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A fire in the central WEB
power plant resulted in dam-
age that will leave parts of Bonaire
without 24 hour a day power for at
least the next four weeks, said a WEB
spokesman. Around 4:30 am, on Mon-
day, February 7, an explosion in the
number two generator caused a signifi-
cant fire in the main powerhouse.
Bonaire's fire department immedi-
ately responded and brought the fire
under control by 6 am. Although some
arts of Bonaire had electricity back by 8
am others didn't get power until Mon-
day evening. This was because, when
the Caterpillar emergency generator
started up the switchgear to the Rincon
grid tripped out. Because a large por-
tion of Bonaire's electrical capacity was
disabled by the fire, for at least a week,
maybe more, a system of rotating out-
ages will ensure that all areas of Bon-
aire get power for a good part of every
24 hours.
There was concern that production of
fresh water, which requires large
amounts of electricity to desalinize the
sea water, would be in short supply.
However, WEB stated that there is no
danger of that and no water will have to
be shipped in. At press time the Bel-
nem generators and the seaward power-
houses of WEB were operating and
load shedding and shifting would be
done in four-hour increments. Emer-
gency generators have been requested
from Curacao.
WEB customers have been asked to
conserve electricity and water as the
situation remains delicate.

A Politicians on both sides of the
Atlantic are paying attention to the de-
teriorating airline situation. Dutch
Second Chamber members have asked
for clarification from Minister of Trans-
port Karla Peijs concerning the prob-
lems with Exel in the Netherlands and
BonairExel. One of the questions con-
cerns how much she actually knew
about the secret agreement between
AirExel, BonairExel and KLM. They
want to hear from the Minister if the
agreement is in line with legislation in
the area of competition and cartel for-
mation. The parliamentarians further-
more want the Minister to explain the
aviation policy and agreements between
the Antilles and the Netherlands con-
cerning the trans-Atlantic route and the
inter-island flights. They also want to
know what the consequences will be for
the Antillean people if Exel can no
longer continue the schedule.
In Curacao, opposition leader An-
thony Godett has announced that he
will seek a Parliamentary Inquiry if An-
tillean Transport Minister Omayra
Leeflang and Prime Minister Etienne
Ys do not provide satisfactory answers
during a Central Committee meeting on
the aviation developments requested by
his faction.

A Early last week a communique
from BonairExel and DutchCarib-

beanExel made one wonder if the air-
line was deciding to serve coffee, tea or
milk while its wings were falling off.
It stated, just before its aircraft were
grounded, "We can assure you that
enormous efforts are being taken to
guarantee the operations of the afore-
mentioned companies. For the time be-
ing it is business as usual and opera-
tions are executed according to our cur-
rent schedule. Our main focus remains
customer satisfaction by providing reli-
able, friendly service and on time per-
In the same message they announced:
"Despite all the negative news going
about, a new product is being devel-
oped on the Amsterdam route. Dutch-
CaribbeanExel will be introducing a
three-cabin product for the summer
schedule, starting end of March 2005.
The cabin will consist of 12 Business
Class seats, 95 Leg-space seats and 164
Economy class seats. The leg-space
class would grant passengers extra
comfort compared to the economy class
for a minimal price difference. More to
follow soon."
I'll have a cappuccino, please.

A Air Jamaica has grounded up to
a dozen of its daily flights to North
America, a move which well-placed
sources say is related to the US's con-
cerns about aspects of Jamaica's civil
aviation oversight procedures and main-
tenance management controls. Amer-
ica's Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA) inspected Jamaica in December
and recently filed its report with the
local authorities. Air Jamaica's top
managers were unavailable for com-


Letters (Park Fee, Park Fee Objection,
Good Words, American Thanks) 5
Tsunami Help Update 5
Dietician-Setting Weight Goals 6
Editorial- BonairExpress 7
Bonaire Fails 8
Jong Bonaire/STCB Diving 8
Diving with Dee-Bristleworms 9
Karnaval Parade Photos 10
Karnaval Parade Photos 11
Bonaire Musing -Air to Bonaire 13
Prime Minister Balkenende Visit 18


Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Vessel List & Tide Table 9
Classifieds 12
Pet of the Week (Poezie) 13
Picture Yourself
(Wilmington, MA, US) 14
Reporter Masthead 14
What's Happening 15
Micro Movie Review 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
On the Island Since (Luis PeFa) 17
Bonaire Sky Park (Val. Jewels) 19
The Stars Have It 19

ment on the development Sunday.
At least seven flights to Florida cities
Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Orlando
were cancelled Sunday. Flights to New
York, Los Angeles and London were
also cancelled and passengers who
called the Air Jamaica reservation of-
fice were told that at least the Florida
flights were showing up on the auto-
(Continued on page 4)

Bonaire Reporter February 11 to 18, 2005

Page 2

2005 The Bonaire Reporter
Published weekly. For information about subscriptions, stories or
advertising in The Bonaire Reporter, phone (599) 717-8988, 791-
7252, fax 717-8988, E-mail to: Reporter@bonairenews.com The
Bonaire Reporter, George DeSalvo, Publisher. Laura DeSalvo,
Editor in Chief. Address: Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6; Bonaire, Neth.
Antilles. Available on-line at: www.bonairereporter.com
Reporters: Gerry Clow, Dodo, Antje Gunther, Jack Horkheimer,
Greta Kooistra, Mabel Nava, Angelique Salsbach, Dee Scarr, Mi-
chael Thiessen, Eric van der Keuken, Marion Walthie
Features Editor: Greta Kooistra, Translations: Peggy Bakker,
Sue Ellen Felix
Production: Barbara Lockwood
Distribution: Yuchi Molina (Rincon), Elizabeth Silberie (Playa);
Housekeeping: Jaidy Rojas Acevedo. Printed by: DeStad Druk-
kerij Curacao

Bonaire Reporter February 11 to 18, 2005

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Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued fom page 2)
mated reservation system as being can-
celled into Monday. "It is the low sea-
son," said a sales representative in ex-
plaining why both of the two daily
flights from Kingston to Miami as well
as one of the three to Fort Lauderdale,
were cancelled. Source: The Jamaica

A Antillean Economic Affairs Minis-
ter and Deputy Prime Minister Errol
Cova seems to be thinking of aligning
himself with Venezuela rather than
the US. He's quoted in the Venezuelan
newspaper, ElAragueno. "I myself
have always been against the FOL
(American Forward Operating Location
at Curaqao's Hato Airport used in the
anti-drug war) base. Its justification has
never been clear to me." Cova said
Curaqao could not permit itself to be
influenced by geo-political interests of
other countries and that he considered

maintaining the historic ties with Vene-
zuela a priority.
In the same interview he supported
the sickness-producing oil refinery op-
erated by Venezuela upwind of the
capital of Willemstad. "While recogniz-
ing that the Isla oil refinery leased by
Petroleos de Venezuela Sociedat
Anonima (PdVSA) is old and in need of
investment, I insist that the geo-political
importance of the refinery to Venezuela
should not be overlooked."


A Last Tuesday morning the schools
in the vicinity of Curacao's Isla refin-
ery had to send their students home
due to the stench. "The stench was so
bad that we saw students of the
neighboring Ancilla Domini-VSBO
academy leave the school covering their
faces with their shirts," stated school
principal Raymond Vornis of the Ber-
nadette College. Vornis stated that he
was told by his employees that the rot-
ten-egg stench had been present since
the morning hours. "At around 10 the
stench became unbearable." If the wind
comes from the west for an extended
period, which is very rare, those with
sensitive noses can detect the Isla smell.

A Youthful looking Dutch Prime
Minister Jan Peter Balkenende,
spoofed in the Dutch Press for his re-
semblance to book character boy wiz-
ard Harry Potter, is visiting the Dutch
Caribbean. He spent a day on Bonaire
(see story on page 18). He is said to be
in sympathy with his Antillean col-
league, Prime Minister Etienne Ys, who
is of the opinion that lt. governors
should be elected and that the coalition
system of government should be re-
placed. Prime Minister Balkenende also
said he supports an impact study to de-
termine the pros and cons of the status
of Ultra-Peripheral Territory (UPT) in
the European Union before any deci-
sions are made for the Antilles. Last
week Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs
Ben Bot said that the Netherlands Antil-
les has to decide this year whether it
wants to integrate into the Europe Un-
ion by becoming an Ultra-Peripheral
Territory (UPT) or not.

A The Rotary Club of Bonaire's

A On Saturday morning, February
19, the Fundashon Salba nos Lora
(Save Our Parrot Foundation) in asso-
ciation with STINAPA, Scouting and
DROB will hold the annual Lora
count. From previous counts it's known
that there were about 350-400 Loras in
the wild. Those Loras roost at night in
trees. While many of these locations are
known some are still unreported. For
this reason Erwin Weiman, as President
of Salba nos Lora, asks the population
of Bonaire to help with determining
where night roosts of the Loras are.
People who have a kunuku or walk in
the mondi should keep a lookout. If you
have located a roost, call Erwin
Weiman at 562-1000 or STINAPA at
717-8444 or DROB at 717-8130.

annual Road Rally had 54 cars par-
ticipate, a new record. It ended with a
BBQ at Sorobon Beach. Winners were: (Continued on page 18)

Bonaire Reporter February 11 to 18, 2005

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New Nature Fee to be Introduced
on April 1, 2005. Includes Entrance
to Bonaire National Marine Park
and Washington-Slagbaai National

In order to continue its important
work and institute new programs that
will preserve Bonaire's environment
above and below the water, STINAPA
Bonaire has proposed a restructuring of
the Bonaire National Marine Park
(BNMP) fee collected annually from
For the past 10 years, scuba divers
have been charged a $10 per year Ma-
rine Park fee to dive the pristine reefs
surrounding Bonaire, while snorkelers
and others using the waters surround-
ing Bonaire were doing so for free.
In order for STINAPA Bonaire to
continue to maintain and expand its
services and conserve the precious
natural resources it oversees, which
also includes Klein Bonaire, Lac and
the cave system at Barcadera, the or-
ganization must not only implement a
more broad-based funding program to
generate increased revenue, but also
become self-sustainable so that it is not
dependent on donations and grants.
With these goals in mind several stud-
ies were done amongst the visiting
tourists to determine their willingness
to pay. Discussions with stakeholders,
the Government and others connected
with nature conservation were held and
a consensus was reached that the way
the BNMP and Washington-Slagbaai
National Park fees are collected must
change. Hence the idea of a "Nature
Fee" was conceived.
The new Nature Fee will be intro-
duced on April 1, 2005. From then on
all SCUBA divers entering the BNMP
will pay a fee of $25 per year. Divers
will continue to receive the coveted
BNMP tag to wear proudly on their
equipment to show they care about pro-
tecting our coral reefs. All others who
use the waters of the BNMP, including
snorkelers, windsurfers, kayakers, sport
fishermen, kite boarders, etc., will be
charged a Nature Fee of $10 per year.
They will also receive a specially de-
signed tag similar to the current BNMP
tag, indicating their support for nature
In addition to being allowed to en-
joy the Marine Park for a period of one
year, all persons who pay the Nature
Fee (both divers and other users) and
show their tag along with their printed
receipt will receive complimentary ad-
mission to Washington-Slagbaai Na-
tional Park throughout the year their
tag is valid. Swimmers, children up to
the age of 12 and local residents will be
exempt yet will have to pay the normal
entrance fee when visiting Washington
Funds collected from the Nature
Fee will continue to be for research,
monitoring, education, law enforce-
ment, information distribution and
maintenance of the areas STINAPA

Bonaire oversees.
On behalf of the entire population of
Bonaire, STINAPA Bonaire would like
to thank the many thousands of visitors
who care about our natural resources
and have shown their willingness to
contribute to the professional manage-
ment of the natural resources of Bon-
aire for future generations. O Elsmarie
(Elsmarie Beukenboom is the Direc-
tor of STINAPA)

PAY $10
Dear Editor:
How much
? It is no se-
cret; I live on
the sea, 18
steps from the
tide line and
two meters
above it. That can be rather scary when
a Joan, a Lenny or an Ivan passes. But
usually it is quite pleasant and when I
feel like taking a dip, I grab my diving
mask and snorkel and there I go. There
is not much to see in front of my house,
but I just find it convenient to breathe
through a snorkel and keep my head
down. My friend swims without this
equipment; she keeps her chin up and
mouth and nose above the water and, if
possible, her hair dry.
We go swimming together and when
we go ashore again there is a big man
standing there in a kind of uniform,
who asks me, "Where is your tag?"
Tag? I know of no tag. The man turns
out to be a STINAPA gamekeeper who
explains to me that I, as a snorkeler,
must have a tag, to prove that I have
paid $10 as "general nature fee." My
friend, a swimmer without a snorkel,
does not need such a tag. We look at
each other more or less astounded, and
in our brains the same question forms:
Do we live in a lunatic asylum? When
you snorkel, you have to pay; when
you do not snorkel you do not have to
How does one sell that to a tourist?
After having relaxed in a beach chair
at his hotel for some time, Mr. A. de-
cides to go for a swim. Snorkel and
mask in hand, he strolls leisurely to the
beach, where his progress is blocked
by, yes again, a STINAPA gamekeeper
who asks him threateningly, "And
where do you think that you are go-
ing?" (You know the tone of voice). To
his utter astonishment the guest learns
that he has to pay $10 before being al-
lowed into the water. He gives up
swimming for that afternoon and
thinks: if I had listened to my wife we
would have been in Antalya on the
Turkish Rivibra now.
From the wet to the dry: no improve-
ment. He goes to Washington Park and
is met by great confusion. Mr Kultura
tries to explain.
There are divers, swimmers and
windsurfers, snorkelers, kitesurfers,
sports fishermen and others (who they
are is not clear). Holders of tags, and
those are all of the above except the
(Continued on page 7)

Bonaire Reporter February 11 to 18, 2005


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n a joint fundraising effort, Bonaire raised over NAf67.000 to provide aid to
victims and survivors of the tsunami in Southeast Asia last month. The funds
were raised with the assistance of all of Bonaire's radio stations and ended in a big
fundraising event that took place on Saturday January 15, 2005, in Kralendijk.
The entire community worked together under the named "Hand to Hand Tsunami
The funds raised will go directly into the affected areas in Asia, with 100% of
the raised money being distributed no costs are being charged against the raised
funds. The purpose of the Hand to Hand Tsunami fundraising organization is to
give structural help to the surviving victims of the tsunami, in particular the chil-
dren. The organization expects the funds to increase further in the coming weeks
due to on-going donations and fund raising efforts. Sebastiaan Houthuijzen pro-
vided us with an update on the fundraiser:
Money is still coming in. We will start calling people who pledged money but
'haven't got an opportunity to make the transfer yet.' Meanwhile the money is left
untouched and we have contact now with the Dutch Red Cross to help us find a
project that provides structural help focused on children approved by the Red
Cross, this under the condition that no costs are made for administration, etc. This
way we can follow the project, the money and we will all know it is well taken
care of.
Special thanks go out to the MCB and the RBTT who are doing a marvelous
job in helping us (making copies of the checks, faxing data without costs and even
providing a unique sorting machine for all the change) and also the SGB who are
still raising money. Visit the website at www.infobonaire.com/tsunamihelp
The devastating impact of the tsunami which hit South Asia on December 26th
has shown the importance of protecting coral reefs and other aquatic environ-
Coral reefs and mangroves act as natural barriers, protecting coastlines from
storm and wave damage. Dive In To Earth Day, during the week of April 22, of-
fers you the unique opportunity to take a stand for the protection of coral reefs and
your local marine environment and raise global awareness about pressing conser-
vation issues. It's time to roll up your sleeves and organize or participate in a Dive
In activity whether it's a reef or lake cleanup, an educational snorkeling trip or a
children's art contest!
For information on the project, how you can become involved, and great re-
sources for organizers, please visit or email di-
vein@coral.org. O G.D.

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W ant a healthier lifestyle? Set-
ting the right goal can help
you get there if you are passionate
about what you want and understand
why you want it.

Start by writing down a goal that is
specific and realistic and then devise a
plan that covers ways to overcome ob-
stacles. To keep yourself motivated,
include short-term goals that are within
reach. For instance a goal can be: Exer-
cise five times a week. To help your-
self reach this goal, pick activities you
can enjoy, even love. Schedule them on
your calendar like any other commit-
ment. It's like you are making a formal
appointment with yourself. Another
nice goal can be: Eat more vegetables
(three serving spoons). To help you
succeed, find recipes that include your
favorite veggies and add one or two
new dishes to your diet each week.

Physical activity does a body good. It
reduces your risk for heart disease, dia-
betes, high blood pressure and colon
cancer. It helps you maintain a healthy
weight, healthy bones, muscles and
joints, and reduces the feelings of de-
pression and anxiety. For general health

benefit, 30 minutes of moderate activity
five or more times a week will do it. If
you are looking to keep your weight
down, however, shoot for 60 minutes.

Eating a diet rich in whole grains,
fruits and vegetables, lean cuts of meat,
and low fat or nonfat dairy products
may help prevent different kinds of
chronic diseases. So what is the sim-
plest way to make sure you are eating
right? When you prepare your plate,
include something from each food
group, and the less processed, the bet-
ter. When grocery shopping, choose
foods high in dietary fiber such as cere-
als with at least five grams of fiber per
serving, bread with at least three grams
of fiber per serving, whole wheat pasta
and whole grain rice. In addition to eat-
ing a variety of fruits and vegetables,
this will aid you in getting 25-30 grams
of dietary fiber a day, which studies
have shown helps prevent some types
of cancer. Fiber also helps fight heart
disease and makes you feel fuller
longer, fending off weight gain.

1. Make sure the weight you
strive for is a healthy weight.
A healthy weight for your
height should be between a

Body Mass Index (BMI) of
20-25. To measure your BMI
you should know your weight
and height in meters. BMI=
weight(kg) : (height)2.*
For example. Weight is 52kg; Height
is 1.61, so BMI is 52: (1.61)2
BMI=20, so in this case a weight of
52kg for a height of 1.61 is still a
healthy weight, so it can be your goal



not less than:

not more than:

2. If you are obese (very over-
weight) you should try to reach
a BMI of 25 first. Don't select
a goal weight that's too diffi-
cult at first.
3. If you already have a weight
between BMI 20-25 and you
want to lose some weight think
back what your weight was
before marrying (mostly for
men) or before having children
(for women). Of course it
should be a weight that you
have had over a long period of
time and that was easy to
maintain. So be realistic.
What you should not do....
1. Do not choose a goal weight that
you once had, but only for a couple

of months or weeks after a strict
diet, because that weight was diffi-
cult to maintain. Be realistic with
your goal settings.
2. Do not choose a goal weight too far
beneath a BMI of 20.
3. Do not choose a goal weight of a
famous top model or a Miss Universe. O
Angelique Salsbach
*There are web sites where you can
enter your height and weight (inches or
centimeters; pounds or kilos) and
they'll give you your BMI. Enter
"BMI" on your search engine. Ed.

Bonaire Reporter February 11 to 18, 2005

Page 6

Letters (Continuedfrom page 5)
swimmers, have free admission to the
Park. Swimmers, children under 12 and
islanders, not being tag-holders, have to
pay the normal entrance fee, but if the
swimmers and the children under 12 are
foreigners they pay more. I have never
understood why foreigners had to pay
more than locals for it is not so that lo-
cals get a discount, oh no, foreigners
pay extra. Why, are they not wanted in
the Park?
Strictly speaking, it is too idiotic for
words: because I choose to breathe
through a little tube I have to pay $10 a
year. How will you sell it to a tourist?
And how would you be able to exact it
from him and check on him?
Divers are easier prey by their need
for compressed air. But an increase of
the "general nature fee" from $10 to
$25 is that not a little too steep?
Would everybody be prepared to pay it
or rather go elsewhere? (What is in the-
ory $25 a year is in practice usually $25
for less than two weeks).
Does STINAPA wish to price Bonaire
out of the market?
-Ger Vellinga


Dear Editor:
It's been a year since I married a
Dutchman and have been getting my
free copy of The Bonaire Reporter.
I feel the news is presented objectively
and with great love for Bonaire, a ges-
ture which I, as a Bonairean, appreciate
with all my heart.
In this way Bonaire appears inviting
and positive with its news. Why don't
other Bonairean newspapers do the
I especially enjoy the news and arti-
cles published about Bonaireans.
I also want to thank you on behalf of
my spouse, Hans Hoornweg, for the fine
descriptions of my island and my peo-
ple. I hold close my many warm feel-
ings to them.
Bonaire Reporter, you deserve a
"golden feather," and with this mail you
got it. Hats off to you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
-Hans and Chiba Hoornweg-Paula

tertaining and educational visit to Bon-
aire, from January 9th to January 14th.
We would like to thank everyone who
made our trip so fun. During our stay
we snorkeled, kayaked the mangroves,
visited Klein Bonaire's turtle nests with
Funchi, toured Rincon, shopped Kral-
endijk and windsurfed with Elvis. We
viewed the pictographs, received a gen-
erous and complimentary lunch at Rich-
ard's and learned about Bonaire's sci-
ence and history from Elsmarie and Fer-
nando of STINAPA as well as from
Karen of Sea & Discover and Renee on
guided snorkel trips. We were lucky
enough to meet friendly Bonairean stu-
dents, the Bonai group, who are recon-
structing a whale skeleton with Dr. Jay
Haviser. The eight of us were espe-
cially impressed with the Donkey Sanc-
tuary and the passionate woman behind
this donkey paradise, Marina Melis.
Our group, which hails from the Illinois
Math and Science Academy, was eager
to help out at the Donkey Sanctuary af-
ter we heard the donkeys' story. We
found it interesting how these funny,
lovable animals were tied to Bonaire's
history, culture and ecosystem. We
pitched in to feed and clean up after the
donkeys since they require massive
amounts of food, care, and hard work.
Because their food is very expensive,
we adopted three donkeys for a year, so
our donation will pay for their needs.
We marvel at Marina's efforts to protect
the hapless animals from accidents,
from cars and from their own trusting
In addition, we thank Marina Melis and
Pauline Kayes for helping make our trip
happen. Every person and place we en-
countered was enormously hospitable
and tons of fun. We extend our thanks
to the island, and hope to see you again
next year!
-Glen Hammond, Steven Harris, Mandy
Hayes, Becca Krock, Deborah McGrath,
Michelle Raht, Audrey Wells, Anna
Wilewska, Kinga Wilewska and
Theodore Yeh

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viation was the number one
news item in the local media
last week. The operations and future
existence of BonairExel and DutchCar-
ibbeanExel are being questioned in-
tensely by the Dutch and Antillean
press. Allegations of criminal activity
by top members of the company and
Exel companies shuttling in and out of
Amsterdam bankruptcy courts are mak-
ing European tour operators wary of
booking their clients on Exel flights.
Revelation of a "confidential" agree-
ment between the then still-unborn Bo-
nairExel and mighty KLM make Bo-
naireans to wonder if there was a sell
out of their beliefs that their "local"
airline would bring convenient travel
and prosperity to the island.
On top of all that was an admitted
lapse in registration and insurance cov-
erage because of lease transfer activi-
ties that grounded all BonairExel air-
craft for all day Wednesday and most
of Thursday, February 2 and 3 (Exel
flew one aircraft between Bonaire to
Curaqao and Aruba). The chaos at the
airports was impressive, perhaps exac-
erbated by the impending Karnaval
celebrations. People complained that

Bonaire and CuraqaoExel phones
went unanswered so no information
was available. Divi Divi airlines put
on extra aircraft and private charters
were flying, but they were inadequate
to meet the demand. On Friday, Bo-
nairExel flew two of its three turbo-
props and a charterjet and were able to
satisfy most travelers. The two turbo-
props had their country of registry
changed from PH (Holland) to PJ
When BonairExel's failure to main-
tain insurance continuity halted sched-
uled service between the ABC Islands
and Sint Maarten it made Antilleans
realize how vital airline connections
are to their lives. With the national air-
lines defunct because of massive losses
of $175 million for ALM/DCA and
$60 million for Air Aruba, appreciation
of Exel's inter island service takes on a
new light. Whatever happens to Exel,
and it's hoped a transfusion of private
capital and operational partnership with
KLM will strengthen operations, it will
not cost the Antillean taxpayer a cent.
We've heard BonairExel's new name
will be BonairExpress. We'll wait and
see if it lives up to the name. O G.D.

Bonaire Reporter February 11 to 18, 2005

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Based upon the available returns from
its member countries, which encom-
pass the English, French, Dutch, Spanish-
speaking Caribbean as well as the US Virgin
Islands and Puerto Rico, the Caribbean
Tourism Organization (CTO) estimates that
tourist arrivals to the region grew by 7%, to
reach 21.8 million in 2004. Bonaire's visitor
count grew by only 1%, a figure of failure
only exceeded by Curagao's 0.9%.
Consistent with these results, Smith
Travel Research, the international hotel per-
formance analysts, reports that, based on
their sample of Caribbean hotels in 11 CTO
member countries, average room occupancy
for 2004 was 67.9 % compared to 62.7 % in
2003, while average revenue per available
room increased by 16.4 % to US$96.14 in
These are both record numbers which,
translate to a gross expenditure by these visi-
tors of some US$21 billion.
Why then does Bonaire fail to attract Car-
ibbean tourists? Is it that our hotels, restau-
rants, water and land attractions are inferior?
Doubtful, because refurbishing of facilities
has maintained great accommodations; our
restaurants are staffed by prize winning
chefs; and our parks consistently get rated
tops in the region. Are we pricing ourselves
too high? Again, not likely. Look at the
growth of "expensive" Anguilla this past
While we believe our public relations
agencies can do a much better job, for the
American tourist the problem lies with
access by air. Any visitor flying from the
states must make a stop before landing in

Bonaire. That stop increases his chances of Non-ResidentAir Arrivals Non-Resident Hotel registrations only
missing a connection and wasting at least a Preliminaryfigures n.a. Figures not availab e N
day of his vacation. No airline flies to Bon- SOURCE Data supplied by member countries and available as at January 28, 2005
day of his vacation. No airline flies to Bon-
aire every day, even with a stop or two. Con-
nections inflate prices, subtracting from what the visitor has to spend on Bonaire. Check out what the Bonaire Talk chat
room says about the reliability of the airlines that service Bonaire if you want to read horror stories.
Bonaire leaders: FIX THE PROBLEM. Get a few US originated non-stops a week onto Bonaire and watch the
figures climb. If BonairExel is too inexperienced to try it, get help or get someone else. ALM always said they made a
profit on Miami flights while losing money on inter-island flights. Another airline can too. Make sure they all know
that. O G.D.


..... ... 2 aT ....

Desination Tourist Arrival 2003 and 4
Period Tourists
Anguilla Jan-Nov 47,938 16.5
Antigua & Barbuda Jan-Nov 221,533 10.3
Aruba Jan-Oct 608,532 14.5
Bahamas* Jan-Dec 1,450,037 1.5
Barbados Jan-Dec 554,914 4.5
Belize Jan-Nov 208,640 4.6
Bermuda Jan-Nov 258,324 5.2
BONAIRE Jan-Nov 57,269 1.0
Cancun (Mexico) ** Jan-Oct 1,972,306 11.5
Cayman Islands Jan-Jul 214,372 14.5
Cozumel (Mexico)
** Jan-Jul 244,034 18.7
Cuba P Jan-Jun 1,134,611 13.4
Curacao Jan-Dec 223,439 0.9
Republic* Jan-Dec 3,443,205 5.4
Dominica Jan-May 30,988 5.7
Grenada Jan-Jul 89,854 9.2
Guyana Jan-Nov 107,627 23.4
Jamaica Jan-Nov 1,278,921 5.5
Martinique Jan-Oct 407,141 3.9
Montserrat Jan-Oct 7,055 18.3
Puerto Rico ** Jan-Sept 1,082,649 6.9
Saba Jan-May 4,920 11.1
St Lucia Jan-Dec 298,431 7.8
St Eustatius Jan-Jul 6,810 7.5
St Maarten Jan-Sep 358,158 14.1
St Vincent &
G'dines Jan-Nov 75,087 10.9
Trinidad & Tobago Jan-Sept 328,047 8.0
Turks and Caicos Is. Jan-Sept 132,039 6.2
US Virgin Islands Jan-Oct 550,451 10.1

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On the boat: Fabricio Rombley, Roderick Gon-
zalez. Mabel Nava, Lisa Schut and Norvin Mer-

The teen diving program at Jong Bonaire will
continue, thanks to Mabel Nava who started
the program in 1991. Although she was appointed the
new Project Director of Sea Turtle Conservation
Bonaire (STCB) she has volunteered to keep on run-
ning the program for Jong Bonaire.
STCB has a commitment to providing educational
activities related to the conservation of sea turtles, so
the new joint effort is a great opportunity to further
this work. The two organizations will now assure the
continuity of this three-year-old, very successful pro-
gram. For the dive shops involved the program will
remain as before except Mabel's contact numbers are
717-2225 or 790-0433.
Jong Bonaire and STCB invite all teenagers who
are certified divers to become members of Jong Bon-
aire and dive with them every Wednesday afternoon.
Teens who are interested in follow-on courses (such
as advance, rescue, dive master, instructor) can have
the chance to exchange work for the courses. Parents
should know that communication is constant among
the dive operations, themselves and Jong Bonaire. It
is important that this program does not interfere with
the teens' school progress.
To date the Jong Bonaire program has qualified
28 open water divers, 10 advanced, nine first aid,
four rescue divers, three dive masters and one in-
structor. O Press Release


B ri st evvo rrn s

The Best Defense
Is A Good Defense
magine my surprise the day I first
watched Bruce Bowker allow a
bristleworm to crawl onto his hand.
After all, a bristleworm had been one of
the stars of my scuba instructor's Dan-
gerous Marine Animals lecture. We
looked at photos ofbristleworms as he
told us something like, "Bristleworms
look like caterpillars, but the clusters of
bristles where the legs would be are
nasty even if you just brush up against
them, so be careful never to poke a
For years I avoided bristleworms -
until the Day the Bristleworm Left
Bruce Completely Unscathed!
Thanks to that demonstration, I
thought more about bristleworms than I
had since I began diving. I considered
that bristleworms only display their
bristles in defense. They don't "bristle"
when they're crawling over a rock or
sponge, so as long as they're not dis-
turbed, they won't "bristle" when they
crawl over us.
After that I had a lot of fun impress-
ing people with my bristleworm ap-
proach. Sometimes I'd get too casual
and the worm would bristle and I could
see bristles imbedded in my fingers, but
I didn't feel any pain and just brushed
the bristles away turns out this was
because the bristles didn't break. Once
in a while, though, the bristles would
break, and that hurt like fire. The clos-
est I've ever come to aborting a dive
was when a bristleworm walked onto
the inside of my wrist, encountered my
wetsuit sleeve, became frightened, and
bristled on the tender skin there. Nasty!
Bristleworms are true worms, related
to earthworms. The type I'm referring
to here is Hermodice carunculata; sci-

entific names are especially useful
when the critter has different common
names. This creature is called a fire-
worm (by most current sources includ-
ing Humann/DeLoach's Reef Crea-
tures) and a bristleworm (which is used
in the Audubon Field Guide to North
American Seashore Creatures, and
which is the name I originally learned).
Both names are suitable, but since fire-
worm describes the creature by the ef-
fect of its defenses (against people),
and bristleworm describes it by its ap-
pearance, I prefer the latter.
Bristleworms have segmented bodies,
with gills and bristles on every seg-
ment. The fuzzy triangle on the head of
a bristleworm is a sensory organ that
tastes the water a useful ability for a
predator and even more useful for a
One of the best times to see bristle-
worms is at night. Some nights they
seem to be everywhere, in clusters or
alone, feeding on living and dead corals
and just about anything else that can't
move faster than they can. Bristle-
worms eat by engulfing their food,
which enables them to partially digest
staghorn and fire coral, then suck the
coral flesh from its skeleton. (Not very
appealing, is it?) Still, I admired their
fuzzy beauty and single-mindedness in
relation to food. I was pleased with
photos I took ofbristleworms munch-
ing on staghorn corals and gorgonians
and fire corals (such photos usually
captioned "Double Trouble"), and the
occasional orange cup coral.
Bristleworms become especially ac-
tive when their potential prey is vulner-
able. When growth was scraped from
pilings beneath Bonaire's Old Pier (to
check for structural damage after a bad
boat docking), orange cup corals, sea
squirts, oysters, and other newly de-
tached animals fell to the bottom,

where bristle-
worms gorged on
them. Bristle-
worms also live
within the rubble
around octopus
dens, emerging for
any food the octo-
pus discards. I've
seen an octopus
blow a bristle-
worm out of its
den with a jet of
water from its si-
To learn more
about bristleworms
as scavengers, David and I cut slots into

"For years I avoided
bristleworms until 'The
Day the Bristleworm Left
Bruce Completely

the lid of a glass jar and put some fish
scraps in the jar. On several dives, we
placed the jar on its side on coral rub-
ble. Bristleworms would begin arriving
in less than five minutes, emerging
from crevices as far as 6 feet (2 m)
away in less than 10 minutes.
Fishes, especially yellowtail snappers,
were also attracted to the sight and
scent of the food in the jar. The more
bristleworms in the jar, though, the less
interested the fishes became.
At the end of the dive I'd empty the
jar onto nearby sand, jiggle the bristle-
worms off any food and take the food
scraps away. Bristleworms with a food
scrap would finish consuming it, then
join the others heading home. Al-
though yellowtail snappers and other
fish competed with each other to steal
the food before I could store it, no fish
ever came within inches of a bristle-
worm. Even when yellowtails were

racing each other, they'd all stop short
whenever they realized they were com-
peting for a bristleworm.
What we learned about bristleworms
as scavengers was that they are avid
and well-equipped. The fewest number
of bristleworms attracted by the jar was
eight, but there were usually more than
that, and one time there were 20!
We also learned that bristleworm de-
fense mechanisms are excellent and
well-understood by fish and most intel-
ligent of invertebrates, octopuses, who
consistently avoid bristleworms.
Finally, we affirmed that a very basic
truth applies even to bristleworms:
most animals won't use their defense
mechanisms if they don't feel threat-
ened. O Photo and story by Dee Scarr

Dee Scarr conducts "Touch
the Sea dives. It will en-
hance your diving forever.
Call 717-8529

KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
2-11 4:32 1.3FT. 7:40 1.3FT. 14:57 1.6FT. 22:45 1.0FT. 98
2-12 5:25 1.4FT. 11:16 1.3FT. 16:04 1.4FT. 23:03 1.1FT. 90
2-13 6:11 1.6FT. 13:42 1.2FT. 17:47 1.3FT. 23:04 1.2FT. 79
2-14 6:52 1.7FT. 15:09 1.0FT. 66
2-15 7:37 1.8FT. 16:13 0.9FT. 53
2-16 8:13 1.9FT. 17:00 0.8FT. 43
2-17 8:48 2.0FT. 17:48 0.8FT. 37
2-18 9:26 2.0FT. 18:23 0.8FT. 38

Angie Hinano Santa Maria
Bettina, Venezuela Irish Eyes Sandpiper, USA
Bright Sea Jacuzzi Sirius
Camissa, Chan Is. Jan Gerardus Skye
Cape Kathryn Kamaloa Sokol
Cavu Luna C. USA Sylvia K
Chulugi Lena S Surprise
Corail IV Maebelle Ta-B
Dream Bird Mahi Mahi Ti Amo, USA
Delphinus Maggi Tsih
Sl Sabor Meruva Ulu Ulu, USA
Flying Cloud, USA Mistika Unicorn, Norway
Fiddler Mystic Varedhuni, Germany
Fiona Nava Maria Vierde Dimensei
Galandriel Natural Selection, USA Windmiller, Canada
Gambler Northern Star Ya-T, BVI
Gatsby, USA Pamina Zahi, Malta
Guaicamar I, Ven. Precocious Gale, USA

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Karnaval 2005
lGrand Parade

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Karnaval 2005
Grand Parade

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JanArt Gallery, Kaya Glo-
ria 7, Bonaire 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.

BonaireNet is the leading consumer
and business information
source on Bonaire. Tele-
phone (599) 717-7160. For
on-line yellow pages directory
information go to http://www.

Consultation, Supervision, Hyp-
notherapy, Psychotherapy Drs.
Johan de Korte, Psychologist,
Phone: 717-6919

Trees and Plants, Bonaire
grown. 8000m2 of plants and
nursery. Specializing in gar-
den/septic pumps and irriga-
tion. Kaminda Lagoen 103, Island
Growers NV (Capt. Don and Janet).
Phone: 786-0956 or 787-0956

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

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

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



Restaurant Terrace Take away
NAf35.OO $ 20.00
OPEN: 11.30 a.m. -02.00p.m.
DINNER 06.00p.m. 09.30p.m.
Sunday and Monday closed
Kaya Grandi 26 F/G, TEL/FAX:



Brand New (never been used, in the
box) Sea & Sea MX 10 Underwater
Camera and YS-40A Strobe.
NAf360.00. Call 717-2848.

Mitsubishi Pajero 4WD, 5 speed,
Good condition. Perfect motor, Color
white. NAf 4.500 Phone: 786-7045

1996 Mitsubishi Lancer. 60K miles,
4-Cyl. Very good condition. Asking
$5,200US. Info (599)791-6009 after 3

Apollo Color Printer by Hewlett-
Packard, comes with extra set (1 black
and 1 color) of ink Cartridges (uses HP
ink cartridges), software, and user
guide. NAf100,00. Call 717-2848.

Laptop Computers for sale: Sony
VAIO V505DX, Pentium M 1.4 GHz
Centrino RAM 512 MB HD 60 GB -
CD-RW / DVD, LAN, Wireless
802.1lb 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, 802.11 g Wireless, LAN, $2,800
(negotiable). Call 786-5119 or thu-

Dell 40-gig hard drive computer,
with upgraded monitor, keyboard and
mouse, Pentium 3, running Windows
Millennium, but can be upgraded to XP,
NAf700.00, call 717-2848.

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

Wanted: place to rent for 2 students
in the months August, September, Octo-
ber (3 months). Please contact us: ikben-

Want to buy a 20 foot long power
boat. call 790- 1228

City Shop N.V. needs computer
technicians. Interested persons should
drop by City Shop personally between 5
and 6 pm daily.

Make it more livable from the start
Interior or exterior design advice,
clearings, blessings, energy healing
China trained, Experienced. Inexpen-
sive. Call Donna at 785-9013

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Feb.
11, 12, 13 Kaya Rotterdam #7 in
Hato 10 am to 4 pm, clothes, toys,
household, etc.

Yard Sale Household furnishings,
appliances & hardware
Dates: 26+27th February
Time: 09:00-16:00hrs,
Place: Storage facility Kaya Indus-
tria across from Rocargo/Warehouse.
Everything must go! Tel: 790-1604.

1) This brown short
haired dog with the beau-
tiful face was found re-
cently at the airport. She's
about 1 1 years old. She
had no collar.

2) This brindle
colored dog was
found by Sand
Dollar Resort.
He'd been
around for about
five days and
some kind tour-
ists fed him.
They called him
"Velcro" because
he was sticking to them. But the tourists
had to leave, and because he was such a
nice dog they wanted him to have a
chance at life so they took him to the
Bonaire Animal Shelter. He's a young
male, about five months old. The Shelter
will hold a dog for 10 days for the owner
to claim him. After that he can go up for
adoption. Call 717-4989.

Sabana Eco-Cultural Tour to Suri-
nam, March 24 to April 2. In Dutch and
English. 8-day tour includes all tours,
accommodations, food and drink. Free
day April 1. Air round trip Curagao to
Paramaibo NAf678. Tours Euro 455.
Anglieg Baidjoe, Kaya Betico Croes 17,
Tel. 717-5634 after 8 pm.

3) This handsome black & tan male
dog was found on February 4th in the
area of the SGB School on Kaya
Korona. He appears to be about 2 years
old. He has no collar. Very friendly
with people, and seems to be well fed.

Owners can pick up their dogs at the
Kaminda Lagoen #26-A Open Mon-
day through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm;
Saturday: 10 am to 1 pm
Phone #717-4989

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Commercial ads are onlyNAf0.70 perword, perweek Free ads run for 2weeks.
Call or fax The BonaireRepoter at 717-8988 e-mail ads@bonairereporter.com

For Rent: Comfortable 2-bedroom
beach villa-weekly or monthly-choice
location-privacy & security-May 1st
until Dec. 15th. Brochure available.
Phone (Bon) (599) 717 3293; (US)
(570) 586 0098. Email larjaytee@aol.

Bonaire Musing


t wasn't long ago that travelers from VmnW
North America to Bonaire had one -
basic route: get to Curaqao (via Miami, on American Airlines/ALM), then wait for
your ALM connection to Bonaire. This meant leaving northern cities at the crack
of dawn to connect with a mid-day Miami flight, as well as facing an uncertain
connection at Curamao and sitting in a smoky waiting room with hundreds of KLM
transfer passengers. ALM once offered weekly non-stop jet service from Miami
and Atlanta, which provided one of the most scenic and enjoyable flights in the
Caribbean--with full-cabin meal service and cheerful attendants, as well as connec-
tions to many airlines in Miami and Atlanta-and Canada 2000's once-a-week
charter service from Toronto to Bonaire. (You may remember the days when sud-
denly Cultimara was flooded with white-faced folks speaking a new form of Eng-
lish--and there was no cruise ship in port! Where did they all suddenly come
from?? Answer: they fell out of the sky on an airline no one knew and which dis-
appeared before anyone could remember it.)
Today, we still have the Curacao service daily on American, and the connection
is handled by BonairExel and by Divi-Divi. Yet more and more North American
travelers are choosing to come via two of three alternatives: Air Jamaica from
Montego Bay and American Eagle from San Juan. Neither of these flights are
daily. Air Jamaica flies three days of the week (Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday) and
American Eagle, two-to-three days a week (currently Friday and Tuesday, return-
ing on Saturday and Wednesday, with an additional flight per week during holiday
periods.) Air Jamaica offers champagne, Air Buses with plenty of cargo space and
mid-afternoon arrivals and departures. Eagle offers Oreos, ATR-42s, and late eve-
ning arrivals with early morning departures.
The third alternative is to come "via the backdoor," which is to fly to Aruba and
connect with BonairExel (soon to be renamed BonairExpress). Last year, Air Can-
ada provided seasonal non-stop service Toronto to Aruba, thus providing good ser-
vice for Canadians connecting with BonairExel. However, Air Canada, like so
many of the full-service carriers, has had to let go its "fringe" service. Instead,
those travelers now have to fly Air Canada to Miami, then continue to Aruba.
Delta operates a seasonal service to Aruba from Atlanta, and United and US Air
(as long as they continue to fly) from Chicago and Philadelphia respectively.
American has service to Aruba from San Juan and Miami (also having let go of a
seasonal service from Chicago.)
For all these Aruba connections, BonairExel suggests a four hour layover, to al-
low for luggage transfer and ticketing, as it has no ticketing arrangements with any
of the North American airlines (not even Northwest, KLM's North American part-
ner). This means that even if they have a flight one or two hours after yours ar-
rives, they will not reserve you on that flight, and instead reserve you on the one
leaving four hours later. (They may let you take an earlier flight, however, depend-
ing upon your arrival and flight availability.) And keep in mind: you have to ticket
with them on-site, not in advance. This means collecting your bags, going over to
the domestic flights building and waiting in line for a KLM ticket agent to hand-
write (yes, on the old carbon-backed forms!) your ticket/s to Bonaire. That was
our experience with them in Aruba last September.
So, where does that leave the North American traveler hankering to get to Bon-
aire this year? Yes, there are alternatives, but what are the benefits? Is any one of
them a better value, in terms of cost, benefits, and quality of service? Well, the
answer is coming in a follow-up article, as this writer further researches routing,
pricing, and performance information. In the meantime, remember, Bonaire begins
when you begin your journey here, no matter how long that journey takes. Any
time my wife and I get on a plane bound for Bonaire, it is a pleasure to be aboard,
as all the passengers become instant Bonaireans, heading home. 1 Gerry Clow

Gerry Clow is a former Boston Globe columnist and healing arts professional who
has flown down to Bonaire more than 20 times over the past five years.


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Bonaire Reporter February 11 to 18, 2005

44) oezie" is a
Siamese cross cat.
Her coat is made
up of shades of
chocolate brown
to soft beige, and
her eyes are the
typical China blue
of the Siamese.
Poezie is alert and
intelligent and
would make a per-
fect companion
for someone who
appreciates her
rare attractive
good looks. She's
about two years
old now and is in
robust good
health, having had
her health exami-
nation, tests and
shots. The adop-
tion fee of NAf75
includes her ster-
ilization. Meet
Poezie at the Bon-
aire Animal Shel-
ter on the Lagoen
Road, open Mon-
day through Fri-
day, 10 am to 2
pm, Saturdays
until 1. Tel. 717-
4989. O L.D.

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in Wilmington, Mass., USA

I lA 11111111
Debbi Savage of Trans World Radio, writes: "Recently we took a trip to our
hometown of Wilmington, MA. Of course we took a copy of The Bonaire
Reporter with us! There have been record amounts of snow in January 2005 in Bos-
on, MA and the surrounding area. Here is just a taste of the white stuff."
Here Jon and Debbi Savage are showing The Bonaire Reporter to their grand-
laughter, Becki. They are trying to convince her to come visit them on the island of
Bonaire where the weather is sunny and warm. However, Becki likes the snow. If
You look closely, you can see Becki sticking out her tongue to retrieve snow flakes!
We are still hoping she will visit soon and bring her parents.

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
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to: picture@bonairereporter.com. (All 2004 photos are eligible.) 1

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CEKLY MWIE SHOWTl S Seen recently in
Movieland Cinema:
Call to make sure: Usually9:001prn Movieland Cinema:
Caliht of the Phoenix y m Ocean's 12 by national
(Fight of the oenix treasure Steven Soderbergh
(Dennis Quaid) starring many, many celebri-
Early Show (usually 7pm) ties. Maybe it's because I'm
Bridget Jones: The not an native English speaker but the
Edge of Reason actors were more often than not com-
(Renee Zellweger) pletely unintelligible to me. A couple
Prinses Marie of times during the movie I had no
Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery clue what they were on about. The
Tel. 717-2400 biggest flaw of the story is the ab-
Tickets NAf10,50 (incl. Tax) sence of a good heist scene. The heist
High Schoolers NAf7,75 in Ocean's 11 was masterful, and there
S F B E F is nothing in this film that even comes
close. Instead we see a 30-second clip
SATURDAY 4 PM in black and white about how they
The Sponge Bob Square Pants robbed some college student of his
Movie back-pack. The film is filled with bi-
zarre camera angles and currently
KARNAVALBONEIR 200o5 popular but hugely irritating 'shaky
cam' technique. I was glad when it
12 February Festival Closing was all over.
fuKabo20oo5@yahoo.com Note for the theatre management:
Half the time the film was out of fo-
cus. Please do something about that. 1

Saturday, February 12 Opening of
photo show by Catherine Salisbury,
7 to 9 pm. Cinnamon Art Gallery,
Kaya A.P.L. Brion #1, just off Kaya
Grandi, behind the Banco di Caribe.

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 -Nafl80 per cou-
ple. Call Shunilla Kroon 717-6210 or
Ansherella Frans 717-6292 during office

Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhel-
mina Park on Cruise Ship Visiting
Days: Sunday, Feb. 13- Adonia


Saturday, February 19-Lora Count.
Call 785-1000, 717-8444
Sunday, February 27-2005 School
Swimming Championships, Meralney
Sports Complex.
Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhel-
mina Park on Cruise Ship Visiting
Days: Tuesday, Feb. 22-Aida Vita; Tues-
day, Mar. 1-Queen Mary 2; Monday,
Mar. 7-Oceana; Tuesday, Mar. 8-Aida
May 15th to the 22nd King of the Carib-
bean at Lac Bay. The event will kick off
the 2005 PWA Freestyle Tour. For info,
see www.pwaworldtour.com or

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

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 (NAf 12 for Bonaire
residents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800.

Saturday- Discover Our Diversity Slide
Show, pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm 717-
Sunday Bonaire Holiday -Multi-media
dual-projector production by Albert Bi-
anculli, 8.30 pm, Capt. Don's Habitat,
Monday Dee Scarr's Touch the Sea
slide experience at the Aquarius Confer-
ence Center, Capt. Don's Habitat, 8:30-
Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle Conser-
vation Slide Show by Andy Uhr. Carib
Inn seaside veranda, 7 pm
Friday- Week in Review Video Presen-
tation by the Toucan Dive Shop at Plaza's
Tipsy Seagull, 5 pm. 717-2500.

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 -7174989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.
Jong Bonaire (Youth Center) 717-4303.

Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child
Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics Contact Delno
Tromp, 717-7659

AA meetings -every Wednesday; Phone 717-
6105; 560-7267 or717- 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 ent fee.
Call Cathy 56-4056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday at
City Caf6. 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

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 onKaya J. v.d.
Ree, behind the Catholic Church intown. Open
weekdays from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel.
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holi-
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 his-
toric town.
Soldachi Tours show you the Rincon
area. Alta Mira Nature Walking Tour
at 6:30 am. Town Walking tour at
9:30, Bus Tour at 10. Call Maria at 717-
6435 to reserve.

International Bible Church of Bonaire -
Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle)
Sunday Services at 9 am; Sunday Prayer
Meeting at 7:00 pm in English. Tel. 717-
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire.
Wilhelminaplein. Services in Papia-
mentu, Dutch and English on Sundays at
10 am. Thursday Prayer Meeting and
Bible Study at 8 pm. Rev. Jonkman.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays
8:30 11:30 am. Services in Papiamentu,
Spanish and English.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kralendijk -
Services on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in
Papiamentu 717-8304. Saturday at 6
pm at Our Lady of Coromoto in Antriol,
in English. Mass in Papiamentu on Sun-
day at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios),
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English,
Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10
am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at
7:30 pm. 717-2194
New Apostolic Church, Meets at
Kaminda Santa Barbara #1, Sundays,
9:30 am. Services in Dutch. 717-7116.

Send events to The Bonaire Reporter
Email reporter@bonairenews.com
Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 791-7252

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See advertisements in tis issue


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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

Caribbean Club Bonaire Inexpensive-moderate Quiet country setting, lovely landscaping, friendly staff
On the Tourist Road 2 mi. north of Town Breakfast Lunch and Dinner Happy Hour from 5-7 pm
717-7901 Closed Sunday Inexpensive Bar Hap dinner plus regular menu
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
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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 Cafe 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
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The Lost Penguin Low-Moderate Watch the bustle of downtown from this street side Caribbean-style bistro
Across from MCB Bank in downtown Kralendijk Breakfast, Lunch, Early Dinner owned and run by a European educated Master Chef
Call 717-8003. Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays and his wife.
Pasa Bon Pizza Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest in-
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Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest
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aire bank. They also offer investments and insurance.

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

De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; profession-
ally repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top
brand bikes. Have your keys made here.
Bonaire Diving Made Easy, Third Edition, is an es-
sential in your dive bag. The latest information on
Bonaire's shore dive sites.
APA Construction are professional General
Contractors. They also specialize in creating patios
and walkways with fabulous sprayed and stamped
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Conetal Cleaning Service cleans homes, apartments,
offices. Offers babysitting, gardening, laundry.

Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch
dive shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade
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Bonfysio offers comprehensive fitness programs to
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Fit 4 Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in Pi-
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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

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.
Julimar assists with the paperwork and procedures
needed to obtain permits, citizenship, residency and
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Golden Reef Inn is the affordable alternative with
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Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center of-
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variety of items and services for your picture-taking
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: Interational/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.
Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed
or built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Elec-
trical, plumbing, woodworking, etc.
Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun
tours including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snor-
keling and exploration.

Benetton, world famous designer clothes available
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Littman's Jewelers, where good taste is foremost.
Expansive selection of jewelry, collectibles and top
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Special Security Services will provide that extra
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Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
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newest of this ABC island chain of elegant spas. Now
offering seaside massages and facials.
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4 4 y father came in 1991 from
V Santo Domingo to work
for a construction company. In 1993 my
motherjoined him. Back in Santo Do-
mingo we stayed alone in the house. I
was 13, my sister Ceneida was 14 and
my brother Juan Camilo 'Kiko' was 15.
We were taught to take care of our-
selves. We cooked, did the laundry,
ironed, cleaned and went to school.
Some uncles and aunts who were living
nearby supervised us. Two years later,
when my parents had completed the
paperwork, I came to Bonaire with my
sister. We couldn't go to school here
because we didn't know Dutch. Later,
Ceneida returned to Santo Domingo
and I stayed. For a year I didn't do any-
thing -just rode my bicycle around An-
triol and I didn't feel happy. Then I
met a man who told me about the
Pasadia in Rincon. He told me it was a
center for the handicapped and that they
were doing lots of things like carpentry,
making candles, house ornaments and
postcards. So my father went to talk to
the government. Three days later I went
to work at the Pasadia.
My brother and I have the same birth
defect: we didn't grow much, we have
problems with our legs and chest, but
mentally we're fine. Originally, I could
ride a bicycle, but one leg was shorter,
and as I grew it got displaced and
started hitting the other leg, so some-
thing had to be done about it. I went to
Santo Domingo and was operated on by
the doctor who'd known me from birth.
He straightened my legs and put nails in
them, and now I can do things I could-
n't do before, but I can't ride a bicycle
anymore as I can't bend my legs to
At Pasadia I chose to work with the
group who makes candles. They trained
me; I was very dedicated, I learned fast
and progressed. Now I'm a professional
and I design candles in all sorts of
shapes. It was here I learned Papia-
mentu. My father had bought me a
Spanish-Papiamentu book, but it wasn't
so easy. However, once I started work-
ing at Pasadia it came to me naturally. I
am very grateful for the things they've
done for me at Pasadia, and since Lupe
Uranie became the Director the center
has improved a lot. The majority of my
colleagues are here because they have a
mental handicap, but I respect them for
what they are, and I treat them like any
other person. We laugh a lot as they are
very sweet people. Sometimes when
our group leader, Fabiola, has to leave
for a while, I take over. I have lots of
I feel good here and the island is nice
and quiet and you can live well. When I

arrived we had a wooden house, and
when it rained more water fell inside
than outside. It was in very bad condi-
tion. So Papa and I went to the Fun-
dashon Cas Bonairiano to ask for a
house and we got it. Now we have a
complete home in Antriol: two bed-
rooms, one living room, a bathroom
and a kitchen.
My parents are thinking of bringing
my brother over, but it's difficult as he
is an adult now. Kiko was planning to
go to university, but he dropped the
idea as he thought it was going to take
too long. He has the same physical
problem as I have, but even worse, so
he can't work. He wants to come to
Bonaire to see how it is. He's never
been. He's very bright, so maybe he can

"Often people who have

children with a mental or

physical handicap hide

them from the outside

world. Not my parents!"

stay and come to work at Pasadia as
well. We look very much alike, my
brother and I. People always ask us if
we're twins. My sister Ceneida, who's
married and has a seven year old son,
cooks for him, but everything else he
takes care of himself. My family is do-
ing well. My father, Meregirdo Pefia
Castro, is never without work, and my
mama, Rosa Maria Del Rosario Pefia, is
also happy here. I have wonderful par-
ents who are very proud of me and I
feel very proud of them and myself. I
always ask my father for advice and tell
him about my plans. He's my confi-
dant. We're very close; he's the one
person who can tell me what to do. I
trust him completely. Many people
have congratulated me because my fa-
ther has always been so proud of me.
Often people who have children with a
mental or physical handicap hide them
from the outside world. Not my par-
ents! On the contrary! One day at
church, this lady from Curaqao came up
to us and complimented my father as
she could tell what a wonderful dad he
was! My parents have dedicated so
much time to me and they loved me and
appreciated me always for what I am,
so I have no complex whatsoever!"
Luis Peia (25) is a wonderful man
with a handsome face and shiny smiling
eyes. He has a good sense of humor and
a great deal of confidence in himself

Lus na

and it's a
just to talk
to him.
when I had
my motor
scooter I'd
go out at
night on the
weekends to
town and
Sundays to
Mass. I
have many
friends in
town. I
don't make
friends with
people; I
like older
people, all
and all
When I go
to town I
talk to eve-
ryone. I
look at the
girls and
listen to the
music. I like meringue and bachata.
Then my motor scooter was stolen from
the house. It was a normal scooter, but
Orlando (Bonaire Motorcycle Shop, the
Harley Davidson dealer) modified it
with two extra wheels on the side for
balance. Now I can't go anywhere any-
more. The only thing I ask my dad for
is to take me to church. Instead of going
twice a week to Bonfysio, I'm now go-
ing once a week. The motor scooter
wasn't insured for theft so nobody paid
me, not the insurance, not the thieves,
so I am the loser! My license was also
in the scooter. I asked everywhere for
it. Then this newspaper man heard my
story through Bonfysio and he put an
article in the paper. With help from kx-
tra newspaper and Bonfysio I got
enough money to order another scooter
in Santo Domingo last December. It's
much cheaper there. I didn't want to
buy an old rental here as I was afraid of
troubles later on. Now the scooter is
ready, but the ship that was to bring it is
having problems and couldn't sail. Now
the scooter is at my uncle's for safe
keeping! I didn't want to ship it by
plane because I thought it would be too
expensive for the good people here who
are paying for the freight. I want to take
the opportunity to thank everybody who
helped me. I'm very grateful.
I never thought anyone would steal
from me because I know so many peo-
ple, but I'm still the same. I'm not let-
ting it depress me, although I miss it

Bonaire Reporter February 11 to 18, 2005

I love to go places and I love to travel,
but I also like to watch TV, read and
play cards and dominos with my par-
ents and do things around the house.
I've learned a lot at Pasadia, but I'd
also like to work somewhere else and
do other things make a bit more
money so that I can support myself bet-
ter. I am a person who likes to do things
and I'm willing to do anything, I'm a
quick learner. If they teach me, I can do
it. I also would like to take computer
lessons. Maybe there's someone on the
island who has the time to teach me. If
anybody wants to they can contact
Pasadia in Rincon.
This is a very good island and the
people are nice. They accept me as I am
and for what I am and I live very well
here. I'm very happy and I see a bright
future- which will be even better when
the new scooter arrives! I don't think
much about going back to Santo Do-
mingo. As I see it, my life is here, but if
my parents decide to go back, I think
I'd go where they
go. I could stay
alone here if I had
a better job, but I
know that without
my parents I
would feel very
Greta Kooistra

Page 17



t's been 10 years since a prime
minister of Holland (Mr. Wim
Kok) visited the ABC islands. Consider-
ing the referendum-mandated reorgani-
zation of the Antilles, the visit of Dutch
Prime Minister J.P. Balkenende might
be considered overdue. His visit to Bon-
aire last Thursday was a combination of
discussion and inspection.
Balkenende began, "I am touched by
the beauty of the island of Bonaire and I
see many economic possibilities. I've
had comprehensive talks with the Island
Government and others about the fight
against crime, the problem of drug cou-
riers and poverty. I was impressed by
my visit to Jong Bonaire and the bario
of North Salifia: to see, first of all, the
immense effort Jong Bonaire puts into
its after-school program, and also to be
made aware of the impoverished living
conditions of some of the people in
North Salifia."
He added that the Netherlands pro-
vides 13 million euro a year to the is-
Balkenende said, "I am impressed
how, despite the poverty, there is still
progress. I am sure when tourism grows
and the youngsters are trained in social
and individual skills there will be a tre-
mendous positive outlook for Bonaire.
An important purpose of my trip is to

get to know the 'insides' of each island
better, all based on respectful and equal
Antillean Prime Minister Ys, who ac-
companied Balkenende during his visit,
added, "It was my express wish to invite
the Prime Minister and his wife and
child. We've had a very tight schedule,
and I'm impressed with how energetic
Minister Balkenende still is after a few
strenuous days."
The Bestuurscollege of Bonaire and
Prime Ministers Balkenende and Ys
conferred about important issues such as
the future relationship of Bonaire to
Holland, considering the Referendum
results. After all the island referenda
have taken place (the last one will be in
Curaqao in April) it will be clear which
organization each island wants. "But to
change direction will take a long time."
Ys said.
According to Prime Minister Ys, 90%
of the drugs exported from the Antilles
already have been stopped because of
the intensive control outgoing and the
'Zero Tolerance' at Schiphol airport. Ys
stressed, "I would even venture to say
that there is no other land in the Carib-
bean or even the world where the fight
against drugs over the last five to 10
years is that successful." 1
Marian Walthie

Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued fom page 4)
A Police will start checking for up-
to-date stickers on the 2005 car num-
ber plate tax on Valentine's Day,
February 14, so they can show they
love you. Motorists must get not only a
new sticker this year, but also a new
license plate It will be really easy for
the police to tell if you've paid the fee
because the plate color has changed
from yellow to blue.
Vehicle owners can pay the 2005
road tax at the office of the Island Re-
ceiver (Ontvanger). The last day to pay
the tax before enforcement begins will
be February 11. The office of the Island
Receiver is open weekdays from
7:30am to 12 noon and from 1:30 to
Gasoline cars and trucks pay NAf359
a year. For diesel powered vehicles it's
NAf1.519 for the year. Motorcycles
pay NAf 257.

Most of you will remember the
articles in an earlier edition of The Re-
porter and extra about the scooter that
got stolen from Luis Pefia. Due to his
physical disability Luis depends on his
scooter for everyday transportation. We
mentioned that the staff of Bon Fysio
could be contacted for donations and
suggestions. The reactions were over-
whelming. Everybody was shocked that
somebody would steal the scooter of a
disabled man. Two persons, who want
to remain anonymous, immediately
took it upon themselves to cover the
cost of the scooter; the Bissessar family
offered to transport the scooter from
the Dominican Republic (where it was
purchased) to Bonaire free of charge
through their shipping company; and a
group of employees from the MCB will
cover the costs for insurance and li-
cense plate tax for the coming year.
There were a lot more helpful people
that made sure this story will have a
happy ending, and we would like to
thank them all!
The young man who stole the scooter
was apprehended, but the scooter had
been completely stripped. Hopefully
those parts that were recovered will be
released soon (until his trial it is still
considered evidence) so they can be
used on Luis' new scooter. Once the
scooter arrives some modifications will
be made so Luis can be on his way
again. Hopefully we will see him riding
around very soon. Provided by Eric van
de Keuken andAntje Gunther ofBon

Fysio (also see On the Island Since...
on page 17).

A WEB now has new contact
phone numbers as of February 1.
During office hours call 715-8244 (was
717-8244). Non-office hours call 9215
(was 115). The old ones will still work
for several months. The numbers got a
lot of use in recent days. WEB de-
serves high praise for their good com-
munication during the crisis.

A In 2005 Buddy Dive Resort will
celebrate 25th anniversary. To com-
memorate this special occasion the re-
sort has developed a wide range of spe-
cials, activities and events to ensure
that guests can benefit from this Anni-
versary Year. Over the years the resort
has expanded to one of the largest op-
erations on Bonaire with a very busy
dive operation and 200 beds for its
guests. The highlight of the year will be
a big party for all guests, staff and VIPs
December 10 to 17, 2005, complete
with daytime activities, dinner and fire-
works. For more details on the com-
plete program visit http://www.
buddydive.com/News.html. For more
information call 1-866-GO-BUDDY,
email buddydive@travelmarketing.com
or visit http://www.buddydive.com.

Ma-Jochi, the New Age shop
located in the Tambu Shop on Kaya
Grandi across from the Harborside
Shopping Mall, offers a great variety
of special Valentine's day gifts .If you
want to surprise your beloved one with
a special gift, you can place your order
in person or by calling 786-3109 or

A This week's Jong Bonaire models
in the Benetton ad on page 11 are
Joemy Ricardo and Remison Makaai.

A Happy Valentine's Day to all
our readers and advertisers. We
LOVE you. O L.IG.D.

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*to find it, just look up


f you want to give your sweetheart something out of this world this Valen-
tine's Day we have three exquisitely beautiful cosmic objects all in the same
part of the heavens, gift wrapped and ready to present: the traditional Valentine's
Day star plus the jewel-like brightest star in the heavens and this year the marvel-
ous "Lord of the Rings."
On Valentine's Day night, Monday, February 14t between 8 and 9 pm face south
where the brightest thing you'll see will be the brightest star visible from Earth,
Sirius, which marks the eye of Canis Major, Orion the Hunter's great dog. To
many people Sirius is the most jewel-like of all stars, not only because of its bril-
liance but because when it twinkles it flashes brilliant shades of blue and green,
topaz and emerald. So here's a heavenly jewel to present to your loved one.
Plus this year just up to its left and below Castor and Pollux, the twin stars of
Gemini, you'll see the planet called the "Lord of the Rings," which is almost at its
closest, biggest and brightest it gets. It's the exquisite sixth planet, Saturn, which
we are visiting with our Cassini space craft right now. It's not only brilliant to the
naked eye but is also a knockout through even the smallest department store tele-
scope. So in addition to jeweled Sirius, give the gift of the ringed planet.
To top it off and make your cosmic valentine super special, look due south be-
tween the hours of 8 and 9 pm, and you'll see the star I call the Valentine's Day star.
It's very bright and very red and in fact is the brightest red star we can see with the
naked eye from planet Earth. Just coincidentally it reaches its highest point above
the horizon every Valentine's Day night between the hours of 8 and 9 pm. It marks
the shoulder star of Orion the Hunter and its name is Betelgeuse. If you've ever
wanted to give your loved one a really big valentine, well, this is about as big as it
gets. Indeed if we compare Betelgeuse, the Valentine's Day star, with our own star,
our 865,000-mile-wide Sun, Betelgeuse is so humongous we could fit over 160
million Suns inside it. And that's when Betelgeuse is at its smallest size because
Betelgeuse changes its size regularly like a gigantic, slowly pulsating heart, one
that beats, however, once every six years. When Betelgeuse is fully contracted at its
smallest size, it is about 500 times the width of our Sun, but when it expands to its
biggest size it is almost 900 times as wide.
In fact if we could place Betelgeuse where our Sun is, Betelgeuse at its smallest
would reach out past the orbits of Mercury, Venus and Earth, all the way to Mars.
And when it's at its largest it would stretch all the way to Jupiter. Wow! So there
you have it: a cosmic jewel of a star, Sirius; exquisite "Lord of the Rings," Saturn;
and Betelgeuse, the biggest cosmic valentine you'll ever give, a giant red star
slowly beating like a heavenly heart for your sweetheart. Is this a romantic cosmos
or what? 1 Jack Horkheimer


For the week:
February 11-18, 2004
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Put your efforts into moneymaking ventures. This is
probably causing upset and confusion on the home front. Drastic changes re-
garding your personal attitude are evident. Problems with in-laws or relatives
may be more damaging than you realize. Your lucky day this week will be Sun-
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) You can meet new and exciting friends who will
provide mental stimulation. Romance will develop through work related activi-
ties. Your determination and sheer desire to do your own thing will be success-
ful. Your sensitivity toward those you love will capture their hearts. Your lucky
day this week will be Saturday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Expand your knowledge and sign up for courses
and seminars. Don't overspend to impress others. You will easily blow situations
out of proportion. Be tactful if you see flaws in someone else's work. Your lucky
day this week will be Thursday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Emotional upset at work will set you back. You
can learn valuable information if you listen and observe what others are doing
and saying. Use your high energy and dynamic approach to win favors from su-
periors. Travel will be exciting. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Spend time getting to know each other. Although up
setting, changes in your domestic situation will be favorable. Relatives will be
cordial. You'll have amazing ideas, but superiors may try to block your attempts
at implementing them. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) The stamina you possess will be apparent in your
approach to your hobbies and creative projects. Use some diplomacy to get your
point across delicately. Travel will be in your best interest regardless of whether
it is business or pleasure. Expect some flak. Your lucky day this week will be
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Efforts made to improve yourself will turn out to
your satisfaction. Plan your social events carefully. Don't get intimately in-
volved with a co-worker. Your fun loving approach will be admired and appre-
ciated by others. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You will be able to work with fine detail this
week. Opportunities for travel and socializing are evident. You may need the
space, but you need the extra cash more. Try not to spend too much on children
or entertainment. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Pleasure trips or friendly get-togethers will
be satisfying and intellectually stimulating. You should not get involved in joint
ventures. Sit back. You will have good ideas for home improvement projects.
Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) You will find yourself tied to the phone. Try
to be reasonable. Your courage and willpower will enable you to get rid of de-
structive habits as well. Family responsibilities are escalating. Your lucky day
this week will be Tuesday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) It will do you some good. Try not to lend or
borrow money this week. You'll be an emotional basket case this week. Don't
take any comments too seriously. You may want to make drastic changes con-
cerning your personal partner. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Don't hesitate to enlist the aid of friends or family
if you have a big project to finish in your domestic environment. You may find
that you are a little lucky this week. Strong willpower will come to your rescue.
Just be yourself. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday. O

Bonaire Reporter February 11 to 18, 2005

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