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Publication Date: February 18, 2005
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he rain that has caused Bonaire
to green up had a more sinister
aspect along the coasts of nearby Vene-
zuela and Colombia. Last week Vene- A ,
zuelan navy ships and military helicop-
ters evacuated thousands of people
trapped along the country's coastline by
torrential rains that have killed at least A The Dutch Parliament is con-
64 in eight days. Flood waters and land- cerned about the razing of Bonaire's
slides triggered by rains in Caracas and historic homes. Lower House-member
neighboring states have dredged up Ineke van Gent inquired why Haus-
memories of the 1999 disaster when mann's Folly and the Brionkazerne
rains turned hillsides to mud and buried were demolished to make way for new
tens of thousands of people along Vene- developments. Currently Bonaire has
zuela's Caribbean coastline, no legislation that protects historic
"The rivers just overflowed and we landmarks, ,mlk kj vc and the volunteer
were trapped. The only way out was by Monument Foundation is inactive.
helicopter," said Milkos Kato, one of
scores of stranded tourists ferried to the Last week six suspects were sub-
airport from a vacation complex left poenaed in the Campo II case. They
without electricity or roads for two include familiar names and faces like
days. Civil Protection rescue officials Anthony Godett, Nelson Monte, Gio-
said as many as 6,000 vacationers and vanni van lerland, Xiomara Bakhuis,
residents were trapped along the coast Lesley Franklin and Gibi de Windt. The
near Caracas where residents flock case will appear before the court on
from the capital to private vacation February 28. The focal point of the
clubs and public beaches along the Car- Campo II case is the now deceased ex-
ibbean. Minister of Justice, Ben Komproe's
Authorities set up shelters for resi- permission letter that allowed Colom-
dents whose homes had been swept bian prostitutes to enter the country
away, and crews worked to clear the without visas. The charges vary from
roads and bridges washed away by fraud, forgery, accepting bribes to in-
overflowing rivers. Cheers greeted volvement in a criminal organization.
Venezuelan President Chavez as he met A A weak El Nifio and human-made
with residents asking for help. Colom- greenhouse gases could make 2005 the
bian President Alvaro Uribe said his
bian President Alvaro Uribe said his warmest year since records started be-
government was looking for funds to ing kept in the late 1800s, NASA scien-
deal with the disaster. l 1 N scien-
deal with the disaster. tists said last week. "There has been a
strong warming trend over the past 30

years, a trend that has been shown to be
due primarily to increasing greenhouse
gases in the atmosphere," said James
Hansen of NASA's Goddard Institute
for Space Studies based in New York.
The warmest year on record was
1998, with 2002 and 2003 coming in
second and third, respectively.
Last year was the fourth warmest re-
corded, with a global mean temperature
of 57 F (14 C), which was about 112
warmer than the middle of the century.

SAn earthquake shook Dominica
and surrounding islands on Valen-
tines Day. According to the Seismic
Research Unit (SRU) at the St.
Augustine campus of the University of
the West Indies, the tremor measuring
5.2 on the Richter Scale occurred at
2:05 pmjust north of the island of Do-
minica. There were no reports of injury
or damage.
Preliminary information from the
SRU is that the event occurred at longi-
tude 15.890 north and latitude 61.520
west. The event was reportedly felt in
Dominica, Martinique, Guadeloupe, St.
Lucia, and St. Vincent.
A Last week Dutch Premier Bal-
kenende, in an open letter to newspa-
pers, thanked the Antillean and
Aruban people for the cordial recep-
tion he received two weeks ago in the
islands. He said the visit has reinforced
reciprocal links and reciprocal respect.
The Prime Minister was accompanied
by his wife Bianca and daughter Am6lie
during visits to Aruba, Curaqao, Bon-
aire, Sint Maarten, Sint Eustatius and

Letters (Preserving What's Special,
Power Through Humor) 5
Bonaire Musing, Getting to Bonaire 5
Fire at Web 6
Windsurf Scene
(Barbados, Cocoa Beach) 8
Mooring Fees Double 8
Bonaire Ambassadors (Magocs,
Calhoun, Truxell, Staal, Steeby) 10
Chef Team 2005 11
Pet Prof (Puppy Testing) 13
LaDania's Leap (Capt. Don) 18

Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Vessel List & Tide Table 9
Picture Yourself
(Warsaw, Poland) 11
Classifieds 12
Pet of the Week (Negrita) 14
Reporter Masthead 14
What's Happening 15
Micro Movie Review 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
On the Island Since
(Jan Rijkens) 17
Bonaire Sky Park (Sky Triangles) 19
The Stars Have It 19

A In 2004 the rate of growth of the
Dutch population fell to its lowest in
85 years as immigration slowed and
emigration accelerated, partly due to
tighter government policies on foreign-
ers. Last week's Central Bureau for Sta-
tistics report said the Dutch population
grew 34,000 to 16.3 million in 2004,
half the increase of the previous year
and the lowest growth recorded since
1920. The center-right government an-
nounced plans last year to expel 26,000
(Continued on page 4)

Bonaire Reporter February 18 to 25, 2005

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Bonaire Reporter February 18 to 25, 2005

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: Susan Brown, Mike and Patti Delong, Captain Don,
Gerry Clow, Dodo, Jack Horkheimer, Greta Kooistra, Ann Phelan,
Michael Thiessen, Delno Tromp
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Page 3

Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued fom page 2)
failed asylum seekers and to force for-
eigners living in the country to pass a
language and culture test.
There was a notable decline in immi-
gration from Turkey and Morocco in
2004 while the number of immigrants
from Poland-whichjoined the Euro-
pean Union last May-doubled to
Interestingly, in spite of the gradually
increasing ageing of the Dutch popula-
tion, the number of deaths fell. In 2004,
137,000 persons died, 5,000 fewer than
in 2003.

A According to the Antilles Central
Bureau for Statistics overall unem-
ployment in Bonaire declined from
11.6% to 8.9% at the end of last year.
Unemployment for those under 21
dropped from 31.5% in 2003 to 25.2%
in 2004. Joblessness among the young
is considered a root cause for crime on
the island.

A From time to time we tell you
about other places, like Bonaire, Geor-
gia, or things, like the racehorse named
"Bonaire." This week's Bonaire name-
sake is a 3,201-square-foot model
home at Fiddler's Creek in Naples Flor-
ida. It's quite posh and features custom
details throughout the home including a
stone fireplace.

For the first time in history a
Dutch coin will be minted outside of
The Netherlands. The coin, motivated
by the Dutch-Antillean Oranje Commit-
tee, will commemorate the visit of

Queen Beatrix to
Curaqao later
this year. The
special coin will
be minted at the
Antilles Central
Bank as part of
the festivities for T
Que The Queen also
Queen Beatrix'
25th anniversary appears on a 5
euro coin
They will begin euro co
on Queen's Day, April 30, and will end
at the Kingdom Games on July 29. The
Queen will most probably also attend
the closing ceremony of the games in
Curaqao. While the Queen is expected
to visit Bonaire, it's been announced
that because of a tight schedule she will
not visit Aruba.

k On March 7th, Jasta Tours, flying
from Bonaire's Flamingo Airport,
will begin day trips to the Las Roques
islands of Venezuela. In coming weeks
we will bring you a report on this op-
portunity to visit another famous ma-
rine park during your stay in Bonaire.
The Roques are part of a proposed cross
border UN World Heritage Site along
with Bonaire. Call Jasta at 717-9444 for
additional information.

A Recently we attended a dinner-
birthday party at the private dining
room at Croccantino Restaurant. The
charming air conditioned room can seat
up to 20 guests and the ambiance is per-
fect for a cozy evening of friends. The
meal, prepared by the resident Tuscan
chefs, was outstanding. In addition to
the wines, antipasto and dessert, guests

Bonaire Reporter February 18 to 25, 2005

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9I O P I N O a n daET E R 0. Uk E PA G E


Dear Editor:
In regard to your article, "Tourism:
Bonaire Fails to Perform," (Bonaire
Reporter February 11-18, 2005) you
point out accurately that difficult air
travel is a primary reason why tourists
resist coming here. If one has only one
or two weeks vacation, losing a day on
each end or more if flights are cancelled
means that tourist may never come
back, nor will those friends back home
who hear about the travel woes.
But in addition it has been very short
sighted to have given away some of the
few beaches we had here to private con-
struction. There never were many places
where a person who does not dive could
just swim or snorkel. To see houses be-
ing built directly on the sand and clos-
ing off the small remaining entries to
the water is unbelievable and heart-
It is too late to recapture the access we
used to have: most have been given
away to commercial interests or taken
away by Mother Nature. But isn't there
some way to leave what little access
there is, so that it will be available to
non-divers and residents?
I remember back in the 1970s watch-
ing the school children take swimming
lessons at the Hotel Bonaire (Sunset
Beach). It was a delightful sight and it
never interfered with the divers or
guests of the hotel. And apparently they
were welcome. Where is that charming
sight now? Helen Fine


Dear Editor:
A week of rotating power outages
prompted The Reporter to ask Bonaire-
ans "How do you cope without power?"
A woman in Hato said, "I scream: I'm
having a midweek crisis, and the release
of emotion helps me through it."
A Belnem teen who depends on a
computer for school work, says "I put
on a hat from carnival and go look into
the mirror at my sad face."
In Kralendijk a shopkeeper replied,
"Complaining doesn't help, but batteries
and my Walkman save my sanity.
Limbo Dance music is what works."
Soap opera addicts in Antriol and Rin-
con have a pact. When one loses power,
she phones her friend, who places the
phone receiver near the TV. "I seem to
lose power when my story is juicy. My
friend understands."
An angry soccer fan said, "I some-
times have to kick my soccer ball when
the game goes off, but I calm down.
Maybe our Web bills will be less. Of
course, without TV, there is time for
other things..."

Check The Reporter
next time for a related
story, Bonaire birth
rate predicted higher
by November 2005.
Meg Watt

Bonaire Musing


Getting to Bonaire: Part Two

n my last article, I pointed out the
three main routes to get to our
beautiful and yet out-of-the-way island
from North America: via Aruba, San
Juan, and Curaqao. This week I have
researched price comparisons for these
three routes from selected US cities,
and next week I will compare prices for
flights from the West Coast and Can-
ada, as well as provide a few creative
ideas on how to vacation best with
these various itineraries.
I chose to compare prices for the
week of March 15 to March 22, with
slight alterations to those dates to ac-

commodate Air Jamaica (their dates are
March 16 and 23, since they fly down
on Wednesdays) and American from
San Juan (their return is March 23,
since American Eagle flies down on a
Tuesday and returns the next morning.)
I chose mid-week to get the best prices
and far enough in the future to get good
The lowest-priced tickets are based
on non-stops to Aruba, connecting
with BonairExel (BXL). I'll start with
US Air out of Philadelphia. Their price
to Aruba, non-stop (9:40-3:10 pm out-
bound, 5:05-8:41 pm return) was $430,
and if booked for a week later, would
have been $410. United out of Chi-
cago (offering a "Winter Clearance"
pricing) compared well with $403
(8:20-3:25 pm outbound, 4:20-8 pm
(Continued on page 9)

Bonaire Reporter February 18 to 25, 2005

Page 5

Fire at Web Power I

Plant Cripples Bonair

A smell of charring is in the
air in the quiet building that
once required ear protection to visit.
The huge machines in the main power-
house of Bonaire's electrical supply
company are still. Some are in pieces,
others look unscathed. Soon that will
change as workers begin inspecting,
replacing and rebuilding the heart of
the island's electrical supply system.
Life on Bonaire is relatively undis-
turbed considering that a bit over a
third of the island's generating capacity
was knocked out by an early morning
blaze on February 7th The four biggest
generators at the main powerhouse at
the WEB (Water and Electricity Bu-
reau) in Hato were disabled by the
blaze. Two may be complete losses,
while the remaining two, more modem
units, should be able to be restored to
service following an inspection by the
builder and necessary repairs. Fortu-
nately NAf10 million in insurance is
According to a WEB engineer a
high pressure hose feeding fuel to En-
gine 2 ruptured, spraying diesel fuel
which ignited. The resulting fire shut
down electric power delivery for up to
15 hours to some parts of Bonaire.
WEB believes it was not a fault of pre-
ventative maintenance but an unfore-

seen failure. The fault was unconnected
to the problems which caused numer-
ous short electrical outages in the
weeks leading up to the fire. The ma-
chine which failed was installed in
1977 and is considered ancient by
power-plant standards. Its fuel feed and
lubrication piping are external and vul-
nerable to exactly the type of failure
that occurred.
Even the steel building housing the
generating machinery was badly dam-
aged and weakened by the 1,300C
blaze. It will be many months before
things are back in order. Much worse
damage was avoided by the quick re-
sponse and effective action by Bon-
aire's fire company which, in addition
to other methods, used foam similar to

the extinguishing agent used for air-
craft accidents to put out the fire.
Power continues to be supplied to
Bonaire from the Trans World Radio
(TWR) power plant in Belnem and a
secondary bank of generators at WEB
Central. Soon auxiliary generators
rented from Curacao will come on line.
Eventually a new 5 Megawatt (MW)
generator will be installed. However,
until all that is done WEB cannot meet
the island's peak power demand of
10.5 MW.
Last week a load shedding/rotating
blackout program designed to provide
electric power service to the consumers
was instituted. Most customers were
cut off for four (continuous) hours or
less during a 24 hour period. However,

some areas were off for two, four-hour
segments on some days. All areas have
power between midnight and 8 am. The
blackouts rotate among the various ar-
eas on the island. On Monday addi-
tional capacity greatly reduced the
number of areas being cut off.
Bonaire requires 10.5 MW
(10,500,000 watts, the equivalent of
10,500 100-watt light bulbs) at peak
times. This is normally provided by
eight generators at Hato which can pro-
duce 8.4 MW and four generators at the
TWR site which can put out a maxi-
mum of 6.4 megawatts. But not all gen-
erators are equivalent. Only half of the
12 generators can run continuously, the
rest are used for peak periods. And four
of those, providing 5 MW, are out of
service. (See drawings on next page)
Bonaire life is almost normal even
(Continued on page 7)

Bonaire Reporter February 18 to 25, 2005

Page 6

Fire at Web Power Plant
(Continued fom page 6)
though 4 MW of needed capacity were
missing. Some businesses depending on
power for their computers, cement mix-
ers or machinery are crippled for part of
the workday. The programs for VCRs,
appliances and other electric gear must
be reprogrammed each time power is
restored; there's been a run on batteries,
flashlights, oil lamps and lamp oil.
Cutoff of medical equipment and moni-
tors puts home patients at risk. The cost
to the local economy was staggering.
Some hotels reported early departures
of their guests. But most people are ac-
cepting the situation with good humor.
Dining by candle light only is romantic
some say.

A total of 8.8 MW was available at
the beginning of this week with an ad-
ditional 1.55 Mw on hand but not con-
nected. Once that's done outages may
be reduced to only an hour or so when
power demand peaks.
Two additional power units of 0.35
MW and 1.2 MW were shipped from
Curaqao at the end of last week.
In two weeks offers to purchase a
heavy duty 5 MW generator will be
solicited from American and European
manufacturers. Then electricity can be
guaranteed 100% of the time.
At a press conference we asked if
the generators at Radio Netherlands
(RNWO) be hooked into the WEB
transmission system? Not quickly, sa

X = out of service


4 x 0.6

2.0 MW WEB
Central, 8 machines

1.8 MW 1.8 MW

1.8 MW 1.0 MW 4 machines

WEB engineers. The power switching
and transformer(s) needed would take
months to obtain and during that length
of time other options are better pursued.
If an agreement can be reached with
RNWO perhaps in the long term it

would be possible.
In the meantime WEB customers
are asked to turn unnecessary electrical
items off so that we may all have power
longer. O G.D.



Generator Symbol
Heavy Lines are con-
tinuous Duty units.
Light Lines are
intermittent units

Bonaire Reporter February 18 to 25, 2005

Peak Power
10.5 MW

WEB Power Demand- Grey area shows available capacity without additional
generators after the failure of 5 MW of capacity following
the powerhousefire.

Bonaire Municipal Power System-
WEB Central and TransWorld Radio (TWR) sites.

Page 7


Windsuf Scene at Sorobon
Barbados, Cocoa Beach
Last week a trio of Bonaire's hot-
test windsurf sensations headed
northeast to the British West Indian is-
land of Barbados. "Irie Man," Brian
Talma, a Bajan windsurf champion, held
a "Waterman Festival," a windsurf and
water sports weekend of fun.
Tonky and Taty Frans and Kiri Thode
along with Elvis Martinus headed to
Brian's playground to compete and play.
Brian Talma is no stranger to Bonaire
having attended King of the Caribbean in
2002. He is one of our island's biggest
fans, calling Bonaire's freestyle condi-
tions nearly "perfect." This is impressive
considering this man calls home two in-
credible islands famed for water sports -
Barbados and Maui.
Kiri Thode and the Frans brothers
along with Elvis were personally invited
to attend this weekend event held on Feb-
ruary 5 to 7. Kiri, sometimes considered
a Talma look alike, took his freestyle tal-
ent and personal charisma to the radio
waves as well as on the beach and clearly
had a blast. Tonky reported the parties
and the entire weekend were incredible.
He loved it so much he hopes to head
back soon for a week's vacation. Tonky
loved Flying Fish at Oisten's Fish Fry,
surfing at Bathsheba and the entire Bajan
windsurf scene. Elvis reported that while
the wind was not cooperative, a common
weather situation in the entire Caribbean,
they had non-stop fun on the beach, in
the city and out and about. Elvis hopes a
team representing Barbados will come to
King of the Caribbean this May. The
Bonaire Barbados windsurf connection is
This is what the Bajan press had to say
about our Bonaire boys: "Among the in-
ternational Professional Windsurfing As-

Mooring Fees Double

sociation (PWA) personalities taking part
are Nicholas Akgazciyan of France, who
is No. 1 and won the PWA indoor event
this year; Tonky Frans from Bonaire,
ranked fourth on the freestyle circuit;
compatriot Taty Frans who is ranked
fifth; the No. 8 ranked Diony Guadagnine
from Margarita; and 14-year-old Kiri
Thode of Bonaire, who is ranked 24th."
More Bonaireans head off island later
this month to compete and represent their
country, this time north to a favorite US
based windsurf event, Calema Mid Win-
ters, located in Cocoa Beach Flor-
ida. Slated for the first weekend of
March, Angulo riders, Jaeger Sint Jago
and Arthuro Soleano, Real Wind Team
Rider, Clay Emer, his talented brother
Archendro and Ethienne Soleano are pre-
paring to ride again for Bonaire. More
pictures and stories to come. O Story
and photo by Ann Phelan

Ann Phelan, owner Caribbean Wind &
Sun Vacations, a windsurf and eco tour spe-
cialty travel service, is the Event Coordina-
tor of the Annual Bonaire PWA King of the
Caribbean. ann@ibonairewindsurfing. com

Dear Editor:
As frequent visitors to Bonaire and
part of the cruising community, we have
fallen in love with this island. It has been
a safe, friendly and very enjoyable place
to have our boat. Provisioning here is a
little more costly than other ports of call,
but store managers and owners have been
more than gracious to provide transporta-
tion for us and our provisions.
The Marine Park has provided a moor-
ing field, as anchoring in Bonaire is not
permitted, because of the fragile eco-
system. The cost was very afford-
able. Now, without any advance notice,
we find the cost has almost doubled, go-
ing from $5.62US to $10US per day,
making it one of the more expensive
ports of call.
Our understanding is, Harbour Village

Marina manages and maintains these
moorings for the Marine Park for a per-
centage of the daily charge. At present,
the moorings are in very bad condi-
tion. Out of 40 moorings there are many
with frayed lines, only single lines in-
stead of two, and mooring blocks that
have moved toward the edge and are
ready to tumble over.
Fellow cruisers have brought this to
the marina's attention one month ago. To
date, nothing has been improved. These
conditions make it hazardous not only for
boats tying up, but also for the reefs as
The Marine Park of Bonaire is a very
special resource that needs to be pam-
pered and preserved. A reasonable in-
crease of to perhaps $6.50 or $7.00US
(Continued on page 9)

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(Dear Editor. Continued from page 8)
per day, for a well maintained mooring,
would be understandable, as the cost of
living is constantly increasing every-
Bonaire is, predominantly, out of the
hurricane belt. Six months if ideal for the
cruising community. Most cruisers com-
ing to Bonaire, come to enjoy all aspects
of the island, while living in our "homes
on the water." It allows us to be some-
where safe during this time, and to do
needed repairs, contributing to sectors of
Bonaire's economy that tourists don't nor-
mally contribute to, such as machine
shops, mechanics, welders, marinas, car-
penters, etc. This also means our in-
comes, that are from sources outside of
Bonaire, are spent on the local businesses
such as restaurants, hardware stores, gro-
cery stores, Intemet shops, right down to
the local laundry. On an average, cruis-
ing boats contribute from $1,000.00US to
$2,000US per month per boat into the
local economy. Unlike many other visi-
tors, the cruising community does not put
a strain on the utility infrastructure of
Bonaire. We generate our own power
and desalinate our own water, two pre-
cious resources on Bonaire. This truly is
a win-win situation for Bonaire as well as
the cruising community.
As a cruiser and visitor to Bonaire we
are well aware of the fragile eco-system
that makes up Bonaire and the necessity
of caring for the eco-system. The volun-
teer groups of STINAPA consist of many
cruisers, helping with clean-up dives,
trash pick-up on Klein Bonaire, to new
computer programs for the Park.

Prior to 1 January 2005, we were per-
mitted to stay in Bonaire for six months.
Now we are told by Immigration that our
visas are only valid for 90 days in a one-
year period, which means we must leave
Bonaire for nine months before return-
ing. It seems as though the Government
is discouraging cruisers and other visi-
tors, as well as potential investors from
coming to Bonaire.
With higher mooring fees and a 90-
day constraint on visas, cruisers will be
taking a closer look to justify a visit to
Bonaire. Just 35 miles to the West, Cura-
cao offers a free anchorage, a free shuttle
service to shopping and little constraint
regarding time spent on the island. To the
south, in Venezuela, marinas are
$12.00US per day including telephone
service, electricity, water, security, swim-
ming pool, other amenities and the pleas-
ure of staying 18 months.
STINAPA has an extra resource in
its cruising community. With some dis-
cussion, STINAPA could have more vis-
iting yachts, more revenue, and a win-
win situation with visiting cruisers. We
hope that more consideration can be
given to this matter.
Mike and Patti DeLong, SVGaladriel,

Restaurants and businesses that ap-
preciate the patronage of the yacht-
people are invited to contact this news-
paper and STINAPA to state their views.

The Bonaire Reporter was not noti-
fied of this mooring price increase prior
to its going into effect. We did not see it
mentioned in other media either.

(Bonaire Musings. Continued from
page 5)
return). And Delta non-stop out of At-
lanta priced out at $433, leaving at
10am, arriving 2:50pm, returning 4:10-
7:30pm. Add approximately $160 to
each ticket for a roundtrip, Aruba to
Bonaire on BXL, and your net fare is
between $570 and $590. The connec-
tion on BXL for all these flights is at
5pm (provided the airline will allow
less than the four-hour connecting time
I mentioned in last week's article; if
not, the only reservable connection is at
9pm, with a stop at Curacao). The re-
turn time is 1 lam to noon (giving you
more than a four-hour connection time,
which is less than ideal).
Next up in price, but offering one-
stop service on the same airline, is Air
Jamaica. I quoted only their Chicago
to Bonaire price, but I imagine their
prices out of New York and their other
gateway cities are comparable. They
leave O'Hare at 6:15am (a bit rough in
the winter, even for an overnight if you
are coming in on a connecting flight
the night before) and arrive Montego
Bay at 1lam. The connecting flight
leaves at 12:30pm, arriving Bonaire
(with a one-hour-plus time change) at
3:30pm. The returnis 4:10-5:10pm,
connecting with 8:10-11:10pm. The
price is $645. So, for $70-$100 more,
you get to Bonaire sooner, you leave
later, and you do not need to make a
transfer at Aruba. However, the early
departure and late return times in Chi-
cago (and East Coast cities) are a bit of
a challenge, depending on your travel
habits. And if you leave from Los An-
geles, you have to take their overnight
flight to connect with the 12:30pm
flight to Bonaire.
Then we come to American, with a
price of $592 from Chicago to Curaqao
via Miami, leaving at 6:10am, arriving
at 2:50pm, with a return of 4:08-
10:49pm. If you add approximately
$80 per person on Divi-Divi, your price
is $670. However, compared to Air

Jamaica, you are doing three flights
instead of two. American also offers a
pricier service to San Juan, leaving
Chicago at a better hour-10:21am-
and connecting with the 6:30-8:30
American Eagle, with a return of 7-
9am and 2:14-5:25pm. This service,
since it involves an exclusive market-
Bonaire from San Juan-runs higher,
at $718. A great route for you to use
30,000 American frequent-flier miles if
you have any! I checked other Ameri-
can connections to San Juan (Hartford,
New York, Boston) and they all came
up around $690, with non-stops con-
necting with the Eagle service. Hart-
ford (BDL) involves long layovers
coming and going, while there are bet-
ter connections to New York and Bos-
ton, and other East Coast cities.
So, Aruba keeps popping up as the
most economical doorway to Bonaire
from many American cities. The trick
is how to best handle the connecting
times and how reliable BonairExel con-
tinues to be. When I flew them re-
cently, I made the decision to not
worry about whether we'd make our
connection or not on the return-by
going over a day in advance and taking
advantage of what Aruba has to offer.
Yes, this added an extra $150 for a nice
hotel room plus transfers (about $20
each way via taxi), bringing my overall
travel costs more in line with the high-
est American price quoted above, but
for the money I was also able to visit
another Caribbean island.
I hope this information helps. I still
am gathering itineraries and prices
from the West Coast and Canada, and I
will post these soon. If you have any
clever ideas of how to get down here,
email me at gctrav@aearthlink.net and I
will pass them along to your fellow
travelers. O 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.

KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
2-18 9:26 2.0FT. 18:23 0.8FT. 38
2-19 9:58 2.0FT. 18:59 0.8FT. 43
2-20 10:27 2.0FT. 19:37 0.8FT. 51
2-21 11:03 2.0FT. 20:07 0.8FT. 59
2-22 11:36 1.9FT. 20:35 0.9FT. 66
2-23 12:05 1.8FT. 21:08 0.9FT. 73
2-24 12:40 1.7FT. 21:33 1.0FT. 78
2-25 3:04 1.3FT. 5:01 1.2FT. 13:20 1.6FT. 21:35 1.1FT. 82

Angelos Guaicamar I, Ven. Natural Selection, USA
Angie Hinano Necesse
Arden Irish Eyes Pamina
Bettina, Venezuela Jacuzzi Precocious Gale, USA
Bright Sea Jan Gerardus Santa Maria
Camissa, Chan Is. Janus Sandpiper, USA
Cape Kathryn Jel-jok France Satu III
Cavu Kamaloa Significant Other
Dream Bird Luna C. USA Solvig of Lorn
Deneb Lena S Sylvia K
Delphinus Low Key Tagora
SI Sabor Maebelle Ti Amo, USA
Flying Cloud, USA Mahi Mahi Ulu Ulu, USA
Fiddler Maggi Unicorn, Norway
Fiona Maki, France Varedhuni, Germany
Galandriel Meruva Windmiller, Canada
Gambler Mistika Ya-T, BVI
Gatsby, USA Mystic Zahi, Malta

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Bonai re Arn bassadors

F or 10
tive years now,
Jean and Ed-
ward Magocs
from Pennsyl-
vania have been
coming to Bon-
aire. For the
past three years,
they have come
for four months,
and they say
Jean and Edward Magocs
that during
each visit they
discover something new. Their two sons also come to visit: one during the Christ-
mas holidays and the other for Carnival. Each year they make their own t-shirt.
Bonaire is for them the perfect island, as they enjoy the warmth of its people and
the tranquility. Jean told us that soon (in two years) their eight-year-old grandson
will also become an Ambassador, since he has been coming to Bonaire since he
was a baby. He enjoys the ocean and can identify almost every fish that he
sees. Two of their favorite spots on the island are Playa Grandi and Spelonk. 1

K en and
Calhoun from
Kansas, USA,
have been com-
ing to Bonaire e
for two weeks
each year during
the Christmas
holidays. Bon-
aire has been
their vacation
spot for 23 years
now, and their
children and
come to spend Ken and Judy Calhoun
the holidays
with them here as well. People ask them why they keep returning to Bonaire every
year. They said it is very simple--What they love about Bonaire is the people, the
diving, the snorkeling, and the good restaurants. Especially it's the people who
have become good friends and part of their extended family. 11

Nancy & John Truxell, Rian van Ballengooien, Anita & Eric Staal, PJ & Bill
Steeby, all of Sorobon Beach Resort

During the weekly Manager's Cocktail Party at Sorobon Beach Resort three
couples were awarded as Bronze Bonaire Ambassadors.
Nancy and John Truxell, PJ and Bill Steeby from the US, and Anita and Eric
Staal from the Netherlands got their medals for coming to Bonaire as their vacation
spot for 10 consecutive years. All of them have been staying at Sorobon Beach Re-
sort for these past years. Also we must say that Eric and Anita Stall visit Bonaire
twice a year.
From Ms. Rian Van Ballengooien, the Manager of Sorobon Beach Resort, they
all received the beautiful coffee table book Eye on Aruba, Bonaire & Curagao, on
the cover of which is the beach at Sorobon.

Stories and photos by Delno Tromp. Evelain Marchenafrom TCB is on the pic-
tures on the left with the new Ambassadors.

Bonaire Reporter February 18 to 25, 2005

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rictare Yourself
with the exporterr

in Warsaw, Poland

U n a snort trip to warsaw, rolana, nonaire residents wilem (a nome ouiiaer)
and Janneke Oosting (Hair Affair) took this photo in the city center. 1

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
Bonaire Reporter, Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles (AN). E-mail
to: picture @bonairereporter.com. (All 2004 photos are eligible.) D

Bonaire has a 2005 Chef Team

Meeting at Rum Runners last Sunday were members of the 2005 Bonaire Culi-
nary Team and some of the committee: Diana St. Jago, Coach Vernon "Nonchi"
Martijn, Chef Tico Marsera, Chef Isidoor van Riemsdijk, Coordinator Sara
Matera. (front) Chef Floris van Loo and Bartender Andrew Gabrielse.
A team of four professional chefs and a bartender has been chosen to repre-
sent Bonaire at the "Taste of the Caribbean" competition to be held June
26 to 29 at the Miami Hyatt Regency in Miami. It's expected that 10 teams from
Caribbean islands will participate.
Bonaire has participated three different times in the event in Puerto Rico and in
Miami and it changed the face of restaurants on the island. More professionalism
and quality started appearing in dining establishments; in fact there was even an
improvement in the foods served in the more simple local snacks.
Chefs this year are Isidoor van Riemsdijk and Floris van Loo from Rum Run-
ners, Selsio de Palm from Divi Flamingo and Tico Marsera from Den Laman. Bar-
tender is Andrew Gabrielse from Plaza. Their well-experienced coach and team
manager is Vernon "Nonchi" Martijn who has participated in the "Taste" event for
each of the three different years that a Bonaire team has participated.
The team will begin practicing together next Sunday at the SGB school kitchen.
This is always an exciting time as the chefs are challenged to come up with a
(Continued on page 14)

Bonaire Reporter February 18 to 25, 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.

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

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

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

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:



For sale: wooden wardrobe, child
bed, child seat for bicycle, com-
puter/printer/monitor, dive suit and
weight belt. Tel. 717-6351.

Grease monkey special..'83 Honda
Jazz NAf2.000 call 785-9760

This brindle
colored dog was
found by Sand
Dollar Resort
where some kind
tourists fed him
for about 5 days.
They called him
"Velcro" because
he was sticking to them. When the tour-
ists had to leave they wanted him to
have a chance at life because he was
such a nice dog. So they took him to the
Bonaire Animal Shelter. He's a young
male, about five months old. The Shel-
ter will hold a dog for 10 days for the
owner to claim him. After that he can go
up for adoption.
Owners can pick up their dogs at the
Kaminda Lagoen #26-A.
Open Monday through Friday, 10 am
to 2 pm; Saturday: 10 am to 1 pm
Phone #717-4989

HP Notebook model: ze5400. P4
(2.4Ghz), 40GB, 512mb, Wireless e-
card. Almost brand new, carrying case
included, 1500$(US). Info (599)785-
7425 after 3pm
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.

Furnishings, appliances & hardware
Dates: 26+27th Feb. 9:00-16:00hrs,
Place: Storage facility Kaya Industria
across from Rocargo/Warehouse. Eve-
rything must go! Tel: 790-1604.

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.

WANTED: Experienced waiter or
waitress for dinner service. Call
Croccantino at 785-0581.

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Commercial ads are only NAf0.70 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.

SK will need to bear this in mind while
qt p ^4$ training and socializing him.
S3. Sound Sensitivity test: Wait till the
pup is just wandering around, then drop
O your keys or another noisy object near
Shim. If he is startled and then comes to
investigate or ignores it completely, this
jlP P Yf is good -- he has a steady, calm tempera-
ment. If he's startled and runs away and
T es ti g won't approach the object even after
some time passes, then he is more fear-
ful than most. You will need to include
F our simple tests will give you an desensitizing strategies in your training
idea of what your puppy will be to avoid fearful behaviors which may
like when he grows up. develop as he matures.
4. Attraction test: Set the pup down in
1. Cradle test: Pick the puppy up and a quiet place, squat down and clap your
cradle him in your arms on his back. See hands (say nothing). If he
how he responds. Does he immediately wanders off and doesn't look back at
relax? Does he struggle and then give you, he is liable to be inattentive as an
up after a few seconds? Does he try to adult. If he is frightened of you he may
lick you? These are all signs of an excel- be fearful as an adult as well. You need
lent, easy-going temperament. Is he stiff to know these things in order to train
and frightened? This is OK as long as he him successfully. The puppy who comes
relaxes after a minute. Does he struggle running over to you will likely be a con-
and not give up, whine or try to put his fident, friendly, obedient adult.
teeth on you? This pup will need some
extra work to inhibit his dominance. Determining physical type: Even if
2. Touch Sensitivity test: Squeeze the you see both parents, it can be difficult
webbing between the pup's toes to guess the adult size and shape a
(without using your fingernails). Release "naturally bred" puppy is likely to de-
the minute he responds. Puppies will velop. There are some myths we have
vary on the amount of time they will all heard. For example, big feet = big
tolerate this before pulling away. The dog. Not always true. Better indicators
key to this test is whether or not he for- might be how much loose skin the dog
gives you immediately afterward, or has, how big his joints are, how bal-
even better, tries to get you to stop by anced and coordinated he appears to be
licking you. If he does, you know he (small dogs mature earlier than large
will be tolerant and cooperative as an dogs). You can expect the puppy's adult
adult. If he screams, tries to bite you, weight to be at least twice the weight he
and/or avoids you afterward, then he is was at four or five months. However,
more sensitive than average and you this can be affected by factors such as

poor nutrition or illness, so ...you never
know! Another myth which should be
discarded is that early neutering will
affect your dog's eventual size -- this is
simply not true.
Believe it or not, it can also be hard to
guess what kind of coat your dog will
have. Some puppies are fuzzy when
young and grow up to be smooth coated
adults, and puppy's coloring will also
change as he grows. You can make
some guesses about type based on color
and hair characteristics (e.g. black and
tan markings indicative of working dog
types, whiskers on the muzzle reminis-
cent of terrier types etc.). Still more

clues can be derived from the shape of
the head, ear set, breadth of chest, rela-
tive length of limbs etc., but don't get
carried away. Your dog is unique and he
will be who he is regardless of your pre-
dictions. The above four tests are more
productive than genetic speculation.
And let's face it, by the time he grows
up, he will be family and you will love
him no matter what he looks like.
Remember, everything you do with your
puppy is training, so be consistent, be
clear, be fair, and be fun! O Susan
Next time: Evaluating an Adult Dog

Bonaire Reporter February 18 to 25, 2005

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S T egrita," this beautiful
IN Rotweiler mix, has had
a tough life. Awhile ago she
started showing up in front of a
business in Belnem. The owner of
the business felt sorry for her and
put some food out for her. It was a
dilemma for the businesswoman
because she felt such a fine look-
ing dog must belong to someone,
but because Negrita kept coming
back she felt she had to feed her.
But she can't keep her and
thought it would be best to take
Negrita to the Shelter where she
could have a chance at a good life
by being adopted.
Negrita is about two years old and is shy; it seems she's lost faith in humans. But
if she has an owner who can give her love and attention she can be a fine compan-
ion and a good watch dog. The intelligence is there already. She's been checked
out by the vet and given her tests and shots and is "approved" as a healthy and so-
cial adoptee by the Bonaire Animal Shelter. 1

Happy news from the Shelter. The beautiful Siamese mix cat, "Poezie," our Pet
of the Week last week, has been adopted. As well, all her three kittens have found
good homes. According to Shelter Manager Jurrie Mellema, adoptions are doing
great. So far this year there have been 18; last Friday alone there were five adop-
tions. For the best in pets, health and social wise, visit the Shelter. OL.D

\ r Chef Team Con-
inued from page 11)
three-course win-
Sning menu based on
P 0Q the ingredients of a
mystery basket.
S They are judged on
what they present as
a "contemporary Caribbean cuisine:"
creativity, presentation and taste, use of
indigenous products, cost effectiveness,
technique, portion size, cost as well as
teamwork and attitude.

As in the past in order to raise funds
to send the team to Miami there will be
a number of gastronomical events that
you won't want to miss. One of the first
will be a wine tasting on Saturday,
March 19, place and time to be an-
nounced. Bonaire's best wine purvey-
ors will be invited to participate, and of
course the accompanying cheese and
snacks will be celestial. Dates for other
events such as lunches and dinners will
be announced later. OL.D.

Bonaire Reporter February 18 to 25, 2005

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Caflto make sure: Usually900pm
Meet The Fockers
(Ben Stiller)
Early Show (usually 7pm)
Flight of the Phoenix

Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAf10,50 (incl. Tax)
High Schoolers NAf 7,75
The Sponge Bob Square
Pants Movie

Saturday, February 19-Lora Count.
Call 785-1000, 717-8444
Saturday, February 19 -Bicycle trip
through Washington Park Meet at
8am at Park gate. Bring money for nor-
mal Park admission charge. A follow
truck will accompany the riders. Call
Bob Lassiter 717-3949 for more infor-
Saturday/Sunday, February 26-27-
Famous Tower to Tower Walk -
everyone invited. NAf25 pp. Tel. Extra
717-8482/ email b.antoin@telbonet.an
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

Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhel-
mina Park on Cruise Ship Visiting
Days: Mar. 1-Queen Mary 2; Monday,
Mar. 7-Oceana; Tuesday, Mar. 8-Aida
Sunday, March 6-Fun Run 2/4/5 km.
7:30 am at the Stadium. Sponsored by
Comcabon Tel. 717-8629 or 780-7225
Saturday, March 19 Wine and
Cheese Fundraiser for Bonaire's Culi-
nary Team Time and place to be an-
nounced.-see page 11
May 15th to the 22nd King of the Car-
ibbean 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 Elisa-
beth Vos at 565-5225 /717-7500, ext. 14.
Wednesday -Meditation at Donkey

Seen recently in
Movieland Cinema:
Flight of the Phoenix
by John Moore, starring
Dennis Quaid.
The film just feels awfully
predictable as we plow our
way through each of the various sur-
vival threats, rescue attempts and per-
sonal conflicts that are standard in all
such tales of survivors stranded in a
hostile environment. Each of the char-
acters steps out of the shadows to
have his or her own "moment in the
sun," before receding dutifully into
the background to allow the next per-
son to do the same. The main weak-
ness with a film like "Flight of the
Phoenix" is that, when the plane goes
down we're stuck in the desert right
along with the characters, and if they
don't have anything particularly inter-
esting to say to one another, we feel
just as stranded as they are. ODodo

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 Restau-
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 (NAfl2 for Bon-
aire 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 Al-
bert Bianculli, 8.30 pm, Capt. Don's
Monday Dee Scarr's Touch the Sea
slide experience at the Aquarius Confer-
ence Center, Capt. Don's Habitat, 8:30-
Wednesday (2nd and 4h) 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-
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. Con-
tact Wendy Hom: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


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 enty
fee. Call Cathy 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 Tues-
day, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette
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-
Visit the Bonaire Museum on Kaya 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 ofCoromoto 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.

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Jan Rijken


]4M y father, Eppo Rijkens,
v went to Aruba as a marine
and then married my mother Hillie by
proxy. After she'd come from Holland
he applied for a job at the post office as
a clerk. I was born in Aruba in 1952
and my sister Helena in 1956. In those
days Aruba was a virgin island: long
white beaches with palm trees and sea
grapes; not one hotel, nothing fancy,
just a few cars and about 20,000 to
25,000 inhabitants. At home and at
school we spoke Dutch, but after school
I learned Papiamentu from my friends,
and English and Spanish we picked up
in the streets. When I was nine my fa-
ther was offered the job of Governor of
St. Martin, but he didn't take it because
he didn't want to live in the hurricane
belt. Although he loved Aruba and its
people, when he was offered the job as
head of the post office in Bonaire, he

It was 1961 and we'd never been to
Bonaire before. About 4,000 people
were living here. It was very different
and special and above all, very quiet!
We lived in the Breedestraat, now
Kaya Grandi, in an apartment above
what is now Boutique Vita. My mother
found a lady, Olga Valentijn, to help in
the house. Olga became her friend and
confidant; for my sister and me she was
like a second mother.
The post office was located on the
waterfront where the customs office is
now. Every day I'd go fishing on the
pier, and before going home I'd always
pass by my father's office to show him
what I'd caught. Twice a week I ac-
companied him to pick up two post
bags at the airport: one with island mail
and the other with police mail. We'd go
in a jeep; it was a big event as there
were hardly any cars on the island. Life
was very simple then. My father was a
member of the Lions Club and several
other social clubs, but he liked the men-
tality of the Bonaireans better than the
attitude of the Makambas, the Dutch
Every month the old mothers from
Rincon would come by foot or on don-
keys all the way from Rincon to Playa
to cash the money order their sons sent
from Holland. My father knew them all
personally; he also knew the amount of
money they were about to receive, and
if they came and the money order had-
n't arrived yet, he'd pay them with his
own money so they wouldn't have to
make the trip all over again. The local
people loved and respected him for do-
ing so.
Although both my parents were

thought it was cold and gloomy. We'd
go there every two years for three
months and once every four years for
six months. So I went to school there
too, and being a white Antillean boy
was enough reason to make me very
popular with the girls. That was the
cause of lots of fights; consequently I
ended up in with the Dutch boys!
In 1964 my mother, sister and I re-
turned to Holland because my mother
needed heart surgery. My father stayed
on Bonaire. The operation was a suc-
cess; after two years the doctor said she
was well enough to return to Bonaire.
Then my mother told us, 'We're not
going back because it's over between
your father and me.' I got so mad at
her! I finished high school but I refused
to go to college; I just got myself a job
with KNSM, the Royal Dutch Shipping
Company and left the country.

"Every month the old
mothers from Rincon
would come by foot or on
donkeys... from Rincon to
Playa to cash the money
order their sons sent from
Holland. My father knew
them all .... and if they
came and the money
order hadn't arrived yet,
he'd pay them with his
own money so they
wouldn't have to make
the trip all over again."

The first ship they put me on was the
Prince of the Netherlands, the same
ship I'd sailed on to Holland when I
was a child. I had my career with
KNSM. When the company ended I
started working for several hotels in
Holland and in the entertainment busi-
ness. I also had my own caf6. In 1985 I
met Nelly Asmawidjaja from Surinam,
who was living in Holland with her
three sons. We fell in love and got en-
gaged. A few years later Henny Eman
from Aruba, who was living in Holland,
called up all the Arubans who were liv-
ing in Holland to go back to Aruba. I
discussed it with my mother who said,
'You always wanted to go back. Go for
it.' Nelly, her sons and I left for Aruba
in 1988. We'd planed to get married

Dutch I never felt at home in Holland: I there and wanted my dad to be at our

wedding. He'd left
Bonaire in 1969 to go
and live in Colombia,
then in Curacao. When
we visited him, to in-
vite him to the wed-
ding, he wasn't feeling
too good, and because
he'd just had an eye
operation he couldn't
fly. Nelly and I got
married in Aruba on
my birthday, January
31st 1989. Two months
later my father passed
away and was buried
on Curaqao.
Nelly and I worked
and lived on Aruba
until 1992 when we
went back to Holland
so our sons could fin-
ish school there. Julio,
Fiely and Arian did
very well, and we're very proud of
them. They all built up great careers
and they're just very bright, good men.
When my wife was 40, a dream came
true: she was pregnant! We cried our
hearts out when we heard it was going
to be a girl! Celine was born in 1998
and she's the greatest gift..." Jan Ri-
jkens is a sentimental man, a father
who adores his six-year-old little
daughter above everything in this
world. She and her mother are still in
Holland. He shows me her pictures and
tears start running down his face: "This
is my darling, my gift from heaven. Do
you believe in reincarnation? Celine is
an old soul. She was sent to me, to help
me, to give me happiness. I miss her so
much and she misses me more and
more every day, we have such a special
bond..." Then he gets himself together
"Life in Holland was fun. I did all
kinds of things, but mainly organized
festivals. I was having a good time dur-
ing the summers but once autumn came
I'd get depressed, even though I'm a
real optimist. I told my wife, 'Let's go
back to the Caribbean!' She replied,
'You go first to see if you can find a
job.' I went. I was 52 years old, the
same age my father was when he left
Bonaire; there are no coincidences!
The first thing I did was to look for
Olga Valentijn. My mother had passed
away in 1999 and I wanted to talk to
Olga very much. Through B6i Antoin,
who published an article with a picture
in extra newspaper, I found her within
three days! It was a very emotional re-
union; there was a lot to talk about; and
seeing Olga, who's now 89 and still
auite a lady. brought back all my child-

hood memories, and it made me feel
that I had made the right decision by
coming back to Bonaire.
However, it was hard to find a job and
everything was still very uncertain. I'd
sent my CV to Plaza, but somehow it
got lost and I didn't hear anything from
them, so I went looking all around the
island. I almost lost hope of coming
back to my roots. Christmas and New
Years I spent without work and without
any prospects. I saw the tsunami disas-
ter in Asia on TV and it really got to
me. But I didn't want to leave. The peo-
ple of Bonaire had been so wonderful to
me, and I felt completely at home after
40 years. Then I got a tip that they were
looking for waiters at the Plaza. I went,
they remembered my name, came up
with my CV and I became the breakfast
supervisor starting January 13. It
worked out very well; everybody is
happy with the results! Now I'm wait-
ing for my wife and daughter to come
and join me in July. Only then will my
life be complete.
I had this dream: You have to come
back to Bonaire because you have to
finish something there. Because of this
dream I'm looking for people who
knew my father well. I'd like to talk to
them as there are so many unanswered
questions I have
about him. But
the main thing is:
I'm back on my
beloved Bonaire
and after the tur-
bulent life I lived
I'm open to any-
thing that's com-
ing." 0 Greta

Bonaire Reporter February 18 to 25, 2005

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n November of 1966 I checked in a
small group who informed me that
they were NAUI hard core divers. They
wanted the best, no matter how scary or
difficult, because they were certified, and
HE was their instructor. They pointed to a
gruff looking little fellow who just bris-
tled with authority. They called him Jock.
"What's your certification?" Jock
asked as he glared up at me.
I pushed the guest register a little closer
to him and motioned to the pen. "My cer-
tification is that I've done my thousand
hours, and I'm still around to check you
in." It was going to be an interesting
I motioned Jock aside. "Get your
people comfortable. Then meet me down
at the dock. Just mask, snorkel, and fins.
No spear guns, please. We don't do that
here any more."
There was a little growling among
the troops; they wanted to dive NOW. "A
little warm up," I said, "is the best thing
for travel fatigue." I herded them toward
the ocean and then, as they entered,
watched each one's water skills. Jock was
barking out orders like he was still a Ma-
rine drill sergeant.
They all looked fine. Then I saw her.
She swam beautifully but repeatedly
brought her head up out of the water and
yanked the snorkel out of her mouth. She
would gasp, look around, see the others,
then reassured, return to her snorkeling. I
made a mental note and returned to the
business of running a hotel.
The following morning I heard,
"Captain Don?" I turned to see a figure
approaching up the small beach. Female,
buxom, blonde hair. I returned my atten-
tion to our old Boston Whaler out on a
mooring and quickly filling up with rain-
La Dania waded out to stand along-
side me. "Captain Don, I'm scared. In a
little while I do my open water dive, and
Jock, he's so demanding. What happens
if I get salt water in my eyes?" All her
training had been in fresh water pools and
this was her first time in the ocean.
"Did you know," I asked her, "that
your tears are saltier than this sea?" I
cupped a handful of water. "The sea," I
told her," is like part of us. As long as we
can breathe and control our temperature
we can become part of this wonderful
ocean. Of course, there are a few other
little things like pressure and such, but as
long as you are in control, you can handle
I turned to leave, then swung back, and
added, "I watched you yesterday, the way

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you handled yourself in the water. You
have nothing to be afraid of. You're part
mermaid. Just be yourself." This girl was
in desperate need of confidence and sup-
port, and her instructor was failing her.
Their first dive went well. La Dania
was now a full-fledged certified diver.
Jock's teaching had stopped, but the
learning was just beginning.
The following morning I asked her to
gear up, told her we were going to hike up
the street a little ways. She looked at me
oddly but showed up half an hour later,
fully geared. She had flip-flops on her
feet, and I told her to shuck them and put
on her flippers. I had prepared a rag with
some red paint and smeared it on the end
of one fin. "For the rest of your life, this
fin is on the right foot. Full foot fins will
actually take the shape of each foot and
be more comfortable if you give them a
chance." Then I tied a four-inch red rib-
bon onto the edge of her mask. "Depth
gauge. Bright red here, black at depth.
Read it like litmus paper. The deeper you
go, the blacker it gets. Understand?" She
"Stick that snorkel in your belt and
hang your mask over it. Slide your gauge
under your belt, so nothing drags. You
were over weighted yesterday. Take off
four pounds. Balance your weights, left
and right. This tank and you are going to
get married. Wherever your backbone
goes, so does your tank."
La Dania's secret lessons had started.
Every trick for entering the sea became
hers. She was becoming the mermaid I
had told her she was.
Day six, the final day of the vacation,
and Jock was still barking. "Well, Cap-
tain Don, our last dive. Got anything
really different for us?"
"Well, now," I said, "I have a very
special dive for you. In fact, I'll even
name it in your honor. How's that for a
The little Marine glared at me from
under lowered eyelids and smirked, "The
Jock Hammerlid Reef. I love it."
"By the way, Jock, this is a 'total
commitment' dive. Once started," and I
paused for emphasis, "there's no turning
back. Okay?"
The truck ground to a stop where I had
stacked a bunch of rocks at the edge of
the road for a marker. It seemed like a
mile from the sea, and I ordered, "Let's
go, folks." They just stood there, bewil-
dered. All but two: La Dania and myself.
We geared up, fins and all, tanks tight to
our backs, masks hanging from our snor-
kels, all loose gear stuck into our weight

belts and moved out onto the cactus trail,
iron shore rock and all.
Within 12 minutes we had fetched the
"breathing rock" and a minute later, the
ledge from which we were to leap into a
frothing sea. La Dania looked over the
edge and down into the swirling water
and said nothing. I smiled and she swelled
with confidence.
Some minutes later, Sergeant Jock
arrived with his patrol. He looked over
the edge of the cliff and said, "You're
crazy! Nobody could survive this!" He
called his platoon back from the ledge.
"Madness!" he screamed. "Sure death!"
They pressed back from the edge of the
I took La Dania gently by the hand,
led her to the ledge, glanced down at the
sea, then at her. "Gear up! Let's go. A
safe dive, everybody!" I flung my body
far off the cliff, returned to the surface,
and hollered, "Let's go, Jock. We have
some great diving down here." The little
Marine just peered at me over the edge
and repeated, "You're crazy!"
I pointed to La Dania, shouting "In!"
There was no delay. Her mask came
down. She made two steps to the ledge,
cocked her knees, did a little spring, and
forward rolled off that ledge into the in-
coming wave. THAT surprised me a little
The little Marine finally did get himself
and his platoon into the water and, with
some difficulties, finished the swim.
However, for him, the last 1,000 feet was
on the surface.

True to my word, I named that dive site
for this group in November 1966. That
window became the famous "La Dania's
Leap" and is one of the most sought after
reefs in Bonaire today. I don

*to find it, just look up

in a
the Moon and a
star and a planet
will call attention
to themselves by
forming exquisite
triangles which
usually last for
only an evening.
And next week
we'll have an op-
portunity to see
three such eye
catching pieces of
cosmic geometry.
This Saturday,
February 19th, The Sky Around Virgo
about 7 pm face
east, where about half way up from the horizon to the zenith, you'll see a grouping
of four cosmic objects with the three brightest making a wonderful equal-sided
triangle. The brightest object will be an exquisite 11-day-old waxing quarter Moon
marking the first point of the triangle. And below it is the second brightest object,
the wonderful ringed planet Saturn, which we are currently visiting with our Cas-
sini space mission. And up to Saturn's left the brighter of the two brightest stars of
Gemini, the twins, Pollux, which marks the third point of our triangle. Gemini's
other bright star is Castor, so if you can't ignore Castor you could form a some-
what lopsided rectangle with it although the triangle will really jump out at you.
So here's our first triangle made up of a moon, a planet and a star: 1) our 2,000-
mile-wide nearest neighbor, 249,000 miles away this Saturday; 2) 75,000-mile-
wide Saturn, 770 million miles away on Saturday; and 3) whopping 9 1/2 million-
mile-wide Pollux, 35 light years away this Saturday. Three vastly different cosmic
objects in size and nature and at incredibly different distances away; yet all ap-
pearing to form a simple triangle to the casual observer here on Earth.
But for those of you who are not into equilateral triangles, just wait 24 hours and
the Moon will have moved from being above Saturn and Pollux to below them and
will form a somewhat stretched out but also very nice triangle for your early eve-
ning viewing pleasure.
And for those of you who prefer to do your viewing in early morning all you
have to do is wait one week and on Sunday morning, February 27t at 6 am go out-
side and face southwest. An exquisite 18 day-old waning Moon will be parked
right underneath the king of the planets, brilliant Jupiter, marking the two base
points of an isosceles triangle, the third point being the much dimmer blue white
star Spica the brightest star of Virgo the Virgin. And of course like our first trian-
gle these objects too are different sizes and distances. Indeed on the 27th our 2,000-
mile-wide Moon will be only 241,000 miles away; 88,000-mile-wide Jupiter will
be only 432 million miles away; whereas 8-million-mile-wide Spica will be 275
light years beyond. And I suggest if you've got a pair of binoculars you'll want to
look at Jupiter and the Moon because they'll be only 2 degrees apart, which means
that only four full Moons could fit between them.
So there you have it: a super triangle on the morning of the 27th and two lovely
triangles on the evenings of Saturday the 19th and Sunday the 20th. And that's the
Sky Park cosmic geometry lesson for this week. O Jack Horkheimer


For the week:
February 18-25, 2004
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Make sure you concentrate if operating machinery or
vehicles. A residential move may be necessary to get a better job. Offer love and
affection instead of conflict and rejection. Be careful when dealing with loved ones.
Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) You will be able to find the perfect outfit, and the
greatest new accessory for your house. Tempers will mount if you are too pushy at
work. You need to look into new philosophies. You may need a physical outlet that
will help you relieve your tension. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Your emotions may get the better of you. Attempt to
face key issues with lovers or problems could escalate. It is best not to upset the ap-
ple cart if you learn information that may damage a colleague's reputation. Your
professional attitude will not go unnoticed. Your lucky day this week will be Mon-
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Do not jump to conclusions concerning your romantic
partner. Don't exaggerate. Your lover will be annoyed with your participation. Be
careful; your ideas are good but make sure that you're realistic and start off on solid
ground. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Your mate may not have been honest with you. You should
focus on moneymaking matters and stay away from emotional disputes. Travel op-
portunities must be taken advantage of. You can make wonderful contributions to
any organization that you join. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Take care of matters involving institutions or govern-
ment agencies. You won't have to look for the action. Try to avoid serious discus-
sions with loved ones. Set your goals and stick to your guns. Your lucky day this
week will be Saturday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You are going through a period of questioning. You are
likely to be left alone if you aren't willing to bend just a little. Rid yourself of that
which is old and no longer of use. Older family members may take advantage of you
by making you feel guilty. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Your ability to communicate with ease will win the
hearts of those you are in touch with this week. You must make them stand on their
own two feet regardless of how much you want to make things better for them. You
may find it difficult to communicate with someone at work. You are best to be ac-
commodating for the time being. Sudden romantic infatuations won't be lasting.
Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) You could find yourself left with someone's
dirty laundry. Don't let jealous friends put you down, making you insecure about
your capabilities. You'll be prone to tears if your mate is harsh with you this week.
You will easily blow situations out of proportion. Your lucky day this week will be
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Large organizations may try to talk you out of
your hard-earned cash. You need to take a break with the ones you love. You may
want to take a look at your direction in life. Travel and creative hobbies will be your
best outlet. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You must try to lay your cards on the table. Talk to
your mate and tell them how you feel. You will find that valuable knowledge can be
gained if you are willing to listen. Take a short business trip if possible. Don't be too
eager to start any debates. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Don't agree to make any of those cosmetic alterations
you've been considering. Organizations may cost you more than you can afford. You
need an energetic outlet that will help you dissipate your anxiety. Don't let someone
you work with put words in your mouth. Your lucky day this week will be Thurs-

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