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Publication Date: February 25, 2005
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B onaire is getting its own Jazz
Festival. While it's well known
as "divers paradise" and an excellent
place for windsurfing and sailing it's
also a music-filled island with a variety
of folk music combined with reggae,
salsa, tumba and of course Latin and
Caribbean jazz.
The Bonaire Jazz Festival 2005 is
being organized for all lovers and prac-
titioners of that type of music.
The festival is set for May 20, 21
and 22; coinciding with the King of the
Caribbean, World Championship for
Freestyle windsurfing. And you can get
in on the ground floor if you come to
City Caf6 this Friday, February 25, be-
tween 6 and 9 pm to listen to some jazz
and get full details of the exciting up-
coming event. Sponsors are now being
signed up. If you want to assist with
financial or services sponsorship call
Guus Gerritsen at 717-4496, or email

Dutch Eagle Express (DEE), the
company that controls BonairExel
and CuracaoExel, has announced
that it has changed the names of the
airlines to BonairExpress and Cura-
caoExpress. Speculation is that the
name change is to distance it from the
crumbling AirExel Group in Holland
and emphasize its independence. DEE
recently signed contracts to lease its
three turboprop aircraft directly from
ATR, their builder, instead of AirExel.
The new contract includes the deliv-
ery of parts, which was a problem in the
past, causing frequent cancellations and
delays. DEE is now flying among the
ABC islands and to St. Maarten on reli-
able schedules. In a press release the
company promised to work on main-
taining and further improving its "on
time" performance.

A According to published reports in
the Dutch daily newspaper, De Tele-
graph, the Exel empire continues its
tailspin. Founders Eric De Vlieger and
Bonaire resident Niek Sandmann, the
50-50 shareholders, have had to relin-
quish control of HollandExel to legal
administrators who will attempt reor-
ganize the airline so it can keep its com-
mitments to tour operators and continue
flying. In fact the tour operator TUI
may take over the airline and invest ad-
ditional capital.

A The flight service company,
American Sales & Management, is ada-
mant in holding the former DCA man-
agement, three ex- Curacao Island

Commissioners and the island terri-
tory of Curacao personally liable in
its claim of NAf800.000 against the
bankrupt airline. The case against the
administrators in question, that was
supposed to start last week, was post-
poned to March 14.

A Last Thursday the Zero Toler-
ance squad set up roadblocks from
6:30 am to 12:30 pm at several loca-
tions around the island to check for cars
without 2005 licenses. As a result there
were 104 verbal warnings given and 28
cars were confiscated (until payment of
the fee and fine are made). According
to the police the monitoring will inten-
sify in the coming days. Enforcement
was delayed from Monday, February 14
(as mentioned in an earlier edition of
The Reporter), because the police cars
did not have their own 2005 number
plates. The Central Government was
tardy in sending the necessary funds to
the Island Ontvanger (Collector).

A Interested in knowing the fines
to pay for breaking local vehicle
laws? The following information was
released this Monday from the Police
* Driving without a valid driver's li-
cense NAf200
Driving without valid insurance-
Driving without paid-up road tax-
NA 150
Driving without proper paperwork
(insurance, driver's license, road tax
payment) in the car- NAf25 for each

Letters (New Nature Fee, Kudos for WEB,
Bristleworms, A New Communism) 4-5
Announcement (Wedding: Abraham &
Jansen) 7
"Forbidden" Windjammer 8
Bonaire to Los Roques by Air 10
Bonaire Musing, Getting There- 3 11
Intermezzo Spa Opens 12
Yoga (Sun Salutation) 13
Tower to Tower Walk 13
Where to Find The Reporter 14
Lora Count 2005 15
Dietitian (Prevent Child Obesity, Pt. 1) 17
Porcupinefish (Diving with Dee) 22

Flotsam & Jetsam
Vessel List & Tide Table
Picture Yourself
(Yukon, Canada)
Pet of the Week (Frans)
Reporter Masthead
What's Happening
Micro Movie Review
Shopping & Dining Guides
On the Island Since
(Sara Matera)
Bonaire Sky Park
(Moon Occults Antares)
The Stars Have It

* Having an invalid number plate-
NAf50, or not displaying a valid
plate in the rear-NAf50.
* Speeding fines for speeds above the
limits are < 15 km = NAf50, 15-20
km = NAf75, 21-25 km = NAf
100, 25-30 km = NAf150, > 30 km
= NAf200. You can contest it or
pay your fines at the Justice Court in
Fort Oranje.
(Continued on page 6)

Bonaire Reporter February 25 to March 4, 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: Boi Antoin, Albert Bianculli, Gerry Clow, Desiree,
Dodo, Jack Horkheimer, Greta Kooistra, Angelique Salsbach, Dee
Scarr, Michael Thiessen
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 25 to March 4, 2005

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


Dear Editor:
I believe it is a self evident
fact that the more people who
use a natural resource the .
greater the negative impact
this use has. However, "more
is better" has been human na-
ture since time immemorial.
By charging user fees the in-
centive is there for resource O
managers to encourage people
to use our natural resources,
perhaps to excess. For exam-
ple, in the United States, the
Cape Cod National Seashore
in an area two thirds the size
of Bonaire has an incredible 5
million visitors annually. Most
of the visitor's revenues go
toward mitigating damage
caused by these same visitors.
Some natural resource manag- Marine Park Ranger at Lac Bay
ers have now concluded that
environmental protection
should take precedence over usage. I am gratified to see that STINAPA has em-
braced the new "less is better" philosophy. Fewer visitors have less of a negative
environmental impact, and this is definitely a good thing especially if the existing
revenues can be maintained. This last part is very important as resource managers
are also realists and budget cuts are to be avoided at all costs. Environmentalists
joke that the ultimate aim of the "less is better" policy is to have one visitor per
year who is willing to pay the entire annual budget of the operating authority. And
take all the staff out to lunch.
STINAPA's solution of how to discourage visitors from coming to Bonaire is
very well thought out. Alienating thousands of divers would have a very serious
affect on revenue. It is much better to get a lot of revenue off of them first. Increas-
ing the cost of the dive tags to $25 will greatly increase revenue but will not dis-
courage visitors as they won't find out about the increase until they arrive and then
it will be too late. Doubling the cost of the tags every year will probably catch the
majority of divers by surprise every year for at least the next few years. By the time
they catch on and begin to go elsewhere STINAPA should be in fine financial
In the shorter term, doubling the mooring fees is an excellent idea. With prices
doubled, if less than half the boats go elsewhere, which I think will be true, then
STINAPA comes out ahead four ways: 1) fewer visitors, the whole point of the
new policy. 2) more revenue. 3) less mooring usage, less maintenance required. 4)
fewer users, fewer complaints about mooring maintenance. Incidentally, enlisting
the assistance of Immigration in ousting those willing to pay the new fees after 90
days on island is truly innovative.
It has been pointed out that fewer visitors will have a negative financial affect on
the rest of the island. This is indeed unfortunate and I applaud STINAPA for taking
a stand and doing what they were created to do. Namely, protecting Bonaire's valu-
able and irreplaceable natural resources.
Webster (Web) Burrfish


Dear Editor:
About the situation at WEB:
I want to say one thing: shame on all those who feel it necessary to call the WEB
office and yell at the receptionists: who feel it necessary to shout at the work crews
using foul language and calling them unprintable names. Shame on you all. You are
acting like spoiled children who did not get exactly what they wanted.
If it were not for the valiant efforts of those work crews, and all levels of manage-
ment at WEB, Bonaire would be much worse off, for a much longer period than we
are. Those work crews been working without a day off for two, sometimes three
weeks: have been working 15 to 18 hour days, waking up tired and going back to
another long day; have been working ill and exhausted so that all of Bonaire can
have as much electricity as possible. They have put their lives and their families on
the side in order to serve the public and meet their obligations to the best of their
abilities. They have done a phenomenal job.
Generators do not grow on palm trees. Nor are they made on the island. To replace
them takes not only time, and money, but also planning and expertise. The sugges-
tion that they replace them with alternative power sources is a decent proposal for
the environment at least: but one cannot just throw up a few windmills and connect
then just like that. They must be fit into the existing systems, and backed up with
other power sources to ensure continuity of distribution.
I remember when I first moved to Bonaire 15+ years ago it was NORMAL for the
power to go out. How quickly we forget and become spoiled. I assure you that the
work force at WEB is doing their absolute utmost to solve the difficult situation
they are in and restore Bonaire to 100% capacity. In the meantime I believe it is our
duty as citizens of this community to SUPPORT and APPLAUD their efforts; and
also to contribute in very real ways by limiting our personal consumption of power
to the least we can manage.

Elise Serous-Dietrich


Dear Editor:
As a frequent visitor to Bonaire I have always enjoyed reading The Bonaire Re-
porter. It has been a place to catch up on the latest news and take the pulse of life
on Bonaire. However, the recent article, "Diving with Dee Bristleworms" was
alarming and downright irresponsible.
The reason I come to Bonaire is because the diving is great. It has remained great
because the government and the dive industry on the Island have worked hard to
maintain the delicate reef structure. The Marine Park is a "No Touch" sanctuary
where visitors can observe marine creatures much as they have existed for thou-
sands of years.
The article written by Dee Scarr, which appears in the Feb. 11 to 18, 2005 edi-
tion, not only advocates handling marine creatures, but advocates handling danger-
ous ones.
When divers handle any creature it increases their stress levels threatening their
very lives. By moving creatures from their safe environment, even if by a few feet,
it increases their chances of becoming food for some predator. The handling of
dangerous creatures, like bristle worms, also puts divers' lives at risk. Who knows
what reaction a diver might have if "accidentally" stung by a bristleworm? A pan-
icked diver could easily lose his/her life following Dee Scarr's advice.
I believe The Bonaire Reporter has an obligation to promote adherence to all lo-
cal laws and should condemn all who promote any actions which threaten wildlife
and the safety of divers.
Sal Guida
(Continued on page 5)

Bonaire Reporter February 25 to March 4, 2005

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Inside a bristleworm

Dear Mr. Guida,
It's always a shock to find out that someone has heard or read something in a
very different way than it was intended, isn't it? I felt that shock when I read your
letter about my "Bristleworm" article.
I cannot find anywhere in the article that I advocated handling any marine crea-
tures, although I suppose people might assume that from the photo. The reason I
occasionally allow bristleworms to crawl on my hand is to demonstrate that the
mere possession of defense mechanisms doesn't mean an animal will use them. The
result of this knowledge is that people learn to respect rather than fear marine ani-
mals. They enjoy their dives more, do more diving, and help protect the seas and
their inhabitants as a routine part of their lives.
The term "handling" itself does not reflect anything I discussed in the Bristle-
worm article or anything I recommend, advocate, or do. I agree completely with
you that handling a creature can increase its stress levels, and you're certainly cor-
rect that moving some creatures, even only a few inches, can be stressful or fatal. I
guess I didn't make it sufficiently clear in the article that bristleworms are NOT
among the creatures who could be stressed by such a move. Unlike, say, a Peder-
son's cleaner shrimp, which rarely if ever -- travels more than a few inches away
from its anemone, bristleworms routinely follow scents to their sources from three
or more feet away.
When I wrote that "no fish ever came within inches of a bristleworm" I thought it
would be clear that fish don't eat bristleworms. Sal, in thousands of hours underwa-
ter, I've never seen a single fish adult or juvenile, small or large, predator or nib-
bler or gobbler or any other marine animal show any interest whatsoever in a
bristleworm, except to avoid it. The only creature I've ever seen lying dead under-
water, without attracting one single creature to feed on it, is a bristleworm.
You're right, however, that I shouldn't have moved the jar before I counted the
bristleworms; even though they weren't endangered it wasn't considerate of me to
give them the extra distance to travel.
Now, about divers and bristleworms. It is truly horrible when any diver, ever,
panics and dies. In fact, I wonder if people aren't more likely to feel panic about
something when they're being warned all the time. "Don't touch a bristleworm, it
has bristles that can come off in your skin and poison too!" might make someone
panic when they discovered that they had, accidentally, touched a bristleworm.
Could they reach the surface before becoming unconscious from this deadly poi-
son? Would they be more likely to bolt for the surface?
My assistant, Dustin Abraham, was about 11 years old and looking at a seahorse
when his knee brushed against a bristleworm we hadn't seen. He looked down,
moved away from the bristleworm, and made a few faces at the rest of us while
pointing at the worm and his knee. We signaled, "Shall we end the dive?" and Dus-
tin replied "YES!" and that was the end of it, except for Dustin's knee, which hurt
for a few hours that seemed like a few days to Dustin.
It takes more than a surprise bristleworm contact to cause a good diver to panic,
and one of the characteristics of a good diver is comfort around marine animals, not
The bristleworm was fine, by the way.
Sal, thanks for your feedback on "Bristleworms," and I hope I've clarified how
your concerns relate to these creatures. Teaching people how not to stress marine
animals is very important; I thank you for helping clarify some issues for me.
Dee Scarr

Editor's note: The BMP brochure says "don't touch or feed animals without ex-
pert guidance." With her decades of experience as an underwater naturalist Ms.
Scarr, in our opinion, qualifies as an expert.

.M nays

Bonaire Reporter February 25 to March 4, 2005

Page 5

Dear Editor:
Imagine, one morning you wake up and when getting ready to go to work you
notice that your car is gone and replaced by another one. A note under your wind-
shield wipers explains that new Government regulations require that everybody
needs to drive the same car. Color is also determined: green.
In the office you don't hear your favorite radio station playing anymore and a
program you never listened to before is the only program you can find. Within five
minutes the broadcaster reads a message that the Government has decided that as of
today we can listen to only one radio station.
When your secretary comes in to bring your coffee and newspaper you look at
her when she serves the coffee you never drank because you didn't like the taste
and puts the newspaper on your desk you never read because you were not im-
pressed with its quality. Before you can ask anything she says; "Sorry sir, but as of
today Government regulations require that you can drink only the Government rec-
ognized coffee and read only the Government approved newspaper."
Is this a dream? A nightmare? Orwell's 1984? No, it is Bonaire 2005!
Five years ago a group of like-minded hospitality experts and investors got to-
gether and founded the Bonaire Hospitality Group (BHG). Today the group is com-
posed of entrepreneurs that have invested over NAf60 million on Bonaire and hos-
pitality trained professionals who have an open and creative approach that proved
to be successful for their companies. Together they employ close to 200 persons on
the island.
Using the self-concocted excuse that two hotel associations are not good for the
development of Bonaire tourism, the Island Government and BONHATA are trying
to isolate the BHG by excluding them in communications and tradeshows with
their ultimate goal to eliminate a successful organization that has been recognized
by the Dutch Crown via the Governor of the Netherlands Antilles as a legal asso-
A legal association yes, but the BHG doesn't pretend to be a hotel association.
The BHG is a marketing organization of hospitality experts that have chosen to
bundle their marketing efforts. A deeper motivation for some local politicians and
some BONHATA members to eliminate the BHG is personal revenge, ignorance
and the lack of vision that dualism creates a positive environment where dogmas
get challenged and creativity prevails.
BHG doesn't ask for much! Just their like everybody's right of freedom of
choice, the right for information and their share in the opportunities that are being
created through the collection of Room Tax to which the BHG contributes a con-
siderable percentage; like participating in trade shows. The present attempt to ex-
clude the BHG from all those basic civil rights might be a sign of fear. The fear
to think-beyond-the-nine-digits (thinking "unconventionally," "out-of-the-box"
Ed.) and the fear to be questioned and to be held accountable.
Bert H. Gadoed

The Bonaire Reporter welcomes letters from readers. Letters must
include the writer's name and telephone number or e-mail
address. Letters without that information will not be pub-
SIf a writer wishes to remain anonymous or just use ini-
tials we will honor the request. Letters should not be
more than 400 words in length and may be edited at
the Editor's discretion. Send letters or disk-
ettes to The Bonaire Reporter, Kaya Gob.
SDebrot 200-6, Bonaire; via fax 717-8988 or
SE-mail: letters(tbonairenews.com

(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued fom pag

A What to do with your old li
plates? Drop them off at the Bona
Animal Shelter on the Lagoen Roo
They'll sell them to interested par
and all the money goes to the Shel

After several delays the trial
the suspects from the Sabadeco
glary will be on Friday, February
Bonaire. The public is permitted t
view the proceedings at the Justic
Court in Fort Oranje.




was questionable whether it ever was an
economic success. Sponsors like Scuba
Diving Magazine and the Coral Reef
Alliance that supported the initiative in
its formative years are no longer able to
do so.

A Individuals involved in Bonaire's
I of cultural affairs, including government
bur- Commissioner Reginald Dortalina,
25, in Hubert Vis of the Culture Section-
o SKAL and Arthur Sealy had a meeting
e with the Central Government's Minister
of Culture, Maritsa Silberie. The pur-
pose of the meeting was to discuss the
policy of the Central Government with
regard to privatizing the Section of
Culture, Art and Literature. Arthur
Sealy is the project's coordinator. The
delegation talked with the Minister
'T about her policy and the availability of
funds from the Netherlands for the cul-
ture in the islands.


The TCB is considering a new
approach to the Bonaire Dive Festi-
val for 2006. This year, for the first
time since 1998, there will be no Dive
Festival. Originally organized as an
educational and pop-science event with
top speakers like Sylvia Earle, it
evolved into a broad-based, two-week
long affair that last year attracted hun-
dreds of participants, a big jump fol-
lowing the removal of a participation
fee. While the Festival was always a
big success in terms of contributing to
Bonaire's image as a pioneer in the pro-
tection of the marine environment, it

A Bon-
aire's well-
known anti-
ment lawyer,
Michiel Bi-
jkerk, is join-
ing the estab-
lishment. He announced to the press
that he is suspending his private law
practice for about six months to devote
100% of his time to work for the is-
land's Executive Council (the "BC").
He will focus on working out proposals
for changing the political structure with
regard to the changing relationship

A There's a new activity at
the Jong Bonaire Youth Center.
It's golf. Using the Piedra So
course at Washikemba, Center
coordinator Bilha Thomas-
Evertsz with coaches Kees v/d
Bijl and Tanneke Bartels have
made arrangements to have up to
12 Jong Bonaire members learn
and enjoy the game. In an up-
coming issue we will follow up
on this interesting development
which may provide employment
opportunities for Bonairean

among the Netherlands Antilles, the
Netherlands, and Bonaire.
Bijkerk achieved national attention
with his hunger strikes against police
brutality in the 80s. He has also been
criticized as being responsible for the
present situation where police must ob-
tain excessive evidence before making
an arrest.

A STINAPA has named a new
Board of Directors to be led by Presi-
dent Evo Cicilia and Secretary Ronella
Croes. According to its charter, the
STINAPA board is to be composed of
11 members, seven from stakeholder
groups and two from the government
and two from the general public. Four
members were recently added: Papy
Cicilia and Evo Cicilia for the govern-
ment, Ronella Croes from the TCB, and
Corine Gerharts from BONHATA.

Other BONHATA members include
Bruce Bowker (Dive Operators), Jack
Chalk, Jeanette Nolen (Vice President),
Herbert Piar (Treasurer) and Diana St.
Jago. There are vacancies for the seats
of the representatives of the fishermen
and farmers (kunukeros). STINAPA is
charged with the protection of Bon-
aire's environment.

AYes, 10 am on a Sunday is way
toooo early for Horeca chefs. But with
dedication and drive and lots of coffee,
the Bonaire Culinary Team started
its first practice. It was a huge success,
even with one of the members missing.
Coach Vernon "Nonchi" Martijn sup-
plied a mystery basket, which was no
mystery to talented chefs. With more
fine tuning, they will be ready for the
"Taste of the Caribbean" competition
(Continued on page 7)

Bonaire Reporter February 25 to March 4, 2005

Page 6


Flotsam and Jetsam. (Continued fom page 6)
June 26 to 29 in Miami.
Dessert artist, Isidoor van Riemsdijk
of Rum Runners created a tropical is-
land -a.k.a. "Castaways" with beautiful
To aid in their practice within two
weeks the team will be ready to offer
lunches to the public for tasting: day,
time and place to be decided. As it has
been in the past this will be to help
raise money for the team to go to Mi-
ami. Price will be reasonable and food
will be fun and educational. Of course
wine is always available.

A Washington-Slagbaai Park Man-
ager Fernando Simal let us know that
beginning this coming Saturday,
February 26, Mrs. Swinda E. Trini-
dad will be selling local food during
the weekends at the Visitors Center
(entrance) in Washington Slagbaai Na-
tional Park. She will offering breakfast
and lunch, starting at 8 am. Mrs.
Swinda has been a favorite for many
years at the Marsh6 de Rincon thanks to
her delicious local recipes. If you
would like more information or to order
your favorite local dish ahead, please
call Swinda at the following telephone
numbers: 527-4730 or 717-6302.

A Jake and Linda Richter's NetTech
NV announced that it has expanded
its offerings with a recent successful
merger with Susan Davis' Bonaire-
based Caribbean Design & Marketing
Consultants (CDMC). CDMC does
website design and has been Bonaire's
premier web designer for the last two

"This merger will greatly benefit all
of our existing and future clients, as it
means that NetTech now becomes a
one-stop shop for all Internet marketing
from developing marketing strategies to
implementing them via state of the art
web sites using the latest tools and
server technology," said Jake Richter.
To celebrate this new collaboration,
NetTech is offering a 10% discount on
any new banner advertisements placed
on Bonaire's Official Web Site, www.
InfoBonaire.com, between February
18th and March 31st, 2005.For more
information, contact Jake Richter or
Susan Davis by phone at 717-6773 or
email: info @nettech.an.

A Digital photo fans alert: Para-
dise Photo (see ad on page 15) can
now turn your digital images into
studio quality prints. They can accept
the images from the "card" in your
camera (just about any media is OK:
flash, Xd, SmartMedia, CF etc.) mem-
ory stick or floppy disk. And the cost is
less than you can do yourself on your
PC or Mac printer. They can also put
your images on a CD.

A Put it on your calendar: the annual
Special Olympics Fundraiser Fashion
Show by designer Padrino April
16 at Croccantino Restaurant, 7:30
pm. Last year it was an outstanding
success with fabulous clothes modeled
by charming local ladies and gentle-
men. Padrino is an up and coming
young Venezuelan couturier whose
work in the theatre and on the runway
has put him at the top of the interna-
tional fashion scene. Your NA 125 do-

A We told you
that more Buddy
Dive upgrades and
were on the way.
They've expanded
the gear room to
double the space
Sfor gear. (see
photo). And just
opened is a new
"classroom" the
perfect spot for
dive orientations, dive courses and fore meeting space to groups. Located in the
retail shop of former Bon Bini Divers, it's an air-conditioned 430-square foot
room complete with TV, full size screen and a video/DVD player. Other AV-
equipment, like a beamer, can be rented upon request. Need more information on
securing this space for your group? Please contact Corinna (diveshop obuddydive.
com) or Heleen (reservations~ buddydive.com).

nation gives you a multi-course Tuscan
dinner and the show. Tickets go on sale
next week. Call 717-5025.

Remember to say, "The Reporter
sent me," when visiting the shops and
restaurants advertising in this issue. It's
because of them that The Reporter is
"Still Free." 1 L./G.D.

ANANuII mfIrn,

Congratulations to Riane Jansen and Jopi Abraham on their Valentine's Day
wedding. Jopie Abraham is a Senator in the country's parliament and Riane
is the owner and former operator of the Blue Moon Restaurant. 1

Readers are invited to send photos of their
anniversaries, engagements or
weddings to The Reporter.

Bonaire Reporter February 25 to March 4, 2005

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On Sundays, be sure to go and see
Bonaire Holiday-A multi-media
dual-projector production by author
Albert Bianculli, 8.30pm, Capt.
Don's Habitat.


Page 9

Bonaire to the Roques

The airplane flies low enough to give a bird's-eye view of the islands.

Looking for a great side trip from
Bonaire but want to keep in the
unspoiled spirit of the islands? You can
do it by spending a day in Los Roques,
the Venezuelan islands about 100 miles
to the east of Bonaire. Los Roques, a
Venezuelan National Park, is an atoll
of about 340 islets and reefs north of
the mainland. There are long stretches
of white beaches and almost 20 km of
coral reef with crystal-clear waters ideal
for snorkeling and diving. And you can
be there in just two hours. It is the east-
ern boundary of the trans-border UN
World Heritage Site. Bonaire is the
western boundary

Jasta Travel and Transaven Airlines,
which have been operating flights from
Bonaire to Valencia and Maiquetia
(Caracas) since last November, will

remote, mostly uninhab-
ited islands. Close to the
airport on the island of
Grand Roque is the sand-
street town. It's extremely
picturesque and is home to
a couple of dive shops, 72
tiny bars, restaurants and
posadas (small inns).
A full day with the ser-
vice listed above is $330
per person, but they're
running a special promo-
tion two people for
$550. (Airport taxes and
park entrance fee are not
included).Call Jasta
Travel at 717-9444 and
ask for Maria or Stanley.

Several Grand Roque
inns have been spruced
up by their new Italian

now be offering a special Bonaire-Los
Roques-Bonaire flight every Monday
(with a brief stop coming and going at
Maiquetia airport for Immigration).
Monday flights begin on March 7.
Their smooth, fast 19-seat, twin-engine
turboprop plane is your private trans-
portation for the day, and you're treated
like royalty all the way.
You leave Bonaire at 7 am, arriving at
Maiquetia at 8. You leave Maiquetia at
8:30 and arrive at the airport on Grand
Roque at 9 am. After checking into the
Park you're met by a typical Venezue-
lan power boat that whisks you across
the water to the island of Franciski and/
or Madrizqui. Included is snorkel
equipment, soft drinks a cold buffet on
the beach and a beach umbrella and
chairs. You have the whole day to enjoy
the natural beauty, sea and sun of these

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Page 10



Bonaire Musing


Getting to Bonaire: Part Three

O ver a cup of coffee, with the sun
just beginning to rise, I've been
enjoying a special sight two or three
mornings each week: the back-to-back
ATR departures: one to San Juan
(American Eagle) and the other to
Aruba (BonairExpress BXS). Both
tend to leave right on time (7 am), and
it is fun to see who gets off the ground
first. One turns north, the other west,
and the day begins, giving the viewer a
brief reverie of journeys to distant
lands. (I used to get the same romantic
"charge" out of KLM's 5 pm departure
to Lima, wondering what the folks are
sipping up there as they chase the sun
west to a truly distant land.)

I share this vignette as a way of say-
ing how vital and emotional the travel
connections are to our island. These
two 7 am flights give the North Ameri-
can traveler a good jump on the day.
Both connect with American Airline
flights which will take you to the
mainland and then on to a multitude of
North American destinations. Yet both
flights are fragile: Eagle runs only two
or three days a week (depending upon
demand), and BXS runs daily, but its
long-term future is uncertain.

Now, here is flight information for
travelers to and from Canada and
from the West Coast of the US. The
dates I chose were an April 5 arrival in
Bonaire, with an April 13 return, which
allows for direct comparisons between
all competing airlines (Eagle arrives on
a Tuesday evening and leaves on
Wednesday morning). Note that the
times are set for Daylight Savings
(which starts March 27, I believe), and
the prices quoted are as of February 20
and subject to change. I chose mid-
week days as the least expensive way to
First off the ground in all ways is Air
Jamaica out of Los Angeles (LAX).
Their LAX flight to Montego Bay runs
six days a week, and they connect four
days of the week to Bonaire (Wed/

Thurs/Sat/Sun). You leave LAX at 11
pm, arriving Jamaica at 6 am, with a
four-hour layover (take a taxi into town
for breakfast and a walk on the beach?),
and you arrive Bonaire at 2:20 pm.
Your return connection is better, leav-
ing at 3:10 pm, connecting at 5:45, ar-
riving LAX at 9:50 pm. Of course, on
Bonaire, the time is actually 12:50 am,
so you might want to overnight rather
than continue on to another destination.
The current fare is $654, which is better
than many East Coast flights to Bonaire
(see my earlier articles for that informa-
I explored flights and fares from
San Francisco (SFO), Seattle-Tacoma
(SEA), and Vancouver (YVR) on
American and United. American-
probably because of a Caribbean sale
they have announced, which must be
ticketed by March 2-has a very attrac-
tive fare from SEA to Bonaire. As with
Air Jamaica, you have to do an over-
night flight; however, you have to take
four flights going down (instead of two
from LA). You leave SEA at 11:30
pm, change planes in Dallas (DFW),
Miami (MIA), and San Juan (SJU), ar-
riving Bonaire around 8 pm on the next
day. The return is much better, leaving
Bonaire at 8 am and arriving SEA

around 8 pm, with only three flights vs.
four. The current sale price is $649,
which is down $200 from a few weeks
ago. Great time to get a friend to come
down from the Northwest!
By comparison, American's fare from
SFO (three flights down, three flights
back) is currently at $782, and from
YVR the fare is $999 (four flights
down, three flights back), the latter re-
flecting the cost of flying out of an in-
ternational city vs. domestic. United
Airlines can fly you from all four cit-
ies-LA, SFO, SEA, and YVR-via
Chicago to Aruba (AUA), but most in-
volve an overnight in Chicago, coming
and/or going, as well as the cost of
BXS to Bonaire from Aruba. The com-
bined fares for United's routing are be-
tween $900-1,000, not counting hotel
costs, depending upon your final home
city. (The O'Hare Hilton, by the way,
is right at the airport and very conven-
ient to United.) But as you look at
these kinds of costs, why not take a
low-cost airline to LAX and connect
with Air Jamaica instead?

From Calgary, Alberta, you fly to
DFW on American and overnight in
SJU or MIA. If you choose MIA, you
can continue on American to Curaqao

and connect with Divi-Divi or BXS.
You'll arrive at Bonaire earlier in the
day, and save about $90 on your fare
overall. Otherwise, you can take a later
flight to SJU and connect with Ameri-
can Eagle, arriving at 8 pm. (I met one
Canadian couple who like the Curaqao
connection; he likes to dive, and she
likes to shop, so they spend a week on
each island to accommodate the other's
From Toronto, the best way to Bon-
aire is via Aruba. Air Canada offers a
daily non-stop (8:40-1:40, returning
2:30-7:40), currently costing around
$1,000 (but, presumably cheaper if
booked further in advance or during a
sale period). American connects with
long layovers in Miami (9:45-7:15
down, 1:43 to 11:30 pm on the return),
and their current price is $584. US
Air's price is $675, and their times are
7 am-2 pm down, 3:15 to 11:33 on the
return. To all these costs you have to
add the $163 to BXS, and consider the
connection time (American would con-
nect, closer than BXS requires, with the
9 pm to Bonaire, and US Air comforta-
bly to the 5 pm to Bonaire; both routes
would use the 11 am return to Aruba.)
I will close by mentioning that
American, with their Caribbean sale for
travel through June 25 and ticketing by
March 2, is offering great domestic US
prices to Aruba (AUA) right now.
Here's a sampling:

Boston, MA (BOS) to Aruba $324
Orlando, FL (MCO) to Aruba $260
Washington Reagan Nat'l, DC
(DCA) to Aruba $319

So, in summary, Air Jamaica has a
great one-stop service from LAX to
Bonaire, and several other airlines offer
good fares and two-stop service from
Toronto to Aruba. From other West
Coast cities (other than Seattle, at the
moment), the prices are higher and you
have to take three to four flights each
way. I hope this information helps,
and I look forward to seeing you on a
flight to Bonaire some day! O Gerry

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

Bonaire Reporter February 25 to March 4, 2005

Page 11

The Spa, nestled in the gardens of
Capt. Don's Habitat

T his Friday, February 25, the Intermezzo Day Spa officially opens at Cottage
#22 at Captain Don's Habitat with all the wraps, massages, facials and
scrubs one can imagine. Intermezzo has six day spas in Aruba's leading hotels, hav-
ing opened a new one each year. This is the first one in Bonaire.

Approaching the colorful and inviting spa in the Habitat gardens you realize this
is something special. One of the owners, Bibi, has created a concerto of colors that
beckon you to a little piece of paradise where you can be pampered and made to

Masseuse Paola and Supervisor/Masseuse Luz Marina await you in the adjacent
small cabana. See the garden in the mirror. (Another therapist, Andrea, gives fa-
cials and massages in the Oceanside cabana.)

feel like a queen or a king. Pleasant aromas, soft music and wind chimes transport
you to another dimension of peace and tranquility.

We don't use any machines," says Bibi. "Everything is done by hand." When a
therapist is hired (there are now 40) they are trained to the Intermezzo system. So,
no matter who you have as a therapist, the work will be the same a very personal-
ized, special touch treatment that they have in all their spas. They even have their
own products that are all natural like the Coffee Body Scrub and even a Chocolate
Scrub. There are a number of packages at the new spa, but you may mix and match
too. They offer manicures, pedicures and waxing as well.

Couples, newlyweds or otherwise, can receive concurrent full body aromatherapy
one-hour massages ("Sonata di Luna") in a small cabana adjacent to the spa. After-
wards in the tranquil mini garden they're presented with a bottle of sparking wine
and an assortment of chocolates and time to enjoy them.

If you so desire, you may have your facial or massage in a private little cabana
near the resort's pool and right at the sea's edge where the sound of the waves ac-
companies your treatment.

A nice touch is the fact that customers can request free pick up and return from
wherever they are staying on the island. To make a reservation call them at 786-
7069 or call Capt. Don's Habitat at 717-8290.

Stop by and check out this lovely new property and ask for a brochure which de-
scribes all the treatments. They have a parking area just off Kaya Gob. Debrot, to
the north of the entrance to Habitat. DL.D

in Yukon Territories, Canada
in Yukon Territories, Canada

This is a
picture of
Ann and Jerry
Weeks reading
The Bonaire
Reporter in the
Yukon Territo-
ries during their
trip thru Canada
and Alaska this
past summer.
The two Weeks
have spent a lot
more than that
on Bonaire over
the years.

GREAT PRIZES! Take a copy of The Bonaire Reporter with you on your next trip or
when you return to your home. Then take a photo of yourself with the newspaper in hand.
Reporter, Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles (AN). E-mail to: pic-
ture @bonairereporter.com. (All 2004 photos are eligible.) D

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Page 12


Sun Salutation Surya Namaskar

The sun salutation is an ancient sequence- a play, a dance.
You can surrender to it.
It isn't easy to plan your practice, especiallyfirst thing in the
But you can slide into the sun salutation without thinking...just
being aware of the flow of the movement.
Ifyou start the day like this with a dance then you stimulate the
dialogue between your body, the ground and this vast light space
above you.

By Sandra Sabatini

The Foundation
he ancient Eastern practitioners had none of the tensions of our modern
Western culture. They were extremely flexible and had no problem with the
deep bending and extending movements of the spine and joints.
Our Western bodies are not so fortunate. The ancients were strict vegetarians and
spent the majority of their lives in humble surroundings without the benefit of to-
day's conveniences such as frozen, pre-packaged, processed and fast foods, cars,
and planes, regular office hours, and television and soft furniture. Yet the Sun
Salutation has been taught basically unchanged for centuries. The Sun Salutation is
a very powerful sequence of postures that tone your body and help to reduce
weight, strengthening and extending the long muscles of the front and
S back of the body. It is a unique sequence and can increase hip and spi-
nal flexibility with a regular practice.
It may be done slowly and gently to promote a deep sense of relaxa-
tion -a "meditation in motion." It can also be done more intensely
over a 10 to 20-minute period for an aerobic effect to
strengthen your cardiovascular system. This pro-
duces about the same effects as running
or swimming would.
(Continued on page 15)

Tower to Tower Walk

Last year's successful Tower to Tower walkers: Anita, Bbi, Nazario, Marcel

During the evening of Saturday,
February 26, to the morning of
February 27 there will be a 50-
kilometer Tower to Tower walk from
the lighthouse of Willemstoren to the
Malmok lighthouse. Everyone is in-
vited, both men and women. Registra-
tion is NAf25 per person, with the
money going towards sending repre-
sentatives of Bonaire to the "Four Days
of Nijmegen"* where participants walk
50 kilometers a day for four days.
This event was originated by Marcel
Nahr when he was preparing for the
"Four Days" walk two years ago and
has become popular since. Marcel
looked for the shortest distance be-

tween the two towers. The route has
varied-first via Playa Grandi and at
the latest via Playa Frans. The Playa
Frans route is more difficult but you
pass through a wonderful area of natu-
ral beauty.
Because February 26 is just two days
past full moon, there is the possibility
of walking in the light of the moon.
The first group will leave at 10 pm
from Willemstoren and the second
group, of more advanced walkers, at
midnight. Walkers should arrive at
Malmok between 10:30 and 11 am
Sunday morning.
Along the way the walkers will be
(Continued on page 14)

Bonaire Reporter February 25 to March 4, 2005

Page 13

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

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

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

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

LUNCH TO GO- Starting from
NAJ5 per meal. Call CHINA
NODO i O717-898O1

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:




Commercial ads are onlyNAf0.70 perword, perweek Free ads run for 2weeks.
Call or fax 7he BonareReporter at 717-8988 e-mail ads@bonairereporter.com

Gaastra Force, Stealth & Phoenix
kites -assorted sizes 4.0 to 17.5 me-
ter. Nearly new. Call for more info.
$300-$600 obo. Call 717-6862 or 791-

Sunbeam Portable Gas Grill -
New, never been used. Includes out-
side cover and new filled gas cylinder
NAf600. Tel. 717-4915.

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

Wanted full time employment
opportunity. Experienced in man-
agement and administration. Many
years on the island and no work per-
mit needed. Please call Marion Wil-
son at 717-5571

Wanted- indoor garage to park my
Hi-Lux truck while away long term.
Please call Lester 717-3447

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

WAITRESS for dinner service. Call
Croccantino at 785-0581.

Desktop Computer, in excellent
condition includes CPU (6-gig Hard
Drive), Monitor, and upgraded Key-
board with built in mouse-pad, great
for light computer work and email/
internet. NAf500, Call 717-2848 if

For Sale: Grandstream Handy-
tone 486 ATA Connect your regular
phone to this box and make CHEAP
PHONE-CALLS over the internet
using VOIP. No computer needed.
Works only with a Telbo Broadband
connection. $85 Tel. 7916167

Personal Fax Machine, Model
#275 by Brother, NAf65.00, If inter-
ested, call 717-2848.

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.

24, at the office of Extra newspaper.
For more information call the Extra
office at 717-8482. O BoiAntoin
Translated by L.D.

*The Four Days of Nijmegen is one
of the world's largest walking events
and one of the world's largest sporting
events. It 's held every year, starting on
the third Tuesday in July (See Bonaire
Reporter July 30, 2004). Ed

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Pasa Bon Pizza Consales
Airport: Seahorse Cyber Cafe More for Less
Car Rental Agencies, Subway Progresso
Airport Arrivals Area Sand Dollar Grocery
Shops: Tropical Flamingo
Banks: Bonaire Gift Shop Warehouse
MCB (Playa & Hato City Shop
branches), DeFreewieler Others:
RBTT Inpo Bonfysio
Paradise Photo Botika Korona
IBookstores: Photo Tours, Playa Bestuurscollege
IBonaire Boekhandel, Exito Bakery Caribbean Laundry
IFlamingo Boekhandel Bonaire Super Store Customs
(old 7-7) Hair Affair
Realty Offices: Harbour Village Marina
Harbourtown Parliament
Re/Max Hotels: Rocargo
Sunbelt Buddy Dive TCB
Capt. Don's Habitat Telbo
Restaurants: Carib Inn
Bistro de Paris Caribbean Club Bonaire RINCON:
Brasserie Bonaire Dive Inn Chinese Store,
Capriccio Divi Flamingo Joi Fruit Store,
Chez Lucille Eden Park Hotel Lemari Grocery,
City Cafe Harbour Village Rincon Bakery.
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Wil's Tropical Grill Sand Dollar
Garden Cafe
Kentucky Fried Chicken

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(Tower to Tower Walk. Continuedfrom page 13)
offered water, fruit, coffee and energy-
giving snacks. Major rest stops will be
at WEB in Hato, Landhouse Karpata
and Playa Frans and/or Slagbaai.
Although the route isn't easy, it is by
no means impossible. In fact three
women have already completed the
walk in past years. Persons interested in
joining should do so as soon as possi-
ble, no later than Thursday, February

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

Nissan Sunny- 1990 clean, runs
good. Great island car. NA1f,500
obo 717-6862 or 791-4926

2004 Mitsu-
bishi Endeavor
XLS Fully
equipped. For
more informa-
tion please call 717-4343 Mrs. Statie
or 790-9020 Mr. Statie.

Ma's Porch Sale Friday, Satur-
day, Sunday (Feb. 25, 26, 27), 10 am
to 6 pm non-stop. Kaya Neerlandia
#33 (near Gas Express)

Yard Sale Saturday & Sunday
(Feb. 26, 27) Kaya Rotterdam #7 in
Hato 10 am to 4 pm. Clothes, toys,
household, etc. Furnishings, appli-
ances & hardware

Dates: 26+27th Feb. 9:00-16:00 hrs,
Place: Storage facility Kaya Indus-
tria across from Rocargo/Warehouse.
Everything must go! Tel: 790-1604.

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

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.

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

Lovely small restaurant on the
main street in Playa. Please call 567-
0576 / 569-8871 or 717-4888

Lora Count 2005

- The mystery lingers on

Bonaire's Boy Scouts camped over night to participate in the 2005 count

Organized by the new Fun-
dashon Salba Nos Lora, led by
Erwin Waiman, together with
STINAPA, St. Bernardo Scouts and
DROB, a Bonaire Lora Count was
made early Sunday morning (February
20). The count is done in order to have
a greater understanding of the Loras
and their behavior in order to better
protect them.

Preparations were begun weeks ago
to determine where the Loras spend the
night so volunteers could be stationed
in those areas and count the birds as
they awaken, start squawking and fly
off. Over the whole island 17 different
spots were decided upon. Six of those
spots were in Washington Slagbaai
Park and were monitored by the Scouts
who had spent the night there. It was a

(Yoga. Continuedfrom page 13)
The Sun Salutation is a remarkable routine because it energizes the body to the
point that this is all you need to do to maintain optimal physical health.
For those who know the sequence of the Sun Salutation, let your day begin with
allowing yourself to dance into the flow of your breath and body. The Sun Saluta-
tions allow you to go beyond your boundaries and explore infinite possibilities.
Make the change you wish to see in yourself. O Desiree

Don and Desirde of
"Yoga For You"
offer classes from
beginners to advanced.

very educational experience for them.

According to the DROB Environ-
mental Department, the total count was
approximately 300 Loras. During the
last Lora count two years ago, between
350 to 400 birds were counted. In pre-
vious years the count occurred in De-
cember or January; this year it was
later- February. Could that be the rea-
son for the decrease? No one really
knows for sure. It is known that groups
of birds stay together until breeding
season when they break up into pairs,
but it's not known when that is exactly.
It could depend on the weather (more
rain) food, etc. Of course the decrease
in numbers could be a result of poach-
ing which, although punishable by law,
still continues. Recently two chicks
were confiscated from poachers.

very populated two years ago. The
Lora mystery lingers on....

As a thank you to those selfless vol-
unteers who got up early to be out on
site before the sun came up, a tradi-
tional Lora Count Breakfast was served
at the entrance to Washington-Slagbaai
Park. DL.D.

Where, oh
where, have all
the Loras gone?


Interestingly, some of the areas Drawing by
staked out didn't have any Loras this Rebecca
T empest
year, even some of the areas that were

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Ask the Dietitian

Prevent child obesity through
healthy nutrition and physical

Part 1-Information for parents with children ages I to 4

M aintaining a
healthy weight is
a matter of balanced eating
and physical activity.
As a parent you can
teach and discipline your
child to have good eating
habits and regular physical
activities. You should start
with teaching the child
these good habits in his
early years, from baby-
hood on. The habits that a
child learns at a young age
are not easy to unlearn.

How to evaluate your
child's weight
With the body mass in-
dex (BMI)* you can calcu-
late whether or not your
child has a healthy weight.
To calculate the BMI of
your child you need to
know your child's weight
in kilos (KG) and the
height in meters (M).
For example: A child weighing 15 KG, with a height of 98cm.
Divide the weight in KG by the height in M. In our example, that will be
15KG 0,98M= 15,3;
Then you divide the result again by the height. That will be 15,3 + 0.98M=
15,6 is then the body mass index.

The table below gives a healthy weight for children of 3 and 4 years.

Age Healthy Weight for Boys Healthy Weight for Girls

3 years BMI between 13,5 & 17,9 BMI between 13,6 & 17,5

4 years BMI between 13,2 & 17,6 BMI between 13,3 & 17,2

Calculating the body mass index is a method to determine whether your child has a
good weight. If by doing the calculation you determine that your child is over-
weight, consult a dietitian. DO NOT, JUST ON YOUR OWN, PUT A GROWING
CHILD ON A DIET. The child's eating habits must be analyzed, focusing on
sweets, snacks and in-betweens, etc.

Teach your child to have a healthy eating pattern. The child should:
Eat a variety of foods and eat sufficient fruits and vegetables.
Eat three main meals a day (breakfast, lunch, dinner, without skipping
breakfast) and a maximum of four in-betweens a day.

Drink a lot but be
very moderate
with sweet bever-
ages such as soft
drinks, syrups, in-
stant drink, etc.

The parent should
Be moderate with
Be moderate with
sweets (Make
rules about how
much and how of-
Not let the child
overeat. See below
for the recom-
mended daily
amounts for a
child in this age
Be moderate with
fatty snacks and
fatty meals.

I don't understand, Doc. He only
eats the same as the rest of us.

www ;anoon;tablo .obmn

The average daily recommended amount for a child of l to 4:
1-3 slices of bread (preferable whole grain bread), lightly spread with (low
fat) margarine or halvarine
1-2 small potatoes or 1 to 2 serving spoons of rice or pasta
1-2 serving spoons of vegetables (100 grams) Offer variety!
2-3 small glasses (300ml) of low fat milk or soy milk
2 slice cheese
/2 slice meat products
50 grams of cooked meat/chicken/fish or alternative for meat
1 tablespoon of oil or vegetable margarine to cook
1 liter of drinking liquid (tea, milk, juice, water, etc.)
This view of the daily recommended amounts doesn't include the in-betweens
(little extras or snacks). These are average; use them as guidelines. The child can
have a little more or a little less, but the differences shouldn't be very large. There
can be days when a child of this age doesn't have much appetite, for which there
are different possible reasons. A child of this age can naturally determine when he/
she has had enough. So don't force him to eat or keep offering in betweens. When
you do this you can disturb the child's natural feeling of being full or having had
enough, and you risk him becoming obese. And by doing this you are not working
on a good eating pattern. If your child has these periods of not being that hungry,
consult your child health center consultatie bureau or doctor or dietitian for advice.
We will continue with this topic next time. 1 Angelique Salsbach

*There are web sites where you can enter height and weight (inches or centime-
ters; pounds or kilos) and they'll give you the BMI. Enter "BMI" on your search
engine. Ed.

Bonaire Reporter February 25 to March 4, 2005

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A dorable little
Frans just fits in
the food bowl at the Bon-
aire Animal Shelter. We
couldn't resist this perfect
photo opportunity. Frans
was born during the first
week of January and he
and his mother were
brought in by some
neighbors of the people
who had to give them up.
One of the nice things
about our knowing his
mother is that because she
herself is such a very nice
personality it appears that
Frans has inherited that
same good quality. He's
very easy to handle and
totally relates to people.
Frans should grow up to
be a small cat. The
NAf75 adoption fee in-
cludes an examination by the vet, testing for feline leukemia, worming, shots and
sterilization when he's old enough. If you had to pay for all that separately it
would be a lot more than that. It's one of the best deals on the island. And pets up
for adoption from the Shelter are always social. Stop by and see for yourself. The
Shelter is on the Lagoen Road, open Monday through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, Sat-
urdays until 1. Tel. 717-4989.
Have some dogs or cats that you can't keep? The Shelter is never too full for
unwanted dogs or cats. Bring them to the Shelter where they will be tested,
health wise and social wise, and if they pass, they're put up for adoption. It's the
kindest thing you can do for them give them a chance at a life with approved
adoptive owners.

Right now the Shelter needs some volunteers to help out
S.... with the animals and keep them social. Preferences for work-
, ing with dogs or cats are honored, and you may pick your hours.
It's a happy place to be and the animals are very appreciative.
Call Shelter Manager Jurrie Mellema at 717-4989. OL.D.

Bonaire Reporter February 25 to March 4, 2005

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Cal to make sure: Usually9:00 pm
White Noise
(Michael Keaton)

Early Show (usually 7pm)
Meet The Fockers

Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAf10,50 (inc. Tax)
High Schoolers NAf7,75
The Sponge Bob Square
Pants Movie

Friday, February 25 3-hours of
jazz with local musicians and
Delbert Bernabela from Aruba. In-
troduction of Bonaire's First Jazz Fes-
tival (May 20-22), City Caf6 starting a
6 pm.
Saturday, February 26- Saxophone
and flute-player, Delbert Bernabela
will play his favorite melodies while
the new chef will prepare a four-
course dinner for jazz-lovers at the
Kon Tiki Beach Club.

Sunday, February 27- Man-
gazina di Rei Open Market with
Creole food including kbmk6mber
chiki stoba (cucumber stew), kabritu
stoba (goat stew), piska salu (salt
fish) with tutu (beans and funchi),
funchi (polenta), arepas and boka
dushi (sweets). Second hand articles
for sale. Plants for sale. Take some
time to visit the museum. Free entry,
all welcome. 10 am to 7 pm

Saturday/Sunday, February 26-27-
Famous Tower to Tower Walk -
everyone invited. NAf25 pp. Tel. Ex-
tra 717-8482/ email b.
antoin @telbonet.an

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

Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhel-
mina Park on Cruise Ship Visiting
Days: Mar. 1-Queen Mary 2

Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhel-
mina Park on Cruise Ship Visiting
Days: Monday, Mar. 7-Oceana; Tues-
day, Mar. 8-Aida Vita

Saturday, March 5 Rincon Mar-
sh6 It's become an island tradition -
Big outdoor market in the middle in
Rincon's town square. Local food and
drink, fruits and vegetables, gifts, can-
dles, plants, more. Guest speakers
from business, government and other
sectors speak Bou di Ramada (on the
porch) at 10 am. Stands open at 6 am
for breakfast and usually stay open
until 4 pm.


Seen recently in
Movieland Cinema:
Meet the Fockers by Jay
Roach starring lots of excel-
lent actors. Everybody tells
me I should have seen Meet
the Parents to really appreci-
ate this film. Maybe I will some day
because I didn't find this film funny at
all. Besides joking about the family
name over and over again, much of
the script's humor relies on overt sex-
ual themes. Working as a seniors' sex
therapist, mother Focker promotes
erotic exercise moves in her backyard;
a busload of loaded cheerleaders who
start removing their tops on the high-
way; or going through Greg's baby
pictures only to end up with his fore-
skin in the fondue pot; and a toddler
learns to swear repeatedly. Just to
mention a few jokes'. The results are
supposed to be funny, but it's just not
my idea of a good laugh 1 Dodo

Sunday, March 6-Fun Run 2/4/5
km. 7:30 am at Stadium. Sponsored by
Comcabon Tel. 717-8629 or 780-7225
Saturday, March 19 Wine and
Cheese Fundraiser for Bonaire's
Culinary Team Time and place to
be announced.-see page 11

May 15" to the 22nd King of the
Caribbean at Lac Bay. The event
will kick off the 2005 PWA Freestyle
Tour. For info, see www.
pwaworldtour.com or

Saturday Rincon Marsh6 opens at 6
am 2 pm. Enjoy a Bonairean break-
fast while you shop: fresh fruits and
vegetables, gifts, local sweets and
snacks, arts and handicrafts, candles,
incense, drinks and music. www.
Sunday -Live music 6 to 9 pm while
enjoying a great dinner in colorful
tropical ambiance at the Chibi Chibi
Restaurant & Bar. Open daily 5 to 10
pm. Live Fla-Bingo with great prizes,
starts 7 pm, Divi Flamingo
Monday -Soldachi Tour of Rincon,
the heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon.
$20-Call Maria 717-6435
Tuesday -Harbour Village Tennis,
Social Round Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10
per person. Cash bar. All invited. Call
Elisabeth Vos at 565-5225 /717-7500,
ext. 14.
Wednesday -Meditation at Donkey
Beach from 7:30 to 8:30 pm. Open to
all. Call S.H.Y. 790-9450
Wednesday -Sand Dollar Manager's
Cocktail Party, Mangos Bar and Res-
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, rou-
lette and blackjack, Monday to Satur-
day 8 pm- 4 am; Sunday 7 pm- 3 am.
Every day by appointment -Rooi



Second Week in March Jazz lovers can enjoy 6 days of
i music with the Dutch Dixies Jazz Tour:

6 March
9 March
10 March
11 March
12 March
13 March

Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Bo-
nairean kunuku. $12 (NAJ12 for resi-
dents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800.

Saturday- Discover Our Diversity
Slide Show, pool bar Buddy Dive, 7
pm 717-5080
Sunday Bonaire Holiday -Multi-
media dual-projector production by
Albert Bianculli, 8.30 pm, Capt. Don's
Monday Dee Scarr's Touch the Sea
slide experience at the Aquarius Con-
ference Center, Capt. Don's Habitat,
Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle Con-
servation Slide Show by Andy Uhr.
Carib Inn seaside veranda, 7 pm
Friday- Week in Review Video Pres-
entation by the Toucan Dive Shop at
Plaza's Tipsy Seagull, 5 pm. 717-2500.

Bonaire Arts and Crafts (Fundashon
Arte Industrial Bonieriano) 717-
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Vala-
rie Stimpson at 785-3451 or Val-
rie@ttelbonet.an Cinnamon Art Gal-
lery Volunteers to help staff gallery
during the day. Contact Wendy Horn:
Bonaire National Marine Park 717-
Bonaire Animal Shelter -717-4989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.
Jong Bonaire (Youth Center) 7174303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child
Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics Contact Delno
Tromp, 717-7659

AA meetings every Wednesday; Phone
717-6105; 560-7267 or717- 3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday
evening at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Weekly BonaireTalker Gathering
and Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday -
6:30pm call 567-0655 for directions.
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:30 pm
at the Union Building on Kaya
Korona, across from the RBTT Bank
and next to Kooyman's. All levels in-
vited NAf5 entiy fee. Call Cathy 566-4056.
Darts Club plays every other Sun-
day 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 wel-
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday,

City Cafe
Little Havana
Plaza Resort
Buddy Dive
Wilhelmina Park

17.00 -20.00
21.30 -23.30
21.30 -23.30
17.00 20.00
20.00 -22.00
16.00 -20.00

12 noon-2 pm Rendez-Vous Restau-
rant, Kaya L.D. Gerharts #3. All Ro-
tarians are welcome. Tel. 717-8454

Mangasina di Rei, Rincon. Enjoy the
view from "The King's Storehouse." Learn
aboutBonaire's culture. Visit typical
homes fromthe 17thcentuy. Daily. Call
7174060 / 790-2018
Visit the Bonaire Museum onKaya J. v.d.
Ree, behind the Catholic Church intown
Open weekdays from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5
pm. Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National
Park, Museum and Visitors' Center.
Open daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on
some holidays. 717-8444/785-0017
Sunday at Cai- Live music and danc-
ing starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai.
Dance to the music of Bonaire's popular
Rincon Marsh&- every Saturday 6
am to 3 pm. Open market in Bonaire's
historic town.
Soldachi Tours show you the Rincon
area. Alta Mira Nature Walking
Tour at 6:30 am. Town Walking
tour at 9:30, Bus Tour at 10. Call
Maria at 717-6435 to reserve.

International Bible Church of Bon-
aire Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic
circle) Sunday Services at 9 am; Sun-
day Prayer Meeting at 7:00 pm in Eng-
lish Tel. 717-8332
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire.
Wilhelminaplein. Services in Papia-
mentu, Dutch and English on Sundays
at 10 am. Thursday Prayer Meeting
and Bible Study at 8 pm. Rev. Jonk-
man. 717-2006
The Church of Jesus Christ of Lat-
ter Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26
Sundays 8:30 11:30 am. Services in
Papiamentu, Spanish and English.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kral-
endijk Services on Sunday at 8 am
and 7 pm in Papiamentu 717-8304.
Saturday at 6 pm at Our Lady of
Coromoto in Antriol, in English. Mass
in Papiamentu on Sunday at 9 am and
6 pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di
Dios), Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In
English, Dutch & Papiamentu on Sun-
day 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@4bonairenews.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
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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

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On the Tourist Road 2 mi. north of Town Breakfast Lunch and Dinner Happy Hour from 5-7 pm
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Calabas Restaurant & Moderate-Expensive Get a view of the beach and turquoise sea while enjoying a breakfast buffet
Chibi Chibi Restaurant and Bar Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner or a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar. Inspiring
At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort. Waterfront Open 7 days vistas and the highest standard of cuisine.
Croccantino Italian Restaurant Moderate-Expensive Tuscan chef s prepare exquisite dishes. Authentic ingredients and romantic
Downtown at Kaya Grandi 48 Dinner setting make dining a delight. Be served in a garden setting under floating
717-5025 Closed Monday umbrellas or in air-conditioned comfort. Take outtoo.
Garden 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
717-3293 pm, Closed Sunday scratch- for take out or delivery only.

The Lost Penguin Low-Moderate Watch the bustle of downtown from this street side Caribbean-style bistro
Across from 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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Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials,
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De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; profession-
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Green Label has everything you need to start or main-
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The Bonaire Gift Shop has an wide selection of
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Julimar assists with the paperwork and procedures
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Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's oldest real
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Re/Max Paradise Homes: Interational/US connec-
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Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and in-
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Littman's Jewelers, where good taste is foremost.
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Special Security Services will provide that extra
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Bonaire Reporter February 25 to March 4, 2005

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Most of my adult life I've spent
on this little island of Bonaire.
I came at age 28 with my late partner Jim
Hough. We came from the States, the
Midwest: Moline, and Chicago Illinois.
Since I was very young, maybe five, I've
always wanted to work in a restaurant.
As a waitress during my high school
years I made good money, good tips. I
was a good saleswoman! I got my
Bachelors in Business from the Univer-
sity of Iowa in 1983 and started working
as the only female manager for Johnson
& Koenig Restaurant Group, which
owned seven restaurants. That's where I
learned all my skills.
Bonaire is simple, pure and the peo-
ple genuine. We'd never been here.
We'd heard about it from a travel agent
who'd met the developers of Sand Dollar
who were looking for someone to lease
the restaurant at Sand Dollar. So, they
said, 'I know somebody for you,' and
called us from Bonaire, and the rest is
history. We started The Green Parrot, an
American restaurant, at Sand Dollar. It
was exciting, an adventure. We saw all
the things people love about the island: it
was serene and the opportunity was there
to grow. There were about 8,000 to
9,000 population then. There was Hotel
Bonaire, Flamingo Beach Hotel, Sand
Dollar and Habitat.
Nothing prepares you for Bonaire. You
may have all the experience, but when
there's no lettuce on the island, then no
potatoes or no shrimps and no flour, you
can't get upset, because if you don't
have it, nobody has it and so... you learn
to improvise! We were the first Ameri-
can owned and operated restaurant; we
served large American portions, comfort
foods. We were the first to introduce
Mexican food and famous for our giant
'Parrotburgers' US meat not from
parrots! And we were also famous for
our cocktails: over 50 different ones all
colorful. I had a friend in Quito, before
anybody knew where Quito was, who
would make these handcrafted balsa
wood swizzle sticks with different Carib-
bean items that people liked to collect.
For years it was a huge success. I believe
we were the highest volume restaurant
on Bonaire and the leader in product
awareness, training and development.
We started the Bonaire Restaurant Asso-
ciation in 1990 and got involved in the
Rotary Club and with the Bonaire Culi-
nary Team. We started the committee to
send young chefs and bartenders to culi-
nary competitions in the Caribbean.
The company provided services and
training for restaurants and staff for the
Antillean Family Food Group in Curagao
formed by Cactus Club Restaurants in
1990 and 1997.
In 1999 the sea swell caused by Hurri-

cane Lenny in the northern Carib-
bean completely destroyed The Green
Parrot and Sand Dollar Dive and Photo.
That was hard... watching your restau-
rant going down... We had such a great
combination on that location. The dive
shop was Number 1 on Bonaire and the
restaurant had received many awards -
one of the top 10 restaurants in the Car-
ibbean. It was devastating. We didn't
own the property so the business was
gone. I was by myself Jim had passed
away in 1998 and went on consulting
and working for corporate structures
with Divi Resorts, Rum Runners Group
and Dock of the Bay, all on Bonaire.
Consulting in food and beverage and
training restaurant workers was really

"I do all this for free and
volunteer because I love
this business. These chil-
dren are the future and if
we don't share our
knowledge and education
with them we have not
done what we're here
for to help people learn
and grow."

Then I met Ruud Vermeulen, who at the
time owned the Antillean Wine Com-
pany. He enhanced my wine knowledge
and we traveled, traveled... Oh what fun!
He took me on my first trip to Holland,
to Amsterdam. We traveled all over Hol-
land, all over Europe. Sara Matera (45)
is a sophisticated, elegant and a very
lively, friendly person but above all an
absolute professional. "I have four
brothers and two sisters; I'm exactly in
the middle. They are all professionals:
doctors, financial consultants, a financial
corporate executive, national sales man-
agers, a technical engineer, and a
teacher. I'm the farthest from 'home,'
but they all love to come to visit me. I'm
the adventurous one! I feel very lucky to
have a worldwide view. I've traveled in
South America, Europe and the Carib-
bean and when you live here you meet
people from all over the world. To meet
people there are no boundaries, unless
we put them on ourselves.
In 2001 at Capriccio's Restaurant, a
friend, Andrea Biondi, and I "birthed"
the Italy trainee (stage) program for the
hotel school students in Bonaire's SGB
high school. Coordinating with Italy's
Emilia Romagna region, we started the
first and second trainee program for the

Caribbean. Bon-
aire's top hotel
school students
were funded for a
four-week program
of practical and
theory lessons in
October 2002 in
one of the richest
areas in Italy. In
2004 Aruba and
Curagao students
were invited. It's
been a huge suc-
cess! The young
men and women
adapted beautifully
in the very strict
hotel school. The
kids returned with a
different and bigger
world picture.
Through the inter-
action with the
other kids they
found out it was a real profession and
career choice, as the Italians are crazy
about food!
In 2003 and 2004 we sent four SGB
graduated students to work and live in
Italy. They now work in a Michelin Star
restaurant and are doing very well as
young apprentices. Some people are
concerned: 'You're taking our kids
away!' But the idea is that they come
back after some years of practical learn-
ing experience, similar to those top stu-
dents who leave to attend universities in
Holland or the US. Life is about opportu-
nities and learning and growing. We
can't hold the students back. I was told
by the parents of the four students and
the school that we'd changed the lives of
the children. They have a better outlook,
higher self esteem and understanding of
this career choice. We will go again this
year to Italy for stage and hopefully
again next year. You can't make
huge changes quickly, but step by step it
makes a positive difference. Young peo-
ple and professionals should be proud to
have made horeca (hospitality) a career
choice. They can work anywhere in the
world and there's no language barrier
when it comes to food: we all eat! This
project is hugely funded by the European
Union in Italy. Locally we're funded by
AMFO, KLM and greatly by the private
sector and our Culinair Bonaire Founda-
When I worked in Aruba from 2002 till
2004 at the Renaissance Aruba Resort
and Casino as the event manager director
I was on the committee to have the first
ABC islands high school culinary com-
petition. In 2004 Curagao hosted, and
this year we had nine high school teams
competing here in Bonaire with intera-
tional judges.

I do all this for free and volunteer be-
cause I love this business. These children
are the future and if we don't share our
knowledge and education with them we
have not done what we're here for to
help people learn and grow. I'm fortu-
nate that I've been able to do this much
by paying my expenses personally, and I
hope that others, instead of being criti-
cal, will also take part in the future of
our young chefs and waiters, or for that
matter any sector. As for me personally,
I don't know for certain what I'm going
to do for my next opportunities.
I enjoyed very much opening the LG
Smith Steak & Chop House in Aruba for
Renaissance Resort owner Eduardo de
Veer. Now, among other things, I'm or-
ganizing catering for parties and wed-
dings, but I need to leave time and en-
ergy for the Italy stage project and the
culinary competitions. I go to Italy often
to check on 'my' kids, whom I love.
They've done wonderfully. I also go to
Bologna to keep up the relationship with
the educational and vocational regional
office. They support our ABC-stage pro-
ject with approximately 75.000 euros per
year... just for our kids.
As for me, everything is open; I'm cer-
tainly not bored. My days are full. Not to
forget why I love Bonaire so much, I go
and drive around
the kunukus, eat
some kabritu, go
snorkeling and
drink a nice glass
of wine with
Ruud... yeah...
it's a great life
here!" 1 Story
andphoto by
Greta Kooistra

Greta looistra

Bonaire Reporter February 25 to March 4, 2005

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Have you ever seen a porcupine-
fish eat?
Me neither.
Oh, I've found evidence of some of
their meals at least I'm pretty sure that
the shells we find cracked into pieces
have been crunched by porcupinefish --
but I've never seen a porcupinefish ac-
tually eat anything.

Last week I finally got If the pr
a clue about porcupine- able to spi
fish foraging. I was
swimming over a sandy porcupine
bottom in very shallow likely to d
water, probably just un-
der 10 feet, when I porcupine
stopped and knelt on the in vain: tl
sand for a moment. I orcupine
saw something out of the r
comer of my eye and genes will
turned to see a porcu- on again.
pinefish almost two feet
long. Every time I swiv-
eled to get a better look, the fish turned
too, staying behind me! Eventually I
must have spun a complete 3600 and
saw that the porcupinefish was studying
the marks my knees and fins had made
in the sand. The fish focused intently
on one print, then darted down and gob-
bled it up!
All the porcupinefish got was a
mouthful of sand, but if that mark had
been made by a burrowing young conch
or king helmet snail, the porcupinefish
would have found a meal.
So now I know one technique that at
least one porcupinefish uses to find

The porcupinefish is known to scien-
tists as Diodon hystrix (DYE-uh-don
HISS-tricks), which means "double-
toothed porcupine." The "double-
toothed" part refers to the porcupine-
fish's teeth, which are fused into two
crushing plates, upper and lower. In
addition to snails, the crushing plates
chomp urchins, crabs and even hermit

edator is NOT
it out the inflated
fish, they're both
ie, but at least the
fish doesn't die
he predator's
never be passed

crabs. Under
most circum-
stances, porcu-
pinefish don't
think of using
those plates for
defense because
they have a
much better way
to defend them-
selves: wildly
increasing their
size by sucking
in water and in-

An inflated porcupinefish looks even
bigger than you'd expect because its
spines stand straight out when the fish
inflates. With each spine an inch to an
inch and a half in length, the diameter
of an inflated porcupinefish would be
increased by as much as three inches,
which would make quite a difference in
the size of the creature who would try
to eat the porcupinefish. If a porcupine-
fish had the chance to inflate before a
hopeful predator gobbled it, the preda-
tor might well decide to dine elsewhere.
If a porcupinefish is swallowed before it
can inflate, it can still inflate inside the

mouth of the predator. If the predator
manages to spit it out, everyone sur-
vives, and the predator learns a valu-
able lesson ("Porcupinefish are spinier
than they look! Don't try to eat
them!"). If the predator is NOT able to
spit out the inflated porcupinefish,
they're both likely to die, but at least
the porcupinefish doesn't die in vain:
the predator's porcupinefish-gobbling
genes will never be passed on again.
Even a predator big enough not to care
whether the porcupinefish is extra-
round or not might remember the
spines and chase the next porcupinefish
less avidly!

The range of porcupinefish is large,
from Massachusetts to Brazil. They are
normally seen around coral reefs and
also on rubble and grassy areas not
surprisingly wherever crabs, snails, and
urchins can be found.

Porcupinefish are usually solitary, so
if you see more than one you're likely
to observe some courtship behavior.
The most memorable porcupinefish
courtship I've seen occurred in late af-
ternoon off Playa Pabou. What caught
our attention were three porcupinefish:
two more than two feet long, and one
shorter. One of the large ones was cir-
cling around the other large one. The
smaller one would approach. The
circler would chase the smaller fish,
then return to the other large individual.
We think the circler and the smaller fish
were males and the one who was being
circled was the female. As soon as the
large male got back to the lady, the
other male would arrive, and the larger
male would chase the smaller away.
We watched this sequence, over and

over, for 20 minutes. We couldn't see
any way that this courtship was going
to be consummated, but now that I
think about it there are two possibilities.
The first is that eventually one of the
males would get tired and quit. This
would leave the most fit suitor to pass
on his genes. The other possibility is
that the larger male decides to complete
the spawning. In that case, the other
male is likely to perform a stunt well
known to wrasses and other fishes:
he'll zip up there at the crucial moment
and turn the spawning into a two-papa
Mr. Darwin would have been proud.
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*to find it, just look up

Our Nearest Cosmic Neighbor Occults and Hides the Second
Biggest Star We Can See With the Naked Eye

The Moon will occult Antares in the early morning of March 3.

N ext Thursday, March 3rd' in the wee hours of the morning, we are going to
experience an occult cosmic occurrence because our nearest neighbor, the
Moon, will actually pass in front of and hide, for about an hour, the second biggest
star we can see with the naked eye. And you can watch it with just the naked eye.
Let me explain. Next Thursday morning about 3 am Sky Park Time, face southeast
where the brightest thing you'll see will be a last quarter Moon, just up and to the
right of the giant red star Antares which marks the heart of Scorpius the Scor-
pion, which will not be completely above the horizon until a couple of hours later.
One good way to recognize Scorpius, in addition to using the Moon and Antares as
finders, is that the top of Scorpius is marked by three stars, all about the same
brightness, equally spaced in a row but much farther apart from each other than the
three equally spaced stars in Orion the Hunter's belt.
And right now I can hear some of you saying, "But Scorpius is a summer con-
stellation, so how come we can see him in the dead of winter?" Well as you may
recall, the stars and constellations of any given season are those stars and constel-
lations which are highest above the horizon in early evening during a season. And
in summer time Scorpius is indeed at its highest in early evening but for part of the
winter we can actually see Scorpius in early am hours. And such is the case right
And what's going to happen Thursday is really fun and is what astronomers actu-
ally call an "occult experience." But the word occult in astronomy is a little bit dif-
ferent than in common usage. Occult, when used as an adjective, usually pertains
to magic, divination, astrology etc. But where it's used as a verb, it means to hide
or conceal from view. And so Thursday morning the Moon will occult, that is,
hide and conceal from view, Antares.
Now our Moon is only 2,000 miles wide whereas Antares is 600 million miles
wide, so huge that we could fit over 21 quintillion Moons inside it. It's so humon-
gous that if we placed one edge of Antares where our Sun is it would stretch out
past the orbits of Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars and Jupiter. How can our tiny
Moon hide such a big star? Simple. Our Moon is only a quarter million miles
away, so close it takes light only 1 1/3 seconds to reach us. Antares is about 520
light years away, so far away that it takes 520 years for its light to reach us.
So what can you expect to see Thursday night? Well, the precise moment the
Moon occults Antares will vary from place to place. Basically what you'll see
around or about 4 am is the Moon moving closer to and closer to Antares. Then all
of a sudden, in less than a second, it will disappear from view. And about an hour
later it will pop into view from behind the dark side of the Moon. It's fun to see
with just the naked eye but even more fun with a small telescope.
1 Jack Horkheimer


For the week:
February 25 to March 4, 2004
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES_(Mar. 21- April 20) Generosity will put you in the poorhouse. If everyone
wants to do their own thing, let them. Make some notes regarding the changes that
you should make. This is a good day to check out your investments. Your lucky day
this week will be Monday.
TAURUS (April 21- May 21) You can make gains if you work in conjunction with
others. You would be best to work late in order to avoid such disharmony. Don't
count on your friends to be loyal when it comes to doing things. Younger relatives
may seek your advice. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Friends and relatives can give you good advice. You
can make money through solid investment plans. You may want to make drastic
changes concerning your personal partner. Pushy people must be kept at arm's
length. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) You are best to avoid such unsavory circumstances,
especially if you're in a group situation. Help those incapable of taking care of their
personal affairs. Pleasure trips or friendly get-togethers will be satisfying and intel-
lectually stimulating. Property investments should payoff. Your lucky day this week
will be Thursday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Children may be on your mind. You need more time to
think this whole situation through. Go directly to the source if you want to know ex-
actly what's been going on. Direct your energy wisely this week. Anger will prevail
if you expect help from others. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) You could be emotional if you didn't take care of prob-
lems with loved ones. You're best not to get involved injoint financial ventures.
You will have to be careful not to fall into traps set by jealous colleagues. Don't fall
for damaging rumors, and refuse to get involved in gossip. Your lucky day this week
will be Saturday.
LIBRA_(Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Don't be too quick to spend money. Accept the inevita-
ble. Tell it like it is. You are best to put your efforts into redecorating or inviting
friends over. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) A new image can be the result if you change your
look. Children may be demanding, and entertainment could cost a lot more than you
can really afford. Try to keep your cool; you may be a tad frazzled by all the rushing
around. You'll be angry if those you live with aren't pulling their weight. Your lucky
day this week will be Monday.
SAGITTARIUS.(Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Find ways to mellow out. Self improvement
projects should be your key concern. Be sure that the person you're drawn to is not
already involved. You will attract potential lovers, but be sure that they're unat-
tached. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) You will be able to borrow money in order to in-
vest. Some of your new friends may not be that trustworthy. Those who have been
too demanding should be put in their place or out to pasture. Jealous colleagues may
try to undermine you. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
AQUARIUS_(Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Talk to others about your plans. Travel will be fa-
vorable. You need to keep busy doing things that you both enjoy. Relationships may
be hard to handle. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
PISCES_(Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You can receive recognition for the work you've done.
You will have to be sure not to bum the candle at both ends. You will be on the ram-
page this week. Don't fall into the trap. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.

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