says, “That means we have 200 beds.” According to van Baal, there has been such an increase in guests that they’ve needed to expand to serve their customers. Renovations have started with the painting; there will be new fabrics, curtains, furniture – particularly some very lovely beds from Indonesia. The dive tank drive-through will be relocated so it’s more accessible from the road, and it will have the retail shop (moved up from the seaside location), showers and a bathroom. A maintenance department will be set up where the present drive-through is, far enough away from the rooms so that there will be little disturbance. A number of the Lion’s Dive staff is still working here, so guests who have their “favorites” will most likely find them there, albeit in a different uniform. Back at “Buddy Dive central” the bar will get a new roof and the buffet updated. “Lunch on the beach has become really popular,” explains Operations Manger Lisa Muehlemann. The Bella Vista Restaurant serves breakfast and lunch and theme night dinners. Their breakfast buffet is overseen by a Dutch chef who’s had experience on the island. The new restaurant Manager is Patrick Wilj an. Kirk Gosden’s Lion’s Den Restaurant will continue to serve their very popular dinners. There’s now a pass through between the two restaurants. The building that housed Bon Bini Divers is being opened up with windows to the sea and turned into a real conference room with air conditioning and space for 50 seats. The back area of the building will be an activity center for children. The old Lions Dive office is being transformed into a three-bedroom rental unit. “We expect the renovations and transformation to take from nine to 12 months,” explained van Baal, “then it will be one complete Buddy Dive.” L.D . Buddy Dive General Manager Ruud Van Baal and Operations Manager Lisa Muehlemann welcome us through the break in the fence between Buddy Dive and Lions Dive. 1. If you get on all fours, bark and growl loudly, your cat: a. Looks at you inquiringly b. Hisses at you and/or retreats c. Pretends not to notice you d. Looks you in the eye and yawns 2. When your cat wants you to wake up, she: a. Jumps on the bed and purrs maniacally b. Meows continuously c. Jumps on your bladder a nd/or licks your eyelids d. Knocks an item off your nightstand every 20 seconds until you get up 3. If you hold a mirror up to your cat, he: a. Looks up, down, left and right b. Hisses at the reflection and/or retreats c. Approaches and then looks be hind the mirror d. Grooms himself 4. When you turn on the vacuum cleaner, your cat: a. Runs away and hides b. Gets up off the floo r and watches you c. Deliberately goes wherever you want to vacuum next d. Picks up all the cat toys so that you don’t suck them up 5. If you put an object in your cat’s way (e.g. a few empty cans in front of his food dish), she: a. Stops and looks confused b. Demands with ever increasing obnoxiou sness that you remove the objects c. Moves objects as necessary d. Manages to avoid/negotiate any objects 6. When your cat is the topic of conversation, he: a. Is completely oblivious b. Comes over to participate in the conversation c. Realizes you are discussing him but keeps his distance and grooms d. Realizes you are discussing him and leaves the room 7. If you turn on a flashlight, your cat: a. Ignores it completely b. Pounces on the beam of light and plays as long as you will c. Plays for a few minutes and then gets bored d. Realizes that you have the flashlight in your hand 8. When your cat’s water dish is empty, she: a. Waits patiently at the bowl b. Meows and waits at the bowl c. Meows and waits at the faucet d. Turns the faucet on and has a drink 9. If your cat were trapped in a closet, he would: a. Sleep until you discover him b. Meow continuously c. Bang on the door and rattle the doorknob d. Vomit in your favorite pair of shoes, and then open the door himself 10. When you are sitting at your computer, your cat: a. Sits on your lap b. Lies on the keyboard c. Plays with the mouse d. Emails the SPCA recommending your immediate incarceration Scoring: a. = 1 point b. = 2 points c. = 3 points. d. = 4 points. 10 -15 points: Burden on Society. This cat expects you to do everything for him. He is dependent, lazy, trusting, a nd frankly missing a few butt ons off his remote control (but I’m sure he’s very attractive... and sweet...and you love him dearly). 16 25 Points: Upstanding Citizen. This cat is self-aware and intelligent, and moderately demanding. He is more physical than imaginative when it comes to problem solving, and tends to employ basic instin ctive behaviors to ge t what he wants. 26 35 Points: Rebel. This cat is extremely intelligent. He is more independent, demanding, creative, and resourceful. He is al so more manipulative, in the long tradition of domestic cats. 36 40 Points: Criminal Mastermind. This cat is extremely self-aware, one might even say narcissistic. He al so happens to in fact BE your superior in every way. You are very fortunate that he has chosen to live w ith you, as he has no need for you whatsoever. Susan Brown Susan Brown is a professional dog trainer on the island who has been in the “pet business” for 28 years. For all your dog training or pet care needs contact Susan at the Pet Professor, e-mail: bandbfarm@yahoo.com or call 717-2620. A 40 point cat reads The Bonaire Reporter

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Page 14 Bonaire Reporter January 21 to January 28, 2005 Readers are invited to send their photos of their engagement or wedding to The Reporter. The photo will be printed free of charge. S ara, Emil, Anna and Lars Hagström write, “We spent a couple of weeks on your beautiful island in February 2004. When we arrived home the winter culminated with white, glittering snow that crunched under our shoes. This was a change. Two days earlier it was the golden sun under our bare feet. Bonaire was a fantastic experience. We drove around your island and we did also a couple of dives. In the picture Lars is reading The Bonaire Reporter, sitting on our yacht which is covered with snow. The temperature was 35 û C lower than we experienced two days earlier on your island. WIN GREAT PRIZES! Take a copy of The Bonaire Reporter with you on your next trip or when you return to your home. Then take a photo of yourself with the newspaper in hand. THE BEST PHOTOS OF THE YEAR WILL WIN THE PRIZES. Mail photos to Bonaire Reporter, Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles (AN). E-mail to: picture@bonairereporter.com. (All 2004 photos are eligible.) PHIL TURNS 75 P hil Katsev, husband of Laraine, turned 75 over the weekend and celebrated at City Café on Sunday afternoon with his many friends on the island. Phil and Laraine are known for their many charitable deeds on Bonaire and especially Phil’s always-bubblingto-the-surface sense of humor. (It is rumored, but denied that, as the inventor of Preparation H, his future was secured.) Phil can always be counted on to come up with innovative ideas for new projects and fund raising. He doesn’t just write a check, he thinks up ways to make his donation generate even more funds. Just ask the Maria Hoppner or Klein Bonaire Foundations. Most recently he’s produced a video of Capt. Don Stewart called “ Island Adrift ,” with Scuba Vision’s Hendrik Wuyts. It is set to debut at the end of next month at Movieland. L./G. D Phil himself

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Page 15 Bonaire Reporter January 21 to January 28, 2005 THIS WEEK Saturday, January 22 -Open House at the SGB High School, 10-12 noon. Meet the teachers & staff. Saturday, January 22 – Lions ClubComcabon Races – 2, 4 and 5K race with prizes. Starts at 1730. More information call Richard Pietersz of Comcabon 7178629 Sunday, January 23 —3rd Annual Special Olympics Walk-a-Thon You can walk, run, bike, roller blade –Entry fee is NAƒ25, incudes gifts, BBQ at end & more. Get tickets from Croccantino (7175025) TCB (717-8322) or from board members. See page 8 Now through February 9 —Art Exhibition of Helen Sargent (“Elena”) at the Cinnamon Art Gallery, Kaya A.P.L. Brion #1, just off Kaya Grandi, behind the Banco di Caribe. Now through January 27First ever exhibition of artwork underwater “40 Feet Underwater": Moving Light into an Unlimited Territory,” Dutch artist Fred Ros. At the dive site Front Porch, located at Bongos Beach at Eden Beach Resort. Entrance Fee $5 (Bonaireans free) Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhelmina Park on Cruise Ship Visiting Days : Monday, Jan. 24 Oceana ; Tuesday, Jan. 25Aida Vita COMING Saturday, January 29 – Windsurf Expression Session Event Site 11 am. On site, special industry people from Hi Fly and Starboard. February 5 & 6 Bonaire Windsurfing Freestyle Frenzy & Beach Bash two days of the hottest fun freestyle. Ann Phelan (786-3134) or Elvis Martinus (7902288) Monday, February 14 – St. Valentines Fundraising Dance Party to benefit the FKPD (disability foundation). Featuring “All in Two” professional singers from Curacao and local DJ, Juan Danger. At Gran Chaparal, 8 pm to 1 am. Tickets NAƒ100 per person. A 10% discount to groups of 10 at a table – Naƒ180 per couple. Call Shunilla Kroon 717-6210 or Ansherella Frans 717-6292 during office hours. Saturday, February 19 —Lora Count . Call 785-1000, 717-8444 Sunday, February 27 —2005 School Swimming Championship s, Meralney Sports Complex. May 15-22 King of the Caribbean World Cup Grand Prix, many pros and guests are expected. For info, see www. pwaworldtour.com or www.bonaireworldfreestyle.com EVERY WEEK Saturday Rincon Marshé opens at 6 am 2 pm. Enjoy a Bonairean breakfast while you shop: fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts, local sweets and snacks, arts and handicrafts, candles, incense, drinks and music. www.infobonaire.com/rincon 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 Tuesday -Harbour Village Tennis, Social Round Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10 per person. Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at 565-5225 /717-7500, ext. 14. Wednesday Meditation at Donkey Beach from 7:30 to 8:30 pm. Open to all. Call S.H.Y. 790-9450 Wednesday Sand Dollar Manager’s Cocktail Party , Mangos Bar and Restaurant Friday -Manager’s Rum Punch Party, Buddy Dive Resort, 5:30-6:30 pm FridayOpen House with Happy Hour at the JanArt Gallery at Kaya Gloria #7, from 5-7 pm. DailyThe Divi Flamingo Casino is open daily for hot slot machines, roulette and black jack, Monday to Saturday 8 pm– 4 am; Sunday 7 pm– 3 am. Every day by appointment -Rooi Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Bonairean kunuku. $12 (NAƒ12 for Bonaire residents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800. FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS SaturdayDiscover Our Diversity Slide Show, pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm 7175080 Sunday Bonaire Holiday Multi-media dual-projector productio n by Albert Bianculli, 8.30 pm, Capt. Don’s Habitat, Monday Dee Scarr’s Touch the Sea slide experience at the Aquarius Conference Center, Capt. Don’s Habitat, 8:30– 9:30pm. Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle Conservation Slide Show by Andy Uhr. Carib Inn seaside veranda, 7 pm FridayWeek in Review Video Presentation by the Toucan Dive Shop at Plaza’s Tipsy Seagull , 5 pm. 717-2500. BONAIRE’S TRADITIONS Mangasina di Rei, Rincon . Enjoy the view from “The King’s Storehouse.” Learn about Bonaire’s culture . Visit typical homes from the 17th century. Daily. Call 717-4060 / 790-2018 Visit the Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree, behind the Catholic Church in town. Open 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 dancing starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai. Dance to the music of Bonaire’s popular musicians. Rincon Marshéevery 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 7176435 to reserve. VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Bonaire Arts and Crafts ( Fundashon Arte Industrial Bonieriano ) 7175246/7117 The Bonaire Swim ClubContact Valarie Stimpson at 785-3451 or Valrie@telbonet.an Cinnamon Art Gallery Volunteers to help staff gallery during the day. Contact Wendy Horn at: wendy@bonaireart.org Bonaire National Marine Park 717-8444. Bonaire Animal Shelter 717-4989. Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607. Jong Bonaire (Youth Center) 717-4303. Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844. Special Olympics Contact Delno Tromp, 717-7659 CLUBS and MEETINGS AA meetings every Wednesday ; Phone 7176105; 560-7267 or 7173902. Al-Anon meetings every Monday evening at 7 pm. Call 790-7272 Weekly BonaireTalker Gathering and Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30pm call 567-0655 for directions. Bridge Club Wednesdays , 7:30 pm at the Union Building on Kaya Korona, across from the RBTT Bank and next to Kooyman’s. All levels invited. NAƒ5 entry fee. Call Cathy 566-4056. Darts Club plays every other Sunday at City Café. Registration at 4, games at 5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539. Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza, Kaya International, every other Tuesday, 7 pm . Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette Rodriguez. Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya Sabana #1. All Lions are welcome. Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday , 12 noon-2 pm Rendez-Vous Restaurant, Kaya L.D. Gerharts #3. All Rotarians are welcome. Tel. 717-8454 BONAIRE’S TRADITIONS Mangasina di Rei, Rincon . Enjoy the view from “The King’s Storehouse.” Learn about Bonaire’s culture . Visit typical homes from the 17th century. Daily. Call 717-4060 / 790-2018 Visit the Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree, behind the Catholic Church in town. Open 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 dancing starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai. Dance to the music of Bonaire’s popular musicians. Rincon Marshéevery 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 reserve. CHURCH SERVICES International Bible Church of Bonaire – Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle) Sunday Services at 9 am; Sunday Prayer Meeting at 7:00 pm in English. Tel. 717-8332 Protestant Congregation of Bonaire . Wilhelminaplein. Services in Papiamentu, Dutch and English on Sundays at 10 am. Thursday Prayer Meeting and Bible Study at 8 pm . Rev. Jonkman. 717-2006 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays 8:30 11:30 am. Services in Papiamentu, Spanish and English. Catholic San Bernardus in Kralendijk – Services on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in Papiamentu 717-8304 . Saturday at 6 pm at Our Lady of Coromoto in Antriol, in English . Mass in Papiamentu on Sunday at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-4211. Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios), Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English, Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10 am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm . 717-2194 New Apostolic Church, Meets at Kaminda Santa Barbara #1, Sundays, 9:30 am. Services in Dutch. 717-7116. * * * * Send events to The Bonaire Reporter Email reporter@bonairenews.com Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 791-7252 Kaya Prinses Marie Behind Exito Bakery Tel. 717-2400 Tickets NAƒ10,50 (incl. Tax) High Schoolers NAƒ7,75 NEW FILMS BEGIN EVERY FRIDAY SATURDAY 4 PM The Incredibles Call to make sure: Usually 9:00 pm Ocean's Twelve (George Clooney) Early Show (usually 7pm) Shall We Dance KARNAVAL BONEIRU 2005 22 January Final Grand Tumba Festival 23 January Youth Tumba 28 January Election of the Queen 29 January Youth Parade Rincon 30 January Youth Parade Playa 5 February Adult Parade Rincon 8 February Adult Parade Playa 8 February Farewell Parade 12 February Festival Closing fukabo2005@yahoo.com MICRO MOVIE REVIEW Seen recently in Movieland Cinema: Shall We Dance, by Peter Chelsom, starring Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez. I'm deeply impressed two good movies in a row. After The Incredibles you can have an excellent time with this film. It's very funny, has some great lines and is heartwarmingly charming. The girls can enjoy Mr. Gere (in a tux of course) and the boys can drool over J-Lo. If you don't like what you see just close your eyes and listen. You'll hear lovely music. And Susan Sarandon in a supporting role has some wonderful words. Dodo

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Page 16 Bonaire Reporter January 21 to January 28, 2005 ACCOUNTING SERVICES Bonaire Pro can keep your financial records in order, minimize your tax liability and provide helpful advice. For individuals or businesses . APPLIANCES/FURNITURE/COMPUTERS City Shop is Bonaire’s mega-store for TV, Stereos, Air conditioning, large and small kitchen appliances, computers. Name brands, guarantees and service center. BANKS Maduro and Curiel’s Bank provides the greatest number of services, branches and ATMs of any Bonaire bank. They also offer investments and insurance. BEAUTY PARLOR Hair Affair . Expert hair cutting, styling, facials, waxing and professional nail care. BICYCLE / SCOOTER/ QUADS De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; professionally repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top brand bikes. Have your keys made here. BOOKS Bonaire Diving Made Easy , Third Edition, is an essential in your dive bag. The latest information on Bonaire’s shore dive sites. BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION APA Construction are professional General Contractors. They also specialize in creating patios and walkways with fabulous sprayed and stamped concrete pavement. CLEANING SERVICE Conetal Cleani ng Service cleans homes, apartments, offices. Offers babysitting, gardening, laundry. DIVING Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch dive shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade on Bonaire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive computer H.Q. Dive Inn Seven studio apartments and dive shop/ school directly on the waterfront in the heart of town. Friendly, highly experienced with an exceptional staff. Ocean Adventures Discover the world of low bubble, quiet diving. Learn, use, and try our Dräger Rebreathing equipment. At Dive Inn. Interested? call 717-2278 FITNESS Bonfysio offers comprehensive fitness programs to suit your needs whether they be weight loss, sports or just keeping in shape. Convenient schedule. Fit 4 Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in Pilates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional trainers, fitness machines and classes for all levels. GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES Green Label has everything you need to start or maintain your garden. They can design, install and maintain it and offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden chemicals. GIFTS, SOUVENIRS AND LIQUOR The Bonaire Gift Shop has an wide selection of gifts, souvenirs, liquor, dive watches, digital cameras, things for the home, T-shirts all at low prices. HOTELS Golden Reef Inn is the affordable alternative with fully equipped studio apartments in a quiet Bonaire neighborhood. Just a 3-minute walk to diving and the sea. METALWORK AND MACHINE SHOP b c bBotterop Construction Bonaire N.V. , offers outstanding fabrication of all metal products, including stainless. Complete machine shop too. PHOTO FINISHING Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center offers fast, fine processing for prints and slides plus a variety of items and services for your picture-taking pleasure. REAL ESTATE / RENTAL AGENTS Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire’s oldest real estate agent. They specialize in professional customer services and top notch properties. Re/Max Paradise Homes: International/US connections. 5% of profits donated to local community. Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and insurance services. If you want a home or to invest in Bonaire, stop in and see them. REPAIRS Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed or built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Electrical, plumbing, woodworking, etc. RESORTS & ACTIVITIES Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun tours including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snorkeling and exploration. RETAIL Benetton, world famous designer clothes available now in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For men, women and children. Littman’s Jewelers, where good taste is foremost. Expansive selection of jewelry, collectibles and top name watches. Bonaire’s official Rolex retailer. SECURITY Special Securi ty Services will provide that extra measure of protection when you need it. Always reliable. Call 717-8125. SHIPPING Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient. FedEx agent. Call 717-8922/8033. SPA—DAY SPAS Intermezzo Day Spa at Captain Don’s Habitat is the newest of this ABC island chain of elegant spas. Now offering seaside massages and facials. Pedisa Day Spa – for all your body and wellness needs. 40 years of experience Classic and specialty massages, Reiki, Reflexology and more. SUPERMARKETS Tropical Flamingo is convenient, clean, modern, efficient and has the lowest prices on Bonaire. Located behind NAPA. Visit Warehouse Bonaire to shop in a large, spotless supermarket. You’ll find American and European brand products. THE market for provisioning. VILLAS Bonaire Oceanfront villa for up to nine people: five kitchens, five bathrooms. Ideal for divers. WATER TAXI Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Call Bonaire Nautico at 560-7254. Ride the Kantika di Amor or Skiffy . Hotel pickup. WINES Antillean Wine Company. You’ve tried the rest; now try the best: best prices, highest quality wines from around the world, kept in a cooled warehouse. Free delivery. YOGA Yoga For You . Join certified instructors Desirée and Don for a workout that will refresh mind and body. Private lessons too. ATTENTION BUSINESSMEN: Put your ad in The Bonaire Reporter. The most advertising for your guilder. RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE / WHEN OPEN FEATURES Bella Vista Restaurant Sea Side Restaurant at Buddy Dive Resort 717-5080, ext. 525 Moderate. Breakfast and Lunch Dinner during Theme nights only. Open every day Magnificent Theme Nights : Saturday: Beach Grill; Wednesday: Mexican Night; Friday: Manager’s Rum Punch Party and All-You-Can-Eat B.B.Q Bistro de Paris Kaya Gob. N. Debrot 46 (half-way between hotel row and town) 717-7070 Moderate Lunch and Dinner Closed Sunday Real French Cooking in an informal setting Superb dishes prepared with care and love by a French chef Owner-operated Eat in or Take away Calabas Restaurant & Chibi Chibi Restaurant and Bar At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort. Waterfront 717-8285 Moderate-Expensive Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Open 7 days Get a view of the beach and turquoise sea while enjoying a breakfast buffet or à la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar. Inspiring vistas and the highest standard of cuisine . Croccantino Italian Restaurant Downtown at Kaya Grandi 48 717-5025 Moderate-Expensive Dinner Closed Monday Tuscan chef s prepare exquisite dishes. Authentic ingredients and romantic setting make dining a delight. Be served in a garden setting under floating umbrellas or in air-conditioned comfort. Take out too. Garden Café Kaya Grandi 59 717-3410 Moderate Monday-Friday, Lunch & Dinner Saturday, Dinner. Closed Sunday Finely prepared Middle Eastern cuisine plus Venezuelan specialties . Excellent vegetarian selections. Pizza and Latin Parilla The Last Bite Bakery Home Delivery or Take Out 717-3293 Low-Moderate Orders taken 8 am-4 pm; Deliveries 6-7:30 pm , Closed Sunday Enjoy a delicious dessert or savory baked meal in the comfort of your home or resort. This unique bakery offers gourmet class items -always from scratchfor take out or delivery only. The Lost Penguin Across from MCB Bank in downtown Kralendijk Call 717-8003. Low-Moderate Breakfast, Lunch, Early Dinner Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays Watch the bustle of downtown from this street side Caribbean-style bistro owned and run by a European educated Master Chef and his wife. Pasa Bon Pizza On Kaya Gob. Debrot ½ mile north of town center. 790-1111 Low-Moderate Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday Bonaire’s best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest ingredients. Salads, desserts. Eat in or take away. Nice bar too. Call ahead to eat-in or take out 790-1111

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Page 17 Bonaire Reporter January 21 to January 28, 2005 “I used to spend the winters in Kenya, but I couldn’t go there anymore because my body had become too sensitive to the mandatory malaria medication, so I spent the winter in Germany. I was very unhappy as the cold caused me a lot of pain. I didn’t know where to go. I was staying in a home which was a new experiment: handicapped and old people under one roof. It was a beautiful place, but on the weekends there was no staff, and I needed help with everything. The cancer radiation treatment had destroyed all the nerves in my arm and left it paralyzed. The pain was unbearable; I took morphine; my health was going down; I couldn’t do anything anymore so I just didn’t move, sat all day and grew fat. I’d heard a doctor talking about pain and painkilling so I made an appointment with him. He looked at my files and said, ‘I can give you an injection against the pain, but what are you going to do after that? You have to change your life, you have to move. Where do you feel good?’ ‘In Africa, in the heat, in the sea,’ I answered, so he said, ‘Move to a warm climate!’ I cried all the way home in the car, thinking I can’t do it, I’m not a millionaire. I had only a small sickness allowance from the government. When I told my son Stefan what the doctor said and added that it was impossible, he answered, ‘Nothing is impossible!’ He was right! One day a 92-year old lady who lived in the home came to help me put on my socks and gave me a newspaper with an ad that said, ‘In Holland, where the palm trees grow.’ It was about Curaçao. Then another lady called me to tell me that she was going to Curaçao and I should come with her. We stayed in Spanish Water. Just before we were supposed to leave I met a Dutch family who said I should see Bonaire. ‘It’s quieter and the sea is so beautiful!’ So my friend returned to Germany and I went to Bonaire with the little money I had left. It was 1994 and I was 47 years old. The first moment I saw the island I loved it: few cars, the sea was awesome, and the drinking water incomparable. In Africa there were times when there wasn’t any water from the tap for 20 days, just some water from the rain tanks on the roof and it had to be boiled. And there were poisonous snakes there too! People here don’t realize what they have! I wanted to stay. In Germany it was still winter and very cold. I went to Immigration; they told me to talk to the Governor. You couldn’t make an appointment. You had to go to Rincon and sit there from six in the morning and wait your turn. Mr. Frits Goedgedrag came at seven. I showed him the letter from my doctor, and he was very gracious and gave me my permit. I rented a place and in the summer I flew back to Germany to get a car adjusted to my handicap because Akkermans couldn’t do it. So, the second time I came with my ‘handicapped car’ filled up with pots and pans and dishes, a fridge, towels, a washing machine and lots of little things stuffed in.” Gisela Zils has guts : While many people in good health, in a stable financial position and accompanied by their partner or their family see moving to a foreign place as a big step, she did it all by herself, bad as she felt and uncertain of the future . “You see,” she says , “I believe the island came to me. I didn’t come to the island.” She shows me a photo album with pictures of paintings : “I was and am a painter. I was left handed and I had to learn to paint again with my right hand. In 1986 I started painting islands, islands with flocks of birds flying over. If anybody asked me what is was, I’d answer, ‘That’s my dream island.’ I’d never heard of Bonaire or about the flamingos. Here I have everything I had in Africa, but I have it all year around and more beautifully! In 1999 I got this property. I’d moved seven times. The bank wouldn’t give me a loan to build a house, so I went to Fundashon Cas Boneiriano and talked to Mr. Herbert Piar and a social worker. They said, ‘Everybody on the island can do this when they want to, so you can too!’ They gave me a loan and I built my house. I still can’t believe it; it’s like a dream. What I never thought would come true happened. I’m very grateful to Mr. Piar and all the people who helped me and I promised them I’d make a nice garden and that’s what I did. It’s my hobby. Most of the time I’m at home with my dogs and my cat; I like it best here. I’m in my garden every day or on the beach collecting funny corals. I make art out of everything! I like the cruise ship season. I sit on the pier, I look around, and always some young guy helps me to set up my stand. There are things I can’t do by myself, so I’ve learned to ask, and if the first person says ‘No,’ I ask a second person; that’s normal. Many people want to help, but you have to ask as they cannot smell it. It’s nice to spend a day in town when a ship is in. The promenade is beautiful; the people tell me about their travels and sometimes they buy a little thing. I did the tourist guide course with Sue Felix and so I can tell them about the island and things they should go and see. When you leave your country it’s very hard. You have to leave everything behind and fear what’s coming. You can cry, but you have to move on. I had to decide what was best for me. My whole family was angry: ‘What are you doing? You’re sick!’ Only my son stood up for me and said, ‘Go check it out. If it’s not good come back on the first plane!’ When you have great kids you listen to them! I’m very proud of him! He’s so good! It’s easy to say now, but it wasn’t at the time. I should have done it five years earlier! When I did Sue’s course I met a lot of people; that was another good thing! Wherever I lived I’ve always talked with all my neighbors, with people when I go shopping. I’ve met many people at Trans World Radio Church and I’m a member of the Queen Angel snorkel and diving club. The day I go out snorkeling with them is the best day of the week! I love it! I think my life is good, I’m thankful for every day I open my eyes. A while ago my sister came to visit me and said, ‘Gisela, you know, the doctor gave you only one year…’ Now I have my 20th anniversary,” she laughs. “I am 20, except for the wrinkles! I’m so happy with all these extra years. I’ve grown coconut trees from coconuts. When I planted them the first thing I asked the Lord was to see my trees grow big. Now they’re big and I got scared… but life is very exciting! My faith has grown so strong; I know there is a God who guides and helps me; I could have never made it on my own. I think that you don’t always see the reason why in some situations, but I know that I would have never moved from Germany to a nice little island like Bonaire if it hadn’t been for my health. In spite of my handicap and the pain the quality of my life has improved in every possible way. I want to tell my story to give people hope to do something for themselves to make their own situation better so they will have a better life too.” Greta Koistra 1994 “I am 20, except for the wrinkles! I’m so happy with all these extra years.” Greta Kooistra Gisla Zils Gisela Zils

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Page 18 Bonaire Reporter January 21 to January 28, 2005 W hether you’re snorkeling or scuba diving around Bonaire or just looking into the sea from land, you’re likely to see sergeant-major fish. Sergeant-majors are a type of damselfish, but luckily for us they’re not as aggressive as their yellowtail damselfish cousins! Like other damsels, though, their bodies are flattened from side to side and they’re more oval than round (except for the tail, of course). Sergeant-majors of various types live on tropical reefs worldwide. Ours in the Caribbean have five black vertical stripes (called “bars”) on a yellow and white background. In the daytime most sergeant-majors can be found in mid-water, feeding on tiny drifting critters. You might notice, though, that some of them aren't as far from the bottom as others. Those individuals are striped black and blue rather than black and yellow. They stay close to a substrate, often returning to check it out. This is not because they’re flaunting convention and becoming bottom feeders; instead, they’re following convention and becoming parents. What you’re seeing is the sergeant major dad taking care of his eggs. Yes, you read that correctly: it’s the dad sergeantmajor who takes almost full responsibility for his babies. He begins by choosing a nesting site. One classic is a dead area on a coral head, but sergeant-major dads also make good use of human artifacts such as I-beams, Bonaire National Marine Park moorings (especially the concrete blocks), and shipwrecks. Next, the prospective dad clears his site for the eggs. He removes any bits of shell or rubble by picking them up in his mouth, carrying them off the nest and releasing them. Finally, dad hovers above the nest site and waves his tailfin, hard, fanning off any fine debris. The nesting site is prepared. The hopeful dad performs a looping courtship display for the local ladies. One will accept his invitation and begin swimming back and forth over the site in tight rows. She’s depositing up to 20,000 adhesive eggs, which look like purplish-red dots. Her mate follows, fertilizing the eggs. When she finishes, she leaves -if she doesn’t leave, he chases her away. Now he takes full responsibility for the eggs. He doesn’t have the convenient pouch in which the seahorse dad carries his eggs. He doesn’t have the versatility of the yellow head jawfish dad, who mostly carries his eggs in his mouth, but who can empty them into his burrow when necessary. No, the sergeantmajor’s eggs are right there in the open, and the only one to protect them from crabs, wrasses and other predators is their hardworking dad. He examines the eggs frequently, removing any that may have died. He constantly patrols around his nest, chasing away any fish that dare come within one or two feet. He makes sure no crabs or bristle worms sneak up. (Okay, most of the time he makes sure no crabs get to his eggs. On one occasion I saw a sergeant-major nest area which included a tiny cavity in the coral head. As I watched, a little claw emerged from the cavity, plucked a single egg and returned to the cavity -without attracting the attention of the guarding dad. I also noticed a small circle, empty of eggs, around the crab’s lair; it’s just possible that the egg I saw it steal wasn’t its first.) As the newly-deposited eggs mature they become greenish gray; in about seven days they hatch and the larval fish drift upward. New sergeant-majors feed hungrily on other plankton for another week or two, then, at a size of around half an inch, they leave the plankton and appear around mooring buoys, shallow water rock or coral formations and even in tide pools. The scientific name of the Caribbean sergeant-major is Abudefduf saxatilis . Saxatilis (sak-uh-TILL-iss) is a traditional-sounding species name, from Latin, and means “dwelling among rocks.” But Abudefduf piqued my curiosity since it didn’t sound like Latin or Greek and wasn’t in any of my reference books. All I could find out was that Abudefduf fulfilled the criteria for a scientific name which means someone else had noticed it was a little different but is otherwise no help. I had to find an Arabic speaker before I got a translation: A budefduf (ah-boo-DEFF-duff) means “father who darts swiftly back and forth” – a perfect description of the sergeant-major dad guarding his eggs! Dee Scarr Dee Scarr conducts “Touch the Sea” dives. It will enhance your diving forever. Call 717-8529 Guarding the eggs

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Page 19 Bonaire Reporter January 21 to January 28, 2005 Sky Goodies and Two Celestial Tongue Twisters F irst, a few hints to help find some of the sights in the exciting winter sky in our Sky Park, day by day: January 21 In early evening, the Moon shines between Orion (to its lower right) and bright Capella (to its upper left). Saturn is the bright point glowing far to the Moon's lower left. January 22 Look for Saturn below the Moon this evening. Fainter Pollux and Castor , the "twin" stars of Gemini , are to Saturn's upper left. Procyon is farther to Saturn's lower right. January 23 The bright "star" shining near the Moon tonight is the planet Saturn. Fainter Pollux and Castor are also in the Moon's vicinity. The Moon is at “apogee.” January 24 Saturn shines to the Moon's upper right this evening. More directly above the Moon are fainter Pollux and Castor. Procyon is farther right of the Moon. January 25 Full Moon, called the “ Wolf Moon .” January 26 After the Moon rises in mid-evening, look to its lower right for Regulus , the brightest star of Leo . Now, some highlights for early next month: If you get up a couple of hours before dawn in early February you'll be able to catch a couple of cosmic items whose names are bizarre and fun to pronounce along with several lovely sky objects. On Wednesday, February 2nd about an hour before sunrise, face southeast where th e brightest thing you'll see will be a last quarter Moon . Up to its right you'll see the brilliant king of the planets, 88,000-mile-wide Jupiter . And just below it is the brightest star of Virgo, Spica . Now if you draw an imaginary line from Jupiter to the Moon and continue that line it will pass just above the giant red star Antares, which marks the heart of Scorpius the Scorpion and will whisk on by the tiny 4,000-mile-wide, red-orange planet Mars . So you've got two wonderful stars, Antares and Spica, two wonderful planets, Jupiter and Mars, and an exquisite Moon to greet you. But it's two dimmer stars near the Moon which are really made for February 2nd because of their w onderfully weird names. They are the two brightest stars of the constellation Libra, the scales of justice. The one closest to the Moon is called Zuben Elgenubi and the one above it is called Zuben Eschamali . Don't you love it? Now Zuben Elgenubi means the southern claw and Zuben Eschamali means the northern claw . But as any school kid can tell you the scales of justice don't have claws. What gives? Well before Julius Caesar came along these two stars marked the claws of the then much larger constellation Scorpius the Scorpion. But Julius Caesar wanted to extend the power of the Roman Empire into the very heavens themselves, so he lopped off the poor scorpion's claws and renamed them for the symbol of roman justice. Now if it's cloudy on the 2nd and you can't see the stars, then on the 3rd the Moon will be just above the three stars which mark the top of Scorpius, and on Friday the 4th it will be just past Antares, and on Saturday the 5th will be parked right underneath Mars, named for the Roman god of war. Jack Horkhimer ARIES (Mar. 21April 20) Drastic financial losses may be likely if you lend money. You can make new connections if you play your cards right. Romance will develop through work. This is a great day for a trip. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday. TAURUS (Apr. 21May 21) You can beautify your surroundings by renovating or redecorating. Don't let individuals with wild schemes talk you into a financial deal that is not likely to be successful. Overindulgence could cause problems for you with your loved ones. If you try to manipulate emotional situations you will find yourself alienated. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday. GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Your partner may blame you for everything. Exercise your talents and present your ideas to groups you think you can contribute to. Opportunities to go out with clients or colleagues will be in your best interest. You will be accident prone if you aren't careful this week. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday. CANCER (June 22-July 22) Be aware that minor accidents or injury may prevail if you are preoccupied. Be honest in your communication and don't lose your cool. Things may not be as they sound. Consider the source before you believe what you hear. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday. LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Put your energy into home renovations. You will easily blow situations out of proportion. Make plans that will take you to exotic destinations. Visit friends you don't get to see that often. Your lucky day this week will be Friday. VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) You are best to stick to yourself this week. You can surprise members of your family, which in turn will bring you a pat on the back. Don't let the cat out of the bag. Friends or groups that you're affiliated with may want you to contribute more cash than you can really afford. Your lucky day this week will be Monday. LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Have some fun, but draw the line if someone tries to fast talk their way into your heart. Money problems will get worse if your partner hasn't been playing by the rules. You are better off visiting friends or relatives than entertaining at home. You are exceptional at presenting your ideas. Your lucky day this week will be Monday. SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Unstable relationships are likely. Don't believe everything you hear. This will be a great time to invite friends over to visit. Try to get out and socialize. Your lucky day this week will be Friday. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Put your energy into behind-the-scenes activities. Join a club to work off that excess energy; but consider ways of doing that without spending the money. You should get into some of those creative hobbies that you always said you wanted to do. Your self esteem will come back if you take part in organizational functions that allow you to be in the limelight. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday. CAPRICORN (Dec 22.Jan. 20) Financial limitations are likely if you take risks. Try not to skirt issues if you think you'll hurt some one's feelings. Entertainment could be pleasing if it is of an energetic nature. You need time to rejuvenate. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday. AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You will be full of energy and you need to find something constructive to do. Love relationships will flourish. Do something that will be stimulating and creative. You won't be able to keep a secret. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday. PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You can open up to your mate and let them know what you expect out of this relationship. Your lover may be annoyed if you have been flirtatious or not attentive to their needs. Children may pose a problem if they don't like suggestions. Get involved in jobs that require creative input. You can win points with both peers and superiors. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday. *to find it, just look up For the week: January 21 to 28, 2004 By Astrologe r Michael Thiessen Where the tongue twisters are in Libra