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Senator Ramonsito Booi


T he Antilles Central Govern-
ment has fallen because Bon-
aire political strongman, Senator
Ramonsito Booi, withdrew his two
seats of support and left Prime Minister
Ys without the necessary (13 member)
majority for his coalition government.
Senator Booi kept to his promise to pull
his UBP party out if the Central Gov-
ernment didn't come up with funds to
allow full services to resume at Bon-
aire's San Francisco Hospital. Booi will
now approach Holland directly for sup-
port, something he said he couldn't do
if he was part of the problem-the Cen-
tral Government.
Said the Senator, "It's not the coali-
tion that I have a problem with. It is the
Central Government. I must conclude
that the problems of the island territory
of Bonaire are not being addressed. I
ask myself if a politician from Curagao
could defend the closure of its airport





Tht3"PORTER

INSTHISSLE:

Antique Houses (Pasangrahan) 3
Editorial: Measure AMFO Fairly 4
Letter: TEC Diving 3
New TDI Instructors 8
Barracudas Swim Team 9
Tracking Three Turtles 9
Gardner (Rain & Rock Gardens) 10
Day of the Child 11
Dietitian: Asparagus 13
Old World Look New Walls (Paint) 18
Beaujolais Nouveau is here 18


WEEKLY FEATURES:
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Special Olympic Spotlight 7
(Angelica Castillo)
Picture Yourself
(Quito, Equador &
Caracas Race Track, Venezuela) 8
Vessel List & Tide Table 9
Classifieds 12
Pet of the Week
(Volunteer Myrthe with "Diane") 14
Reporter Masthead 14
What's Happening 15
December Cruise Ship Schedule 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
Born on Bonaire & On the Island
Since (Frans Booi & Maggie
Booi-Kaiser) 17
Sky Park
(Mars, Venus & Three Cosmic Birds) 19
The Stars Have It 19


A Compounding the issue of neglect
by the Central Government was an
incident at the airport last Friday night.
One air traffic controller had called in
sick and his colleagues at first refused
to come in because their employer, the
Central Government, had not made
proper arrangements. As a result Fla-
mingo Airport was closed for several
hours and flights had to be diverted.
Parliamentary elections are due in
January, 2006, so a new election or
government reorganization is unlikely.
Booi is expected to hand in his party's
portfolio later this week. Whether he
will join a new government after elec-
tions, if invited, is a question.
The withdrawal is not expected to af-
fect Bonaire's representation at the first
Round Table Conference to begin the
critical negotiations for the restructur-
ing of the Antilles which starts Satur-
day, November 26.

A The crisis at San Francisco Hos-
pital has eased as we go to press. The
Central Government said they could


come up with NAf800.000 now and
another NAf400.000 later in the week.
The hospital is again admitting patients
and supplies are replenished, However,
a shortfall of NAf3 million still exists.

Legislation has been proposed in
the Central Government Parliament to
raise the old age pension (AOV) to
NAf1.000 per month. The current
AOV pension is NAf536. Bonaire re-
cently decided to add NAf100 to that
for "needy" pensioners.

A A new airline, Insel Air, says it is
ready to start flying between the An-
tillean islands. Their ultimate plan is to
regional, then go trans-Atlantic.
Transportation Minister Omayra
Leeflang confirmed that the budding
airline had indeed followed permit pro-
cedures and all that remains is to type
certify their aircraft. They plan to use
an Embraer Bandeirantes that carries 19
passengers, a plane that needs certifica-
tion by the Aviation Administration.
The company also met with Atlantic
Airlines, another airline that wants to
start flights from Curagao with a Boe-
ing 737 as soon as possible. The Insel
Air International partnership was
founded 12 years ago and was intended
to replace DCA after it went bankrupt.
It received a business permit earlier this
week, and joins other airline wanna-bes
like Curacao Airways, PIAS, and Trans
Caribbean Airways, as well as Curagao
Airways. Insel Air has submitted its
manuals, which were approved. As
soon as the aircraft is inspected, the
company can start with the flights.


A KLM announced its winter
schedule. It will continue to fly five
times a week using an MD-11: Amster-
dam-Bonaire-Quito/Guayaquill- and
return (between January 30 and March
25, 2006, it drops to four flights per
week) and seven times per week using
an MD-11 :-Amsterdam-Bonaire-Lima-
and return.

A BonairExpress had two aircraft
out of service for several days last
week. In St. Maarten stranded passen-
gers, including the Governor of the
Netherlands Antilles, Frits Goedgedrag,
and Prime Minister Etienne Ys flew
KLM's Amsterdam-originated 747 to
Curacao. Besides the ATR 42 aircraft
stranded by a technical problem in St.
Maarten there was another in Curagao.
Combined with the rain, conditions
were chaotic. Most afternoon and eve-
ning flights were cancelled. Chief Ex-
ecutive Officer (CEO) Floris van Pal-
landt of BonairExpress said, "KLM had
open seats on the St. Maarten-Curagao
route. I was happy to solve the problem
this way," he said. Normal 'Express
schedules resumed Tuesday
To further add to the chaos of local
air travel an air traffic controller
called in sick around 7:30 pm on Fri-
day night and the airport was left with-
out direction. The American Eagle
flight had to return to Puerto Rico. At
11:30 pm the tower was manned again,
allowing normal landings of KLM but
very late arrivals for BonairExpress and
American Eagle.
(Continued on page 4)


Bonaire Reporter November 25-December 2, 2005


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Antique Living Houses of Bonaire
The Pasangrahan Preserving Bonaire's Architectural Heritage


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S interklaas (Santa Claus) is
coming to town! And he will
arrive at the historic Pasangrahan
first. After being gone for a year
Sinterklaas and his Zwarte Pieten
(Black Pete) helpers are expected to
land via boat in Bonaire this Satur-
day at 10 am at the North Pier. He
arrived in Holland two weeks ago,
but it took a bit longer for him to
get here.
Two years ago Sinterklaas stayed
in the Pasangrahan. That is maybe
not so strange because this building
started its career as a hotel for civil
servants from Aruba and Curagao.
At that time there were no hotels on
Bonaire. Perhaps to impress these
persons, they put the building in the
middle of the city center of Kral-
endijk.
The construction and decoration
of the architecture was and is very
beautiful, with many horizontal and
vertical lines. You can see this not
only in the shutters, windows and
doors, but also in the plaster above
the shutters, under the gutters and
on the covers of the building. To-
day, however, it
can use some plas-
ter and paint be-
fore it is too late! E
photo and text by
Wilna Groenen-
boom.


Page 3










(Flotsam & Jetsam. Continuedfrom page 2)

The Antillean economy is still
growing but at a slower rate than in
2004 and 2003, while inflation is in-
creasing, according to the First Quarter
Report of the Central Bank. The Sec-
ond Quarter Report is expected at the
end of this month. January, February
and March showed a real growth of the
gross domestic product by 0.4%, com-
pared to 1.3% a year earlier. The real
growth is the nominal growth minus
inflation. Inflation for all islands in-
creased by 2.6% for the first three
months of the year, with Bonaire regis-
tering a 1.8% jump. However, the rate
of inflation in Bonaire has decreased
to 0.1% in October compared to a
0.4% growth in August. Over the past
12-month period the inflation rate was
1.5%. Moving the price index up was
food (+0.4%), especially meat and fish
and personal care items (1.1%). Costs
for health care (-0.3%) and beverages
(0.2%) declined; beer goes down but
bread rises.

"Projekto Pa Pueblo" (PPP- Pro-
ject for People) was inaugurated last
month with the start of construction
of 34 homes in Nikiboko North. It's a
joint project of the Government, a pri-
vate developer and the Postal Savings
Bank. It's aimed at providing afford-
able housing. Additional PPP homes
are planned near Wanapa and Tera
Kora.

A The Antillean Post Office has a
new website where lots of postal infor-


mation is available: http://www.
npostna.com/

The tropical depression that
drenched Bonaire became Tropical
Storm Gamma. That was the same
November day that brought record
rainfall and lots of damage to Bonaire
last year. This time the heavy rainfall
began Wednesday. Many homes and
streets were flooded and electrical
power went out following a lightning
strike near WEB's Hato plant. The
heavy downpour further eroded Bon-
aire's poorly maintained roads, and
ruts and potholes are everywhere.
November named-storms aren't
strangers to the Atlantic Basin. Last
year, Tropical Storm Otto flared in the
open Atlantic Ocean the last day of
November, and who on Bonaire can
forget the effects of Hurricane Lenny
whose 6th anniversary was last week.
Gamma is the 24th named storm of the
Atlantic hurricane season, extending
this year's record. The previous record
of 21 named storms had stood since
1933. Will there be a Storm Delta?

A It's the Caribbean bargain of
the season. People living in downtown
Detroit can soon board a plane and
head to the tropics for less than 10
(Continued on page 6)


I OPED A GE-E ITORA L


MEASURE AMI
FAIRLY

W erner Wiels resig
head of AMFO (
lean Co-Financing Office)
ber 7. Wiels told the Cura
newspaper that he didn't w
disturbing factor" in the or
tigation into AMFO's
operations. He is not sus-
pected of embezzling
AMFO funds or any ille-
gal activity.
We believe Mr. Wiels
deserves a lot of credit
for taking the helm of a
new organization that
brought a bounty of
benefits to the Bonairean
people as well as those


most. They specified a new, non-
FO government office, to do that, and
AMFO was formed from scratch.
AMFO had to define its own proce-
ned as the dures as it grew as well as guide the
The Antil- budding NGO Platforms on all the is-
on Novem- lands. Dealing with five different
cao Amigoe groups of well meaning, but often un-
rant to be "a tried people, was a major challenge to
Going inves- success. But it did succeed.
Criticism of AMFO, to
A its credit, came from the
1 bean counters, the people
SI focused on accounting
for each guilder donated,
.. UO" rather than law enforce-
ment authorities. And


B


F


on other islands. Over the past year
just about every issue of The Bonaire
Reporter carried news of a positive
contribution of AMFO to fight pov-
erty, help the aged, inspire youth, de-
velop community ties, assist the envi-
ronment or preserve culture.
But from the start Werner Wiels was
in an almost impossible position politi-
cally. He was distributing funds that
people formerly received from the lo-
cal and central government- a clear
threat to the established power struc-
ture. That structure had been deemed
unworthy and inadequate by the or-
ganizations who wanted their donated
funds to go to people who needed it


While their criticism may
O be justified, the AMFO-
II j NGO Platform-Needy
SPeople chain worked
well on a large scale, per-
haps better than anything else that was
done before to meet the goals of effi-
ciently reducing the effect of poverty
and improving social conditions.
If the auditors' report causes the de-
cision makers to eliminate AMFO,
then the Antilles, and especially Bon-
aire who participated 100% with the
program, will lose big-time. And the
biggest losers will be the people who
can afford it least.

Let's remember Werner Wiels by the
good he did and give him a medal, not
the cold shoulder. And then ask him to
take his job back. G.D.


Bonaire Reporter November 25-December 2, 2005


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I OP E D PA G -E TR


TEC DIVING


Dear Editor:
As promised, the next dives on the
newly discovered wall came sooner than
I expected. (Divi Dive Operations Man-
ager) Serge de Groote promoted TEC
diving at the recent DEMA show in Las
Vegas. Two divers signed up for some
TEC instruction. Two weeks ago I started
two classes simultaneously. Erin C.
Turner from Monterey, CA signed up for
an Advanced Tri-Mix class and Geo Hirst
from Las Vegas NV for Advanced Nitrox
and Stage Deco class.
On one of the Trimix dives we searched
for the Sea Explorer (sunk after an on-
board explosion). We started at the air-
port area for 25 minutes bottom time
(BT) at 200 feet, unfortunately with no
results. Maybe it takes a deeper dive to
find it. Till next time.
The next dive was planned to 240 feet
for 20 minutes at the newly discovered
wall. But the dive site was occupied so
we choose another. After swimming


north for 12 minutes we came to the
deepest part of the wall. Even from 240
feet there was no bottom in sight. Com-
ing to the limit of our BT time we started
our ascent. The first deep stop was at 140
feet. In the distance we saw a pale
shadow approaching us. As it got closer
we saw it was a Spotted Eagle Ray. This
became a most weird encounter. As we
ascended to the other decompression
stops it stayed with us. The total Deco
Time was 71 minutes, and the curious
animal stayed with us, swimming circles
around us till the last stop at 10 feet.
What an amazing encounter. Later I
found out that divers from Toucan Diving
had also met the curious Eagle Ray.
On Friday Erin's final dive was
planned to go to 330 feet for 12 min BT.
It cost $84 each for the Tri-Mix blends
and we took three different decompres-
sion mixes. We left at 8:15 am. After pre-
paring the gear we entered the water for a
planned 102-minute total time dive.
We descended to 150 feet on the travel
mix, required because the bottom mix
contains less oxygen. We approached the
gas switch. TX 12/50, 12% Oxygen and
50% Helium; the rest is Nitrogen, to be-
gin the descent to 330 feet. After three
minutes we reached 330 feet and started
cruising south. Looking up at the drop off
can be described in one word,
"awesome." Looking down we could see
a visible sand bottom at an estimated
400+ feet. Towards the end of the BT it
seemed to go deeper and deeper below
us. The water temperature was 710F, a
good 12F difference from the warmer
water at 50 feet.


With this new perspective we can con-
clude that it is not a straight-down wall as
it looked when we first discovered it. But
there are walls and steep plateaus and
again walls. Some cliffs are like a hang-
over rock where you could virtually go
under Klein Bonaire a totally dramatic
view with a special beauty. During the
ascent to the first stop at 190 feet, on the
way up I got charged by a big spotted
moray at 300 feet. I gave some strong fin
kicks and avoided the confrontation. A
long deco followed and I am looking for-
ward to the next dive on this site.
I'd like to congratulate Erin Turner for
being the first woman to earn the highest
level of TEC training certification, Ad-
vanced Tri-Mix Diver, on Bonaire. Dur-
ing an interview she said, "The week was
a great experience and superb diving."
Bonaire proved to be an excellent train-
ing area and above all a beautiful and
easy environment to TEC dive. She
hoped that Bonaire would one day get
another deep wreck. "It will make Bon-
aire even more attractive to TEC Divers."
I sure would agree on that...
The Divi Dive team is happy to an-
nounce that we have four TED instructors
on staff. Because of the growing interest
in TEC diving we are planning to add a
gas booster in the near future so we get
more efficiency out of the blending sta-
tion, and it could cut the consumer price
on gas blends.
Roger Haug and Serge de Groote


Bonaire Reporter November 25-December 2, 2005


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(Flotsam & Jetsam. Continuedfrom page 4)
bucks. Spirit Airlines is offering a spe-
cial deal that lets Detroiters fly to Ja-
maica for $9 each way. Would-be trav-
elers have been entitled to book their
flights since November 7 and travel
dates must be between November 10
and December 14. What would a fare
like that mean to Bonaire?


A Keep an eye on Kralendijk Bay
for a new sailboat, a restored Volen-
dammer kwak with dark brown
(tanbark) sails. It was once at home on
the Zuiderzee. Soon artist Fred Ros
(famous for his underwater art show
off the WannaDive pier) will be offer-
ing a variety of trips so you can inspect
this genuine floating antique for your-
self. We hear that Sanikolas will use it
to make his appearance in Kralendijk
this Saturday. It's tied up at the Nau-
tico Bonaire dock downtown.


A Five youngsters representing
several different Bonaire organiza-
tions attended the Youth Summit in
St. Eustatius (Statia) last week under
the guidance of Soeraly Pourier. Pov-
erty and other issues of special interest
to young people in the islands were
discussed. Attending for Bonaire were
Richandro Emerencianan of the Bon-
aire Youth Outreach Foundation,
Christopher Frans of the Rincon Youth
Group, Reginald Manuel of Jong Bon-
aire, Krystel Rombley represented
Scouting, and Ruthbella St. Jago of the
Rincon Sentro di Bario.

A Mexico's Congress passed a tour-
ism ministry-backed law introducing
tax-free shopping for international
tourists as of July 1, 2006. Spear-
headed by the Secretary of Tourism,
the law-which passed with little oppo-
sition-is designed to increase competi-
tion in tourism and foster private in-
vestments. Bonaire's tourism has
never seen as many visitors as it did
before the imposition by the Central
Government of the OB sales tax in the
mid-1990s.


A Portraits ofBonaire, the very
popular and opulent "coffee table"
book by writer Guus Gerritsen and
artist Henk Roozendaal is being re-
printed as a second edition and will
be available next month. There will
also be a follow up to the book, Por-
traits ofBonaire- Volume 2. The au-
thors have already begun the inter-
views and portraits that will be in-
cluded in the new book; it will be pub-
lished in the second half of 2006.

A The Logos II "Book-Ship" has
returned to Bonaire. It brings much
more than just books, offering a unique
and unforgettable experience to all who
come onboard. The international crew
of 200 people represents over 45 dif-
ferent nations. In addition to books, the
Logos II also offers a program of on-
board conferences. During its 10-day
stay in Bonaire, conferences will be
held for all age groups. The purpose of


the conferences is
to share Biblical -
principles as a basis
of their lives. Crew
members will take
their outreach pro-
gram into schools,
the jail and other
locations, with the
purpose of serving
the community and I II
sharing a message LO I
of love and hope.
The Logos II will
be berthed at the North Pier in Kral-
endijk.
The Book Fair is open to the public
from November 23 to 30, Tuesdays to
Saturdays, from 10am to 10pm, and on
Sunday and Monday from 2pm to
10pm.

A The Netherlands edition ofAmi-
goe, the Dutch language newspaper
that carries Antillean, but mostly Cura-
gao, news will soon only be available
on line. The printed edition will not be
published after November 24. Mailed
subscribers will be able to get credit for
conversion to the on-line edition which
will be available for a fee after Decem-
ber.
On-line newspaper reading is the
wave of the future. Even some people
in Bonaire, who can get the printed
edition free, choose to subscribe on-
line.
The Bonaire Reporter is free in print
and has been available on-line by sub-
scription since 2000. The current ver
(Continued on page 7)


Bonaire Reporter November 25-December 2, 2005


Page 6











(Flotsam & Jetsam, Continuedfrom page 6)

sion is designed to be either viewed on
the screen or printed out at home. It in-
cludes all photos in color and every
story in the printed edition. Although
individual ads are absent, the Dining
and Shopping Guides are shown. Go to
www.bonaireporter.com to check it out
and sign up. It makes a great gift.

A A confidential study of Curacao's
Isla Refinery reveals no easy alterna-
tives for solving its problems of pollu-
tion and inefficiency. The conclusions
of a Strategic Orientation Studies (SOS)
report on the Isla-refinery ordered by
the Curagao Island Executive Council
(BC) said a $1 billion in investment is
necessary to keep the Isla refinery open.
Early closing will cost $500 million.
The dismantling of the refinery and the
cleaning up of the grounds will cost an
additional $400 million. Postponing the
investment is not an option, because the
refinery will be obsolete and forced to
shut down in 2019 or sooner. Bonaire
gets most of its fuel from that refinery.

A The model in the Benetton ad this
week is Jong Bonaire member, Jer-
mainy Diaz, who's pictured in the
Royal Palm Galleries Mall, in front of
the ReMax office. The Benetton ad is
on page 20.


by Grupo Kayena starting at 6 pm. It's
authentically Bonairean and costs only
$20 including a welcome drink at the
Calabas Restaurant.

A We apologize for the late deliv-
ery of the free edition of The Bonaire
Reporter last week. Although it was
prepared and printed on Wednesday on
schedule, using emergency power dur-
ing the downpour, six bundles of news-
papers, each the size of a large suitcase,
"disappeared" after being delivered to
the airport in Curagao. Perhaps difficul-
ties at the airport and the curtailed
schedule of flights were a contributing
factor. On Friday morning the papers
were reprinted but didn't arrive from
Curacao until 3 am on Saturday.












Happy Thanksgiving

A Join us in offering thanks as
part of one of the best American tra-


ditions Thanksgiving Day. Even
A John Janga, the winner of the Divi with some of the occasional inconven-
Song Festival in Aruba last weekend, iences that Bonaire offers we still
will be the special guest star at Sun- wouldn't trade life here for anywhere
day's (December 4th ) Bonairean else. For Bonaire as it is -we are thank-
Night at the Divi Flamingo Beach Re- ful. And thank you-readers and adver-
sort. Music by Kanja Brabu and dance tisers.0 G./L. D.


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Picture Yourself

In the Reporter

Quito, Ecuador
R ita Lepsche (center), who lives
in France but has two sons on
Bonaire, sent us this photo from
Quito, Ecuador. In the photo she is
posing with The Reporter with a group
of doctors who specialize in natural
medicine. O


Bonaire dive instructor, Pepe Mastropaolo, is reading his Bonaire Reporter at
the 10th National Race for the Venezuelan Supercross Championship for
Team Honda. Next year Pepe, who also plays a fine saxophone, will represent
Bonaire riding his motorcycle at International Supercross events. 0

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New TDI Instructors At Divi Dive Bonaire
eginning this month a TDI
(Technical Diving International)
instructor training course was organized
at Divi Dive at the Flamingo Beach Re-
sort. Dive Operations Manager Serge De
Groote and Director of Technical Diving
Roger Haug, managed to get David
Burroughs on island. David is vice presi-
dent sales and marketing of TDI and an
instructor trainer as well.
The three proud instructors from Divi
Dive Bonaire achieved the following
levels: Emile Van Aesch became ex-
tended range instructor and gas blender
instructor and got qualified for several
other technical specialties. Jose Mas-


Brothers Johan and Frans Van Kessel
with their instructor Geertje De Groot


Advanced Instructors Emile Van
Aesch, Jose "Pepe" Mastropaolo
and Geertje De Groot
tropaolo got the extended range instruc-
tor ranking as well, and Geertje De
Groot became an advanced nitrox-deco
procedures instructor and extended range
diver.
Just certified as instructor, Geertje De
Groot gave her first advanced nitrox-
deco procedure course this week to
brothers Johan and Frans Van Kessel
from Holland. Congratulations to them!
For 2006, Serge and Roger are planning
to expand the project with a full re-
breather service. Check it out and see
what more is coming in the deep and
fascinating world of technical diving at
Divi Dive Bonaire! U
Photos and story by Roger Haug


Bonaire Reporter November 25-December 2, 2005


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I A A YAAAG


Bonaire Barracudas Swimming a team sport


A team of 13 diehard
Bonaire Barracuda
age group swimmers along
with their coaches and par-
ents took the 6 am flight to
Curagao on November 12
to compete in the 3rd Cura-
gao Open swimming com-
petition of the 2005 2006
season. The team spent the
hours before the meet at the
Nederlands Antilliaanse
Voetball Unie (NAVU) fa-
cility next door to the Sen-
tro Deportivo Korsow
(SDK) pool, preparing mentally and
physically for the upcoming competi-
tion.
Boys and girls 10 years and under
swam in the morning session which
started with warm up swimming at 10
and competition at 11. Bonaire has
three ranked swimmers in the 10 and
under class who have the possibility of
qualifying in one or more events for
the Netherlands Antilles National
Championships to be held in Curagao
December the 9t 11th. Rankings and
invitations will be issued on December
6th. This is the first year that Bonaire
swimmers have been eligible to qualify
for Nationals.
After the morning session it was
back to NAVU for a healthy lunch and
rest before returning to the pool at 5
pm for the 11 years and older category
events. Fellow Barracuda swimmers
and fans cheered Giada Binelli (Girls
13 14) on as she swam times in both
the 50 meter butterfly and 50 meter
backstroke under the qualifying times
for Nationals.
It was back to the airport to catch the
11 pm flight home and a day off before
swim practice on Monday. Many
thanks to the Barracuda coaches and


Giada Binelli receives congratula-
tions from her teammates for her 50
meter butterfly performance. Her time
was 38.51 seconds.

parent volunteers and our sponsor Tec-
nobar for making this trip possible. 1
Valarie Stimpson

Volunteer Opportunity
The Netherlands Antilles Swimming
Federation and the Bonaireaanse
Aquatics Club Barracudas will be
holding an introductory swimming of-
ficials clinic given by Mr. Eddy Solo-
mon, FINA representative, on Satur-
day, November 26th. The clinic is
free. The Barracudas wish to invite
anyone interested in participating to
contact Valarie Stimpson at vala-
rie@telbonet.an to sign up. D


TrackiA Turtle


'Albert'
'Albert' picked up some speed over the weekend to 80 km per day. Then he
increased his speed once again, and is now traveling at a rate of 85 km per
day. He is still moving west and is now approximately 1100 km from Klein
Bonaire.

'Jenni'
No signals were received turtle from 'Jenni.' in the past few days. STCB is still
attempting to obtain information about her last recorded location. Her last reports
indicated that she might have been at her feeding grounds.

'Mariposita'
'Mariposita' increased her speed to a rate of 98 km per day. She appears to be
turning slightly to the northwest. The next day she slowed down significantly
and is now traveling at a rate of 72 km per day. She is headed more toward
the west. She is approximately 485 km from Klein Bonaire. O
Andy Uhr & Mabel Nava


KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF
11-25 2:36 1.OFT. 10:18 1.6FT. 16:46 1.3FT. 19:22 1.4FT. 31
11-26 2:10 1.OFT. 10:10 1.7FT. 18:04 1.2FT. 20:04 1.3FT. 34
11-27 1:41 1.OFT. 10:17 1.8FT. 19:05 1.1FT. 21:25 1.2FT. 43
11-28 1:13 1.OFT. 10:35 1.9FT. 20:07 1.0FT. 22:42 1.1FT. 54
11-2911:05 2.0FT. 20:53 0.9FT. 66
11-3011:37 2.1FT. 21:48 0.8FT. 77
12-01 12:12 2.1FT. 22:32 0.7FT. 87
12-02 12:56 2.2FT. 23:10 0.6FT. 94
12-03 13:43 2.1FT. 23:48 0.6FT. 97



Alter Ego Galivanter Pizazz
Always Saturday Gdansk Samba
Andrea Good Hope Santa Maria
Annka Goril Two Sandpiper, USA
Angie Guaicamar I, Ven. Scintella
Arcadia Jan Gerardus Sirius
Augustijn Jennifer Spartivento
Aurora Kantinka Syjoli
Batje Karminda II Sylvia K
Bright Sea La Baronne Tatoosh, Cayman Islands
Camissa, Chan Is. Lazzorone Ti Amo
Cape Kathryn Longo Mai Tigger
Cheers Maggi Ulu Ulu, USA
Corail IV Midwatch Unicorn, Norway
Delphinus Natural Selection Unimak
Double Boggey Nexus Varedhuni, Ger
Eclipse Nirvana Water Musik
Endorphin Noorhinder Williwaw
Flying Cloud, USA Okura Ya-T, BVI
Freestyle One Way Wind Yanti Paratzi
Future Pacific Zahi, Malta

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Bonaire's First Investmenl onerence




www.bonaireinvestmenLcom
EZA For more information call; 717-3618


THE BONAIRE GARDNER

Lots of Rain and Rock Gardens


n my last articles I
wrote about creating
a rock garden. Maybe
after this week it would
be better to write about
creating a pond in your
garden! Wow, did we
have a lot of rain this
week! I hope you didn't
have too much flooding
and none of your plants
were washed away. As
always, when I have to
update you, here are some
things to remember after A red Euphorbia pulcherrima
this very nice rain, which
is for the plants of course!
I've seen some Bougainvillea falling over, heavy with blossoms and new
growth, Bougainvilleas don't have a very good rooting system, so when the soil
gets very wet they can just fall over. The thing to do is to prune them back a lot,
put them back straight, maybe tie them to a stick or wall and add some new firm
diabaas (dirt). In that way they will be spared.
Also with the flooding and heavy rain many of the "dams" around the plants
have been washed away or become flattened out. Make sure before the plants dry
out to dig them in them again and make it easier for the plants to collect the water.
Also, once the sun returns the topsoil can become very hard. Especially older gar-
dens get these problems so make sure that you do some raking and in some cases
add some organic soil to enrich the garden.
After it's been raining so much a lot of nutrients can be washed away. We
see that especially in potted plants. So in a few weeks, make sure the plants get
enough nitrogen by adding a fertilizer like the Peters or Miracle Grow. You can
easily see when there's a lack of Nitrogen when the plant's leaves very quickly
turn yellow, affecting the whole leaf.
But most of all, see how beautifully green everything is!
-If the soil is really wet, wait a few days before planting. Even Cactus or Suc-
culents can be planted now, no problem.

This brings me to our earlier topic, the lower rock garden plants. There is a
large number of flowering types that are useful for this purpose. It is important
that all the plants you use shouldn't get too big and shouldn't need a lot of pruning
because everything should look as natural as possible.
Some Red Euphorbia types are really nice and have white, red or yellow flow-
ers, and they all stay small.
Another great plant is the Broadleaf Lily with great white flowers, which, al-
though it is very common here, is so nice in a rock garden. They spread out a bit
and give you a very nice green accent. One of my favorite flowering plants to use
in a rock garden is the Desert Rose, with amazing red flowers that bloom all year
round. This is also one of the best plants for pots if you are not sure your plants
will be watered enough. And there are also some really nice Cactus-like plants
with great flowers, like some Aloe varieties, Stapelia (Stinkbloem) or the com-
mon Magdalena. They grow without too much attention and give a very nice ac-
cent to the lower part of a rock garden.
Next time more about this topic when I'll write something about what rocks to
use. O Ap van Eldik

Ap van Eldik owns Green Label
Landscaping which designs, con-
structs and maintains residential and
commercial gardens. Two nurseries
and a garden shop in Kralendijk
carry terra cotta pots from Mexico
and South America. Phone 717-3410.
NOW OPEN SATURDAYS, NON-
STOP 9 TO 4.


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CAPT. DON'S ISLAND GROWER
Trees and plants, Bonaire grown.
8000m2 nursery. Specializing in gar-
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Kaminda Lagoen 103, Island Growers
NV (Capt. Don and Janet). Phone:
786-0956



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


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


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Make it more livable from the start.
FENG SHUI CONSULTATIONS
Interior or exterior design advice,
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Pet boarding / Dierenpension
Day and night care. phone: 786-4651


www.bonairenet.com/jellastone/



Is your computer slowing down, not
responding the way it used to ? It
might be a virus or spyware. Let the
professionals fix it. Bonaire Automa-
tion (next to Hitess) Call 717-4306


For sale: Stroller NAf75 and kid's
seat for bicycle NAf75, Items are as
new. Tel. 717-7977


1996 Suzuki Vitara (jeep) with bi-
kini top, great shape. NAf6.000. Call
717-7648

Suzuki Vitara. jr. 1997 NAf 7.500,-
STel.786-5854.

Giant brand mountain bike -
NAf300 Call 717-7648


For sale: Scubapro 7mm wetsuits. 1
x male, XL. 1 x female M. $50 each.
Weights 1, 2 and 3 kg. weights.
$2,5 per kg Pony bottle 30 Cu. Ft.
$100. Also lots of small stuff! Call
Rogier 791-2439

For Sale: Refrigerator: A big refrigera-
tor with 2 sliding doors. Height: 59 Width:
30 Depth: 19 Inches $1.672; Slicing ma-
chine: To cut meat and cheese $ 500;
Freezer: Height: 3 Width: 4 Depth: 2.5 Ft
$ 175; Horror movies $1 a piece; Christ-
mas Decorations/ Jeans size 32 and 38,
Food warmer small.: Food Cooler: Food
processors: Food mixers: Letter Board:
And more. PHONE: 790-7674

For sale: Chair solidly built Oak An-
tique Chair NAf100 Also Persian
Rug. Beige/Yellow. Call Rogier 791-
2439

2 Sky Kennels for dogs, 1 large (E-
class acc. to KLM), 1 extra large (F-
class) NAf150 and NAf300 tel. 786-
5582

N.V. FOR SALE- Registered for
environmental and educational con-
sulting. On going and active. Send in-
quiry to bonnv4sale@aol.com

Brand New. Never Used. Scu-
bapro Classic Air BCD, Size large
Only $399. Call or visit Carib Inn
717-8819

LADA NIVA (jeep) for sale
1991-4X4 drive 1.6 Cyl. 95.000km
NAf5.400 717-2844 or 786-2844


For rent: for upcoming six weeks.
Nicely fully furnished 1-BR apart-
ment, incl. cable TV/internet, airco,
alarm, washing machine etc. with big
porch and nice garden in quiet
neighborhood. Tel.- 717-7977

Modern house Santa Barbara www.
posada-bonaire.com +599 785-0918

Three bedroom apartment in
Hato, completely furnished; Inter-
ested? Contact Amanda at Harbour-
town Real Estate 717 5539


EBoat for


It breaks my heart to sell the
undefeated Bonaire Sail-Fishing boat-
class A winner, Laurita. Would cost
$20,000 to replace. Refit at Blonk


Boat works completed October 2nd
Asking NAfl4,000
Call George 786-6518/717-8988.


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Tutor Needed Nov. 21- Jan. 5. 8th
Grade Geometry. Please email
ann@bonairewindsurfing.com.

Looking for house sitter 17h De-
cember to 6th January. Clean, cen-
trally located house, Must be re-
sponsible animal lover. Please call:
Donna 785-9332

WANTED- We are looking for a
full-time experienced Assistant to the
Operations Manager for a small-
scale resort on Bonaire. For more in-
formation or to apply please call
Marieke Schmitz phone number 717-
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Bonaire Reporter November 25-December 2, 2005


I GODDARD CATERING GROUP BONAIRE

announces an immediate opening for employment:





Assistant Storeroom Supervisor/

Storeroom Supervisor-in-training



Education: Minimum HAVO/MAVO

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Computer skills: Intermediate to advanced necessary

Drivers license: Needed, rijbewijs C a plus.

Other: Must be reliable, accurate with numbers, and able to
work closely in a team environment. Good conduct letter and
keuringskaart required.






Please apply in person at Kaya Internashonal z/n or
fax your CV to fax number 717-2989.


~Or ISalc~


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Ask the Dietitian

Asparagus Queen ofVeg*tables


Nowadays it's easy to find fresh
asparagus on Bonaire. You
should try this nice tasting vegetable!
Asparagus contains few calories and is
very rich in carotene, Vitamin C and Se-
lenium.
Below are two low-fat recipes for this
tasty vegetable.

Asparagus Vinaigrette
(4 servings)
1 lb. asparagus, tough ends trimmed
2 Tab. no-salt-added tomato paste
% cup orange juice
2 Tab. reduced-sodium vegetable broth
or water
2 Tab. red wine vinegar
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. olive oil, preferably extra-virgin
/4 tsp. salt


In a large pot of boiling water, cook the asparagus until just crisp tender, about
3 minutes. Drain well and pat dry on paper towels. Arrange the asparagus on a
serving platter.
Put the tomato paste in a small bowl. Whisk in the orange juice, broth, vinegar,
mustard, oil and salt until well combined. Spoon the vinaigrette over the aspara-
gus and serve.
Calories: 47; Fat: Ig; Carbohydrates: 7g; Protein: 2g

Helpful hints:
When buying asparagus select spears with moist-looking, unwrinkled stems and
tight tips. If the stems are very thick, you may want to peel the though outer skin
with a vegetable peeler. Refrigerate asparagus for no more than a day or two,
wrapping the bases of the stems in moist paper towels and placing them in a plas-
tic bag. Be careful not to overcook the asparagus. The spears are at their best
when they are still firm to bite.


Asparagus-Cheese Puff (4 servings)
3 lb. asparagus, tough ends trimmed, cut into %-inch pieces
3 Tab. flour
2/3 cup low-fat (1%) milk
3 cup canned white kidney beans, rinsed, drained, and mashed
2 egg yolks
1 '/2 oz. crumbled goat or feta cheese
% tsp. dried tarragon
/2tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
6 egg whites
1/8 tsp. cream of tartar

Preheat the oven to 3750F. In a medium saucepan of boiling water, cook the
asparagus until barely tender, about 2 minutes. Drain well and blot dry on paper
towels.
Place the flour in a large saucepan over medium heat and gradually whisk in the
milk until no lumps remain. Bring to a boil and cook, whisking frequently, until
the mixture is slightly thickened, about 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir
in the beans. Whisk in the egg yolks, cheese, tarragon, /4 teaspoon of the salt and
the cayenne until well combined.
In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat the egg whites, the remaining
teaspoon salt, and the cream of tartar until stiff, but not dry, peaks form. Stir
about 1 cup of the egg whites into the milk mixture, then gently fold in the re-
maining egg whites. Gently fold in the asparagus.
Spoon the mixture into an 8-cup souffl6 mold and bake for 30 minutes or until
the souffle is golden brown, puffed, and just set in the center. Serve immediately.
Calories: 164; Fat: 5g; Carbohydrates: 15g; Protein: 14g

Helpful hints:
For variety, replace the asparagus with cauliflower, green beans or broccoli. Be
sure to use the cream of tartar, since it helps stabilize
the beaten egg whites and increases volume as well.
0 Angelique Salsbach


Angdlique Salsbach, a dietitian with Bonaire's Department
of Health and Hygiene, has a radio program every other
Tuesday 9 to 9:30 on Bon FM. Write her at dieti-
tan@bonairenews.com


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Pet of t\


Volunteer Myrthe (16) with "Diane"

Here is teen Shelter volunteer
Mrythe with puppy "Diane." For
the last several months Mrythe has been
coming to the Shelter to help out Satur-
days, and the dogs and the cats all look
forward to her arrival. What would the
Shelter do without its volunteers? Not
such a good job because it is they who
help the staff feed, clean and keep the
pets familiar with people.
You might call this lovely dog with
Mrythe a "slow starter." Diane was
brought in by the dog catcher at 10
weeks old because the people couldn't
handle any more dogs. At first she was
shy and retiring, but little, by little, she
opened up as she gained confidence,
beginning to show her alert and intelli-
gent nature. She'll be easy to train and a
good guardian of her owner and family.
She's had all her shots, is sterilized and
in tip top health. You may see Diane at
the Shelter, open Monday to Friday, 10
am to 2 pm, Saturdays until 1. Tel. 717-
4989.
This week we have a guest photogra-
pher, Melinda Plasse, a New Yorker
who was on vacation in Bonaire with her


The Shelter is having a very inter-
esting fundraiser soon. Last year's
event was such a success that there had
to be a repeat. It's an Indonesian Din-
ner and Art Auction on Thursday,
December 8, at Bongo's Beach, and all
the proceeds go to the Shelter. As it
was last year, many well-known artists
of Bonaire have donated pieces to be
sold.
Dinner is at 6 pm, followed by the auc-
tion at 8:30. Tickets are the same as last
year -NAf45.
You are welcome to attend just the
auction if you like.
Tickets for the event are on sale at the
Bonaire Animal Shelter (717-4989),
from Lydia Juijn (717-8721), Hans
Wennink (717-3207) or Paul Wichers
(787-0466 cell). OL.D.

husband. While he went diving she vol-
unteered at the Bonaire Animal Shelter
every day for a week of her vacation.
She took this shot during her visit.
Thank you, Melinda! EL.D.


2005 The Bonaire Reporter
Published weekly. For information about subscriptions, stories or advertising in The
Bonaire Reporter, phone (599) 717-8988, 786-6518, fax 717-8988, E-mail to: Re-
porter@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: Wilna Groenenboom, Roger Haug, Jack Horkheimer, Greta Kooistra, Mabel
Nava, Angl6ique Salsbach, Valarie Stimpson, Michael Thiessen, Andy Uhr, Ap van Eldik
Features Editor: Greta Kooistra Translations: Peggy Bakker, Sue Ellen Felix
Production: Barbara Lockwood
Distribution: Yuchi Molina (Rincon), Elizabeth Silberie (Playa); Housekeeping: Jaidy
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WHATS HAPPENING


WEKir MOVIE 5NH TINI

Late Show
Call to make sure (Usually 9pm)

Flightplan
(Jodie Foster)
Early Show (Usually 7pm)
In Her Shoes
(Cameron Diaz)
Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAf14 (incl. Tax)
Children under 12 NAf12
NEW FILMS BEGIN FRIDAY
CLOSED MONDAY TUESDAY
AND WEDNESDAY
SATURDAY 4 PM
Sky High


THIS WEEK

November 22 to December 1 Book Fair
Ship Logos II docks in Bonaire at the
North Pier. The Book Fair is open to the
public Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10 am
to 10 pm and on Sunday and Monday from
2 pm to 10 pm. For more information
about on board events and conferences, call
529-5895.
Conferences aboard the ship:
Friday November 25 -- Youth Conference
(14 21 years old) Sex, Drugs & Self
Esteem -Are they of any true values? 8
pm, NAf5.

November 24-26- Bonaire Investment
Conference

Saturday 26 November, Wilhelmina
Park International Night With music,
dances, dramas and a challenging mes-
sage. Entry free for everybody, Wilhelmina
Park, 7 pm

Saturday, November 26 First Round
Table Conference to begin the critical
negotiations for the restructuring of the
Antilles

Saturday, November 26 -The Nether-
lands Antilles Swimming Federation and
the Bonaireaanse Aquatics Club Barracu-
das will be holding an introductory swim-
ming officials clinic given by Mr. Eddy
Solomon, FINA representative. The clinic
is free. Contact Valarie Stimpson at vala-
rie@telbonet.an to sign up.

Saturday, November 26 Darts competi-
tion, City Caf6, 7 pm, free to all
Aboard Logos II
Sunday, November 27- The Vacant
Chair Men's Conference From Men to
Men. What responsibilities do we have?
7 pm, Speaker: Lt. Governor H. Doma-
cass6, NAf5.

Tuesday, Wednesday, November 29-30-
Coral ID Course. Call Bonaire Marine
Park 717-8444 for information.

Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhelmina
Park on Cruise Ship Visiting days, starting
around 10 am to early afternoon: Tuesday,
Nov. 29-Aida Vita

Saturday & Sunday, November 26, 27-
Long Distance Walk-29/44 km & 29/41
km. Comcabon 717-8629, 780-7225.


Saturday, November 26- Surinam Day
Celebration.

COMING UP

Sunday, December 4- Divi Flamingo
Resort Bonairean Night Music by Kanja
Brabu and dance by Grupo Kayena. Special
guest star John Janga, who won the Divi
Song Festival in Aruba last weekend.
Time: 6 9 pm, $20 includes a welcome
drink at the Calabas Restaurant.

Sunday, December 4 First edition of a
Monthly Jazz Brunch at Den Laman.
Music by the Bonaire Jazz Group (Lando,
Guus, Chris and Benji) plus guest musi-
cians from the island and abroad. Broad-
cast live on Bon FM 102.7 -
For info and reservation call 717-4106.
Advance bookings will get 10% discount
on the $25 menu.

Thursday, December 8 Indonesian
Dinner and Art Auction to benefit the
Bonaire Animal Shelter, 6pm -NAf45.
Tickets available at the Animal Shelter
(Tel. 717-4989), from Lydia Duijn (Tel.
717-8721), Hans Wennink (Tel. 717-3207)
and Paul Wichers (Tel. 787-0466 -cell)


REGULAR EVENTS
Saturday Rincon Marsh6 opens at 6 am -
2 pm. Enjoy a Bonairean breakfast while
you shop: fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts,
local sweets and snacks, arts and handi-
crafts, candles, incense, drinks and music.
www.infobonaire.com/rincon
Saturday--Mountain Bike Ride- Every-
one is welcome, It's free. Bring a bike and
your own water. Fitness trainer Miguel
Angel Brito leads the pack. Telephone him
at 785-0767 for more information.
Saturday -Wine Tasting at AWC's ware-
house, 6 to 8 pm, Kaya Industria #23.
Great wines NAf2,50 a glass.
Sunday -Live music 6 to 9 pm while enjoy-
ing a great dinner in colorful tropical ambi-
ance at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant &
Bar. Open daily 5 to 10 pm, Divi Fla-
mingo
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.
Every Tuesday Night @ 6:30pm Bo-
naireTalker Dinner/Gathering at Gibi's,
known for great local food. Call Gibi at
567-0655 for details, or visit www.
BonaireTalk.com, and search for "Gibi."
Friday -Manager's Rum Punch Party,
Buddy Dive Resort, 5:30-6:30 pm
Friday- 5-7 pm Social Event at JanArt
Gallery, Kaya Gloria 7. Meet artist
Janice Huckaby and Larry of Larry's Wild-
side Diving. New original paintings of
Bonaire and diver stories of the East Coast
every week
Daily- The Divi Flamingo Casino is open
daily for hot slot machines, roulette and
blackjack, Monday to Saturday 8 pm- 4
am; Sunday 7 pm- 3 am.
Every day by appointment -Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Bo-
nairean kunuku. $12 (NAf12 for resi-
dents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800.
FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Saturday- Discover Our Diversity Slides
pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm 717-5080
Sunday Bonaire Holiday -Multi-media
dual-projector production by Albert Bian-
culli, 8.30 pm, Capt. Don's Habitat.
Monday- Dee Scarr's Touch the Sea slide
Show at Captain Don's Habitat, 8:30pm


December 2005 Cruise Ship Schedule

Day Date Ship Name Time Pier # PAX Line

Fri Nov.25 Wind Star 0800-2300 N.Pier 150 HAL

Tue Nov.29 AidaVita 1300-2000 S.Pier 1260 P&O Ger

Mon Dec.05 Veendam 0930-1730 S.Pier 1440 HAL

Tue Dec.06 Silver Whisper 0800-1800 N.Pier 388 Silversea

Tue Dec.13 Sea Princess 1200-1900 S.Pier 1950 Princess

Tue Dec.13 AidaVita 1000-2000 N.Pier 1260 P&O Ger.

Sat Dec.17 Silver Whisper 0700-1600 S.Pier 388 Silversea
Cruises

Mon Dec.19 Arcadia 0800-1800 S.Pier 1968 P&O Cruises

Mon Dec.26 Braemar 0800-1700 S.Pier 720 Fred Olsen

Tue Dec.27 AidaVita 1000-2000 S.Pier 1260 P&O Ger.


Call 717-8290 for info
Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle Conserva-
tion Slide Show by Andy Uhr. Carib Inn
seaside veranda, 7 pm
Wednesday -Buddy Dive Cocktail Video
Show by Martin Cecilia pool bar Buddy
Dive, 7 pm 717-5080

CLUBS and MEETINGS
AA meetings -every Wednesday; Phone 717-6105;
560-7267 or 717- 3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday evening at 7
pm. Call 790-7272
Weekly BonaireTalker Gathering and Dinner
at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30 pm call 567-0655
for directions.
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:30 pm at the
Union Building on Kaya Korona, across from
the RBTT Bank. All levels invited.NAf5eniry fee.
CallCahy5664056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday at City
Caf6. Registration at 4, games at 5. Tel. 717-
2950, 560-7539.
JCI First Wednesday of the Month- Junior
Chamber International Bonaire (JCI Bonaire or
formerly known as Bonaire Jaycees) meets at the
ABVO building, Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from
7:30 to 9:30 pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact:
Renata Domacass6 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza, Kaya In-
ternational, every other Tuesday, 7 pm. Tel.
717-5595, Jeannette Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2"d 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 Now meeting at 'Pirate House', above
Restaurant Zeezicht.
All Rotarians are welcome. Tel. 717-8454

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Bonaire Arts & Crafts (Fundashon Arte Indus-
trial Bonaireano) 717-5246 or 7117
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Valarie Stimp-
son at 785-3451 or Valrie@telbonet.an
Cinnamon Art Gallery Volunteers to help
staff gallery during the day. 717-7103.
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 Roosje 7174685,
566-4685

BONAIRE'S TRADITIONS
Mangasina diRei, Rincon. Enjoy the view from "The
King's Storehouse." Lean about Bonaire's culture. Visit
typicalhomes fom the 17th centuy. Daily. Call 717-
4060/790-2018
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. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park, Museum
and Visitors' Center. Open daily 8 am-5 pm.
Closed on some holidays. 717-8444/785-0017
Sunday at Cai- Live music and dancing starts
about 12 noon at Lac Cai. Dance to the music of
Bonaire's popular musicians.

CHURCH SERVICES
New Apostolic Church, Meets at Kaminda
Santa Barbara #1, Sundays, 9:30 am. Services in
Dutch. 717-7116.


International Bible Church of Bonaire Kaya
Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle) Sunday Ser-
vices at 9 am; Sunday Prayer Meeting at 7:00 pm
in English. Tel. 717-8332
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire. Wil-
helminaplein. Services in Papiamentu, Dutch
and English on Sundays at 10 am. Thursday
Prayer Meeting and Bible Study at 8 pm. Rev.
Jonkman. 717-2006
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day
Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays 8:30 11:30
am. Services in Papiamentu, Spanish and Eng-
lish.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kralendijk Ser-
vices on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in Papia-
mentu 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 & Papia-
mentu on Sunday at 10 am. Wednesday
Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm. 717-2194

Send event info to The Bonaire Reporter
Email reporter@bonairenews.com
Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 786-6518


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DINING GUIDE


RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE I WHEN OPEN FEATURES

Bella Vista Restaurant Moderate. Breakfast and Lunch Magnificent Theme Nights: Saturday: Beach Grill; Monday: Caribbean
Sea Side Restaurant at Buddy Dive Resort Dinner during Theme nights only. Night; Friday: Manager's Rum Punch Party
717-5080, ext. 525 Open every day and All-You-Can-Eat B.B.Q

Bistro de Paris Moderate Real French Cooking in an informal setting
Kaya Gob. N. Debrot 46 Lunch and Dinner Superb dishes prepared with care and love by a French chef
(half-way between hotel row and town) 717-7070 Closed Sunday Owner-operated Eat in or Take away

Brasserie Bonaire Low- Moderate Lunch and Dinner Lots of parking in big mall lot
Royal Palm Galleries Open 11 am -2:30 pm 5:30-9 pm Kitchen Open 11 am-2:30 pm, Dinner 5:30-9 pm
Kaya Grandi 26, Next to Re/Max, 717-4321 Closed Saturday and Sunday Breezy terrace with airco inside-Also serving big sandwiches at dinner

Calabash Restaurant & Moderate-Expensive Get a view of the beach and turquoise sea while enjoying a breakfast buffet
At the ivi C g aua t a t erfront Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner or A la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar. Inspiring
At the Divi Flamingo eac Resort. Waterfront Open 7 days vistas and the highest standard of cuisine.

Croccantino Italian Restaurant Moderate-Expensive Bonaire's Most Romantic Restaurant where dining is a delight! Tuscan
Downtown at Kaya Grandi 48 717-5025 Dinner chef prepares exquisite dishes with authentic ingredients. Be served in a gar-
Closed Monday den setting under floating umbrellas or in air-conditioned comfort. Take out
too.
The Great Escape Moderate Bar-Restaurant poolside -under the thatched roof. Cuban cuisine.
EEG Blvd #97-across from Belmar Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Champagne brunch on Sundays 10 am to noon.
717-7488 Open 7 days Happy hours 5 to 7 every day.
Low-Moderate
The Last Bite Bakery Orders taken 8 am-4 m; Deliveries 6-7:30 Enjoy a delicious dessert or savory baked meal in the comfort of your home
Home Delivery or Take Out pm, Close Sunday or resort. This unique bakery offers gourmet class items -always from
717-3293 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 until 6 pm owned and run by a European educated Master Chef
Call 717-8003. Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays and his wife.

Pasa Bon Pizza wMdratBonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest in-
On Kaya Gob. Debrot Low-Moderate gredients. Salads, desserts. Eat in or take away. Nice bar too.
V2 mile north of town center. 790-1111 Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday gredientalaad esse atin or take y.i bar too.



S H P P I N C C U I DE See adetisementsin this issue


APPLIANCES/ TVI ELECTRONICS/ COMPUTERS
City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest
selection of large and small home appliances. Fast
service and in-store financing too.
ART GALLERY
Cinnamon Art Gallery non-profit gallery for local
artists has continuous shows. Each month a new artist
is featured. Stop by. Free entry.
BANKS
Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest
number of services, branches and ATMs of any Bon-
aire bank. They also offer investments and insurance.
BEAUTY PARLOR
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials,
waxing and professional nail care.
BICYCLE I SCOOTER/ QUADS
De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; profession-
ally repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top
brand bikes. Have your keys made here.
BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION
APA Construction are professional General
Contractors. They also specialize in creating patios
and walkways with fabulous sprayed and stamped
concrete pavement.
COMPUTERS
Bonaire Automation B.V. fills all your computer
needs: hardware, software, supplies, service, repair
and more.
DIVING
Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch
dive shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade
on Bonaire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive com-
puter H.Q.
Dive Friends Bonaire (Photo Tours Divers-Yellow
Submarine) -low prices on the seaside at Kral-
endijk, at Caribbean Club, Caribbean Court and the
Hamlet Oasis. Join their cleanup dives and BBQ.
WannaDive They make diving fun while maintain-
ing the highest professional standards. In town at
City Caf6 and at Eden Beach.
FITNESS
Bonfysio offers comprehensive fitness programs to
suit your needs whether they be weight loss, sports or
just keeping in shape. Convenient schedule.


Fit 4 Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in Pi-
lates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional train-
ers, fitness machines and classes for all levels.
GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES
Green Label has everything you need to start or main-
tain your garden. They can design, install and maintain
it and offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden
chemicals.
GIFTS, SOUVENIRS AND LIQUOR
The Bonaire Gift Shop has an wide selection of
gifts, souvenirs, liquor, dive watches, digital cameras,
things for the home, T-shirts all at low prices.
HOTELS
Golden Reef Inn is the affordable alternative with
fully equipped studio apartments in a quiet Bonaire
neighborhood. Just a 3-minute walk to diving and the
sea.
The Great Escape Under new management. Quiet
and tranquil setting with pool and luxuriant garden in
Belnem. Cyber Caf6, DVD rentals, restaurant and
bar.
METALWORK AND MACHINE SHOP
b c b- Botterop Construction Bonaire N.V., offers
outstanding fabrication of all metal products, includ-
ing stainless. Complete machine shop too.
Nature Exploration
Outdoor Bonaire for individually guided kayaking,
hiking, biking, caving, rapeling/abseilen and more
reservations : 791-6272 or 717-4555 E-mail:
hans@outdoorbonaire.com
PHOTO FINISHING
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center of-
fers fast, fine processing for prints, slides, items and
services Now-full digital services.
REAL ESTATE I RENTAL AGENTS
Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's oldest real
estate agent. They specialize in professional cus-
tomer services and top notch properties.
Re/Max Paradise Homes: International/US connec-
tions. 5% of profits donated to local community.
Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and in-
surance services. If you want a home or to invest in
Bonaire, stop in and see them.
REPAIRS
Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed


or built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Elec-
trical, plumbing, woodworking, etc. 717-2345
RESORTS & ACTIVITIES
Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun
tours mcluding kayaking, mountain biking, cave snor-
keling and exploration.

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

SECURITY
Special Security Services will provide that extra
measure of protection when you need it. Always reli-
able.
SHIPPING
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
FedEx agent.
SUPERMARKETS
Visit Warehouse Bonaire to shop in a large, spotless
supermarket. You'll find American and European
brand products. THE market for provisioning.
VACATION CLUB
Lower the cost of vacationing in Bonaire. Visit Per-
fect Holiday Solutions to discover how you can get
discounts and more. Free gift for learning how.
VILLAS
Bonaire Oceanfront villa for up to nine people: five
kitchens, five bathrooms. Ideal for divers.
WATER TAXI
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di
Amor or Skiffy. Hotel pickup.
WINES
Antillean Wine Company. You've tried the rest;
now try the best: best prices, highest quality wines
from around the world, kept in a cooled warehouse.
Free delivery.
YOGA
Yoga For You. Join certified instructors Desir6e and
Don for a workout that will refresh mind and body.
Private lessons too.
ATTENTION BUSINESSMEN/WOMEN:
Put your ad in The Bonaire Reporter.
Phone/Fax 717-8988, Cel 786-6518


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E- -p-i -t-


.im e .oo .i o g .oo -n.i oo0i ai


4 e first met at Cinnamon Art
V Gallery. Bonaire's master
artist, Winfred Dania, had an exhibition
of his paintings. I fell in love with one of
them and wanted an explanation. Winfred
was called but he couldn't explain in
English so Frans was asked. He'd been
explaining the paintings as Winfred can
only communicate in Dutch and because
he's deaf it's especially hard. We started
talking. I bought the painting, and we
made an appointment to meet at the mu-
seum the next day."
Frans: "So, the following day when I
showed Maggie the book I wrote, The
Book of Uncle Louis, she saw that the
painting she'd bought was connected to
another painting of Winfred's, like one
was the beginning and one was the end of
what basically is the Bonairean mythol-
ogy. She bought that painting too."
Maggie: "The other thing we learned
the first time we met was that there was a
spiritual connection. Frans' wife, Elia
Statius, had died a year before, and my
husband, Nick Kaiser, had died in the
same period. After I'd picked up the sec-
ond painting Frans asked me to go out for
lunch. I said, 'Let's go to KonTiki,' but
he said, 'Maikey's Snack!' "We had
kabritu (goat) and he told me about his
cooking and his idea to create a solar wa-
ter plant for individual use and the third
world. We were having a great time and
he asked if I'd like to help him. I said,
'No!' To me he looked like someone be-
tween 60 and 80! He had this strange out-
fit I remember the suspenders -he just
looked like 80! Then he took me back to
Playa. As we passed by his house on
Nikiboko North, he clicked open the
automatic doors of the gate and I think,
'Oh my God, a dirty old man!' But it
turned out he was just showing off his
new automatic system to open the gate.
He was so proud of it so sweet, so inno-
cent!
During our lunch he had said, 'You
must try my kabritu sometime; stop
over!' So one day I stopped at his house
and he nearly died because here was this
strange woman at his door. He said,
'Why are you here?' "And I answered,
'To eat kabritu!' 'I have no kabritu,' he
said. It was so embarrassing! Neverthe-
less, he offered me some tea and days
later when he came over to my house to
hang the painting he asked me out to din-
ner.
From the first moment we'd met we felt
something was coming. So, that night
after dinner we walked around town and
he showed me where he was born, in the
house where now Maduro Travel sits,
and he told me all his family's history.
During the walk we started holding hands
and at 2 am we came to City Caf6; we


jumped on the dance floor and surprised
all the young people!"
Frans Bool (61) and Maggie (59) Booi-
Kaiser are vibrating; they're full of en-
ergy, of life, full ofplans and they 'vejust
started off!
"Maggie is beautiful and I love her; it's
just a bunch of things: her smile, her
thoughts, the good communication we
have and the fact that we are soul mates
and we have the same interest in many
things. And at our age we have to look
after each other and help each other and
take good care of our health.
I don't have projects just for this life; I
have projects for the other existences too.
I don't believe in eternity of life or in re-
incarnation; that's not going to happen.
Let's say we learn in this life; that's the
most important reason for living. You
learn to be a bird, a fish, a tree, an ani-
mal. These things you call totems be-
cause they are the animal part of your
spirit. But you also learn to be human, all
the different kinds of humans, and the
ultimate learning is how to be a personal-
ity that is an essential part of the commu-
nity a full grown person. You have to
learn about your own community: the
wisdom, the language, the history and the
principals. The group has personality too,
and that's what you call culture.




"From the first moment
we'd met we felt
something was
coming..."



The last thing you learn as a person is
that you are a stone and that stone is what
we call matter, material or mother. All
these things the animals, the trees, the
plants and the stones have a soul. You
cannot destroy matter or energy; it only
changes image, form. So, as matter, as
material you are eternal. So, if you are a
stone you have eternal life and you are
unified with the origins. When I go cav-
ing or hiking with Maggie we sit and I
tell her all the old stories about that cer-
tain area, about the plants and the ani-
mals, the medicines and the myths. Bit by
bit I'm writing it all down, documenting
it."
Maggie says, "One of our projects is
marking all the concrete tables at the his-
torical and tourist's sites and we will also
publish an accompanying book. Frans
built all these tables and the obelisks
when he was head of the Department of


Culture and Education from the 70s until
the early 90s. My company in the States
is donating it, and Frans is telling me
what to write. We're doing it together,
but it's his brains and information behind
it. He is the historian of the island. One
of our other projects is to publish a map
with all the old names of all the old
places and a book with all the old stories
to go with it. But there are so many more
other projects.
When we got married people were
afraid that Frans would lose his identity
and not worry about the culture anymore.
But of course that will never happen; it's
one of the reasons that I love him! Frans
is also an inventor; he works with Auto-
CAD inventor, very sophisticated stuff.
He's a teacher, he is a sculptor, an artist
and a musician and he just knows every-
thing there is to know about Bonaire. My
sister calls him a 'true Renaissance man,'
very dedicated in everything and he also
supports me in everything. I went from
working all the time to playing all the
time that's a big change! When I see
myself chopping my way through the
bushes with my machete I feel cool! And
I never crawled like an iguana into a cave
before! We're having so much fun!
I was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Ten years ago I came with my husband to
Bonaire to dive. Four years ago we
bought the house in Belnem on the sea
and we spent a whole year renovating,
traveling back and forth and E-mailing. It
was fun, really fun! Then, on our way
here to take over the house, my husband
of 37 years died of a heart attack at the
airport in Jamaica. He never saw the
house finished. So I didn't come; I took
him home. After a couple of weeks I ran
away from home to Bonaire.
The first time I didn't stay that long,
but every time it became longer and
longer and then, after a year I met Frans.


When Frans and I fell in love I told my
son Tom, 'I think I am in love.' He said,
'You hardly know that man and if he
really loved you he would be here any-
way!' I told Frans and he came on the
next plane! My whole family was going
nuts-my six sisters, my daughter-in-law-
they were so upset! They told me, 'You
don't know him; you don't know what
his intentions are!' Like I was 16! So I
gave a big beach party at Lake Michigan
where I lived. My mother asked Frans,
'Are you rich?' and he said, 'I am not
poor!'"
Frans laughs: "And everybody was
telling me how brave I was to come all
by myself! The next trip we came to the
States I said, 'I want to talk to Tom.' But
Tom already knew what was coming and
he didn't like it. So he gave me a lecture
about 'You don't get married that fast,'
etc! We said, 'Sure, we'll wait till next
summer.' We waited a year, but we had
lots of things to do and marriage was just
one of our projects.
We got married this year on August 26
at Seroe Largo," Maggie says, 'The
whole island was there... it was beauti-
ful. We've been very lucky, very blessed,
because Frans' daughters Lizbeth and
Desiree and my son Tom and daughter-
in-law Jody, my two grandsons Caelen
and Simon, all get along well. We have
such wonderful families, everybody has
been beautiful. She laughs: "Once
when Jody saw me going out with my
machete, she cried out,
'My mom with a ma-
chete! It's too much!
You've gone over to
the other side! You're
totally gone! You're
not coming back?' And
I said, 'I won't.' 1
Story and photo by
Greta Kooistra


Bonaire Reporter November 25-December 2, 2005


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An Old World Look for YourNew Wals


N ow available in
Bonaire is an
ancient natural product
that gives a whole new
"Old World" look to
buildings and homes.
It's a lime wash that
was used before "paint"
was invented on the
Coliseum and on the
Acropolis for instance.
Now it's being re-
discovered and used on
architecture in France,
Spain and around the
Mediterranean, the rest
of Europe and in Mex-
ico. It gives a softer and
more aged look than regu-
lar paint. It's non-toxic and perfect for
new concrete buildings because it al-
lows the walls to breathe, making the
interiors cooler. And it lasts.
C6t6 Sud N.V. in Curacao carries the
product and has 40 different color pig-
ments, with which you can make al-


Cotd Sud Lime Wash Paint


most unlimited color choices. Prices
are similar to paints available on the
island. For more information and
prices, call Michel Nataf at 09-510-
2086 or email: m.nataf@intemeeds.
net. OL.D.


HEERE PCO F=RT E

Snip and save so you can always find a copy of The Bonaire
Reporter if there are no more at your favorite spot

Airport: Hotels: Government Offices:
Car Rental Agencies, Buddy Dive Bestuurscollege
Airport Arrivals Area Capt. Don's Habitat Parliament Office
Banks: Carib Inn Customs
MCB (Playa & Hato), Caribbean Court BVO
Divi Flamingo
Restaurants: Eden Park Hotel Others:
Bistro de Paris The Great Escape Bonfysio
Brasserie Bonaire Harbour Village Botika Korona
Capriccio Plaza Caribbean Laundry
City Cafe Sand Dollar Fit4 Life
Croccantino Hair Affair
Hilltop at Caribbean Supermarkets: Harbour Village Marina
Club Cultimara Rocargo
Lost Penguin Montecatini San Francisco Hospital
Lover's Ice Cream Progresso TCB
Pasa Bon Pizza Sand Dollar Grocery Telbo
Tropical Flamingo Yellow Submarine
Shops: Warehouse
Benetton
Bonaire Gift Shop Bookstores: RINCON:
Cinnamon Art Gallery Bonaire Boekhandel Chinese Store,
City Shop Flamingo Bookstore Joi Fruit Store,
DeFreewieler Lemari Grocery
Exito Bakery Realty Offices: Rincon Bakery
INPO Harbourtown
Paradise Photo RE/MAX
Photo Tours, Playa Sunbelt

Still can'tfind a copy? Visit our office at Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6 or Call 717-8988


B istro de Paris was the
scene last Thursday eve-
ning of the grand arrival of the
annually touted French Beaujo-
lais Nouveau. The new young
wine traditionally always makes
its debut at destinations all over
the world on the third Thursday
of November. Of the approxi-
mately 120 million bottles pro-
duced, 60 million are drunk that
first night, according to AL-
CON's Mocky Arends, who im-
ports the wine for Bonaire.
Nearly every year Mocky has
hosted a party to celebrate the
arrival- and they're always a
big surprise. This year the wine The
was delivered by Anna in her
husband Orlando's 1930 Ford
Sedan Model A.
Beaujolais Nouveau is made from the
Gamay grape in the Beaujolais area of
France. The grapes are picked in Sep-
tember and through a fast, but difficult
process, ends up in the bottles by No-
vember. It's made to be drunk early.
ALCON has a limited supply of the
exciting new wine. Call them at 717-
0168. Thanks to Patrice and Fred of the
Bistro de Paris Restaurant and Mocky
and Conchita of ALCON liquors for
making this such a festive occasion.


Antillean Wine Company just re-
ceived a fine 2005 Beaujolais Nouveau,
Chateau Cambon, produced by wine
maker Marcel Lapierre. It's a rare
Beaujolais produced the natural way.


e 2005 Beaujolais Nouveau arrives with Anna
in a 1930 Ford Sedan Model A


Lapierre makes beaujolais according to
his own stubborn ideas; no artificial fer-
tilizers, no chemicals, he ploughs the
vineyard ( a labor intensive rarity nowa-
days) and so captures the natural yeast of
the vineyard. It's one of the few wines in
the word without any sulphur.
This is the real thing, not a high alco-
holic grade wine that tastes like banana
sweets because of the yeast added for
mass-production, but beaujolais like it
used to be and is supposed to be: light,
fresh, fruity, thirst quenching; wine to
share with friends.
Come taste on Saturday, November
27th at Antillean Wine Company, Kaya
Industria 23 L1-L2 (across from Ware-
house) between 6.00 and 8.00 PM at
only NAf2,50 per glass. L L.D.


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Super Bright Venus and Mars Share the Sky with
Three Cosmic Birds for Thanksgiving Week


C osmically speaking, American Thanksgiving week is super because in ad-
dition to the usual Thanksgiving turkey on the table we have our annual
appearance of three cosmic birds in the sky, which you can see right after dinner
all week long, plus this year they are joined by the two currently brightest planets
Venus and Mars.
On any clear night this Thanksgiving week, about 7 pm Sky Park time, face west
where you'll see the brightest planet of them all, super-bright Earth-sized Venus.
Then if you look higher above the horizon you will see the three bright stars which
mark the points of what is officially called the Summer Triangle but which every
November I unofficially call the Thanksgiving Poultry Triangle. You see, histori-
cally these stars have been associated with cosmic birds.
The highest star is Deneb, the bright tail star of Cygnus the Swan. So in addi-
tion to our Thanksgiving turkey we have a heavenly swan to be thankful for. The
bright star farthest to the left, Altair, is the brightest star of another bird, Aquila
the Eagle. But the brightest of the three stars and closest to the northwest horizon
is Vega the brightest star of Lyra the Harp, which strange as it may sound has
had more feathery incarnations than the other two put together. You see Lyra was
not always a harp. In fact, long ago before it became a lyre it was a cosmic turtle.
But before it was a turtle it was a bird of one sort or other.
Ancient records tell us that Lyra's association with birds goes back over 2,000
years. In ancient India Lyra was seen as a heavenly vulture, and in Babylon as a
great mythological storm bird named Urakkhga. Some desert peoples of ancient
Arabia saw it as two birds, the desert eagle, and would you believe, a cosmic
goose? Lyra was also once known as an osprey and a wood falcon. Anyone for a
wood falcon or osprey drumstick? At any rate only in the past couple of hundred
years or so have we in the west seen Lyra exclusively as a lyre. In fact at the time
of the American Revolution these stars were still seen as a bird an eagle but
holding a lyre in its beak. But since then the eagle has flown away and only the
lyre remains. So perhaps we should play lyre music after Thanksgiving dinner.
At any rate this Thanksgiving weekend, after you've had turkey up to here, just
step outside after dinner and look for some birds of a different feather. And thank
the heavens above you'll never get them in your leftovers. But if three cosmic birds
and super bright Venus aren't enough for you then simply face east and high above
the horizon you'll see the planet which is now Number Two in brightness because
it is so incredibly close to Earth super- bright, rouge-gold Mars which will make
this Thanksgiving week extra special. O Jack Horkheimer


For the week: November 20-26, 2005
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen


ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) You will back yourself into a comer if you are baited
and your stubbornness will only make matters worse. Do not trust others with im-
portant information. Talk to someone you trust if you need advice about broaching
the subject. Your emotional life may be up in the air if your mate has been going
through a change of heart. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Take time to deal with authority figures or govern-
ment agencies. It's time to reevaluate your motives. They won't pay you back and
you'll be upset. You will be emotional with regard to your personal life. Your
lucky day this week will be Thursday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Don't overlook that fact that someone you care about
may be hiding something. Hassles with female colleagues may lead to problems
with your boss. Accomplishment is yours if you direct yourself accordingly. Older
family members may try to put unreasonable demands on you. Your lucky day this
week will be Tuesday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Unique forms of entertainment could capture your
attention and bring about a romantic interest. Don't get into heated discussions.
Talk to people who can give you important knowledge. Get down to business and
do the work yourself. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) You can meet potential new mates if you socialize with
friends. You may find your self in a romantic situation. This is a great day for a
trip. Discuss your objectives with partners or peers. Your lucky day this week will
be Saturday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Romance is likely if you can bring yourself to go out
with friends. Be prepared for an active but rewarding time. Your words will be
taken out of context if you're evasive with coworkers or employers. Try not to at-
tempt to do something unless you are fully intent on following through with the
plans. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Pleasure trips will promote new romantic encounters.
Changes could be overwhelming. Avoid letting children and friends borrow. New
partnerships will develop if you join investment groups. Your lucky day this week
will be Thursday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You might just as well let others do their own
thing. If you can't get away, make plans to do something special with friends or
relatives. You may have difficulties with in-laws or family members. Your mate is
going to want and need some attention. Your lucky day this week is Wednesday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) The answers can only come from within.
Opportunities to make financial gains through investments look promising. Get
involved in groups that will help you meet established individuals. You can help
other people with their financial problems by setting up a budget for them. Your
lucky day this week will be Thursday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Do something together and you'll be surprised
how sweet a deal you can make. Major moves will be emotional and not necessar-
ily to your benefit. You must get out and mingle. Be courteous if you wish to
avoid major delays. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You need to do something energetic and different.
Tell them to get out of the mess they are in and then you'll consider getting to-
gether with them. Relatives may not be telling you the whole truth about a family
situation. You might be overly emotional when dealing with your partner. Your
lucky day this week will be Monday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Changes in your home are apparent, and you must be
willing to bend if you don't want to find yourself alone. Don't count your chickens
before they hatch. Your lack of attention may have been a factor. Favors will be
offered readily. Your lucky day this week will be Monday. O


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Page 2 Bonaire Reporter November 25-December 2, 2005 T he Antilles Central Government has fallen because Bonaire political strongman, Senator Ramonsito Booi, withdrew his two seats of support and left Prime Minister Ys without the necessary (13 member) majority for his coalition government. Senator Booi kept to his promise to pull his UBP party out if the Central Government didn’t come up with funds to allow full services to resume at Bonaire’s San Francisco Hospital. Booi will now approach Holland directly for support, something he said he couldn’t do if he was part of the problem-the Central Government. Said the Senator, “It’s not the coalition that I have a problem with. It is the Central Government. I must conclude that the problems of the island territory of Bonaire are not being addressed. I ask myself if a politician from Curaçao could defend the closure of its airport and hospital.” Prime Minister Ys wasn’t happy. ”By withdrawing support for government you don’t solve problems. That is done by sitting at the table,” said the Prime Minister reacting to the announcement that the UPB party of Bonaire is abandoning the coalition, leaving Ys’ Cabinet without a majority in Parliament. Compounding the issue of neglect by the Central Government was an incident at the airport last Friday night. One air traffic controller had called in sick and his colleagues at first refused to come in because their employer, the Central Government, had not made proper arrangements. As a result Flamingo Airport was closed for several hours and flights had to be diverted. Parliamentary elections are due in January, 2006, so a new election or government reorganization is unlikely. Booi is expected to hand in his party’s portfolio later this week. Whether he will join a new government after elections, if invited, is a question. The withdrawal is not expected to affect Bonaire’s representation at the first Round Table Conference to begin the critical negotiations for the restructuring of the Antilles which starts Saturday, November 26. The crisis at San Francisco Hospital has eased as we go to press. The Central Government said they could come up with NAƒ800.000 now and another NAƒ400.000 later in the week. The hospital is again admitting patients and supplies are replenished, However, a shortfall of NAƒ3 million still exists. Legislation has been proposed in the Central Government Parliament to raise the old age pension (AOV) to NAƒ1.000 per month. The current AOV pension is NAƒ536. Bonaire recently decided to add NAƒ100 to that for “needy” pensioners. A new airline, Insel Air, says it is ready to start flying between the Antillean islands . Their ultimate plan is to regional , then go trans-Atlantic. Transportation Minister Omayra Leeflang confirmed that the budding airline had indeed followed permit procedures and all that remains is to type certify their aircraft. They plan to use an Embraer Bandeirantes that carries 19 passengers, a plane that needs certification by the Aviation Administration. The company also met with Atlantic Airlines, another airline that wants to start flights from Curaçao with a Boeing 737 as soon as possible. The Insel Air International partnership was founded 12 years ago and was intended to replace DCA after it went bankrupt. It received a business permit earlier this week, and joins other airline wanna-bes like Curaçao Airways, PIAS, and Trans Caribbean Airways, as well as Curaçao Airways. Insel Air has submitted its manuals, which were approved. As soon as the aircraft is inspected, the company can start with the flights. KLM announced its winter schedule . It will continue to fly five times a week using an MD-11: Amsterdam-Bonaire-Quito/Guayaquilland return (between January 30 and March 25, 2006, it drops to four flights per week) and seven times per week using an MD-11:-Amsterdam-Bonaire-Limaand return. BonairExpress had two aircraft out of service for several days last week. In St. Maarten stranded passengers, including the Governor of the Netherlands Antilles, Frits Goedgedrag, and Prime Minister Etienne Ys flew KLM's Amsterdam-originated 747 to Curaçao. Besides the ATR 42 aircraft stranded by a technical problem in St. Maarten there was another in Curaçao. Combined with the rain, conditions were chaotic. Most afternoon and evening flights were cancelled. Chief Executive Officer (CEO ) Floris van Pallandt of BonairExpress said, “KLM had open seats on the St. Maarten-Curaçao route. I was happy to solve the problem this way,” he said. Normal ‘Express schedules resumed Tuesday To further add to the chaos of local air travel an air traffic controller called in sick around 7:30 pm on Friday night and the airport was left without direction. The American Eagle flight had to return to Puerto Rico. At 11:30 pm the tower was manned again, allowing normal landings of KLM but very late arrivals for BonairExpress and American Eagle. (Continued on page 4) IN THIS ISSUE: Antique Houses (Pasangrahan) 3 Editorial: Measure AMFO Fairly 4 Letter: TEC Diving 3 New TDI Instructors 8 Barracudas Swim Team 9 Tracking Three Turtles 9 Gardner (Rain & Rock Gardens) 10 Day of the Child 11 Dietitian: Asparagus 13 Old World Look New Walls (Paint) 18 Beaujolais Nouveau is here 18 WEEKLY FEATURES: Flotsam & Jetsam 2 Special Olympic Spotlight 7 (Angelica Castillo) Picture Yourself (Quito, Equador & Caracas Race Track, Venezuela) 8 Vessel List & Tide Table 9 Classifieds 12 Pet of the Week (Volunteer Myrthe with “Diane”) 14 Reporter Masthead 14 What’s Happening 15 December Cruise Ship Schedule 15 Shopping & Dining Guides 16 Born on Bonaire & On the Island Since (Frans Booi & Maggie Booi-Kaiser) 17 Sky Park (Mars, Venus & Three Cosmic Birds) 19 The Stars Have It 19 Senator Ramonsito Booi

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Page 3 Bonaire Reporter November 25-December 2, 2005 Preserving Bonaire’s Ar chitectural Heritage S interklaas (San ta Claus) is coming to town! And he will arrive at the historic Pasangrahan first. After being gone for a year Sinterklaas and his Zwarte Pieten (Black Pete ) helpers are expected to land via boat in Bonaire this Saturday at 10 am at the North Pier. He arrived in Holland two weeks ago, but it took a bit longer for him to get here. Two years ago Sinterklaas stayed in the Pasangrahan. That is maybe not so strange because this building started its career as a hotel for civil servants from Aruba and Curaçao. At that time there were no hotels on Bonaire. Perhaps to impress these persons, they put the building in the middle of the city center of Kralendijk. The construction and decoration of the architecture was and is very beautiful, with many horizontal and vertical lines. You can see this not only in the shutters, windows and doors, but also in the plaster above the shutters, under the gutters and on the corners of the building. Today, however, it can use some plaster and paint before it is too late! photo and text by Wilna Groenenboom. The Pasangrahan

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Page 4 Bonaire Reporter November 25-December 2, 2005 MEASURE AMFO FAIRLY W erner Wiels resigned as the head of AMFO (The Antillean Co-Financing Office) on November 7. Wiels told the Curaçao Amigoe newspaper that he didn’t want to be “a disturbing factor” in the ongoing investigation into AMFO’s operations. He is not suspected of embezzling AMFO funds or any illegal activity. We believe Mr. Wiels deserves a lot of credit for taking the helm of a new organization that brought a bounty of benefits to the Bonairean people as well as those on other islands. Over the past year just about every issue of The Bonaire Reporter carried news of a positive contribution of AMFO to fight poverty, help the aged, inspire youth, develop community ties, assist the environment or preserve culture. But from the start Werner Wiels was in an almost impossible position politically. He was distributing funds that people formerly received from the local and central governmenta clear threat to the established power structure. That structure had been deemed unworthy and inadequate by the organizations who wanted their donated funds to go to people who needed it most. They specified a new, nongovernment office, to do that, and AMFO was formed from scratch. AMFO had to define its own procedures as it grew as well as guide the budding NGO Platforms on all the islands. Dealing with five different groups of well meaning, but often untried people, was a major challenge to success. But it did succeed. Criticism of AMFO, to its credit, came from the bean counters, the people focused on accounting for each guilder donated, rather than law enforcement authorities. And while their criticism may be justified, the AMFONGO Platform-Needy People chain worked well on a large scale, perhaps better than anything else that was done before to meet the goals of efficiently reducing the effect of poverty and improving social conditions. If the auditors’ report causes the decision makers to eliminate AMFO, then the Antilles, and especially Bonaire who participated 100% with the program, will lose big-time. And the biggest losers will be the people who can afford it least. Let’s remember Werner Wiels by the good he did and give him a medal, not the cold shoulder. And then ask him to take his job back. G.D. OP ED PAGE—EDITORIAL (Flotsam & Jetsam. Continued from page 2) The Antillean economy is still growing but at a slower rate than in 2004 and 2003, while inflation is increasing, according to the First Quarter Report of the Central Bank. The Second Quarter Report is expected at the end of this month. January, February and March showed a real growth of the gross domestic product by 0.4%, compared to 1.3% a year earlier. The real growth is the nominal growth minus inflation. Inflation for all islands increased by 2.6% for the first three months of the year, with Bonaire registering a 1.8% jump. However, the rate of inflation in Bonaire has decreased to 0.1% in October compared to a 0.4% growth in August. Over the past 12-month period the inflation rate was 1.5%. Moving the price index up was food (+0.4%), especially meat and fish and personal care items (1.1%). Costs for health care (-0.3%) and beverages (0.2%) declined; beer goes down but bread rises. “Projekto Pa Pueblo” (PPPProject for People) was inaugurated last month with the start of construction of 34 homes in Nikiboko North . It's a joint project of the Government, a private developer and the Postal Savings Bank. It's aimed at providing affordable housing. Additional PPP homes are planned near Wanapa and Tera Kora. The Antillean Post Office has a new website where lots of postal information is available: http://www. npostna.com/ The tropical depression that drenched Bonaire became Tropical Storm Gamma. That was the same November day that brought record rainfall and lots of damage to Bonaire last year. This time the heavy rainfall began Wednesday. Many homes and streets were flooded and electrical power went out following a lightning strike near WEB’s Hato plant. The heavy downpour further eroded Bonaire’s poorly main tained roads, and ruts and potholes are everywhere. November named-storms aren’t strangers to the Atlantic Basin. Last year, Tropical Storm Otto flared in the open Atlantic Ocean the last day of November, and who on Bonaire can forget the effects of Hurricane Lenny whose 6th anniversary was last week. Gamma is the 24th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, extending this year's record. The previous record of 21 named storms had stood since 1933. Will there be a Storm Delta? It's the Caribbean bargain of the season. People living in downtown Detroit can soon board a plane and head to the tropics for less than 10 (Continued on page 6)

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Page 5 Bonaire Reporter November 25-December 2, 2005 TEC DIVING Dear Editor: As promised, the next dives on the newly discovered wall came sooner than I expected. (Divi Dive Operations Manager) Serge de Groote promoted TEC diving at the recent DEMA show in Las Vegas. Two divers signed up for some TEC instruction. Two weeks ago I started two classes simultaneously. Erin C. Turner from Monterey, CA signed up for an Advanced Tri-Mix class and Geo Hirst from Las Vegas NV for Advanced Nitrox and Stage Deco class. On one of the Trimix dives we searched for the Sea Explorer (sunk after an onboard explosion). We started at the airport area for 25 minutes bottom time (BT) at 200 feet, unfortunately with no results. Maybe it takes a deeper dive to find it. Till next time. The next dive was planned to 240 feet for 20 minutes at the newly discovered wall. But the dive site was occupied so we choose another. After swimming north for 12 minutes we came to the deepest part of the wall. Even from 240 feet there was no bottom in sight. Coming to the limit of our BT time we started our ascent. The first deep stop was at 140 feet. In the distance we saw a pale shadow approaching us. As it got closer we saw it was a Spotted Eagle Ray. This became a most weird encounter. As we ascended to the other decompression stops it stayed with us. The total Deco Time was 71 minutes, and the curious animal stayed with us, swimming circles around us till the last stop at 10 feet. What an amazing encounter. Later I found out that divers from Toucan Diving had also met the curious Eagle Ray. On Friday Erin’s final dive was planned to go to 330 feet for 12 min BT. It cost $84 each for the Tri-Mix blends and we took three different decompression mixes. We left at 8:15 am. After preparing the gear we entered the water for a planned 102-minute total time dive. We descended to 150 feet on the travel mix, required because the bottom mix contains less oxygen. We approached the gas switch. TX 12/50, 12% Oxygen and 50% Helium; the rest is Nitrogen, to begin the descent to 330 feet. After three minutes we reached 330 feet and started cruising south. Looking up at the drop off can be described in one word, “awesome.” Looking down we could see a visible sand bottom at an estimated 400+ feet. Towards the end of the BT it seemed to go deeper and deeper below us. The water temperature was 71°F, a good 12°F difference from the warmer water at 50 feet. With this new perspective we can conclude that it is not a straight-down wall as it looked when we first discovered it. But there are walls and steep plateaus and again walls. Some cliffs are like a hangover rock where you could virtually go under Klein Bonaire a totally dramatic view with a special beauty. During the ascent to the first stop at 190 feet, on the way up I got charged by a big spotted moray at 300 feet. I gave some strong fin kicks and avoided the confrontation. A long deco followed and I am looking forward to the next dive on this site. I'd like to congratulate Erin Turner for being the first woman to earn the highest level of TEC training certification, Advanced Tri-Mix Diver, on Bonaire. During an interview she said, “The week was a great experience and superb diving.” Bonaire proved to be an excellent training area and above all a beautiful and easy environment to TEC dive. She hoped that Bonaire would one day get another deep wreck. “It will make Bonaire even more attractive to TEC Divers.” I sure would agree on that… The Divi Dive team is happy to announce that we have four TED instructors on staff. Because of the growing interest in TEC diving we are planning to add a gas booster in the near future so we get more efficiency out of the blending station, and it could cut the consumer price on gas blends. Roger Haug and Serge de Groote OP ED PAGE—LETTERS

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Page 6 Bonaire Reporter November 25-December 2, 2005 (Flotsam & Jetsam. Continued from page 4) bucks. Spirit Airlines is offering a special deal that lets Detroiters fly to Jamaica for $9 each way . Would-be travelers have been entitled to book their flights since November 7 and travel dates must be between November 10 and December 14. What would a fare like that mean to Bonaire? Keep an eye on Kralendijk Bay for a new sailboat, a restored Volendammer kwak with dark brown (tanbark) sails. It was once at home on the Zuiderzee. Soon artist Fred Ros (famous for his underwater art show off the WannaDive pier) will be offering a variety of trips so you can inspect this genuine floating antique for yourself. We hear that Sanikolas will use it to make his appearance in Kralendijk this Saturday. It’s tied up at the Nautico Bonaire dock downtown. Five youngsters representing several different Bonaire organizations attended the Youth Summit in St. Eustatius (Statia) last week under the guidance of Soeraly Pourier. Poverty and other issues of special interest to young people in the islands were discussed. Attending for Bonaire were Richandro Emerencianan of the Bonaire Youth Outreach Foundation, Christopher Frans of the Rincon Youth Group, Reginald Manuel of Jong Bonaire, Krystel Rombley represented Scouting, and Ruthbella St. Jago of the Rincon Sentro di Bario. Mexico’s Congress passed a tourism ministry-backed law introducing tax-free shopping for international tourists as of July 1 , 2006. Spearheaded by the Secretary of Tourism, the law–which passed with little opposition–is designed to increase competition in tourism and foster private investments. Bonaire’s tourism has never seen as many visitors as it did before the imposition by the Central Government of the OB sales tax in the mid-1990s. Portraits of Bonaire , the very popular and opulent “coffee table” book by writer Guus Gerritsen and artist Henk Roozendaal is being reprinted as a second edition and will be available next month. There will also be a follow up to the book, Portraits of BonaireVolume 2. The authors have already begun the interviews and portraits that will be included in the new book; it will be published in the second half of 2006. The Logos II “Book-Ship” has returned to Bonaire . It brings much more than just books, offering a unique and unforgettable experience to all who come onboard. The international crew of 200 people represents over 45 different nations. In addition to books, the Logos II also offers a program of onboard conferences. Du ring its 10-day stay in Bonaire, conferences will be held for all age groups. The purpose of the conferences is to share Biblical principles as a basis of their lives. Crew members will take their outreach program into schools, the jail and other locations, with the purpose of serving the community and sharing a message of love and hope. The Logos II will be berthed at the North Pier in Kralendijk. The Book Fair is open to the public from November 23 to 30, Tuesdays to Saturdays, from 10am to 10pm, and on Sunday and Monday from 2pm to 10pm. The Netherlands edition of Amigoe, the Dutch language newspaper that carries Antillean, but mostly Curaçao, news will soon only be available on line . The printed edition will not be published after November 24. Mailed subscribers will be able to get credit for conversion to the on-line edition which will be available for a fee after December. On-line newspaper reading is the wave of the future. Even some people in Bonaire, who can get the printed edition free, choose to subscribe online. The Bonaire Reporter is free in print and has been available on-line by subscription since 2000. The current ver (Continued on page 7)

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Page 7 Bonaire Reporter November 25-December 2, 2005 ( Flotsam & Jetsam, Continued from page 6) sion is designed to be either viewed on the screen or printed out at home. It includes all photos in color and every story in the printed edition. Although individual ads are absent, the Dining and Shopping Guides are shown. Go to www.bonaireporter.com to check it out and sign up. It makes a great gift. A confidential study of Curaçao's Isla Refinery reveals no easy alternatives for solving its problems of pollution and inefficiency. The conclusions of a Strategic Orientation Studies (SOS) report on the Isla-refinery ordered by the Curaçao Island Executive Council (BC) said a $1 billion in investment is necessary to keep the Isla refinery open. Early closing will cost $500 million. The dismantling of the refinery and the cleaning up of the grounds will cost an additional $400 million. Postponing the investment is not an option, because the refinery will be obsolete and forced to shut down in 2019 or sooner. Bonaire gets most of its fuel from that refinery. The model in the Benetton ad this week is Jong Bonaire member, Jermainy Diaz , who’s pictured in the Royal Palm Galleries Mall, in front of the ReMax office. The Benetton ad is on page 20. John Janga, the winner of the Divi Song Festival in Aruba last weekend, will be the special guest star at Sunday’s (December 4th ) Bonairean Night at the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort. Music by Kanja Brabu and dance by Grupo Kayena starting at 6 pm. It’s authentically Bonairean and costs only $20 including a welcome drink at the Calabas Restaurant. We apologize for the late delivery of the free edition of The Bonaire Reporter last week . Although it was prepared and printed on Wednesday on schedule, using emergency power during the downpour, six bundles of newspapers, each the size of a large suitcase, “disappeared” after being delivered to the airport in Curaçao. Perhaps difficulties at the airport and the curtailed schedule of flights were a contributing factor. On Friday morning the papers were reprinted but didn't arrive from Curaçao until 3 am on Saturday. Join us in offering thanks as part of one of the best American traditions – Thanksgiving Day . Even with some of the occasional inconveniences that Bonaire offers we still wouldn’t trade life here for anywhere else. For Bonaire as it is –we are thankful. And thank you-readers and advertisers. G./L. D.

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Page 8 Bonaire Reporter November 25-December 2, 2005 WIN GREAT PRIZES! Take a copy of The Bonaire Reporter with you on your next trip or when you return to your home. Then take a photo of yourself with the newspaper in hand. THE BEST PHOTOS OF THE YEAR WILL WIN THE PRIZES. Mail photos to Bonaire Reporter, Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles (AN). E-mail to: picture@bonairereporter.com. (All 2005 photos are eligible.) B onaire dive instructor, Pepe Mastropaolo, is reading his Bonaire Reporter at the 10th National Race for the Venezuelan Supercross Championship for Team Honda. Next year Pepe, who also plays a fine saxophone, will represent Bonaire riding his motorcycle at International Supercross events. Albert Bianculli photo SUBSCRIBE TO THE BONAIRE REPORTER BY MAIL $95 ON THE WEB $35 CALL 717-8988 E-MAIL SUBS@BONAIRENEWS.COM WWW.BONAIREREPORTER.COM B eginning this month a TDI (Technical Diving International) instructor training course was organized at Divi Dive at the Flamingo Beach Resort. Dive Operations Manager Serge De Groote and Director of Technical Diving Roger Haug, managed to get David Burroughs on island. David is vice president sales and marketing of TDI and an instructor trainer as well. The three proud instructors from Divi Dive Bonaire achieved the following levels: Emile Van Aesch became extended range instructor and gas blender instructor and got qualified for several other technical specialties. Jose Mastropaolo got the extended range instructor ranking as well, and Geertje De Groot became an advanced nitrox-deco procedures instructor and extended range diver. Just certified as instructor, Geertje De Groot gave her first advanced nitroxdeco procedure course this week to brothers Johan and Frans Van Kessel from Holland. Congratulations to them! For 2006, Serge and Roger are planning to expand the project with a full rebreather service. Check it out and see what more is coming in the deep and fascinating world of technical diving at Divi Dive Bonaire! Photos and story by Roger Haug Advanced Instructors Emile Van Aesch, Jose “Pepe” Mastropaolo and Geertje De Groot Brothers Johan and Frans Van Kessel with their instructor Geertje De Groot R ita Lepsche (center), who lives in France but has two sons on Bonaire, sent us this photo from Quito, Ecuador . In the photo she is posing with The Reporter with a group of doctors who specialize in natural medicine.

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Page 9 Bonaire Reporter November 25-December 2, 2005 'Albert' ‘Albert’ picked up some speed over th e weekend to 80 km per day. Then he increased his speed once again, and is now traveling at a rate of 85 km per day. He is still moving west and is now approximately 1100 km from Klein Bonaire. 'Jenni' No signals were received turtle from ‘Jenni.’ in the past few days. STCB is still attempting to obtain information about her last recorded location. Her last reports indicated that she might have been at her feeding grounds. 'Mariposita' ‘Mariposita’ increased her speed to a rate of 98 km per day. She appears to be turning slightly to the northwest. The next day she slowed down significantly and is now traveling at a rate of 72 km per day. She is headed more toward the west. She is approximately 485 km from Klein Bonaire. Andy Uhr & Mabel Nava VESSELS MAKING A PORT CALL : Alter Ego Always Saturday Andrea Annka Angie Arcadia Augustijn Aurora Batje Bright Sea Camissa, Chan Is. Cape Kathryn Cheers Corail IV Delphinus Double Boggey Eclipse Endorphin Flying Cloud, USA Freestyle Future Galivanter Gdansk Good Hope Goril Two Guaicamar I, Ven. Jan Gerardus Jennifer Kantinka Karminda II La Baronne Lazzorone Longo Mai Maggi Midwatch Natural Selection Nexus Nirvana Noorhinder Okura One Way Wind Pacific Pizazz Samba Santa Maria Sandpiper, USA Scintella Sirius Spartivento Syjoli Sylvia K Tatoosh, Cayman Islands Ti Amo Tigger Ulu Ulu, USA Unicorn, Norway Unimak Varedhuni, Ger. Water Musik Williwaw Ya-T, BVI Yanti Paratzi Zahi, Malta KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT) Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF 11-25 2:36 1.0FT. 10:18 1.6FT. 16:46 1.3FT. 19:22 1.4FT. 31 11-26 2:10 1.0FT. 10:10 1.7FT. 18:04 1.2FT. 20:04 1.3FT. 34 11-27 1:41 1.0FT. 10:17 1.8FT. 19:05 1.1FT. 21:25 1.2FT. 43 11-28 1:13 1.0FT. 10:35 1.9FT. 20:07 1.0FT. 22:42 1.1FT. 54 11-29 11:05 2.0FT. 20:53 0.9FT. 66 11-30 11:37 2.1FT. 21:48 0.8FT. 77 12-01 12:12 2.1FT. 22:32 0.7FT. 87 12-02 12:56 2.2FT. 23:10 0.6FT. 94 12-03 13:43 2.1FT. 23:48 0.6FT. 97 YACHTING AND WATERSPORTS PAGE A team of 13 diehard Bonaire Barracuda age group swimmers along with their coaches and parents took the 6 am flight to Curaçao on November 12 to compete in the 3rd Curaçao Open swimming competition of the 2005 2006 season. The team spent the hours before the meet at the Nederlands Antilliaanse Voetball Unie (NAVU) facility next door to the Sentro Deportivo Korsow (SDK) pool, preparing mentally and physically for the upcoming competition. Boys and girls 10 years and under swam in the morning session which started with warm up swimming at 10 and competition at 11. Bonaire has three ranked swimmers in the 10 and under class who have the possibility of qualifying in one or more events for the Netherlands Antilles National Championships to be held in Curaçao December the 9th 11th. Rankings and invitations will be issued on December 6th. This is the first year that Bonaire swimmers have been eligible to qualify for Nationals. After the morning session it was back to NAVU for a healthy lunch and rest before returning to the pool at 5 pm for the 11 years and older category events. Fellow Barracuda swimmers and fans cheered Giada Binelli (Girls 13 – 14) on as she swam times in both the 50 meter butterfly and 50 meter backstroke under the qualifying times for Nationals. It was back to the airport to catch the 11 pm flight home and a day off before swim practice on Monday. Many thanks to the Barracuda coaches and parent volunteers and our sponsor Tecnobar for making this trip possible. Valarie Stimpson Volunteer Opportunity The Netherlands Antilles Swimming Federation and the Bonaireaanse Aquatics Club Barracudas will be holding an introductory swimming officials clinic given by Mr. Eddy Solomon, FINA representative, on Saturday, November 26th. The clinic is free. The Barracudas wish to invite anyone interested in participating to contact Valarie Stimpson at valarie@telbonet.an to sign up. Swimming a team sport Giada Binelli receives congratulations from her teammates for her 50 meter butterfly performance. Her time was 38.51 seconds.

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Page 10 Bonaire Reporter November 25-December 2, 2005 I n my last articles I wrote about creating a rock garden . Maybe after this week it would be better to write about creating a pond in your garden! Wow, did we have a lot of rain this week! I hope you didn’t have too much flooding and none of your plants were washed away. As always, when I have to update you, here are some things to remember after this very nice rain, which is for the plants of course! I've seen some Bougainvillea falling over, heavy with blossoms and new growth, Bougainvilleas don't have a very good rooting system, so when the soil gets very wet they can just fall over. The thing to do is to prune them back a lot, put them back straight, maybe tie them to a stick or wall and add some new firm diabaas (dirt). In that way they will be spared. Also with the flooding and heavy rain many of the “ dams” around the plants have been washed away or become flattened out. Make sure before the plants dry out to dig them in them again and make it easier for the plants to collect the water. Also, once the sun returns the topsoil can become very hard. Especially older gardens get these problems so make sure that you do some raking and in some cases add some organic soil to enrich the garden. After it’s been raining so much a lot of nutrients can be washed away . We see that especially in potted plants. So in a few weeks, make sure the plants get enough nitrogen by adding a fertilizer li ke the Peters or Miracle Grow. You can easily see when there’s a lack of Nitrogen when the plant’s leaves very quickly turn yellow, affecting the whole leaf. But most of all, see how beautifully green everything is! -If the soil is really wet, wait a few days before planting. Even Cactus or Succulents can be planted now, no problem. This brings me to our earlier topic, the lower rock garden plants . There is a large number of flowering types that are us eful for this purpose. It is important that all the plants you use shouldn’t get too big and shouldn't need a lot of pruning because everything should look as natural as possible. Some Red Euphorbia types are really nice and have white, red or yellow flowers, and they all stay small. Another great plant is the Broadleaf Lily with great white flowers, which, although it is very common here, is so nice in a rock garden. They spread out a bit and give you a very nice green accent. One of my favorite flowering plants to use in a rock garden is the Desert Rose , with amazing red flowers that bloom all year round. This is also one of the best plants for pots if you are not sure your plants will be watered enough. And there are al so some really nice Cactus-like plants with great flowers, like some Aloe varieties, Stapelia (Stinkbloem) or the common Magdalena. They grow without too much attention and give a very nice accent to the lower part of a rock garden. Next time more about this topic when I’ll write something about what rocks to use. Ap van Eldik Lots of Rain and Rock Gardens Ap van Eldik owns Green Label Landscaping which designs, constructs and maintain s residential and commercial gardens. Two nurseries and a garden shop in Kralendijk carry terra cotta pots from Mexico and South America. Phone 717-3410. NOW OPEN SATURDAYS, NONSTOP 9 TO 4. A red Euphorbia pulcherrima

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Page 11 Bonaire Reporter November 25-December 2, 2005 B onaire celebrated the 2005 Day of the Child with a fun get together for children at Jong Bonaire followed by a march through downtown Kralendijk to Wilhelmina Park. The event was sponsored by SEBIKI, an organization that concerns itself with children, from pre-birth to six years, and Jong Bonaire. In 1998 the Antilles Government declared it was to be celebrated each year on November 20. This year, the Day of the Child celebrated the Right to Play. The importance of play to children's well being is highlighted in the United Nations' Convention on the Rights of the Child, Article 31 of the Convention, states that children have the right to rest and leisure and to engage in play and recreational activities. G.D. C O V E R S T O R Y Kralendijk march Spiderman lives

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Page 12 Bonaire Reporter November 25-December 2, 2005 For Rent For rent: for upcoming six weeks. Nicely fully furnished 1-BR apartment , incl. cable TV/internet, airco, alarm, washing machine etc. with big porch and nice garden in quiet neighborhood. Tel.717-7977 Modern house Santa Barbara www. posada-bonaire.com +599 785-0918 Three bedroom apartment in Hato , completely furnished; Interested? Contact Amanda at Harbourtown Real Estate 717 – 5539 Boat for Sale It breaks my heart to sell the undefeated Bonaire Sail-Fishing boatclass A winner, Laurita . Would cost $20,000 to replace. Refit at Blonk Got something to buy or sell? REACH MORE READERS than any other WEEKLY NEWSPAPER by advertising in THE BONAIRE REPORTER Non-Commercial Classified Ads (up to 4 lines/ 20± words): FREE FREE FREE FREE Commercial Ads only NAƒ0.70 per word, per week. Free adds run for 2 weeks. Call or fax 717-8988 or email ads@bonairereporter.com JANART GALLERY Kaya Gloria 7, Bonaire Local Art, Art Supplies, Framing, and Art Classes. Open Tu-We-Th & Sat 10 am5 pm Friday 17 pm; or phone 717-5246 for appt. BONAIRENET The leading consumer and business information source on Bonaire. Telephone (599) 717-7160 . For on-line yellow pages directory information go to http://www.yellowpagesbonaire. com CAPT. DON’S ISLAND GROWER Trees and plants, Bonaire grown . 8000m2 nursery. Specializing in garden/septic pumps and irrigation. Kaminda Lagoen 103, Island Growers NV (Capt. Don and Janet). Phone: 786-0956 Bonaire Images Elegant greeting cards and beautiful boxed note cards are now available at Chat-N-Browse next to Lover’s Ice Cream and Sand Dollar Grocery. Photography by Shelly Craig www.bonaireimages.com LUNCH TO GO Starting from NAƒ5 per meal. Call CHINA NOBO 717-8981 MOVING INTO A NEW HOUSE? Make it more livable from the start. FENG SHUI CONSULTATIONS Interior or exterior design advice, clearings, blessings, energy, healing, China-trained. Experienced. Inexpensive. Call Donna at 785-9332 . SALT TREASURES BONAIRE 100% natural body salts "Scrub Me" 100% natural Bath Salts available at Chat-n-Browse, KonTiki and Jewel of Bonaire or call 786-6416 for more information. JELLASTONE PETPARK Pet boarding / Dierenpension Day and night care. phone: 786-4651 Boat works completed October 2nd. Asking NAƒ14,000 Call George 786-6518/717-8988. Wanted PARTNER WANTED The Bonaire Reporter is looking for a partner. Join us to “Publish in Paradise.” Working partner with writing/ editing skills, business sense, and energy desired. Call The Reporter at 717-8988, 786-6518. Tutor Needed Nov. 21Jan. 5. 8th Grade Geometry. Please email ann@bonairewindsurfing.com. Looking for house sitter 17th December to 6th January. Clean, centrally located house, Must be responsible animal lover. Please call: Donna 785-9332 WANTEDWe are looking for a full-time experienced Assistant to the Operations Manager for a smallscale resort on Bonaire. For more information or to apply please call Marieke Schmitz phone number 7173630 . www.bonairenet.com/jellastone/ Is your computer slowing down , not responding the way it used to ? It might be a virus or spyware. Let the professionals fix it. Bonaire Automation (next to Hitess) Call 717-4306 For Sale For sale: Stroller NAƒ75 and kid’s seat for bicycle NAƒ75, Items are as new. Tel. 717-7977 1996 Suzuki Vitara (jeep) with bikini top, great shape. NAƒ6.000. Call 717-7648 Suzuki Vitara. jr. 1997 NAƒ 7.500,. Tel. 786-5854. Giant brand mountain bike – NAƒ300 Call 717-7648 For sale: Scubapro 7mm wetsuits . 1 x male, XL. 1 x female M. $50 each. Weights 1, 2 and 3 kg. weights. $2,5 per kg Pony bottle 30 Cu. Ft. $100. Also lots of small stuff! Call Rogier 791-2439 For Sale: Refrigerator : A big refrigerator with 2 sliding doors. Height: 59 Width: 30 Depth: 19 Inches $1.672; Slicing machine : To cut meat and cheese $ 500; Freezer : Height: 3 Width: 4 Depth: 2.5 Ft $ 175; Horror movies $1 a piece; Christmas Decorations / Jeans size 32 and 38, Food warmer small.: Food Cooler : Food processors : Food mixers : Letter Board : And more. PHONE: 790-7674 For sale: Chair solidly built Oak Antique Chair NAƒ100 . Also Persian Rug . Beige/Yellow. Call Rogier 7912439 2 Sky Kennels for dogs, 1 large (Eclass acc. to KLM), 1 extra large (Fclass) NAƒ150 and NAƒ300 tel. 7865582 N.V. FOR SALE Registered for environmental and educational consulting. On going and active. Send inquiry to bonnv4sale@aol.com Brand New. Never Used. Scubapro Classic Air BCD, Size large Only $399. Call or visit Carib Inn 717-8819 LADA NIVA (jeep) for sale 1991-4X4 drive 1.6 Cyl. 95.000km NAƒ5.400 717-2844 or 786-2844 GODDARD CATERING GROUP BONAIRE announces an immediate opening for employment: Assistant Storeroom Supervisor/ Storeroom Supervisor-in-training Education: Minimum HAVO/MAVO Language: Papiamentu and English Physical ability : Some heavy lifting required, freezer work. Leadership ability: Necessary, experience preferred. Computer skills: Intermediate to advanced necessary Drivers license : Needed, rijbewijs C a plus. Other: Must be reliable, accurate with numbers, and able to work closely in a team enviro nment. Good conduct letter and keuringskaart required. Please apply in person at Ka ya Internashonal z/n or fax your CV to fax number 717-2989.

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Page 13 Bonaire Reporter November 25-December 2, 2005 N owadays it’s easy to find fresh asparagus on Bonaire. You should try this nice tasting vegetable! Asparagus contains few calories and is very rich in carotene, Vitamin C and Selenium. Below are two low-fat recipes for this tasty vegetable. Asparagus Vinaigrette (4 servings) 1 lb. asparagus, tough ends trimmed 2 Tab. no-salt-added tomato paste ½ cup orange juice 2 Tab. reduced-sodium vegetable broth or water 2 Tab. red wine vinegar 1 tsp. Dijon mustard 1 tsp. olive oil, preferably extra-virgin ¼ tsp. salt In a large pot of boiling water, cook the asparagus until just crisp tender, about 3 minutes. Drain well and pat dry on paper towels. Arrange the asparagus on a serving platter. Put the tomato paste in a small bowl. Whisk in the orange juice, broth, vinegar, mustard, oil and salt until well combined. Spoon the vinaigrette over the asparagus and serve. Calories: 47; Fat: 1g; Carbohydrates: 7g; Protein: 2g Helpful hints: When buying asparagus select spears with moist-looking, unwrinkled stems and tight tips. If the stems are very thick, you may want to peel the though outer skin with a vegetable peeler. Refrigerate asparagus for no more than a day or two, wrapping the bases of the stems in moist paper towels and placing them in a plastic bag. Be careful not to overcook the asparagus. The spears are at their best when they are still firm to bite. Asparagus-Cheese Puff (4 servings) ¾ lb. asparagus, tough ends tr immed, cut into ½-inch pieces 3 Tab. flour 2/3 cup low-fat (1%) milk ¾ cup canned white kidney beans, rinsed, drained, and mashed 2 egg yolks 1½ oz. crumbled goat or feta cheese ½ tsp. dried tarragon ½ tsp. salt 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper 6 egg whites 1/8 tsp. cream of tartar Preheat the oven to 375°F. In a medium saucepan of boiling water, cook the asparagus until barely tender, about 2 minutes. Drain well and blot dry on paper towels. Place the flour in a large saucepan over medium heat and gradually whisk in the milk until no lumps remain. Bring to a boil and cook, whisking frequently, until the mixture is slightly thickened, about 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the beans. Whisk in the egg yolks, ch eese, tarragon, ¼ teaspoon of the salt and the cayenne until well combined. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat the egg whites, the remaining ¼ teaspoon salt, and the cream of tartar until stiff, but not dry, peaks form. Stir about 1 cup of the egg whites into the milk mixture, then gently fold in the remaining egg whites. Gently fold in the asparagus. Spoon the mixture into an 8-cup soufflé mold and bake for 30 minutes or until the soufflé is golden brown, puffed, and just set in the center. Serve immediately. Calories: 164; Fat: 5g; Carbohydrates: 15g; Protein: 14g Helpful hints: For variety, replace the asparagus with cauliflower, green beans or broccoli. Be sure to use the cream of tartar, since it helps stabilize the beaten egg whites and increases volume as well . Angélique Salsbach Angélique Salsbach, a dietitian with Bonaire’s Department of Health and Hygiene, has a radio program every other Tuesday 9 to 9:30 on Bon FM. Write her at dietitan@bonairenews.com Asparagus – Queen of Vegetables

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Page 14 Bonaire Reporter November 25-December 2, 2005 H ere is teen Shelter volunteer Mrythe with puppy “Diane.” For the last several months Mrythe has been coming to the Shelter to help out Saturdays, and the dogs and the cats all look forward to her arrival. What would the Shelter do without its volunteers? Not such a good job because it is they who help the staff feed, clean and keep the pets familiar with people. You might call this lovely dog with Mrythe a “slow starter.” Diane was brought in by the dog catcher at 10 weeks old because the people couldn’t handle any more dogs. At first she was shy and retiring, but little, by little, she opened up as she gained confidence, beginning to show her alert and intelligent nature. She’ll be easy to train and a good guardian of her owner and family. She’s had all her shots, is sterilized and in tip top health. You may see Diane at the Shelter, open Monday to Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, Saturdays until 1. Tel. 7174989. This week we have a guest photographer, Melinda Plasse, a New Yorker who was on vacation in Bonaire with her husband. While he went diving she volunteered at the Bonaire Animal Shelter every day for a week of her vacation. She took this shot during her visit. Thank you, Melinda! L.D. ©2005 The Bonaire Reporter Published weekly . For information about subscriptions, stories or advertising in The Bonaire Reporter , phone (599) 717-8988, 786-6518, 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: Wilna Groenenboom, Roger Haug, Jack Horkheimer, Greta Kooistra, Mabel Nava, Angélique Salsbach, Valarie Stimpson, Michael Thiessen, Andy Uhr, Ap van Eldik Features Editor: Greta Kooistra Translations: Peggy Bakker, Sue Ellen Felix Production: Barbara Lockwood Distribution: Yuchi Molina (Rincon), Elizabeth Silberie (Playa); Housekeeping: Jaidy Rojas Acevedo. Printed by: DeStad Drukkerij, Curaçao T he Shelter is having a very interesting fundraiser soon. Last year’s event was such a success that there had to be a repeat. It’s an Indonesian Dinner and Art Auction on Thursday, December 8, at Bongo’s Beach, and all the proceeds go to the Shelter . As it was last year, many well-known artists of Bonaire have donated pieces to be sold. Dinner is at 6 pm, followed by the auction at 8:30. Tickets are the same as last year – NAƒ45. You are welcome to attend just the auction if you like. Tickets for the event are on sale at the Bonaire Animal Shelter (717-4989), from Lydia Juijn (717-8721), Hans Wennink (717-3207) or Paul Wichers (787-0466 cell). L.D. Volunteer Myrthe (16) with “Diane” Melinda Plasse photo

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Page 15 Bonaire Reporter November 25-December 2, 2005 THIS WEEK November 22 to December 1 – Book Fair Ship Logos II docks in Bonaire at the North Pier. The Book Fair is open to the public Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10 am to 10 pm and on Sunday and Monday from 2 pm to 10 pm. For more information about on board events and conferences, call 529-5895. Conferences aboard the ship: Friday November 25 Youth Conference (14 – 21 years old) – Sex, Drugs & Self Esteem -Are they of any true values? 8 pm, NAƒ5. November 24-26 – Bonaire Investment Conference Saturday 26 November , Wilhelmina Park International Night With music, dances, dramas and a challenging message. Entry free for everybody, Wilhelmina Park, 7 pm Saturday, November 26 First Round Table Conference to begin the critical negotiations for the restructuring of the Antilles Saturday, November 26 -The Netherlands Antilles Swimming Federation and the Bonaireaanse Aquatics Club Barracudas will be holding an introductory swimming officials clinic given by Mr. Eddy Solomon, FINA representative. The clinic is free. Contact Valarie Stimpson at valarie@telbonet.an to sign up. Saturday, November 26 – Darts competition, City Café, 7 pm, free to all Aboard Logos II Sunday, November 27 The Vacant Chair – Men's Conference From Men to Men. What responsibilities do we have? 7 pm , Speaker: Lt. Governor H. Domacassé, NAƒ5. Tuesday, Wednesday, November 29-30 Coral ID Course . Call Bonaire Marine Park 717-8444 for information. Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhelmina Park on Cruise Ship Visiting days, starting around 10 am to early afternoon: Tuesday, Nov. 29 -Aida Vita Saturday & Sunday, November 26, 27Long Distance Walk —29/44 km & 29/41 km. Comcabon 717-8629, 780-7225. Saturday, November 26– Surinam Day Celebration. COMING UP Sunday, December 4 Divi Flamingo Resort Bonairean Night Music by Kanja Brabu and dance by Grupo Kayena. Special guest star John Janga, who won the Divi Song Festival in Aruba last weekend. Time: 6 9 pm, $20 includes a welcome drink at the Calabas Restaurant. Sunday, December 4 First edition of a M onthly Jazz Brunch at Den Laman . Music by the Bonaire Jazz Group (Lando, Guus, Chris and Benji) plus guest musicians from the island and abroad. Broadcast live on Bon FM 102.7 For info and reservation call 717-4106. Advance bookings will get 10% discount on the $25 menu. Thursday, December 8 Indonesian Dinner and Art Auction to benefit the Bonaire Animal Shelter, 6pm -NAƒ45. Tickets available at the Animal Shelter (Tel. 717-4989), from Lydia Duijn (Tel. 717-8721), Hans Wenni nk (Tel. 717-3207) and Paul Wichers (Tel. 787-0466 -cell) REGULAR EVENTS Saturday Rincon Marshé opens at 6 am 2 pm. Enjoy a Bonairean breakfast while you shop: fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts, local sweets and snacks, arts and handicrafts, candles, incense, drinks and music. www.infobonaire.com/rincon Saturday —Mountain Bike Ride — Everyone is welcome, It’s free. Bring a bike and your own water. Fitness trainer Miguel Angel Brito leads the pack. Telephone him at 785-0767 for more information. Saturday -Wine Tasting at AWC’s warehouse , 6 to 8 pm , Kaya Industria #23. Great wines NAƒ2,50 a glass. Sunday Live music 6 to 9 pm while enjoy-ing a great dinner in colorful tropical ambiance at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant & Bar . Open daily 5 to 10 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. Every Tuesday Night @ 6:30pm BonaireTalker Dinner/Gathering at Gibi's, known for great local food. Call Gibi at 567-0655 for details, or visit www. BonaireTalk.com, and search for "Gibi." Friday -Manager’s Rum Punch Party, Buddy Dive Resort, 5:30-6:30 pm Friday5-7 pm Social Event at JanArt Gallery, Kaya Gloria 7. Meet artist Janice Huckaby and Larry of Larry’s Wildside Diving. New original paintings of Bonaire and diver stories of the East Coast every week DailyThe Divi Flamingo Casino is open daily for hot slot machines, roulette and black jack, Monday to Saturday 8 pm– 4 am; Sunday 7 pm– 3 am. Every day by appointment -Rooi Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Bonairean kunuku. $12 (NAƒ12 for residents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800. FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS SaturdayDiscover Our Diversity Slides pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm 717-5080 Sunday Bonaire Holiday Multi-media dual-projector productio n by Albert Bianculli, 8.30 pm, Capt. Don’s Habitat. MondayDee Scarr’s Touch the Sea slide Show at Captain Don’s Habitat, 8:30pm Call 717-8290 for info Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle Conservation Slide Show by Andy Uhr. Carib Inn seaside veranda, 7 pm Wednesday –Buddy Dive Cocktail Video Show by Martin Cecilia pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm 717-5080 CLUBS and MEETINGS AA meetings every Wednesday ; Phone 717-6105; 560-7267 or 7173902. Al-Anon meetings every Monday evening at 7 pm. Call 790-7272 Weekly BonaireTalker Gathering and Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30 pm call 567-0655 for directions. Bridge Club Wednesdays , 7:30 pm at the Union Building on Kaya Korona, across from the RBTT Bank. All levels invited. NAƒ5 entry fee. Call Cathy 566-4056. Darts Club plays every other Sunday at City Café. Registration at 4, games at 5. Tel. 7172950, 560-7539. JCI First Wednesday of the MonthJunior Chamber International Bonaire (JCI Bonaire or formerly known as Bonaire Jaycees) meets at the ABVO building, Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact: Renata Domacassé 516-4252. Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza, Kaya International, every other Tuesday, 7 pm . Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette Rodriguez. Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya Sabana #1. All Lions are welcome. Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday , 12 noon2 pm Now meeting at 'Pirate House', above Restaurant Zeezicht. All Rotarians are welcome. Tel. 717-8454 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Bonaire Arts & Crafts ( Fundashon Arte Industrial Bonaireano ) 717-5246 or 7117 The Bonaire Swim ClubContact Valarie Stimpson at 785-3451 or Valrie@telbonet.an Cinnamon Art Gallery Volunteers to help staff gallery during the day. 717-7103. 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 Roosje 7174685, 566-4685 BONAIRE’S TRADITIONS Mangasina di Rei, Rincon . Enjoy the view from “The King’s Storehouse.” Learn about Bonaire’s culture . Visit typical homes from the 17th century. Daily. Call 7174060 / 790-2018 Visit the Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree, behind the Catholic Church in town. Open weekdays from 8 amnoon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel. 717-8868 Washington-Slagbaai National Park, Museum and Visitors’ Center. Open daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holidays. 717-8444/785-0017 Sunday at Cai Live music and dancing starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai. Dance to the music of Bonaire’s popular musicians. CHURCH SERVICES New Apostolic Church, Meets at Kaminda Santa Barbara #1, Sundays, 9:30 am. Services in Dutch. 717-7116. International Bible Church of Bonaire – Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle) Sunday Services at 9 am; Sunday Prayer Meeting at 7:00 pm in English. Tel. 717-8332 Protestant Congregation of Bonaire . Wilhelminaplein. Services in Papiamentu, Dutch and English on Sundays at 10 am. Thursday Prayer Meeting and Bible Study at 8 pm . Rev. Jonkman. 717-2006 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays 8:30 11:30 am. Services in Papiam entu, Spanish and English. Catholic San Bernardus in Kralendijk – Services on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in Papiamentu 717-8304 . Saturday at 6 pm at Our Lady of Coromoto in Antriol, in English . Mass in Papiamentu on Sunday at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-4211. Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios), Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English, Dutch & Papia-mentu on Sunday at 10 am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm . 717-2194 Send event info to The Bonaire Reporter Email reporter@bonairenews.com Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 786-6518 Kaya Prinses Marie Behind Exito Bakery Tel. 717-2400 Tickets NAƒ14 (incl. Tax) Children under 12 NAƒ12 NEW FILMS BEGIN FRIDAY CLOSED MONDAY TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY SATURDAY 4 PM Sky High Late Show Call to make sure (Usually 9 pm ) Flightplan (Jodie Foster) Early Show (Usually 7 pm) In Her Shoes (Cameron Diaz) December 2005 Cruise Ship Schedule Day Date Ship Name Time Pier # PAX Line Fri Nov.25 Wind Star 0800-2300 N.Pier 150 HAL Tue Nov.29 AidaVita 1300-2000 S.Pier 1260 P&O Ger Mon Dec.05 Veendam 0930-1730 S.Pier 1440 HAL Tue Dec.06 Silver Whisper 0800-1800 N.Pier 388 Silversea Tue Dec.13 Sea Princess 1200-1900 S.Pier 1950 Princess Tue Dec.13 AidaVita 1000-2000 N.Pier 1260 P&O Ger. Sat Dec.17 Silver Whisper 0700-1600 S.Pier 388 Silversea Cruises Mon Dec.19 Arcadia 0800-1800 S.Pier 1968 P&O Cruises Mon Dec.26 Braemar 0800-1700 S.Pier 720 Fred Olsen Tue Dec.27 AidaVita 1000-2000 S.Pier 1260 P&O Ger.

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Page 16 Bonaire Reporter November 25-December 2, 2005 APPLIANCES/ TV/ ELECTRONICS/ COMPUTERS City Shop, the mega store, has the island’s widest selection of large and small home appliances. Fast service and in-store financing too. ART GALLERY Cinnamon Art Gallery non-profit gallery for local artists has continuous shows. Each month a new artist is featured. Stop by. Free entry. BANKS Maduro and Curiel’s Bank provides the greatest number of services, branches and ATMs of any Bonaire bank. They also offer investments and insurance. BEAUTY PARLOR Hair Affair . Expert hair cutting, styling, facials, waxing and professional nail care. BICYCLE / SCOOTER/ QUADS De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; professionally repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top brand bikes. Have your keys made here. BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION APA Construction are professional General Contractors. They also specialize in creating patios and walkways with fabulous sprayed and stamped concrete pavement. COMPUTERS Bonaire Automation B.V . fills all your computer needs: hardware, software, supplies, service, repair and more. DIVING Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch dive shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade on Bonaire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive computer H.Q. Dive Friends Bonaire (Photo Tours Divers-Yellow Submarine) low prices on the seaside at Kralendijk, at Caribbean Club, Caribbean Court and the Hamlet Oasis . Join their cleanup dives and BBQ. WannaDive They make diving fun while maintaining the highest professional standards. In town at City Café and at Eden Beach. FITNESS Bonfysio offers comprehensive fitness programs to suit your needs whether they be weight loss, sports or just keeping in shape. Convenient schedule. Fit 4 Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in Pilates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional trainers, fitness machines and classes for all levels. GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES Green Label has everything you need to start or maintain your garden. They can design, install and maintain it and offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden chemicals. GIFTS, SOUVENIRS AND LIQUOR The Bonaire Gift Shop has an wide selection of gifts, souvenirs, liquor, dive watches, digital cameras, things for the home, T-shirts all at low prices. HOTELS Golden Reef Inn is the affordable alternative with fully equipped studio apartments in a quiet Bonaire neighborhood. Just a 3-minute walk to diving and the sea. The Great Escape Under new management. Quiet and tranquil setting with pool and luxuriant garden in Belnem. Cyber Café, DVD rentals, restaurant and bar. METALWORK AND MACHINE SHOP b c bBotterop Construction Bonaire N.V. , offers outstanding fabrication of all metal products, including stainless. Complete machine shop too. Nature Exploration Outdoor Bonaire for individually guided kayaking, hiking, biking, caving, rapeling/abseilen and more reservations : 791-6272 or 717-4555 E-mail : hans@outdoorbonaire.com PHOTO FINISHING Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center offers fast, fine processing for prints, slides, items and services . Now-full digital services . REAL ESTATE / RENTAL AGENTS Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire’s oldest real estate agent. They specialize in professional customer services and top notch properties. Re/Max Paradise Homes: International/US connections. 5% of profits donated to local community. Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and insurance services. If you want a home or to invest in Bonaire, stop in and see them. REPAIRS Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed or built. Ultra reliable, h onest and experienced. Electrical, plumbing, woodworking, etc. 717-2345 RESORTS & ACTIVITIES Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun tours including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snorkeling and exploration. RETAIL Benetton, world famous designer clothes available now in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For men, women and children. SECURITY Special Security Services will provide that extra measure of protection when you need it. Always reliable. SHIPPING Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient. FedEx agent. SUPERMARKETS Visit Warehouse Bonaire to shop in a large, spotless supermarket. You’ll find American and European brand products. THE market for provisioning. VACATION CLUB Lower the cost of vacationing in Bonaire. Visit Perfect Holiday Solutions to discover how you can get discounts and more. Free gift for learning how. VILLAS Bonaire Oceanfront villa for up to nine people: five kitchens, five bathrooms. Ideal for divers. WATER TAXI Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di Amor or Skiffy . Hotel pickup. WINES Antillean Wine Company. You’ve tried the rest; now try the best: best prices, highest quality wines from around the world, kept in a cooled warehouse. Free delivery. YOGA Yoga For You . Join certified instructors Desirée and Don for a workout that will refresh mind and body. Private lessons too. ATTENTION BUSINESSMEN/WOMEN: Put your ad in The Bonaire Reporter. Phone/Fax 717-8988, Cel 786-6518 RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE / WHEN OPEN FEATURES Bella Vista Restaurant Sea Side Restaurant at Buddy Dive Resort 717-5080, ext. 525 Moderate. Breakfast and Lunch Dinner during Theme nights only. Open every day Magnificent Theme Nights : Saturday: Beach Grill; Monday: Caribbean Night; Friday: Manager’s Rum Punch Party and All-You-Can-Eat B.B.Q Bistro de Paris Kaya Gob. N. Debrot 46 (half-way between hotel row and town) 717-7070 Moderate Lunch and Dinner Closed Sunday Real French Cooking in an informal setting Superb dishes prepared with care and love by a French chef Owner-operated Eat in or Take away Brasserie Bonaire Royal Palm Galleries Kaya Grandi 26, Next to Re/Max, 717-4321 LowModerate Lunch and Dinner Open 11 am -2:30 pm 5:30-9 pm Closed Saturday and Sunday Lots of parking in big mall lot Kitchen Open 11 am-2:30 pm, Dinner 5:30-9 pm Breezy terrace with airco inside—Also serving big sandwiches at dinner Calabas Restaurant & Chibi Chibi Restaurant and Bar At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort. Waterfront 717-8285 Moderate-Expensive Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Open 7 days Get a view of the beach and turquoise sea while enjoying a breakfast buffet or à la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar. Inspiring vistas and the highest standard of cuisine . Croccantino Italian Restaurant Downtown at Kaya Grandi 48 717-5025 Moderate-Expensive Dinner Closed Monday Bonaire’s Most Romantic Restaurant where dining is a delight! Tuscan chef prepares exquisite dishes with authentic ingredients. Be served in a garden setting under floating umbrellas or in air-conditioned comfort. Take out too. The Great Escape EEG Blvd #97—across from Belmar 717-7488 Moderate Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Open 7 days Bar-Restaurant poolside —under the thatched roof. Cuban cuisine. Champagne brunch on Sundays 10 am to noon. Happy hours 5 to 7 every day. The Last Bite Bakery Home Delivery or Take Out 717-3293 Low-Moderate Orders taken 8 am-4 pm; Deliveries 6-7:30 pm , Closed Sunday Enjoy a delicious dessert or savory baked meal in the comfort of your home or resort. This unique bakery offers gourmet class items -always from scratchfor take out or delivery only. The Lost Penguin Across from MCB Bank in downtown Kralendijk Call 717-8003. Low-Moderate Breakfast, Lunch, Early Dinner until 6 pm Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays Watch the bustle of downtown from this street side Caribbean-style bistro owned and run by a European educated Master Chef and his wife. Pasa Bon Pizza On Kaya Gob. Debrot ½ mile north of town center. 790-1111 Low-Moderate Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday Bonaire’s best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest ingredients. Salads, desserts. Eat in or take away. Nice bar too. Call ahead to eat-in or take out 790-1111

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Page 17 Bonaire Reporter November 25-December 2, 2005 “W e first met at Cinnamon Art Gallery. Bonaire’s master artist, Winfred Dania, had an exhibition of his paintings. I fell in love with one of them and wanted an explanation. Winfred was called but he couldn’t explain in English so Frans was asked. He’d been explaining the paintings as Winfred can only communicate in Dutch and because he’s deaf it’s especially hard. We started talking. I bought the painting, and we made an appointment to meet at the museum the next day.” Frans : “So, the following day when I showed Maggie the book I wrote, The Book of Uncle Louis, she saw that the painting she’d bought was connected to another painting of Winfred’s, like one was the beginning and one was the end of what basically is the Bonairean mythology. She bought that painting too.” Maggie : “The other thing we learned the first time we met was that there was a spiritual connection. Frans’ wife, Elia Statius, had died a year before, and my husband, Nick Kaiser, had died in the same period. After I’d picked up the second painting Frans asked me to go out for lunch. I said, ‘Let’s go to KonTiki,’ but he said, ‘Maikey’s Snack!’ “We had kabritu (goat) and he told me about his cooking and his idea to create a solar water plant for individual use and the third world. We were having a great time and he asked if I’d like to help him. I said, ‘No!’ To me he looked like someone between 60 and 80! He had this strange outfit I remember the suspenders – he just looked like 80! Then he took me back to Playa. As we passed by his house on Nikiboko North, he clicked open the automatic doors of the gate and I think, ‘Oh my God, a dirty old man!’ But it turned out he was just showing off his new automatic system to open the gate. He was so proud of it so sweet, so innocent! During our lunch he had said, ‘You must try my kabritu sometime; stop over!’ So one day I stopped at his house and he nearly died because here was this strange woman at his door. He said, ‘Why are you here?’ “And I answered, ‘To eat kabritu! ’ ‘I have no kabritu ,’ he said. It was so embarrassing! Nevertheless, he offered me some tea and days later when he came over to my house to hang the painting he asked me out to dinner. From the first moment we’d met we felt something was coming. So, that night after dinner we walked around town and he showed me where he was born, in the house where now Maduro Travel sits, and he told me all his family’s history. During the walk we started holding hands and at 2 am we came to City Café; we jumped on the dance floor and surprised all the young people!” Frans Booi (61) and Maggie (59) BooiKaiser are vibrating; they’re full of energy, of life, full of plans and they’ve just started off! “Maggie is beautiful and I love her; it’s just a bunch of things: her smile, her thoughts, the good communication we have and the fact that we are soul mates and we have the same interest in many things. And at our age we have to look after each other and help each other and take good care of our health. I don’t have projects just for this life; I have projects for the other existences too. I don’t believe in eternity of life or in reincarnation; that’s not going to happen. Let’s say we learn in this life; that’s the most important reason for living. You learn to be a bird, a fish, a tree, an animal. These things you call totems because they are the animal part of your spirit. But you also learn to be human, all the different kinds of humans, and the ultimate learning is how to be a personality that is an essential part of the community – a full grown person. You have to learn about your own community: the wisdom, the language, the history and the principals. The group has personality too, and that’s what you call culture. The last thing you learn as a person is that you are a stone and that stone is what we call matter, material or mother. All these things the animals, the trees, the plants and the stones have a soul. You cannot destroy matter or energy; it only changes image, form. So, as matter, as material you are eternal. So, if you are a stone you have eternal life and you are unified with the origins. When I go caving or hiking with Maggie we sit and I tell her all the old stories about that certain area, about the plants and the animals, the medicines and the myths. Bit by bit I’m writing it all down, documenting it.” Maggie says , “One of our projects is marking all the concrete tables at the historical and tourist’s sites and we will also publish an accompanying book. Frans built all these tables and the obelisks when he was head of the Department of Culture and Education from the 70s until the early 90s. My company in the States is donating it, and Frans is telling me what to write. We’re doing it together, but it’s his brains and information behind it. He is the historian of the island. One of our other projects is to publish a map with all the old names of all the old places and a book with all the old stories to go with it. But there are so many more other projects. When we got married people were afraid that Frans would lose his identity and not worry about th e culture anymore. But of course that will never happen; it’s one of the reasons that I love him! Frans is also an inventor; he works with AutoCAD inventor, very sophisticated stuff. He’s a teacher, he is a sculptor, an artist and a musician and he just knows everything there is to know about Bonaire. My sister calls him a ‘true Renaissance man,’ very dedicated in everything and he also supports me in everything. I went from working all the time to playing all the time – that’s a big change! When I see myself chopping my way through the bushes with my machete I feel cool! And I never crawled like an iguana into a cave before! We’re having so much fun! I was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Ten years ago I came with my husband to Bonaire to dive. Four years ago we bought the house in Belnem on the sea and we spent a whole year renovating, traveling back and forth and E-mailing. It was fun, really fun! Then, on our way here to take over the house, my husband of 37 years died of a heart attack at the airport in Jamaica. He never saw the house finished. So I didn’t come; I took him home. After a couple of weeks I ran away from home to Bonaire. The first time I didn’t stay that long, but every time it became longer and longer and then, after a year I met Frans. When Frans and I fell in love I told my son Tom, ‘I think I am in love.’ He said, ‘You hardly know that man and if he really loved you he would be here anyway!’ I told Frans and he came on the next plane! My whole family was going nuts-my six sisters, my daughter-in-lawthey were so upset! They told me, ‘You don’t know him; you don’t know what his intentions are!’ Like I was 16! So I gave a big beach party at Lake Michigan where I lived. My mother asked Frans, ‘Are you rich?’ and he said, ‘I am not poor!’” Frans laughs : “And everybody was telling me how brave I was to come all by myself! The next trip we came to the States I said, ‘I want to talk to Tom.’ But Tom already knew what was coming and he didn’t like it. So he gave me a lecture about ‘You don’t get married that fast,’ etc! We said, ‘Sure, we’ll wait till next summer.’ We waited a year, but we had lots of things to do and marriage was just one of our projects. We got married this year on August 26 at Seroe Largo,” Maggie says, ‘ The whole island was there… it was beautiful. We’ve been very lucky, very blessed, because Frans’ daughters Lizbeth and Desiree and my son Tom and daughterin-law Jody, my two grandsons Caelen and Simon, all get along well. We have such wonderful families, everybody has been beautiful. ” She laughs: “Once when Jody saw me going out with my machete, she cried out, ‘My mom with a machete! It’s too much! You’ve gone over to the other side! You’re totally gone! You’re not coming back?’ And I said, ‘I won’t.’ Story and photo by Greta Kooistra “From the first moment we’d met we felt something was coming…” Frans Booi and Maggie Booi-Kaiser Frans Booi and Maggie Booi-Kaiser

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Page 18 Bonaire Reporter November 25-December 2, 2005 Airport: Car Rental Agencies, Airport Arrivals Area Banks: MCB (Playa & Hato), Restaurants: Bistro de Paris Brasserie Bonaire Capriccio City Cafe Croccantino Hilltop at Caribbean Club Lost Penguin Lover’s Ice Cream Pasa Bon Pizza Shops: Benetton Bonaire Gift Shop Cinnamon Art Gallery City Shop DeFreewieler Exito Bakery INPO Paradise Photo Photo Tours, Playa Hotels: Buddy Dive Capt. Don’s Habitat Carib Inn Caribbean Court Divi Flamingo Eden Park Hotel The Great Escape Harbour Village Plaza Sand Dollar Supermarkets: Cultimara Montecatini Progresso Sand Dollar Grocery Tropical Flamingo Warehouse Bookstores: Bonaire Boekhandel Flamingo Bookstore Realty Offices : Harbourtown RE/MAX Sunbelt Government Offices : Bestuurscollege Parliament Office Customs BVO Others: Bonfysio Botika Korona Caribbean Laundry Fit 4 Life Hair Affair Harbour Village Marina Rocargo San Francisco Hospital TCB Telbo Yellow Submarine RINCON: Chinese Store, Joi Fruit Store, Lemari Grocery Rincon Bakery N ow available in Bonaire is an ancient natural product that gives a whole new “Old World” look to buildings and homes. It’s a lime wash that was used before “paint” was invented – on the Coliseum and on the Acropolis for instance. Now it’s being rediscovered and used on architecture in France, Spain and around the Mediterranean, the rest of Europe and in Mexico. It gives a softer and more aged look than regular paint. It’s non-toxic and perfect for new concrete buildings because it allows the walls to breathe, making the interiors cooler. And it lasts. Côté Sud N.V. in Curacao carries the product and has 40 different color pigments, with which you can make almost unlimited color choices. Prices are similar to paints available on the island. For more information and prices, call Michel Nataf at 09-5102086 or email: m.nataf@interneeds. net. L.D. B istro de Paris was the scene last Thursday evening of the grand arrival of the annually touted French Beaujolais Nouveau. The new young wine traditionally always makes its debut at destinations all over the world on the third Thursday of November. Of the approximately 120 million bottles produced, 60 million are drunk that first night, according to ALCON’s Mocky Arends, who imports the wine for Bonaire. Nearly every year Mocky has hosted a party to celebrate the arrival – and they’re always a big surprise. This year the wine was delivered by Anna in her husband Orlando’s 1930 Ford Sedan Model A. Beaujolais Nouveau is made from the Gamay grape in the Beaujolais area of France. The grapes are picked in September and through a fast, but difficult process, ends up in the bottles by November. It’s made to be drunk early. ALCON has a limited supply of the exciting new wine. Call them at 7170168. Thanks to Patrice and Fred of the Bistro de Paris Restaurant and Mocky and Conchita of ALCON liquors for making this such a festive occasion. Antillean Wine Company just received a fine 2005 Beaujolais Nouveau, Chateau Cambon, produced by wine maker Marcel Lapierre. It’s a rare Beaujolais produced the natural way. Lapierre makes beaujolais according to his own stubborn ideas; no artificial fertilizers, no chemicals, he ploughs the vineyard ( a labor intensive rarity nowadays) and so captures the natural yeast of the vineyard. It’s one of the few wines in the word without any sulphur. This is the real thing, not a high alcoholic grade wine that tastes like banana sweets because of the yeast added for mass-production, but beaujolais like it used to be and is supposed to be: light, fresh, fruity, thirst quenching; wine to share with friends. Come taste on Saturday, November 27th at Antillean Wine Company, Kaya Industria 23 L1-L2 (across from Warehouse) between 6.00 and 8.00 PM at only NAƒ2,50 per glass. L.D. Côté Sud Lime Wash Paint The 2005 Beaujolais Nouveau arrives with Anna in a 1930 Ford Sedan Model A Still can’t find a copy? Visit our office at Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6 or Call 717-8988 Snip and save so you can always find a copy of The Bonaire Reporter if there are no more at your favorite spot

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Page 19 Bonaire Reporter November 25-December 2, 2005 ARIES (Mar. 21April 20) You will back yourself into a corner if you are baited and your stubbornness will only make matte rs worse. Do not trust others with important information. Talk to someone you trust if you need advice about broaching the subject. Your emotional life may be up in the air if your mate has been going through a change of heart. Your luck y day this week will be Thursday. TAURUS (Apr. 21May 21) Take time to deal with authority figures or government agencies. It's time to reevaluate your motives. They won't pay you back and you'll be upset. You will be emotional with regard to your personal life. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday. GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Don't overlook that fact that someone you care about may be hiding something. Hassles with female colleagues may lead to problems with your boss. Accomplishment is yours if you direct yourself accordingly. Older family members may try to put unreasonable demands on you. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday. CANCER (June 22-July 22) Unique forms of entertainment could capture your attention and bring about a romantic interest. Don't get into heated discussions. Talk to people who can give you important knowledge. Get down to business and do the work yourself. Your lucky day this week will be Monday. LEO (July 23-Aug 22) You can meet potential new mates if you socialize with friends. You may find your self in a romantic situation. This is a great day for a trip. Discuss your objectives with partners or peers. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday. VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Romance is likely if you can bring yourself to go out with friends. Be prepared for an active but rewarding time. Your words will be taken out of context if you're evasive with coworkers or employers. Try not to attempt to do something unless you are fully intent on following through with the plans. Your lucky day this week will be Friday. LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Pleasure trips will promote new romantic encounters. Changes could be overwhelming. Avoid letting children and friends borrow. New partnerships will develop if you join investment groups. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday. SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You might just as well let others do their own thing. If you can't get away, make plans to do something special with friends or relatives. You may have difficulties with in-laws or family members. Your mate is going to want and need some attention. Your lucky day this week is Wednesday. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) The answers can only come from within. Opportunities to make financial gains through investments look promising. Get involved in groups that will help you meet established individuals. You can help other people with their financial problems by setting up a budget for them. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday. CAPRICORN (Dec 22.Jan. 20) Do something together and you'll be surprised how sweet a deal you can make. Major moves will be emotional and not necessarily to your benefit. You must get out and mingle. Be courteous if you wish to avoid major delays. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday. AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You need to do something energetic and different. Tell them to get out of the mess they are in and then you'll consider getting together with them. Relatives may not be telling you the whole truth about a family situation. You might be overly emotional when dealing with your partner. Your lucky day this week will be Monday. PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Changes in your home are apparent, and you must be willing to bend if you don't want to find yourself alone. Don't count your chickens before they hatch. Your lack of attention may have been a factor. Favors will be offered readily. Your lucky day this week will be Monday. Super Bright Venus and Mars Share the Sky with Three Cosmic Birds for Thanksgiving Week C osmically speaking, American Thanksgiving week is super because in addition to the usual Thanksgiving turkey on the table we have our annual appearance of three cosmic birds in the sk y, which you can see right after dinner all week long, plus this year they are jo ined by the two currently brightest planets Venus and Mars. On any clear night this Thanksgiving week, about 7 pm Sky Park time, face west where you'll see the brightest planet of th em all, super-bright Earth-sized Venus. Then if you look higher above the horizon you will see the three bright stars which mark the points of what is officially called the Summer Triangle but which every November I unofficially call the Thanksgi ving Poultry Triangle. You see, historically these stars have been associated with cosmic birds. The highest star is Deneb, the bright tail star of Cygnus the Swan . So in addition to our Thanksgiving turkey we have a heavenly swan to be thankful for. The bright star farthest to the left, Altair, is the brightest star of another bird , Aquila the Eagle . But the brightest of the three stars and closest to the northwest horizon is Vega the brightest star of Lyra the Harp, which strange as it may sound has had more feathery incarnations than the other two put together. You see Lyra was not always a harp. In fact, long ago before it became a lyre it was a cosmic turtle. But before it was a turtle it was a bird of one sort or other. Ancient records tell us that Lyra's asso ciation with birds goes back over 2,000 years. In ancient India Lyra was seen as a heavenly vulture, and in Babylon as a great mythological storm bird named Urak khga. Some desert peoples of ancient Arabia saw it as two birds, the desert eagle, and would you believe, a cosmic goose? Lyra was also once known as an osprey and a wood falcon. Anyone for a wood falcon or osprey drumstick? At any rate only in the past couple of hundred years or so have we in the west seen Lyra exclusively as a lyre. In fact at the time of the American Revolution these stars were still seen as a bird an eagle but holding a lyre in its beak. But since then the eagle has flown away and only the lyre remains. So perhaps we should play lyre music after Thanksgiving dinner. At any rate this Thanksgiving weekend, after you've had turkey up to here, just step outside after dinner and look for some birds of a different feather. And thank the heavens above you'll never get them in your leftovers. But if three cosmic birds and super bright Venus aren't enough for you then simply face east and high above the horizon you'll see the planet which is now Number Two in brightness because it is so incredibly close to Earth – superbright, rouge-gold Mars which will make this Thanksgiving week extra special. Jack Horkheimer For the week: November 20-26, 2005 By Astrologer Michael Thiessen *to find it, just look up Venus Mars