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There's something exciting
planned for November on the
Bonaire musical scene. The Bonaire
Entertainment Foundation is planning
to put on several music festivals on
Bonaire and the first will be "Back to
Rock 'n Roll." The tentative venue for
the show is the Plaza Resort. Headlin-
ers are Rene Schuman and Angel-Eye.
Rene has had long experience in R&R,
dating back to his performances as an
Elvis imitator on the Dutch TV Play
Back Show and has performed with
some of the top names like Phil Everly
of the Everly Brothers.
In 2001 he teamed up with Angel-
Eye. They started their new career to-
gether with a remake of the Elvis Hit,
Don't Be Cruel, which also became a
hit in Holland. This year he had an-
other hit in Europe, a song called
Magic Ride. This song was adopted by

the Tour de France and was played
every day, in a different city, when the
peleton started.
Right now the organizers are looking
for a few more sponsors to help take
care of lodging, food, drinks, a car,
stage, lights etc. To find out more call
Bert Poyck at 717-2749.

> British and American security
agencies have imposed stricter limits
on carry-on items in the wake of a
foiled terror plot on aircraft from
Britain to the US. Continental and
Air Jamaica have implemented the
following measures on all their flights
from Bonaire:
No liquids, including alcohol, gels,
shampoo, suntan lotion, toothpaste,
and items of similar consistency are
allowed in carry-on luggage.
Passengers are being advised to pack
these restricted items in their checked
Passengers are being encouraged to
travel light to expedite the screening
The following items are allowed on
board the aircraft:
Baby formula, breast milk, or
juice if a baby or small child is
Prescription medicine with a
name that matches the passen-
ger's ticket.
Insulin and essential other non-

With the additional security measures
passengers will undergo more exten-
sive screenings and are required to be
at the airport for check-in three hours
before departure.
All of Bonaire's flights have been
operating as scheduled up to this time.
Alert levels are being lowered as we go
to press so be sure to monitor the me-
dia and airline websites before flying.

> It is expected that the daily KLM
flight to Lima, Peru, will no longer
stop for refueling/replenishment on
Bonaire effective with the KLM win-
ter schedule soon to be announced.
Some seats on that flight are usually
available for Bonaire-bound passen-
gers, and Peru/Amsterdam-bound pas-
sengers can stretch their legs in Bon-
aire's departure lounge. A Boeing 777
will replace the MD-11 jet currently
used on the route.
The Amsterdam-Ecuador flight will
continue to stop in Bonaire because the
Quito airport runway is too short for
the 777 aircraft. However, its fre-
quency may be upped from five times



Billboard Plan 5
Trade Mission to the Netherlands 6
Where to Find the Reporter 7
ABC Project (Action on Behalf of Coral)8
ABC Fund raising 9
Windsurf Report
Samsung Freestyle Belgium 10
Bonaire Scores in Flying
Dutchman Class 11
Tour Guide Course 13
STCB Turtle Tracking Update (Heit) 13
Artists Abound (Kas di Arte) 18


Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Biologist's Bubbles
(Flamingo Tongues) 3
Snack Detectives (El Fogon Latino) 6
Picture Yourself,
(Beruit, Lebanon) 7
Coral Glimpses 9
SuDoku Puzzle 12
Classifieds 12
Tide Table 12
Reporter Masthead 14
SuDoku Answer 14
Pet of the Week ("Donald") 14
What's Happening 15
Movieland Film Schedule 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
Born on Bonaire
(Gaby Mercera) 17
Sky Park
(Planet Cluster) 19
The Stars Have It 19

prescription items. (Continued on page 3)

Bonaire Reporter August 18 to August 25, 2006

Page 2

(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2)
a week to daily.
Bonaire will also be served by another
MD-11 that will fly twice a week, AMS-
AUA-BON-AMS, and perhaps an Amster-
dam- Panama flight will be scheduled for
refueling in Bonaire.

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from Eden Beach. Last year there were
over 300 entrants. You may get tickets at
Jong Bonaire. Start training now. For more
information call Jong Bonaire at 717-4303.

- Cuba's ailing Fidel Castro got a bed-
side visit from his main ally, Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez, the Communist
Party newspaper Granma said Monday.
The daily said Castro, who temporarily
ceded power to his younger brother, Raul
Castro, on July 31 due to surgery for intes-
tinal bleeding, spent more than three hours
with Chavez on Sunday in what it called
"An Unforgettable Afternoon Among
Brothers." Photos were on the Granma
website. Granma said the leaders shared
gifts, anecdotes, laughter and a frugal
snack as they marked Castro's 80th birth-

> The sixth annual swim to Klein
Bonaire is set for October 8th. The popu-
lar event has been a fundraiser for Jong
Bonaire for six consecutive years. This
year it will coincide with the Bonaire Re-
gatta and be held on October 8th starting

There have been a number of
incidents recently of individuals being
stung in the water by the normally
very rare Bonairean Banded Box Jelly-
fish. It's recommended that the vic-
tims seek immediate medical attention
as the stings are highly toxic.


id You Know...Flamingo
Tongue Snails eat corals?
One of my favorite pastimes is looking into
gorgonian corals in search of Slender Filefish,
seahorses, juvenile Trumpetfish, Sharpnose Puff- .
ers and Flamingo Tongue Snails. Sporting an
attractive pattern of orange spots, Flamingo Tongue Snails are about an inch long
and are in direct contact with gorgonian corals. Gorgonians are corals with flexi-
ble, horny skeletons and include Sea Whips, Sea Plumes, Sea Rods and Sea Fans.
Flamingo Tongue Snails are parasites that glide along a gorgonian and slowly di-
gest the coral's living tissue. I've observed the same individual on the same gorgo-
nian year after year, so although they are harming the coral, they normally don't
kill it. I've heard that divers used to collect these gorgeous snails in hopes of
bringing home a beautiful shell, only to realize that the beautiful spotted pattern is
part of the snail's mantle and, once dead, falls off to reveal a rather plain white
shell. Serves them right! O Story & photo by Caren Eckrich

> House fires are a rarity on Bonaire, but a big one devastated a two-story house
in Hato early last Saturday morning. The fire department arrived at around 2:15 am
to find the blaze well underway. It was brought under control by 5:30 am. The occu-
pants of the house escaped without injury. Our thoughts are with them.
On Monday Bonaire police announced that they had detained two men in connection
with the fire. They did not provide more details.
Continued on page 4.

Bonaire Reporter August 18 to August 25, 2006

Page 3

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(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 3)
> In response to soaring fuel prices,
last week KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
increased its fuel surcharge by 5 Euro
(more or less NAf11) to 62 Euro per
stretch on all intercontinental flights.
This increase will therefore also be ap-
plicable on tickets issued in the Nether-
lands Antilles and Aruba.
The increase, imposed on tickets is-
sued as of August 10, 2006, will be
withdrawn as soon as the barrel price
drops below $70 for more than 30 con-
secutive days. For more information
contact KLM's Hugo Baas, tel. 0031-
20- 649-4545

more investments. It leads to a better
development of the economy and higher
economic growth. As currency, the guil-
der has worked properly since 1971, but
it has no extra growth or has not pro-
duced progress."

> The new Curacao airline, Insel
Air, received its flight permit last Fri-
day. Flights will start on August 15. It
will operate with a 19-passenger prop
plane between the ABC islands and
other "close" destinations. The permit
for the MD-80/82 jet that the company
wants to use for medium-range routes
remains in the future. The airline is led
by former Dutch Caribbean Airlines
(DCA) executive, Edward Heerenveen.
DCA used to fly MD-80s to Port-au-
Prince, Caracas, the Dominican Repub-
lic, Port of Spain and Miami.

> Around noon on Monday police
were called to Jose Reina's kunuku on
the Seru Grandi road to investigate the
killing of seven goats and maiming of
two more by at least two marauding
dogs. The owner(s) of the dogs are un-
known. Farmer Reina said his losses
amounted to Naf1.490.

> Last Wednesday, the Curacao Ex-
ecutive Council approved Otrobanda
(near the present St. Elisabeth Hospital)
as the location for a new hospital,
announced Public Health Commis-
sioner, Gimena van der Gen. They also
agreed that St. Elisabeth Hospital
(SEHOS) will operate the new hospital.
In an unrelated development Aruba's
Minister of Immigration, Public Health
and the Environment, Candelario
"Booshi" Wever, said the building of a
new hospital in Aruba is a 90% fact.

D Janie Coffie (center) Divi Flamingo's Gold Medal Bartender winner in Mi-
ami in June at the CHA's (Caribbean Hotel Association) Caribbean-wide Bar-
tender Competition related the story of her experience and words of advice to the
team of bartenders and waiters at Divi Flamingo. She received two framed photos
and a beautiful scrap book from Maarten van Wijk and the Divi Corporate Office in
North Carolina, US. The gifts were presented to Janie by her mentor, Ibi Thomas
(right), a 25-year plus veteran and Bar Manager at Divi Flamingo. Needless to say
the staff and management are all very proud of their Janie! Carroll Ann Soliano at

> Sjoerd Vanderbrug reports that he you may post one of your 'eye openers',
and his friends "have started up a new as long as it is in the interest of our
Bonaire Weblog a beautiful instru- community and Island. Send an e-mail
ment for communicating all your ideas, to: blog@bonairebonaire.com for any
comments, just a nice story, or one of idea about category or a special sub-
your frustrations! It is not the authors' ject."

intention to use this Blog for negative
input. However, you may be critical;

Continued on page 5.

Bonaire Reporter August 18 to August 25, 2006

Page 4

Flotsam and Jetsam, continued from page 4.

To the Editors:
This is an open letter to
all the common folk and
the governing bodies of
Before the topic of un-
sightly billboards gets
swept into the la-la land of
bureaucratic quagmire and
stuffed into a corner of
schedules and agendas,
please, may we offer this

(Item 1)
Let us, as a whole, con-
cede that we have made a misjudgment
relating to acceptable advertising plac-
ards (billboards) currently disfiguring the
No political finger pointing, no opposi-
tion, "told you so".
No governmental shrug "I'll get back to
you on that I certainly oppose"
No "We'll check with the office that
grants the permits for signs"
No wishy-washy "Don't know who fell
asleep at the switch"

(Item 2)
Let's quit giving this lip service and get
on a productive road to resolving the

> We've received confirmed reports of a parrot's nest inside an elephant. Ac-
cording to Sam Williams and Rowan Martin, the scientists currently studying the
Bonaire parrot, the Lora, remains of a nest were discovered in the termite chewed
interior of a wooden carved elephant that was in the vacant home of a prominent
Bonairean businessman. G./L. D.

program (shouldn't be a big effort).
B) The companies that have paid to
post these obnoxious totems are to agree
to have same removed.
C) Specific regulations with morato-
rium of future freestanding signage will
be incorporated into code policy.
I really think the program is straight
Please, let's not trifle with who didn't
do what, what should have been done, or
who was on the watch, let's just fix it and
move on.
Here's a program with benefits to the
charitable groups that can use the materi-
als, no cost to the government, no cost to
the taxpayers.
Let's take care of this problem now,
while the opportunity still exists.
You'll note that we have not addressed
the problem of private persons that have
given their perimeter walls over to the
likes of DIGICEL and in so doing have
cheapened their neighborhood and the
general appeal of the island.
To those shameless few, we can offer a
bucket of paint and assistance (if needed)
to paint out the graffiti currently adorn-
ing their walls.

Bonaire Reporter August 18 to August 25, 2006

Page 5

The Snack Bar Detectives

Their Mission:

To seek out the mysteries that lie behindthe
doors ofBonaire's snacks

This week: El Fogon Latino
Kaya Nikiboko Zuid

A s another week slips
by unnoticed, my
attention turns to our ongo-
ing mission. A little place on
Kaya Nikiboko Zuid opened
its doors about a year ago.
As the months have passed,
it has gathered something of
a reputation for great food,
good prices and convivial
After visiting a few of our
favourite watering holes we
made a move. It was 8.30pm
when we arrived and the
place was packed inside and
out, always a good sign! As
there were no available ta-
bles we sidled up to the bar.
As it happened, this was a
bonus as we had the chance to meet the
staff. Our hostess for the evening was
Ry-anne, a local girl who was seven
hours into her shift on her first day at El
Fogon! Despite this, she chatted, smiled
and entertained us throughout the eve-
ning, a credit to her new employers.

Trade MIVission 01tO in-
the et erlan s

Kralendijk AKIB, Bonaire's asso-
ciation of commerce and industry,
is organizing a trade mission to the Neth-
erlands in September to stimulate eco-
nomic activities between Bonaire and the
rest of the world.
The trade mission is not only for the
trade and industry, but also for interest
groups, foundations, organizations that
do voluntary work and other companies.
This trade mission offers room for a
broader look in the future and so we do
not have to start all over again.
The trade mission takes place in The
Hague from September 18th till
22nd. The program is as follows: several
visits to Dutch enterprises; some busi-
ness-to-business encounters; three busi-
ness evenings and match makings. Other
countries, including Aruba, Surinam,
Costa Rica, Venezuela and Colombia,
will also participate
The trade mission is an initiative of
Laurens Jan Brinkhorst, the Dutch ex-
Minister of Economic Affairs. VNO-
NCW, the biggest enterprise organization
in the Netherlands and KvK Rotterdam
and The Hague support the trade mission
in the Netherlands. The Agency for Inter-
national Business and Cooperation
(EVD) is part of the Dutch Ministry of
Economic Affairs. Its mission is to pro-
mote and encourage international busi-
ness and international cooperation. As a
State agency and a partner to businesses
and public-sector organizations, the EVD
aims to help them achieve success in
their international operations. A growing
network of organizations, government

stitutions and com-
panies has come to
rely on the EVD
for information
about foreign mar-
kets, governments
and trade and in-
dustry. With its
knowledge, the
EVD is able to Sidney Manuel,
develop products President ofAKIB
and services that
meet the needs of its customers and cli-
ents. It obtains its information from its
network of Dutch and international or-
ganizations, which include international
financing organizations, the European
Commission, embassies, Chambers of
Commerce, local business support of-
fices, trade representative associations
and, needless to say, trade and indus-
Companies that want to participate
have to fill out a questionnaire indicating
the sector in which they are active and
which companies they want to get in con-
tact with in the Netherlands. They have
till August 18t to apply. With the appli-
cation, they need to include a description
of the organization and the reason why
they want to take part. They will be
asked to confirm their participa-
tion. AKIB coordinates the trade mis-
sion. Participation fee is approximately
NAf2.800 per person, including hotel,
ticket BON-AMS-BON and breakfast
(for BONHATA members). To register
contact us at: 786-2953 and 560-2578
or e-mail akibbonaire@gmail.com. 1

Bonaire Reporter August 18 to August 25, 2006

Page 6

Picture Yourself


The Repot er

B eruit,


H ere are Bonaire
residents Marion
and Yaser Ghazzouli (De
Kapper hair salon) with
The Bonaire Reporter in
Beyrut, (Beruit), Lebanon,
in more peaceful times.
They are at the Riyad Al
Solh Square, previously
named Al Sour (wall)
Square as it constituted the
entrance to old Beirut. The
statue of the first president
of the council of ministers,
Riyad Al Solh, is in the

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Page 7

The ABC Project

(Action in Behalf of Coral)

Creating Awareness
Coral's Uniqueness

Sometime in 2004, it registered to
me (Bonaire's veteran underwa-
ter naturalist, Dee Scarr) that many
divers don't understand how coral
grows and why coral is so endangered
by a diver's contact. The more I looked
into it, the more I realized I had stum-
bled across a gaping hole in the educa-
tion of scuba divers.
The problem contact I'm addressing
isn't the out-of-control-diver-crashing-
into-coral because those divers KNOW
they're having difficulty and work to
correct it. The problem is the light con-
tacts, often made by experienced divers
with good buoyancy control. These are
the contacts that drive caring dive mas-
ters crazy, because it sure looks as if the
person doesn't care at all about the

Maybe the diver rests on a living
coral head while taking a few photos,
then adds air to move away. The coral
looks pretty much the same before and
after the encounter, and the diver hasn't
the education to understand that many
of the individual coral animals that he
or she has rested upon have, as a result,
been sliced to death against their own

skeleton. I believe that once divers un-
derstand what their contact does to coral
they will be much more careful around
I checked through scuba texts, and
there was little information about coral
and no illustrations. Coral-related infor-
mation could be added to dive orienta-
tions, but people just aren't interested in
learning biology before the first dive on
their vacation.
Also, coral doesn't grow like anything
else on the planet, so it can't be ex-
plained with short, easy comparisons.
To help divers learn about coral, I've
created Action in Behalf of Coral, the
ABC Project. So far, the ABC Project
has three elements to help educate di-

1 .The first will be the creation of
a sticker around 6 inches square. On
top of the sticker will be a cross-section
of coral polyps showing the relationship
between the sharp coral skeleton and the
fragile coral tissue that secretes it and
rests upon it. The ABC Project was in-
credibly fortunate to find professional
biological illustrator, Gary Carlson,
(www.gcarlson.com) who has offered to
create our artwork free of charge; he's
working on it now. The text is ready.
Ramon de Leon, Manager of the Bon-
aire National Marine Park, is looking

ndividual coral animals are called polyps. The above illustration shows how
the fragile tissue of each polyp rests upon the sharp skeleton it secretes. The
polyp on the left is extended, feeding. The center coral polyp is withdrawn. The
polyp on the right shows the damage a diver would cause by brushing against it.

A coral head is a colony of thousands of interconnectedpolyps which are clones of
each other. A coral head the size of a hawksbill turtle began as a single polyp, a
century before humans began using dive gear. It takes millions of coral polyps and
hundreds of years to build a reef

Let's respect coral so our children and grandchildren will be able to enjoy living
reefs too!

forward to using the stickers on dive
boats, around dive lockers and in other The second is helping divers to
places where divers have time to read learn about coral in a gentle drizzle of
them. The Marine Sanctuary program in information, rather than the drop or
the US also expressed interest in the two presented by the stickerss, or the
sticker when I communicated with flood of information that would be pre-
them. sented in a full-length article. Element
Two, which we call "Coral Glimpses,"
(Continued on page 9)

Bonaire Reporter August 18 to August 25, 2006

Page 8

consists of presenting little pieces of information as often as possible, about coral
and diving around coral. Examples are:

coral glimpses

(a bit of information about corals presented
each week by naturalist Dee Scarr)



A Solitary Coral Polvo
tentae thema


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We use the word "coral" for three things: the individual
coral animal, called the polyp; the polyps and the skeleton
they've secreted, also called a coral head, and the skeleton without
its living polyps, also called coral rock. The first two of these are
alive, the last is not alive, which leaves a great deal of room for
confusion. 1

Any diver who is doing anything
more than sightseeing including
taking photos or video, doing fish sur-
veys, taking scientific measurements,
training or supervising training, etc. -
is more likely to injure living coral
than that diver would be without the
activity because their attention is split.
We must remember to be extra protec-
tive of coral when we're extra busy. 11

The Bonaire Reporter publishes one Coral Glimpse in every issue. I've ap-
proached Undercurrent about using them (no decision yet). SSI's quarterly instruc-
tor publication has agreed to include some. I've not yet approached other publica-

S. The third element of the ABC Project relates to diver training. We must
persuade certifying agencies to include information about coral and divers in
their introductory courses. We must see that the information included is accurate and
clearly stated. And we must convince the agencies to initiate Divers and
Coral specialty courses. O Dee Scarr

Dee Scarr conducts "Touch the Sea" dives. They will enhance your
diving forever. Call 717-8529.

Fund Raising for the ABC Project

S ne of the ironies of scuba div-
ing is that damage is being
done to coral by divers. These divers
are not hurting coral deliberately. The
problem is they don't know they're
hurting the coral at all. I created the
Action in Behalf of Coral (ABC) Pro-
ject in 2005 to help protect coral reefs
by educating scuba divers.
My original dream was to create a
decal showing the relationship be-
tween fragile coral tissue and the sharp
skeleton it secretes and rests upon.
The decal can be posted on dive ves-
sels, dive lockers and in other areas
where divers will have time to read
The decal dream is becoming reality
thanks to the incredible artwork of
Gary Carlson (www.gcarlson.com).
We have the art; we have the text; we
have the Bonaire National Marine
Park ready to implement the project. Sponges coexist with coral
All we need is (you knew this was
coming) $2,000, which will buy 1,500 decals plus the set up etc. charges. There are
two ways to raise the funds we need: support from a single sponsor or from several
sponsors. A single sponsor is of course the simplest solution. If you'd like to provide
$2,000 to sponsor the stickers or know a person or group who would like to, please
let me know! With single sponsorship you get that warm fuzzy feeling of having
done a good deed, plus 50 stickers, plus a David Batalsky cheesecake. Other possi-
bilities for sponsorship include:
An educational and entertaining alternative: Buy a set of all three of my books
(Touch the Sea, The Gentle Sea, and Coral's Reef) in support of the ABC Project.
The total cost is $47.50, of which $42 will go toward the stickers and $5.50 for ship-
ping. Even if you already have the books, wouldn't you like a signed set to display,
or loan out or give to the local library? Every set of books and every cheesecake will
include 5 stickers from this initial printing. You can be the first in your neighbor-
hood, dive club, school, or business to display an Action in Behalf of Coral decal.
A tasty alternative for sponsorship is: David Batalsky cheesecakes. Some of you
heard about my husband David's cheesecakes, and some of you participated in his
Cheesecakes for Katrina Relief; David's energy and his baking and your support
earned more than $1,700 for Salvation Army efforts. David offered to bake up to 20
of his scrumptious cheesecakes. The minimum bid for cheesecakes is $100, all of
which goes to Action in Behalf of Coral's decal project. Cheesecakes will be
FedEx'd with dry ice and will arrive by the middle of November in plenty of time
for the holidays. (Since it costs about $50 to ship a cheesecake, every bid will cost
$50 over the bid amount or will need a FedEx number from the bidder.) If more
than 20 bids arrive for cheesecakes, the 20 highest bidders will be chosen; if there
are still more than 20 bidders, selection will be by earliest arrival date of the bids.
If you've got any ideas for the ABC Project in general, or any ideas for funding the
ABC Project decals, or if you have a bid or order, I'm looking forward to hearing
from you! Please e-mail me at dee ttouchthesea.com, or phone me (in Colorado) at
It would really help if all orders and bids arrived on or before Wednesday, the
23rd of August. That way we'll be able to distribute the decals in plenty of time for
the holiday season. 1
Dee Scarr

Bonaire Reporter August 18 to August 25, 2006

Page 9

Windsurf Report

2006 Samsung European

Freestyle Jam -Belgium

Patrick Kindt photos


Ruben performing an Eslide

Reported by Ruben Petrisie

After the European freestyle
event in Turkey, I talked with
some of my sponsors and we decided
that I should stay for awhile to practice
my freestyle level and focus on my top
10 position on the European Tour. The
good thing was I got time to really train
and arrange some new deals for 2007.
The sad thing was I knew all my
friends from Bonaire would be at the
World Cup in Fuerte. But anyway, I
had a wonderful stay at the Alacati Surf
Paradise Windsurf Club. Warm sunny
and windy for 95% of the time I was

On the 30th of August I arrived in
Brussels three days before the event
after a three-hour flight from Izmir,
Turkey, to Brussels, Belgium. I stayed
with the event organizer and Wind and
Surfmagazine manager, Sven Fransen.
I had some time to practice and get
used to the slightly colder and wavy
conditions, knowing that some of my
competitors were coming directly from
the windy and flat Fuertevetura.

Day 1
A big tropical depression brought
grey skies and really windy conditions
here on the North Sea: Cloudy with
80% coverage; Temperature, 220 C;
Water temperature, around 180 C;
Wind, 32-38 knots; Waves, 1-2 meters.
The early heats began with some
amazing freestyle wave combinations. I
started after getting a free round and

automatically qualifying to the next
round to face a Slovenian freestyler
who surprisingly kicked me out.
The day continued with heavy action
from the other riders. Again we had
some newcomers from Belgium who
really did their best and even got
through some heats here at their local

Results after the lst single elimination:
1. Norman Ginzlein G-186 (JP/NP)
2. Andre Paskowski G-2 (F2/North Sails)
3. Andreas Olanderson SWE-66 (JP/
4. Matteo Guazzoni IT-711 (RRD/
Simmer Style)
5. Remko De Weerd H-23 (Fanatic/
9. Ruben Petrisie NB-50 (Exocet/

Day 2
The tropical depression continued.
There were blowing, crazy, gusty
winds at night. The second day the
wind shifted and was even stronger
than the day before. Wind was from
35-45 knots straight onshore with
waves from 2-3 meters high which
makes it almost impossible for the sail-
ors to go out and compete.
After a discussion between the judges
and the riders, Tour Manager Harry
Schaffrian decided to put the competi-
tion on hold until the wind shifted. We
waited until late afternoon, but unfortu-
nately the wind didn't change.
During the afternoon we chilled out at
the Twins Club here in Bredene. There
was a big autograph session with all the

pro riders. It was cool to see all the kids
in a big line waiting for an autograph
from their favorite riders.
The weather forecast predicted lighter
winds and smaller waves for the next

Day 3
At 11 am after the wind shifted more
onshore the judges decided to start the
second round of the double elimination.
I was in the first heat against a French
freestyler, Mereaud. The French guy
was not such a good technical sailor so
I knew I had a better heat. I advanced
to the next round where I met Italian
freestyle champion Filipo Burati who
broke his sail just before the heat
started. He returned to the beach to use
another sail from his friend. Knowing
that he was not used to that sail I knew
he was going to struggle with some
I played the game safe and advanced
to the next round, facing another Italian
freestyler, Federico La Croce. It was a
close call but I managed to have more
switch-stance combinations and ad-
vanced to the next round facing Italy's
most experienced freestyler, Andrea
Rosatti. He had a massive back loop
and a lucky day. I unfortunately didn't
have enough moves and lost my heat.
Rosatti moved on to the semi quarter
finals, leaving me in 6th position.
Andreas Olanderson from Sweden
fought his way up and made it to the
finals where he met with German trick-
ster, Norman Giinzlein. It was a heat
full of heavy action and again Giinzlein
showed the European riders that he is
the strongest freestyler.

The final results of the 2nd double
1. Norman Gtnzlein (JP/NP)
? AnA0 frlenlonnctrorqn (TDPNDP

3. Andre Paskowski (F2/North Sails)
4. Andrea Rosati (RRD / NP)
5. Matteo Guazzoni (RRD Simmer)
6. Ruben Petrisie (Exocet / The Loft)
7. Fede La Croce (Naish / Naish)
7. Remko de Weerd (Fanatic / Gaastra)

Day 4
The wind was not that strong to begin
the 3rd single elimination. We were on
hold until the afternoon.
I had an interview with TMF, Bel-
gium's biggest commercial music broad-
casting channel, well known in the
Benelux area (Germany, Belgium and
Holland). Afterwards we had a nice din-
ner at the Twins Club Bredene, followed
by the closing ceremony party presented
by Land Rover, Quiksilver, Samsung
mobile, and Swell magazine.
Now I have a one-week break before
my next destination, one of the biggest
events of the European Freestyle Tour:
Switzerland, St. Moritz, Lake Syl-

I send greetings from Holland to my
happy family and friends in Bonaire.
Thumbs up for the boys who put the
show down at Fuerte'. O Ruben Petrisie

Bonaire Reporter August 18 to August 25, 2006

Ruben flying a Flaka in rough seas

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Bonaire Scores in F vina Dutchman Class

Receiving the prize for 2nd place

Rob Taal hiking out

B onaire youngsters aren't the only
ones who are making news on the
water. Rob and Sonja Taal of Lagoen
Hill traveled to the Netherlands and Aus-
tria to compete in the Flying Dutchman
Class Open Dutch Championship and the
Open European Championship. The crew
was Henry Koning, from Hoorn, The
In early July they competed in the open

Dutch Championship, finishing 2nd after
nine races. Two weeks in the Open Euro-
pean Regatta they scored another 2nd
over 25 participants from all over the
This achievement shows that sailing
skill, consistency and experience can
sometimes beat youth and strength.
Story & photos provided by R. Taal

Bonaire Reporter August 18 to August 25, 2006

Page 11

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

Make it more livable from the start.
Also interior or exterior design advice,
clearings, blessings, energy, healing,
China-trained. Experienced. Inexpen-
sive. Call Donna at 785-9332.

The leading consumer and business
information source on Bonaire. Tele-
phone (599) 717-7160. For on-line yel-
low pages directory information go to

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

Starting from NA/5 per meal. Call
CHINA NOBO 717-8981

Pet boarding / Dierenpension
Day and night cae. phone: 786-4651

The Island you love could use your
help! Support Bonaire, Inc. provides
support to Bonaire's non-profits.
To learn more about making a US tax
deductible donation visit
www.supportbonaire. org and help
make a difference!


Would you like to visit Bonaire's
beautiful caves with a professional
Night tours and snorkeling also avail-
Please call: 540-0389

New MCtronics MB-830 1GB MP3
Player, USB 2.0, runs on AAA batter-
ies, supports MP3 files, voice re-
cording, ID3 tag for song/artist identi-
fication, 6-band equalizer, including
earphone. Price is NAF1 120.00. If
interested, please call 525-8766.

Moped, Peugeot Fox de Luxe, 50cc.
Naf 1650. -Tel. 786-0816.

Plantronics PC Speaker headset
switch. New & Unused. Allows you to
use headphones or speakers without
having to unplug each time.
NAf26 Call 717-8819 8 am to 5pm

For sale: Dinghy, AB Marine RIB
Ventus 9VL, Hypalon (UV-
resistant !) 2.90 meter, 48 kg. As new,
Used once only, April 2006, Price:
USD $2,300. contact42@gmail.com

Epson Printer Cartridges for Ep-
son Stylus printers, Model num-
bers: C64 / C66 / C84 / C86 / CX



S uDoku means
"the digits must
remain single" in Japa-
nese. To solve the puz-
zle, enter the numbers 1
through 9 to the partially
filled in puzzle without
repeating a number in
any row, column or 3 x
3 region. For a tutorial
visit the web site
1 Molly Kearney
(who has to solve the

Complete solution on page 14.

4600 / CX 6400 / CX 6600. Color 3-
pack has never been opened. The black
cartridge was opened, never used, and
tightly re-sealed. NAf50 for every-
thing. You can have the Epson printer
if you would like to use it for spare
parts, or as a small boat an-
chor. Please call after 18:00 (6
pm): 717-6537

Digital Camera for Sale: Olympus
C-5050Z, 5 megapixel digital cam-
era for $150. Call 717-7814
(afternoon) or e-mail

4,- a rs
For Sale

BMW 520i 4-door sedan, 1991,
white, excellent condition. NAf8,000-
Call 785-9041

LADA NIVA (jeep) for sale
1991-4X4 drive 1.6 It.; 95.000km
NA1f.800 717-2844 or 786-2844

W7r-a r t" cAd

Washington Park needs a do-
nation of two first stages from old
regulators (or new) with a BCD infla-
tor hose only. This is in order to be
able to assist the people with flat tires
inside the park. Contact Fernando Si-

mal, Park Manager, at 717-8444 or 788-
9015 -email: washington-

Who would like to take one of my
beloved cats? I leave the island
and can't take them with
me. They are between
2 and 3 years old. They are
all special. 786-3015.

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Rer -ta I
Cozy guest cottage available. Studio
with kitchen, airco, cable TV, two single
beds (or king) pull-out sofa, bikes,
kayak, porch, yard and private entrance.
Five minute walk to seaside promenade;
10 minute walk to town. $50/night.
Contact: seabeans@hotmail.com



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laying more eggs. This is the first report of her progress since she left the immediate
"It looks like 'Heit' finally is on the move. For four days she has been moving in a
south easterly direction. The signals are not very strong, but we feel confident that
the tracks are correct.
She is now close to Islas Los Roques. She's swimming relatively slowly. She is
now approximately 160 km from Klein Bonaire. We'll keep you posted. O Tony

Do you: Love Bonaire? Want to share it with others?
Want to learn more about your island home? Have free
time and want to earn some extra cash?

If you answered "yes" to any of the above, then you should
attend the Bonaire "In-depth" Guiding Skills Course.

To prepare for the coming cruise and nated by Sue Felix. The classes cover
tourist high season, Achie Tours many topics about Bonaire, such as his-
and Transport NV is again offering its tory, government, education, health, so-
well-known tour guide course, coordi- cial customs, nature, real estate, industry,

STINAPA, diving and other activities.
Guiding skills will be taught and prac-
ticed. In addition to the night classes,
there will be several daytime tours.
Although the course was originally de-
signed to train tour guides, the course has
been popular with dive shop employees,
hotel personnel and the general public.
Although everyone is welcome to take the
course, preference will be given to those
who desire to qualify to work as guides.
The classes will begin on Thursday eve-
ning, 24 August and continue until the

beginning of November. They will be
held on Monday and Thursdays from 7 to
9:30 pm.

For more information or to register,
please contact:

Achie Tours and Transport NV,
Kaya Nord Nikiboko #33
Phone: 717-8630; Fax: 717-8630
email: sfelix(abonairelive.com.

Sue Felix.

Bonaire Reporter August 18 to August 25, 2006

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Pet of the Week

f T uxedo" cats such as
I "Donald" are always very
popular and some of their black and
white fur configurations can be quite
unique. In Donald's case he has this
interesting white triangle on his head
which rather mimics the shape of his
ears. And check out his snow white
front paws. What a handsome fellow.
He and his sister Dorothy (the grey
tabby cat shown snoozing in a bag in
the July 28 edition of Pet of the
Week) were brought into the Shelter
after they'd been found abandoned
near the Harbour Village tennis courts.
Both cats are delightful and social.
They're about seven months old and in
great health. You may see them and all the other cats and dogs up for adoption at the
Bonaire Animal Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open Monday through Saturday, 8 am
to 1 pm. Tel. 717-4989.
If you ever think that maybe sterilization of cats isn't that important here are some
figures that may astound you. One unsterilized female cat and her unsterilized
offspring can produce 400,000 kittens in seven years. The question is: where do
you find people to adopt all these kittens? DL.D.

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Oly i NIE OlUTit l
Late Show
Ca/lto make sure (Usually9pm)

(Adam Sandier)
Early Show (Usually 7 pm)
The Fast and The
Furious: Tokyo Drift
Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAf4 (incl. Tax)
2 MOVIES 7 & 9PM
Garfield 2

Thursday, August 17-Admirals
Hour happy hour at Vespucci's, Har-
bour Village Marina, organized by
yachtsmen/women 5 to 7. Everyone wel-
come, cruisers and non-cruisers alike.
Support for Maria Hoppner home for
boys 4 to 15. Bring donations (clothes,
towels, shorts, socks, pens) to happy

Tuesday, August 22 Artists who
submitted their work to Kas di Arte may
collect their pieces at Kas di Arte, 6-9
pm see page 18

Thursday, August 24 Tour Guide
course starts, 7-9:30 pm- see page 13

Saturday, August 26-End of the
month Flea Market at Parke Publico-
3 to 8 pm General info call Vicky 786-
1592. Booth info call Elisabeth 717-

Sundays August 27, September 3-
Bonairean Night at Divi Flamingo's
Calabash Restaurant with all the local
specialties and more Live Music. $20-
total. Call for reservations 717-8285 ext.

Sunday, September 3- Bonaire Fishing
Tournament see page 4

Wednesday, September 6 Bonaire
Day in the bario of Amboina

Saturday, September 16 -Quarterly
underwater cleanup. All welcome-
divers and non-divers alike. Meet at
Yellow Submarine at 1 pm.

Sunday, October 8 Klein Bonaire
Swim Fundraiser sponsored by Jong
Bonaire. See page 3.s

Daily (more or less)
* HH 2 for 1 ( on all beverages) 5-7
pm, Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar

* HH-Buddy Dive, 5:30-6:30
* HH Cactus Blue (except Sunday) 5
to 7 pm,
* 2 for 1 appetizer with entree, Cac-
tus Blue
* Divi Flamingo Casino open daily
for hot slot machines, roulette and black
jack, Mon. to Sat. 8 pm- 4 am; Sun. 7
pm- 3 am.
* Daily by appointment -Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours $12
(NAf12 for residents). Tel 717-8489,
* Grill Night on the Beach, Buddy
* Rincon Marsh-6 am 2 pm.
Enjoy a Bonairean breakfast while you
shop, fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts,
local sweets, snacks, arts, handicrafts,
candles, incense, drinks, music.
www.infobonaire.com/rincon. Extra big
Marshes 1st Saturday of the month.
* All You Can Eat BBQ at Divi
Flamingo with live music, 6 to 9 pm,
NAf26,50. Call for reservations 717-
8285 ext. 444.
Wine Tasting at AWC's ware-
house, 7 to 9 pm, Kaya Industria #23.
Great wines NAf2,50 a glass.

* Live music 6 to 9 pm while enjoy-
ing a great dinner in colorful tropical
ambiance at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant
& Bar, Divi Flamingo. Open daily 5 to
10 pm

* Caribbean Night live local mu-
sic- Buddy Dive.
* Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the heart
of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria
* Kriyoyo Night BBQ Buffet featur-
ing Chef Gibi and Los Princes Mariachi,
Golden Reef Inn Band 7 pm, BBQ at
7:30 pm. Reservations $20, walk ins $25.
Drinks available for purchase. Call 717-
5759 or email info@goldenreefinn.com

* Live music by the Flamingo Rock-
ers, 5-7 pm Divi Flamingo, Balashi
Beach Bar
* Wine & Cheese/ $1 glass of wine,
5-7 pm, Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach
* Buy a Bucket of Beer & get free
chicken wings, 5 to 7 pm, Cactus Blue
* Caribbean Gas Training free
"Beyond Gravity An Evening with
DIR," 6 pm, Bonaire Dive & Adventure

* Open Mike Night with Moogie, 7
to 9 pm, Cactus Blue
* Live music by Flamingo Rockers,
Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar 5-
6:30 pm
* Beach BBQ 7-10 pm & Live music
by Flamingo Rockers -The Windsurf
Place at Sorobon
* Movie Night at Buddy Dive

Live music by the "Flamingo Rockers"
5-7 pm-Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach

"Admiral's Hour" for yachtsmen
and others, Vespucci Restaurant, Har-
bour Village Marina. HH drinks, gratis
tapas, 5-7 pm..

* Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10 per per-
son. Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth
Vos at 565-5225
* Live music by the "Flamingo
Rockers" Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach
Bar 5-7 pm
* Swim lessons for children by Enith
Brighitha, a Dutch Olympian, at Sorobon
from 1330 to 1630
* Manager's Bash-free Flamingo
Smash & snacks, Divi Flamingo, 5-7
* Manager's Rum Punch Party,
Buddy Dive Resort, 5:30-6:30 pm, followed
by All You Can Eat BBQ
* 5-7 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

Saturday- "Discover Our Diversity"
slide show-pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm,
Sunday "Bonaire Holiday" -Multi-
media dual-projector production by Al-
bert Bianculli, 8.30 pm, Capt. Don's
Habitat. 717-8290.
Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle Conser-
vation (STCB) Slide Show by Bruce
Brabec. Carib Inn seaside veranda, 7
pm, 717-8819.
Wednesday -Buddy Dive Cocktail
Video Show by Martin Cecilia, pool
bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm, 717-5080

Kas Kriyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's past
inthisvenerable old home that has been re-
stored and furnished so it appears the family
has just stepped out. Local ladies will tell you
the story. Open Monday thru Friday, 9-12, 2-
4. Weekends by appointment. Call 717-2445.
MangasinadiRei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse." Learn about
Bonaire's culture. Visit homes from the 17th
century. Daily. Call 717-4060/ 790-2018
Bonaire Museum on Kaya J v.d Ree, behind
the Catholic Church in town Open weekdays
from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pmi Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holi-
days. 717-8444/785-0017
Sunday at Cai- Live music and dancing
starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai. Dance to
the music of Bonaire's popular musicians.

AA meetings every Wednesday; Phone
717-6105; 560-7267 or 717-3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday
evening at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Cancer Survivor Support Group Ma-
jestic Journeys Bonaire N.V. Lourdes
Shopping Center 2nd Level Kaya LD
Gerharts # 10. Call 717-2482/566-6093
for details
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 Forma Building on Kaya Korona,
across from the RBTT Bank. All levels
invited NAf5 enty fee. Call Cathy 5664056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday
at City Cafe. Registration at 4, games at
5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI First Wednesday of the Month-
Junior Chamber International Bonaire
(JCI Bonaire, 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: Re-
nata Domacass6 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other Tues-
day, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya
Sabana # 1. All Lions welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12
noon-2 pm Now meeting at 'Pirate
House', above Zeezicht Restaurant. All
Rotarians welcome. Tel. 717-8434

Bonaire Arts & Crafts (Fundashon
Arte Industrial Bonaireano) 717-5246 or
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Valarie
Stimpson at 785-3451; Valarie@telbonet.an
Cinnamon Art Gallery Volunteers to
help staff gallery. 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- Call Roosje 786-
Volunteers to train children in sports.
Contact Quick-Pro Track and Field Rik

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-
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire.
Wilhelminaplein. Services in Papia-
mentu, Dutch and English on Sundays
at 10 am. Thursday Prayer Meeting
and Bible Study at 8 pm. Rev. Jonk-
man. 717-2006
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays
8:30 11:30 am. Services in Papiamentu,
Spanish and English.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kralendijk -
Services on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm
in Papiamentu 717-8304. Saturday at 6
pm at Our Lady of Coromoto in Antriol,
in English. Mass in Papiamentu on
Sunday at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios),
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English,
Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10
am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at
7:30 pm. 717-2194

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

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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. 538 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

Cactus Blue Moderate Trend Setting Menu
Blvd. J. A. Abraham 16 Dinner Bonaire's newest hot-spot to eat and drink. Margaritas a specialty
(half-way between town and Divi Flamingo) 717-4564 Closed Sunday Owner-operated for top service

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

Croccantino Italian Restaurant Moderate Bonaire's Most Romantic Restaurant where dining is a delight! Tuscan
Downtown at Kaya Grandi 48 717-5025 Dinner Chef David prepares exquisite dishes with authentic ingredients. Be served in a
Closed Monday garden setting under floating umbrellas or in air-conditioned comfort.
Take out too.

The Great Escape Moderate Bar-Restaurant poolside -under the thatched roof.
EEG Blvd #97-across from Belmar Breakasts OnlyBreakfast Buffet 7:30-10 am every day
717-7488 Happy hours 5 to 7 daily.
The Last Bite Bakery Low-Moderate Enjoy a delicious dessert or savory baked meal in the comfort of your home
Home Delivery or Take Out Now in Playa-next to Xerox Orders taken 8 am-4 pm; Deliveries 6-7:30 or resort. This unique bakery offers gourmet class items -always made from
717-3293 pm, Closed Sunday scratch.

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 4 pm owned and run by a European educated Master Chef
Call 717-8003. Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays and his wife.
Pasa Bon Pizza Low-Moderate Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest ingre-
On Kaya Gob. Debrot pe ro -1 edneda -nda dients. Salads, desserts. Eat m or take away. Nice bar too.
Smile north of town center. 780-1111 from 5-11 Wednesday-Sunday Call ahead to eat-in or take out 790-1111

The Bonaire Windsurfing Place Low-Moderate A genuine sandy beach restaurant cooled by the trade winds
At Sorobon Beach Open from 10-6 pm daily, Top quality food and friendly service
Get away from it all. Wednesday night BBQ at 7 pm BBQ night a specialty

S 1-1 P P I N G L I D E Seeadverisementsin thisissue i

Divi Divi Air. Bonaire's "on time airline" with 16
flights a day between Bonaire and Curaqao. Your first
choice for inter-island travel.
City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest
selection of large and small home appliances. Fast
service and in-store financing too.
The Last Bite Bakery-Now in town next to Xerox. Fresh
baked specials every day. Make it a regular stop.
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.
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials, wax-
ing and professional nail care.
De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; profession-
ally repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top
brand bikes. Have your keys made here.
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 Kralendijk,
at Caribbean Club, Caribbean Court and the Hamlet
Oasis. Join their monthly 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.
Fit For Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in
Pilates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional train-
ers, fitness machines and classes for all levels.
The Plantation Has lots of classy furniture and an-
tiques at very competitive prices. Stop in to see great
teak furniture and Indonesian crafts.

Green Label has everything you need to start or main-
tain your garden. They can design, install and maintain
it and offer plants, irrgation supplies and garden chemi-
cals. Incredible selection of pots.
The Bonaire Gift Shop has a wide selection of gifts,
souvenirs, liquor, dive watches, digital cameras, things
for the home, T-shirts all at low prices.
The Great Escape Under new management. Quiet and
tranquil setting with pool and luxuriant garden in Bel-
nem. Cyber Cafe, DVD rentals, restaurant and bar.
New! Spa!
b c b- Botterop 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, rapelling/abseilen and more
reservations : 791-6272 or 717-4555 E-mail:
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center offers
fast, fine processing for prints, slides, items and ser-
vices Full digital services.
Caribbean Homes, "the Refreshing Realtor, special-
izing in luxury homes, condos, lots, rentals and prop-
erty management.
Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's oldest real
estate agent. They specialize in professional customer
service, top notch properties and home owners insur-
Re/Max Paradise Homes: Lots of Choices-
International/US connections. 5% of profits donated to
local community. List your house with them to sell
Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and insur-
ance services. If you want a home or to invest in Bon-
aire, stop in and see them.

Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed
or built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Electri-
cal, plumbing, woodworking, etc. 717-2345
Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun
tours including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snor-
keling and exploration.
Benetton, world famous designer clothes available
now in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For
men, women and children.
Best Buddies and Pearls-Stunning fresh water pearl
jewelry, fashion, gifts, t shirts. Under new manage-
Special Security Services will provide that extra
measure of protection when you need it. Always reli-
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
FedEx agent.
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di
Amor or Skiffy. Hotel pickup.
The Bonaire Windsurfing Place can fulfill all your
windsurfing dreams and more. They offer expert in-
struction, superb equipment on a fine beach. Lunch
and drinks too. BBQ and windsurf videos Wednesday
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. Shop at Kaya Industria 23, Tuesday-Saturday
9 am-12 noon.
Put your ad in The Bonaire Reporter.
Phone/Fax 717-8988, Cel 786-6518
Did you know that listing in the Guides is FREE
for weekly advertisers?

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Gaby IVercera

S o>n a i I r4eih

i y father was Antonio Mer-
V cera, a chef at Hotel Bonaire.
He didn't talk much. He was a famous
billiard player and he set up the competi-
tions on Bonaire. My mother is Antonia
Mercera-Ignacio. She and my dad had
seven children: six boys and one girl. Ten
years ago between December 20th and
28th, both my second and third brothers
died. One was already sick, but the other
one went to sleep and never woke up. It
was a double funeral and since that day
we've never had a real Christmas. Ex-
actly one year later my father passed
away, but my mother is still alive.
My parents were very strict. I am the
eldest so they had to figure it out, starting
with me. We grew up with father,
mother, grandmother and another relative
in the house, and all those eyes were
watching us! You had to wear a tie, you
had to have a neat haircut and you had to
strive for respect and discipline. I went to
St. Dominicus School. After that I was
supposed to go to MULO high school,
but all my friends were going to LTS,
Lower Technical School, so I didn't do
my best on purpose to make sure my
grades were low so I could go there too. I
started studying metal working. In 1972 I
tried to go to Aruba for the fourth year of
LTS to study car mechanics, not because
I was so interested in cars but because
some friends of mine had formed a band
on Aruba. However, before I could leave
I had to start working at the telephone
exchange service to financially support
my parents as my siblings were still
growing up. I stayed there for four years
and when I was 21 years old I was trans-
ferred to the fire brigade. In 2000 I was
transferred to SKAL (foundation for cul-
ture and literature) and I hope from here
I'll go home or to the cemetery."
Gaby Aercera (51) is a great musician
and a good-natured man with a beautiful
smile and attitude. "I remember from the
time I was very little, the time of the bo-
lero, the cha-cha-cha and the mambo, I
was always listening to Cuban music.
When I was eight I started playing the
drums with the friars. On Queen's Day I
performed for the first time in public. I
had this black drum, made out of bronze
and catgut and goatskin and the sticks
were very thick, but I played well; I was
the best in the group. At the time we'd
never seen a drum set on the island, but
with instruments made by Friar De-
siderius himself, like an electric guitar,
we started with a band called 'The Dia-
monds.' From then on I went on playing
different styles The Beatles, Carlos
Santana and soul music like Isaac Hayes
- and I started listening to jazz and Afro-
Cuban music. I played in combos and for
17 years I played folkloristic music in

'Tipico Bonairiano.'
In 1991 I applied for a grant from a
foundation called OKSNA, and I took a
three-month drum course in New York. I
could play before I went there, but in
New York I got knowledge of what I was
doing. I learned about all different styles
of music and where they came from, and
I became very motivated. There are so
many aspects of music that you have to
learn. To play the drums is like driving a
car I always say. You need coordination
between two hands and two feet, you've
got to be able to listen well, you have to
pay attention and you have to be aware of
what you're doing.
One of my greatest experiences was
with 'Tipico Bonairiano.' We traveled a
lot and I learned a lot. We were Hotel
Bonaire's house band until the very end
of what was then Sunset Beach Hotel.
However, I wanted more: I wanted to
really play the drums. Together with
some other people we left 'Tipico Bo-
nairiano' and set up a band called
'Ayayay' sort of a funny name when
you think about it but it went well. It
didn't last long though because it caused
some trouble with 'Tipico Bonairiano.' I
didn't want that, so we quit and went
back with 'Tipico Bonairiano.'

"The strange thing I
found out about children of
today is that when you give
them an instrument they
immediately say, 'I can't!'
But if you give them a tele-
phone they can do every-
thing with it."

In 1995 I fired myself, left the group
and we started a band called 'Dikazz.'
That was the beginning of the Jazz Club
on Bonaire at Kontiki. It lasted three
years. In the beginning it was good and
lots of fun and I am happy that we were
the ones who introduced jazz on the is-
land because it wasn't so well known.
But in the end, things didn't work out the
way we planned. I left and the whole
thing crumpled up.

Now I'm a freelance musician, but
from that time on I've learned to look
differently at our own folkloristic music.
I played it for 17 years, but I never felt it
in my heart. When I started with the jazz
I began to appreciate our music and it
became something that belonged to me.
Our music you find only on Bonaire, but
it has some similarities to other cultures.
For instance, our Simadan resembles

somewhat the Calypso from Trinidad,
and in the Baijon music from Brazil you
also hear similarities. In Venezuela they
have various rhythms that are a lot like
ours. But overall I find that our music is
one of a kind. Everywhere we performed
in the world it always made a big impact.
During a festival in Holland in 1988
where 17 countries participated, three
groups got a standing ovation from the
public: South Korea, Russia and Bonaire
(with 'Tipico Bonairiano' and the dance
group 'Kibrahacha').
When I'm not working I spend my time
making instruments. I also perform fre-
quently with the Freewinds Band. I never
played for such a large audience as we
did in May this year during the St. Lucia
Jazz Festival.
My transfer from the fire brigade to
SKAL was to enable me to guide the
elementary school teachers with music
lessons. I teach music at the Watapana
School and at Collegio Reina Beatrix,
and finally after six years the Catholic
school board is also interested. I teach the
children, but in reality I'm learning every
day. I take three children at a time and sit
with them under a tree, outside in the
fresh air. You feel it and they feel it too!
And if I don't show up they ask me,
'Why didn't you come; where were you?'
Also because of the children I started
playing melody instruments like the
kuarta not so difficult, but I'd never
done it before.
The strange thing I found out about
children of today is that when you give
them an instrument they immediately say,
'I can't!' But if you give them a tele-
phone they can do everything with it.
Maybe it's a lack of stimulus, but my
first priority is to change this attitude. It's
a pity because children nowadays have
all the opportunities. When I was little I

wanted so much to touch a drum, but I
wasn't allowed to. I also think it's a Bo-
nairean problem because in the nearby
countries the children are interested in
playing an instrument. Maybe, to start
with, music lessons should be compul-
sory at school. I have one son, Christo-
pher Maldonado, who's 17, and he grew
up with music. Everything I listened to,
he listened to, and I tried to explain
where it originated from and how it de-
veloped. I think this is something parents
should do. Christopher just went to
Aruba to study electrical engineering and
from there he wants to do sound engi-
neering. We've played several times to-
gether, he at the drum set and me percus-
sion, but most of the things he can do he
learned himself because he never had real
drum lessons. For 26 years I've been
married to Jeannette Damascus. She's not
Christopher's mother, but she loves him
so much that when he went to Aruba she
was more worried about him than Chris's
mom or me.
I've traveled a lot in my life, but I will
never leave here. When you go some-
place else and you see the way people
live in the various countries you realize
what a good life we have here. There is
no poverty on Bonaire. The poverty we
have here is a lack of education and up-
bringing. We still have a lot to learn. I
was a child when I started with the friars.
Now I'm in their place and I hope that
later on someone will come to take my
place and will teach
the children how to
make music. And for
myself I know: I'm a
musician and I'll
keep on playing as
long as I can!"[
Story & photo by
Greta Kooistra

Bonaire Reporter August 18 to August 25, 2006

Page 17

t was a success story just waiting
to happen. Kas di Arte issued an
invitation to all artists and sculptors
working and/or living on Bonaire to
submit their art to be judged to go into
an exhibit, 'Homage to the Bonairean
Artist," to be held from November 8 to
30.The word got out via newspapers
and radio. No posters were put around
The response was so overwhelming
that the Kas di Arte board was flabber-
gasted. There was a total of 140 differ-
ent pieces submitted by about 60 art-
ists. There were paintings, sculpture,
stained glass, crafts so much diver-
sity. One painting, submitted by Frans
Booi, was the work of his late mother,
Elizabeth Apolinia Booi. The board
admitted that because of the high qual-
ity of the pieces it was going to be very
hard to decide which pieces should be
shown in the November exhibit.
The gallery was packed! The public
had caught the fever, and between 5
and 9 pm more than 150 people came
through the doors to view the art all
ages from grandparents to small chil-
dren. During the opening the public

Renata van der Byl's Donkeys

was invited to vote for their choice of
1st, 2nd and 3rd. The board reports that
there were 116 voters.

Opening the November exhibit will


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artistss Abpotxn4

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*to find it... just look up

A Predawn Planet Cluster Awaits You Next Week

N ext week, just
before sunrise,
you'll be able to watch
Mercury and Saturn
dramatically change
their positions relative
to each other from
morning to morning.
On Monday morning,
August 21st about 30
minutes before sunrise,
look just slightly north
of east and you will see
an exquisite 27-day-old
Moon which appears as
an extremely slender
sliver of a crescent,
hovering just above
brilliant planet #2 out
from the Sun, 8,000-
mile-wide Venus. And
just below it, planet #6,
but not nearly as bright
as Venus, 75,000-mile-
wide ringed Saturn.
And just below it only
one degree away, which Theplanets
is the width of only 2
full Moons, planet #1 from the Sun, 3,000-mile-wide Mercury. Now you regular
planet watchers know that all the planets change their positions in the sky every
single day. But when they're clustered close together these changes look very dra-
For instance if you had gone out the previous morning, Sunday, August 20th, you
would have seen that Mercury and Saturn's positions were reversed because on
Sunday Mercury was 1 degree above Saturn. So in only 24 hours Mercury changed
its position relative to Saturn by 2 degrees because on Monday it is 1 degree below
But the prettiest day for viewing is on Tuesday, which is a must-see morning, be-
cause on the 22nd an extremely, almost thin as you'll ever see it, 28-day-old crescent
Moon will be parked just to the left and almost half-way between Mercury and Sat-
urn. And you'll notice that Mercury has moved closer to Saturn, only 5 degrees
away, which is 10 full Moon widths. But an even more dramatic change will occur
the next morning when Mercury and Saturn will be only 4 degrees apart or 8 full
Moon widths away from each other. On Thursday they'll be 3 degrees or 6 full
Moons apart and on Friday less than 2 degrees or only 4 full Moons apart. But then
ta da! On Saturday and Sunday August 26t and 27th Saturn and Mercury will be at
their absolute closest to each other when less than one full Moon would barely fit
between them.
Once again Sunday the 20th, Mercury is one degree above Saturn. Monday the
21"s Mercury is one degree below it. Tuesday Mercury is zeroing in on Saturn and
forms an exquisite picture with a 28-day-old Moon.
Now because you'll be watching during twilight, which always makes the planets
less bright than when it's dark out, I strongly recommend you use a pair of binocu-
lars You know sometimes it's good to get nn with the chickens .lJack Horkheimer



Sunday, August 13 to
Saturday, August 19, 2006
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Try to visit friends or relatives you don't get to see
often. There are ways of making extra cash if you put your mind to it. You may
overspend if you travel this week; however, the trip will be one to remember. Your
mind is on moneymaking ventures. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Make plans to do something special with the one you
love. You can make professional decisions this week that will affect your position
You will do well in social settings, and new and interesting individuals may spark a
romantic curiosity. Don't count on your friends to be loyal when it comes to doing
things. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) You'll find it easy to upgrade your environment by
redecorating or changing your residence. Opportunities to meet new lovers will
come through pleasure trips or social events. Friends may not be completely honest
with you. Hassles with your boss are sure to erupt if you speak your mind. Your
lucky day this week will be Saturday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) You may be thinking of starting your own business.
Confusion at an emotional level will cause you to make wrong decisions concerning
your personal life. Think before you act. Deal with the needs of children and get into
groups that deal with self awareness. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) They will not be in the right frame of mind to put up with
tactless comments. You will be in the mood for entertainment. Extravagance and
overindulgence are not a cure if you're feeling sorry for yourself. You can enjoy so-
cial events and meet new potential mates; however, avoid being lavish. Your lucky
day this week will be Thursday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Knowledge can be acquired if you listen. You need
some rest. Don't let your anger consume you and don't allow important matters to go
unattended to. Your reputation may be at stake if you partake in gossip. Your lucky
day this week will be Thursday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Some time spent with that special someone should be
your intent. Don't let your mate force you into making a decision that you aren't
ready to make. Don't overspend or give too freely to others. Your lover may not un-
derstand your needs so you must figure out a way to communicate them. Your lucky
day this week will be Friday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Don't be afraid to confront situations concerning
loved ones in order to solve any problems that may exist. Residential moves will
also be advantageous for all concerned. Don't offer to pay for others. If you take on
too much, you will find your self in martyrdom. Your lucky day this week will be
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Don't jump as quickly as you usually do. There
will be hidden matters that you may find disturbing. You can't live your life for oth-
ers. Your mate may not be too sure about your intentions. Your lucky day this week
will be Friday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) You'll be able to break bad habits if you put your
mind to it. You need some help this week. Someone you work with could have a
personal interest in you. You need to keep the peace and you will have to bend in
order to do so. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Travel may be confusing. Think twice before you
pursue an unrealistic endeavor. You'll be prone to tears if your mate is harsh with
you this week. Lighten up your serious attitude. Your lucky day this week will be
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Take the time to close deals that have been up in the
air. You will find that friends or relatives may not understand your needs. New
friendships will develop through group events. Try to be precise in your communi-
cations. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday. 1

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