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During a public meeting the Is-
land Council of Bonaire rati-
fied the transition agreement to its
new ties with Holland that was signed
at the end of the governmental summit
in St. Maarten on February 12. This is a
significant step towards the "New Bon-
aire" set for December 2008. Then
Dutch minister of Kingdom Relations
Atzo Nicolai (VVD), Prime Minister of
the Netherlands Antilles Emily de
Jongh-Elhage (PAR), the responsible
Commissioners of the Island Territories
of St. Maarten, Saba, Statia, and Bon-
aire's delegation-leader Ramonsito
Booi signed the document. The Island
Council ratified the agreement without
any debate. The Curaqao island gov-
ernment voted not to participate in the
> The new Dutch cabinet has
withdrawn the much criticized bill of
former Integration-minister Rita
Verdonk regarding the deporting of
criminal Antillean young persons to
their birth islands. Premier Jan Peter
Balkenende said that his cabinet will
use a different approach.
Currently foreigners living illegally in
the Netherlands Antilles before 2001
can obtain residence permits if they can
prove that they have been employed,
paid medical insurance, filed their in-
come tax documents and have no crimi-
nal record. Persons who arrived on
January 2001 or after, up to January
2006, will qualify for legal residence
providing they meet the requirements.
Those requirements are proof of em-
ployment for at least six months earn-
ing the minimum wage, adequate hous-
ing and no criminal record. Persons
who arrived after January 2006 and
have failed to obtain legal residence
will be deported.
> Children will be exempt from
new rules that will require travelers
to show passports when entering the
US at land or sea borders, the Bush
administration announced last Thurs-
to Bonaire in 1991. Part-time Bonaire
resident Co de Koning was instrumen-
tal in restarting the daily flights in
April 2000. Senator Booi made the
Lima and Quito refueling stopovers in
Bonaire possible by pushing for the
construction of the refueling facility
and extension of the runway.
> Mike Con-
way, Air Ja-
dent and CEO,
change of his
from Airbus to
Boeing as part Michael Conway
of a loss- Air Jamaica presi-
reducing meas- dent and CEO
ure, saying the Boeing planes cost
less, carried greater payload and of-
fered a wider range for travel.
Air Jamaica, which has racked up a
loss of $100 million annually for the
past 12 years, has a new business plan
to cut losses and put the airline on a
profitable path. However, according to
a 2005 study conducted by MIT's In-
ternational Center for Air Transporta-
tion, Air Jamaica contributed US$5.5
billion ($1.8 direct and $3.7 indirect)
to the Jamaican economy. For every
dollar invested there has been a return
of $4.50 to the economy. Maintaining
the current Airbus fleet had become a
problem as "the supply chain to Air
Jamaica has been difficult," Conway
said last Wednesday at a forum in
Bonaire Reporter- March 9 to March 16, 2007
Table of Contents
Lunar Eclipse photo 3
Butterfly Farm Preview 3
Congratulations to Nurses 5
Scale not the Issue
Announcement: Happy Birthday
Yuchi Molina 6
Gear Doc (regulators) 7
Diving with Dee (Long-spined Urchins) 8
Dietitian (Activity & Nutrition) 10
Bonaire on Wheels
(Aat Oudahoorn's BMW motorcycle) 11
Island to Island Meeting 13
Art by Eefje (Eefje van der Stratten) 13
Shrink Studies SCUBA (Phobias) 18
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Coral Glimpses 3
Biologist's Bubbles (Fire worms) 3
Picture Yourself (Daytona 500,USA) 7
Straight Talk 9
Pet of the Week ("Claudia" and "Frans"
with Zahid and Carla ") 14
Tide Table 14
Reporter Masthead 14
What's Happening 15
Movieland Film Schedule 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
On the Island Since (David Romo) 17
Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2.
> Did you see the total eclipse of the moon last Saturday night? If not here's
how it looked. Wilna Gronenboom photo
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id You Know... There's fire on fire?
Fire worms and fire corals are both abundant in
Bonaire. It is commonly believed that fire coral
is red, when in fact it's not. Fire coral is usually a dull
mustard yellow color, and fire worms can be reddish but
are mostly orange or greenish. You'll want to avoid
these venomous creatures as they have nasty defense
mechanisms including stinging cells and venomous
bristles that bum like 'fire' if you brush against them.
But that doesn't mean you can't get close for a look.
Fire coral grows upright and can be blade-like or
branching, but it can also encrust ropes, rocks, ladders,
etc. Another good reason not to touch anything sub-
Another fun fact: fire corals aren't true corals -
they're in a completely different class and are Fire-Worm. Photo by Albert Bianculli
nactinllv hvcrlrnil cnlnnie. (Cnrpe Firlrirh
involved in this huge project.
Currently there are only two kinds of
butterflies flying in the farm. However,
hanging in the "pupa cupboard" are
additional varieties of butterflies ready
to hatch. More are on the way.
The house for the butterflies meas-
ures 20 by 20 meters (400m2) and is
covered with a screen, allowing wind
and sun to come in freely.
The opening delay had to do with
some typical island "problems" like no
cement when it was needed and too
much wind when they wanted to attach
the 100 m2 screens over the 7-meter-
high metal construction. In a couple of
weeks Bonaire will have a new tourist
attraction. n Story & photos by Wilna
Bonaire Reporter March 9 to March 16, 2007
(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 3)
Curagao's Isla refinery
> In Curaqao, Judge Erik van Unen
ruled that that the pollution spewing
from the Isla refinery (Refineria di K6r-
sou -RdK) and the BOO (Build Own
Operate) energy plant is illegal and
continuing operating this way is unac-
ceptable because of damage to people
and environment. The argument that
complying with the standards would lead
to automatic closing of the refinery is not
convincing. Isla will have to specify how
and when the refinery can operate ac-
cording to standards by March 30th. Isla
as well as the island government said that
if the judge rules in favor of the plain-
tiffs, it would mean the closing of the
refinery and economic disaster for the
island. Isla's battalion of Rotterdam and
New York attorneys argued that it is im-
possible to reduce the environmental
pollution in such a way that would make
the life bearable for the inhabitants under
the smoke. The refinery is old and a mod-
ernization can only be accomplished in
the long run at very high costs. Alterna-
tives like production slow-down or the
use of fuel with a lower sulphur level are
economically not feasible.
The plaintiffs were not impressed with
the economic argument. They argue that
economic interest is no justification for
the 40 premature cases of death per year
caused by the pollution.
Van Unen said that he needs a profes-
sional report that indicated how and
within what period of time they can
achieve the standards indicated. The
parties have till the end of this month to
tell the Court who will be offered as ex-
> Reader Florence Ditlow sent us a
reminder that the recently acclaimed
film, "An Inconvenient Truth," will air
this Sunday, March 12, at 8 pm, on
Showtime; that's channel 4 on Flamingo
TV. To preserve our air, land and oceans
environmental information is basic to our
future. Website http://www.algore.org/
node/132 has more information.
The likelihood of an above-
average Atlantic hurricane season is
growing as a Pacific Ocean El Nifio sys-
tem that drove storms away from the
Caribbean in 2006 wanes, US meteorolo-
gists said last Thursday. Due to the El
Nifio, the 2006 Atlantic hurricane season
never came close to matching the record-
breaking 2005 season, which spawned 28
Now a La Nifia system in the Pacific
seems to be building. More than normal
Atlantic hurricanes are usually seen dur-
ing La Nifia events, meteorologists said.
They will now be tracking water tem-
peratures in the western Caribbean
which, if they run above average, could
indicate more tropical storms early in the
hurricane season. An average hurricane
season has about six hurricanes with 10
named tropical storms. Bonaire is out of
the "hurricane belt" but is affected by
their waves and wind reversals.
> In a public Island Council meeting
last Tuesday, the ruling UPB party
defined its position not to grant busi-
ness permits to telecommunication
companies. Smitcoms NV, a St. Maarten
company, wants to offer services in Bon-
aire. The debates in the Island Council
were strong because the Democratic
party opposition did not agree with the
In another telecom controversy, unre-
lated to this, UTS is waiting for a deci-
sion by the Bonaire government on their
request for a business permit.
> United Telecommunication Ser-
vices (UTS) Director Paul de Geus said
in a press conference last week that he
is pleased to note that almost all UTS
customers in Bonaire kept their Chip-
pie service. Former Telbo/UTS custom-
ers with 78x prefixes had to switch to
Telbo/Diigicel to keep their same phone
numbers. If they stayed with UTS, their
numbers were changed to a 79x prefix.
He added that UTS would do its utmost
to keep Chippie service in Bonaire, even
though the UTS store was closed down
because UTS had no license to run a
business on Bonaire once their ties with
TELBO were broken. UTS expects to
reopen with a business permit soon.
Meanwhile their service continues via the
Phone users report that cellular phone
service on Bonaire hasn't returned to
stability since Telbo's switchover from
> A group of young mothers recently completed a parenting course and re-
ceived certificates. Topics included social adaptability, Papiamentu, home responsi-
bilities, healthy cooking for children, budgeting work time, and healthy growth.
(Couldn't we all use these?) UNESCO funded the project and FORMA conducted
the course. Above are the proud moms, Education Commissioner Geraldine Dam-
mers and SEBIKI sparkplug Riet Sealy.
UTS to Digicel.
> Digicel seems to have won the court
battle for 786-prefix numbers, and now
Digicel Group Limited announced that
it has raised $1.4 billion in capital
through a corporate bond offering to
acquire 100% ownership of Digicel by its
founder and Chairman Denis O'Brien,
Digicel officials disclosed last week. The
offering represented the largest bond
offering ever in the Caribbean and was
five times over-subscribed.
Managing Director James Seagrave of
one of the banks handling the transaction,
JP Morgan, remarked, "This transaction
is remarkable in many respects. Digicel's
brand is increasingly ubiquitous across
the Caribbean, as the Company has con-
tinued to expand its footprint and materi-
ally increase the number of mobile users
across the region."
Digicel Chairman Denis O'Brien is
quoted as saying Digicel's growth pros-
pects in 22 markets will enable the
Digicel Group to expand. Started in
Jamaica less than six years ago, Digicel
recorded annualized revenues of US
$948 million for the six-month period
ended September 2006 and has a total
customer base of more than four mil-
> The Consul General of Venezuela
in Curaqao, Lorenzo Angiolillo Fernan-
dez, insinuated publicly that the numer-
ous mysterious fires were an Ameri-
can CIA assault on the Venezuelan
proprietors in the Curacao Free
Zone. The Antillean authorities want
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The REPORTER has moved!
The Bonaire Reporter has moved its headquarters to the
Bolivia plantation area of Bonaire.
The new address is Bonaire Reporter, P.O. Box 407,
Kralendijk, Bonaire, Neth. Antilles.
The telephone numbers are: 786-6518 and 786-6125.
Backup numbers are: 796-6125, 790-6518 and 790-8988
Email and website remain the same:
Bonaire Reporter- March 9 to March 16, 2007
(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 4)
him to explain his statement, especially
since of the 36 businesses that were vic-
tims of the fires, only three were owned
by Venezuelan citizens and five by Leba-
nese businessmen who might have the
Venezuelan nationality. International ex-
perts are on the scene trying to determine
the cause(s) of the fires.
> St. Patrick of Ireland must have a
lot of fans on Bonaire. So far there are
two parties set up in his
honor. The first is a
warm-up party at the
Caribbean Club at Hill-
top on Friday evening,
March 16th going on
into the 17t featuring
Irish music by The
Irish Crooners from Curaqao.
And on the 17th, his feast day, at the
Sunrise Restaurant (Sand Dollar) there
will be a St. Patrick's Dance Party from 9
pm to 1 am, featuring the Flamingo Rock-
ers, DJ Papa and food included. Tickets in
advance, NAf 20 (available at Antillean
Wine Company store and other places ) or
NAf 25 at the door.
> Remember the suggestion a few
weeks ago in The Reporter for an
"airplane" wreck site? Well, Curaqao beat
Bonaire to it. An old ALM Fokker air-
craft was pulled out to sea in Curacao
at "Watamula" by Ocean Encounters
and sunk to a depth of 18 meters to
serve as a dive site.
> Get ready for the 29th Kontest di
Fli (Kite contest) on Sunday, April 1, in
the field behind Kooyman's. You'll see
some of the
one created by
ants be they
sored by the
it's an excit-
at 9 am. Con-
testants of all
Aruba, and Kontest di Fli, 2006
it's fun for
everyone. Want to join? Stop by the Fla-
mingo Book Store on Kaya Grandi to sign
up and find lots of materials to build your
kite. Entrance fee is NAf3,50 for chil-
dren; NAf7,50 for adults.
D Angelique Salsbach reports:
"Sunday, 1st of April we (Top Health
Fitness Center) will organize another
hiking trip with our guide Bbi Antoin,
this time IN Bolivia. You know last time
(See last week's Reporter, "Boi's Nature
Walk") we were in the area OF Bolivia
but not IN Bolivia (because it is too big).
Time will be the same, 6:15am, and tick-
ets NAf7,50. We will have soup at the
end. The meeting place and the dura-
tion of the walk will be announced next
week in The Reporter. "o G./L. D.
> You don't have to reset your clocks in the summer in Bonaire because the
length of the day doesn't change drastically from winter to summer. But in case
you have to adjust your TV watching schedule or contact the US or Europe they
will change on the following schedule:
Year US Daylight
2007 March 11
2008 March 9
2009 March 8
November 2 March 30
November 1 March 29
ongratulations to Sisters (nurses) Joyce Dennie, Toekije M. Nicolaas-
Modrono and Greta deJong-Coffie. Toekije and Greta have been serving
patients in San Francisco Hospital for 25 years each; Joyce for 24 years. All three
ladies are head nurses. Toekije is a head nurse at the hospital; Greta is a teacher for
the student nurses and works with home care. Joyce works in the operating room
and the diabetic office. A celebratory service was held for these devoted nurses last
Friday at the chapel at the hospital.
Bonaire Reporter March 9 to March 16, 2007
With pleasure I have been reading the
latest issue (of The Bonaire Reporter)
#10. I only draw your attention to the
picture of the cabinet which is the for-
mer cabinet Balkenende (3).
The article of the visit of the Dutch may-
ors to Bonaire was also very interesting.
I wonder whether Mrs. Joke Geldorp has
been shown the power plant at the trans-
mission-site of TWR which actually was
installed on the island of Texel until the
island was connected to the provincial
main electrical grid in December, 1994.
Jan van Groenewoud
Mr. Ian M. missed the point completely in
his comment (OUT OF PROPORTION)
on the two pictures of B.B. in the Enviro-
watch in the previous issue of BR. If he
read various articles about development
of Bonaire in BR, he could know already
that there is, unfortunately, no develop-
ment plan on our island. Therefore, no
"accurate rendering of the planned water-
front" can be given and Mr. Ian M. will
not be able to "fairly judge." It is not im-
portant if the added buildings are on a
different scale than existing buildings.
The author of the pictures just wanted to
emphasize that unplanned, man made
development will destroy our precious
As recreational scuba diving becomes
more popular worldwide, the "voices of
concern" about negative effects of this
activity on the coral reef get louder. Pub-
lic campaigns of exaggerated head-
lines, imaginary stickers, and cries for
better diver education, make an impres-
sion that divers go there and destroy the
reef. This is not so, and it only serves to
take attention away from the real causes
of coral reef deterioration.
First, regarding education. Most divers
are well educated and aware. They dive to
enjoy being on the reef, not to exploit it.
H appy Birthday, Wednes-
day, March 7, to Yuchi
Molina. Yuchi, a dear friend of
The Reporter, has been delivering
the newspaper every week to
Rincon shops and restaurants for
many years. Pabien, Yuchi, and
many, many years of joy and
happiness in the future.
They make conscious efforts to avoid and, especially, unnatural like fish-
damaging reef, and they often watch each ing, coastal "development", and water
other better than divemasters do. Certifi- pollution.
cation agencies do a good job of educat- The largest single cause of the coral reef
ing divers to protect marine life. Studies degradation is its direct exploitation,
show that only about 4% of divers are namely overfishing. All fishing -
responsible for more than 75% of the commercial and recreational, industrial
diver inflicted damage. and traditional, big and small, is a long-
Now, in regard to the damage it- term destructive factor continually devas-
self. Scratches and cuts of living corals tating coral reef balances and dynamics.
regenerate fast. Most longer-term damage Historical and archaeological evidence
consists of broken tips of coral branches, dating back thousands of years proves
resulting from poor buoyancy control, that overfishing, not recent coral diseases
Broken coral looks really bad, but it is not or other causes certainly not a scuba
a dead coral, and it grows back. Accord- diver is the main cause of the accelerat-
ing to surveys, heavily used dive sites ing death of the world's coral ecosystems.
show an increase in broken coral but If one really cares about saving corals,
they don't show any decrease in live coral one should stop a misdirected activ-
coverage. Divers do not kill coral! The ity of blaming divers. Conserva-
amount of damage caused by divers is tion efforts should focus on the real cause
extremely small compared to the dam- of the problem, the ravaging effects of
age caused by other factors, both natural fishing on coral reefs.
like storms and parrotfish bites, Genady Filkovsky.
The Bonaire Reporter welcomes letters from readers. Letters must include the
writer's name and telephone number or e-mail address. Letters without that
information will not be published. If a writer wishes to remain anonymous or
just use initials we will honor the request. Letters should not be more than 400 words in length
and may be edited at the Editor's discretion. E-mail: letters(@bonairenews.com
Bonaire Reporter- March 9 to March 16, 2007
A bi-monthlyfeature in The Reporter
devoted to helping you maintain your gear.
Many divers here on Bonaire bring in regulators that won't seal against the
tank o-ring. After a quick check the problem is obvious. I ask them if the
tank fell off the back of a truck? "Yes," they say.
Preventing this problem is really easy. The damage done though can be quite se-
vere. If the yoke is bent it is not at all wise to try to straighten it. This bends the
metal a second time and can weaken it even more. The valve on the tank should
also be checked. Did it get bent? The other problem is that the inlet area on the
regulator can get crushed. On some regulators this is a retainer unit which can be
replaced. On others it is part of the body and that is expensive and doubtful anyone
stocks 1st stage bodies.
If it is just the nut and none are available, sometimes I can turn these on a lathe
which is only a temporary fix. By turning it, the chrome plating is taken off which
allows it to corrode. It takes time to corrode but that part should get replaced when
you are back home. Also only a small amount can be taken off so if the crushed area
is severe, turning it won't be possible. Time to buy or rent!
If you have not figured out how to prevent this problem I will
explain it in some detail. Don't stand a Since 1980 Bruce
tank on back of a truck without at least one Bowker has been the
hand on it at ALL times. In other words, owner-operator of the
don't stand tanks on back of trucks without Padi 5 Star Gold
at least one hand on it at ALL times. Palm Carib Inn. Tel.
Bruce Bowker 717 co In
Tim and Ella Ritchie had this photo of themselves taken at the front entrance
of the Daytona 500 International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, USA.
They wrote, "We visited Bonaire for the first time between 12/3/2006-12/17/2006
and fell in love with the people and island life. In fact, we were so impressed that
we purchased a home and applied for residency. By mid-year 2007, we will be able
to join you in paradise and share your genuine concern to protect one of the remain-
ing beautiful marine areas left in this precious world we inhabit.
Don't forget to save a seat on a bench near the town pier so we can enjoy the sun-
set this summer! See you soon."
Bonaire Reporter March 9 to March 16, 2007
DIVING with DEE
Sea Urchins: Friend or Foe?
When I first came to Bonaire,
longspined urchins (Diadema
antillarum, "crown of the Antilles") were
everywhere. With spines up to a foot in
length, they filled every crevice in rocks
and docks. They lined the shoreline.
There were so many urchins at Karpata
that to keep the shore entry usable, the
urchins actually had to be moved.
All those urchins provided wonderful
habitats for other critters, too. Little
fishes found sanctuary between the
spines; shrimp lived on the spines; arrow
crabs stayed close, ready to scurry to the
safety of the spine forest at any threat.
And then, in the early 1980s, a disease
struck longspined urchins from Georgia
down through the Caribbean and as far
south as Brazil. Urchin populations plum-
meted. This plague only took about a
week to sweep through Bonaire. The first
thing we noticed was urchins with silty
spines. I'd never thought about it before,
but urchins normally have silt-free spines.
Before I had much of a chance to think
about the silt, though, I began seeing
something else on the urchins: bristle-
worms. Urchins were walking along with
bristleworms between their spines; the
urchins were still alive, but the bristle-
worms were feeding on them anyway.
Urchins, with and without bristleworms,
were staggering around, in the open, in
mid-day, like hundreds of spiny zombies.
In a couple of days, I couldn't find a
single live longspined urchin, but there
were urchin parts all over the place. You
literally couldn't dig your hand through
the sand without stabbing yourself with an
urchin spine. The sand was covered with
urchin shells (correctly called "tests").
Bristleworms gorged on urchin corpses
until even they couldn't eat any more.
And then the urchins were just ... gone.
We never saw urchins in the daytime;
heck, the very few who were left had all
the reef crevices they wanted in which to
shelter. Seeing an urchin on a night dive
became memorable, or at the least, note-
worthy. It took more than two decades
for urchin populations to increase enough
for them not to be unusual.
One reason this took so long is the way
urchins reproduce. At some signal -
moon cycle, water temperature, light
level, or a combination of those and other
conditions boy urchins and girl urchins
eject sperm and eggs into the water. If the
urchins are widely separated when this
occurs, no fertilizations can happen. With
normal urchin populations, eggs and
sperm easily find each other. The fertil-
ized eggs drift for a week or two, then
hatch into predatory larva who feed on
other plankton probablyv including the
This longspined urchin provides sanctuaryfor a baby banded butterflyfish
(bottom left), three cardinalfish, and a school of baby brown chromis.
eggs of urchins). After a period of time,
the larval urchins who survive are ready
to settle and begin life as juveniles.
If the plague had been over a small area,
the urchin population would have easily
recovered; larva would drift in from well-
populated areas and settle here. Since the
urchin disease was so widespread, though,
no such solution was possible. Instead,
the repopulation was dependent on ur-
chins being close enough to each other for
their spawning to succeed. From the very
few urchins I saw then, the whole species
came awfully close to being wiped out, at
least where the plague hit.
But with each spawning, there were
more urchins, which increased the suc-
cesses of the next spawning. In late Janu-
ary, before the full moon, I noticed that
there seemed to be more urchins "out"
than usual in the late afternoon, and that
they were walking on higher places than
usual. The last time I noticed these behav-
iors, I later saw the spawning: a plume of
milky fluid suddenly squirts out of an
urchin. In the next five minutes, the ur-
chin squirts two or three more times.
Around it, other urchins are doing the
same. It's easy to see that with normal
(Continued on page 9)
Bonaire Reporter- March 9 to March 16, 2007
(Sea Urchins. Continued from page 8)
high urchin populations broadcast
spawning is a very effective way of mix-
ing the genes of a group.
Over the last few years, our nicely
dense urchin living conditions should
result in hugely successful spawnings.
We can again marvel at a creature we
How to Marvel: Find an urchin next
to sand or on rubble. Approach it in Reef
Angel position (slightly positively buoy-
ant; diver is at angle with fins 'way
above bottom), one hand gently resting
on sand or rubble. It helps to have a
light (even in the
daytime) so you can
better see details on
this black on black
- or is it black on
Look at the ur-
chin: Look at the
spines, while re-
with mucus which
contains a mild poi-
son. Adult urchins
have black spines;
the spines of young-
sters look speckled
or striped with
white and brown.
Under a microscope
urchin spines look
shingled. If you find
an urchin spine
away from the ur-
chin, slide it be-
tween your fingers.
You'll find it will
Also, you don't want to get spined, and
if you do, I refuse to take any responsi-
Did you notice that the spines closest
to your light all swivel to "aim" at your
light, protecting the urchin vigorously
from possible danger? Move the light,
staying the same distance away from the
urchin but to another place, and watch
the spines move. The ability to swivel
its spines helps the urchin to defend itself
in another way, also: the urchin can
streamline its profile for entry into a
crevice, then spread the spines to prevent
itself from being removed from its crev-
"There once was an urchin
Who said, "Gee, last night as I
Baby chromis and butterflyfish
And even some cardinalfish
All showed up to live in my
move easily in one direction, but not so
easily in the other ; it's made to penetrate
easily, and break off.
Hold your light (turned off) about a
foot away from the urchin. [NOTE: Do
this cautiously; there is no need whatso-
ever to move your hand so close that you
damage a single spine of the urchin who
is dedicating its time to teaching you.
The natural de-
fenses provided by
had always been
who had to find
new habitats after
the urchin epi-
demic. As our ur-
chins come back,
though, some of
their old residents
- and maybe some
new ones -- will
return. Are there
along the spines of
What kinds of fish
are hovering be-
tween the spines?
Are crabs being
protected by the
spines closest to
And, oh yes, the urchins' defensive
skills are helping in one other very im-
portant area. As night falls, the urchins
stroll to the top of the coral reef- pro-
viding great protection to vulnerable
coral by giving immediate negative feed-
back to anyone falling too close !
Story and photo by Dee Scarr
Dee Scarr conducts "Touch the Sea" dives. They will enhance your
diving forever. Call 717-8529. See her slide show "Touch the Sea"
at Capt. Don's Habitat, Mondays, 8:30pm.
t's all about dating, love, sex, friendship, and marriage so let's
talk. Emailyour relationship questions to my attention:
Question (Part II of III, continuing) from:
Better to rise than to fall in love. Betty Wills
Part I addressed the reader's perception of how most relationships are based on
mutual understanding rather than true love and how economics create tolerance
for a breadwinner's misbehavior in a relationship.
There are three kinds of love as I can see:
First the strongest: The love from a mother to her child. Every woman has the abil-
ity to love her child in her, and before she has a child she gives it to her lover.
Sometimes, but not often, does she have enough time or energy to give her man that
same love after her child is bor. If not, the man leaves her, looking for another
woman to give him that powerful loving feeling again. Her love towards her child is
unconditional, is real, true love.
Second is the lusty love of mutual attraction that makes a man and a woman fall in
love to enjoy each other immensely in freedom and leads to sexual pleasure that
mostly leads to the woman getting pregnant. Then she changes and the man's role to
"plant his seed" is over, done. He mostly then looks for a next opportunity to plant
his seed, unconsciously mostly, because that is the way of nature. Also, when no
pregnancy results, the lovemaking becomes a habit and he with his hunter instinct
looks for new and more excitement. We call it jealousy, but it is possessiveness, the
want to own the other. Marriage is not a natural situation, as true love cannot flour-
ish in captivity, it needs freedom.
Third is the love that Jesus showed us, total and pure. That kind of love is not possi-
ble in our world. Politicians and rich people and religious leaders have destroyed it
completely. Examples enough: To show love for your country you must not love
another country. To love your partner, you may not love another. To love your
church you are not to love another religion, and so on and so forth
(Part III will address the remaining issues presented in an emailfrom this reader.)
ANSWER: Why limit it to three? There are as many kinds of love as there are
ways to express it most of which can be lots of fun but this is a "family" paper,
so I will stick to the three kinds of love you mentioned...First, the strongest being
mother to child.
It's perfectly natural for mothers to love and protect their children as do fathers -
and by giving equally of your love and time you can maintain balance within the
family. When man plants his seed, he must also take responsibility to reap what
he's sown. Children are a responsibility shared equally by both parents. Granted,
they do reduce the time parents once spent together, but rather than see it as a nega-
tive in your relationship, consider your children an extension of your love, not a
reduction of it. Neither parent should feel jealous or neglected because of the time
or love a child receives from either partner. Such feelings are no different from the
possessiveness you defined as jealousy, or the need to dominate. Furthermore, lov-
ing your children and spending time with them doesn't justify a cheating partner.
The demands of young children are enough for a parent to handle without adding
the demands of a selfish partner who is jealous of his/her own children.
Secondly your reference to lust, a man's instinctual need to hunt, and the habit of
love making, consider the following: early man instinctually hunted prey, not
women. A diet of women is dangerous to a man's health. With the difficulties
early man encountered in the absence of modem conveniences -no vehicle, rifle, or
bullets; just his own two feet, a wooden club, and a few rocks hunting for food
was extremely difficult, and in many instances, he was probably the one being
hunted. Dinosaurs could run really fast. Common sense tells us early man had his
hands full taking care of one woman, their children, and probably their aging par-
ents. Quite frankly, a man's need for more than one partner is nothing more than
(Continued on page 12)
Bonaire Reporter March 9 to March 16, 2007
Ask the Dietitian
COME BON Y HACI MOVECION
A ccording to the guidelines for
The healthiest nutrition is rich in fruits,
vegetables, whole grain products, vegetable
oils, fish and lean animal products (dairy
and meat products) with little space for
sweets or fatty snacks.
The International Healthy Nutrition
Guidelines are based on preventing chronic
diseases that are related to nutrition, like
heart disease and diabetes.
Some of these healthy nutrition guidelines
1. Variation Don't keep eating the same
kinds of foods from each food group.
2. Make sure you have a daily intake of
enough fruits (200grams=2 apples)*, vege-
tables (150-200grams=3-4 serving spoons)*
and whole grain products. This guarantees
you're getting the recommended 30-
40grams of dietary fiber a day.
3. Eat fish regularly, at least twice a week.
Fatty ones are allowed.
4. Reduce as much as possible those prod-
ucts with high amounts of fat, especially
saturated fat and transfats.
5. Reduce frequent consumption of foods
and beverages high in sugar.
6. Limit your salt intake.
Limit alcohol consumption: two glasses a
day for men and 1 glass for women.
These are recommended amounts for
Obese (overweight) people should reduce
their calorie intake by limiting high caloric
foods in their diet such as fatty food prod-
ucts, foods and beverages with added sugar
as well as their serving sizes.
In the last couple of years there has been a
tremendous increase in the health-
threatening phenomenon OBESITY (being
overweight). It has everything to do with an
unbalanced calorie intake and calorie expen-
diture. When the calorie intake is higher
than the calories burned, it leads to obesity.
Because of this, great emphasis is now
being focused on physical activity to help
stimulate calorie burning.
Besides a healthy nutrition, physical
activity is considered another medicine n
to prevent some (chronic) diseases. i
Health promoters all over the world are f
not just advising people to have a healthy g
nutrition but are also recommending Y'
strongly that people move more, whether
overweight or not, as the way to assure good
health and prevent diseases.
This logical combination, "moving and
healthy eating," is the way to fight health
threatening obesity and promote robust,
Physical Activity is now part of the Nu-
Note: Every country has its own food
model based on the International Dietary
Guidelines. This illustrated model is afood
pyramid newly designed by the public health
Guidelines for people with a healthy
Enough daily physical activities. This
means daily or at least five days a week for
a minimum of 30 minutes, doing moderate
physical activities such as cycling, walking,
People who are overweight or who are
trying to lose weight should increase their
physical activities even more to at least 1
ALUMTAmInmI P ne A MOIwm PIAem mIMN
hour on a daily basis or at least five days a
On Bonaire more than 50% (number based
on research) of the adult population is inac-
tive, meaning that our people do not con-
sider the link between being physical activ-
ity, food calorie intake and body weight.
The outcome: high obesity with its conse-
quences being the high numbers of people
with diabetes and heart disease.
A healthy lifestyle consisting of a combi-
nation of balanced nutrition together with
sufficient physical activity, moderate alco-
hol consumption and quitting smoking is the
best medicine for preventing some chronic
So if these above mentioned guidelines are
not included in your daily routine........IT
IS TIME FOR YOU TO START LIVING
YOUR LIFE IN A HEALTHY WAY!
Ang lique Salsbach is a Dietitian at the Department ofPublic Health and a
member of the management team of Top Health Fitness & Health Center. Open-
ng hours: 5-9 pm, Monday-Friday. Saturday 9 am to noon. It's a spacious place
r fitness. They offer aerobic classes, hiking, nutrition plans, weight loss pro-
rams, detox programs. Their team of health professionals knows how to help
ou make your body your business. Ask for their specials. Tophealthbo-
Bonaire Reporter- March 9 to March 16, 2007
FDo ffi W oCdOg
A series of Bonaire Reporter articles by J@n Brower, featuring some of
Bonaire's interesting vehicles that are "on wheels."
F ounded in
1916 as an
factory (the BMW
logo represents a
propeller of an
airplane), the Bay-
Werke entered the
in 1921 with a
gine, a 493 cc flat
twin cylinder side valve model. In 1923
their first completely owned and built
motorcycle was shown in Paris: the BMW
BMW has never (until very recently)
built a motorcycle without a shaft* drive,
with a separate gearbox or with a twin
cylinder engine not transversely mounted.
The integrity of the 1923 design is proved
by the fact that it is still the basis of one
of the world's most prestigious and best
selling makes, more than 80 years later.
Aat Oudshoorn's BMW R65R was also
built with a shaft drive and a gearbox fit-
ted to the boxer twin engine.
In 1966 Aat and his wife and family left
The Netherlands by boat, the Prins der
Nederlanden, heading for Curaqao. Aat
had gotten a job teaching chemistry. In
1967 he bought a second hand Vespa
(Vespa is Italian for "wasp") scooter, a
125 cc single cylinder two stroke. The
bike had a license plate numbered C 1.
With this hot little Italian he got his
driver's license. Then, in 1970, he bought
his first brand new motorcycle: a red
Honda CB350 four stroke twin with over-
head camshaft. Aat: "I can't really re-
member the name of the dealer. The ga-
rage was opposite De Hollandese Bakker
(The Dutch Baker). That garage was
mainly selling cars in those days. I was
one of the first owners of a brand new
bike on the island of Curaqao.
In 1972 the family returned to the Neth-
erlands. Aat took his bike with him.
Those days, before the oil crisis, a motor-
cycle was very handy but kind of a poor
man's way of transport. Unfortunately
most people didn't like bikers and twice
Aat was pushed off the road by a truck
driver. Aat sold his bike. However, his
love for the motorized two wheelers re-
Aat bought his first Beemer, a BMW
R45R, 450 cc. air cooled boxer twin,
painted metallic grey. The bike was built
in 1980 and has always been very sturdy
and reliable. Then Aat exchanged his
R45R for his present BMW, the R65R,
built in 1979. He brought it to the island
of Bonaire in 2004.
Aat really loves his metallic red 650
twin. "This bike is a real motorcycle: an
engine, a frame, two wheels. That's all
you need. No fancy fairings, no electronic
gadgets. It is just a pure and Spartan mo-
torcycle. Every part is functional and
made of very high quality materials. A
BMW can easily serve for several dec-
ades. It's just changing oil and filters.
And every couple of years I need a pair of
new tires and a battery. I use this bike
several times a week. I go up and down
the hill for shopping and pleasure. (Aat
lives on Subi di Rinc6n or Seru Zuid, a
steep hill south of the village of Rinc6n.)
Sometimes Elly, my wife, and I make a
tour around the island. We really love the
scenery and the sound of the wind and our
Aat always wears his white California
Highway Patrol helmet, his leather
gloves, a pair of trousers and solid shoes.
He never exceeds the speed limits on the
island. He respects mankind and nature.
"Safety first," he says.
When you're on the road, just look for
the man with the white helmet on a red
bike and enjoy the typical sound from the
two exhausts of the air cooled boxer twin!
Story & Photo by J@n Brouwer
(*A shaft is a cardan or a cardan joint,
used by, among others, BMW instead of a
chain to pass on the energy produced by
the engine to the rear wheel. The chain is
cheaper to produce; the shaft consumes
more energy. jb).
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tonaire Reporter Marcn 9 to Marcn ib, 200z
(Straight Talk. Continued from page 9)
commitment-phobia, a disorder that has nothing to do with man's hunting instinct or
his need to plant seeds. He'd be much better served if he took up gardening.
Thirdly with regards to the love Jesus showed us, when He said love thy neighbor
it wasn't a green light for men to have sex with all of them. And when He said to
turn the other cheek, he was referring to a facial cheek, not a sexual position.
JOKE OF THE DAY
One day, Adam sat outside the Garden of Eden shortly after eating the apple, and
wondered about men and women. Looking up to the heavens he says, "Excuse me
God, can I ask you a few questions?"
God replied, "Go on Adam, but be quick. I have a world to create."
Adam says," When you created Eve, why did You make her body
so curvy and tender unlike mine?"
"I did that, Adam, so that you could love her."
"Oh, well then, why did You give her long, shiny, beautiful hair,
and not me?"
"I did that Adam so that you could love her."
"Oh, well then, why did You make her so stupid? Certainly
not so that I could love her?"
"Well, Adam, no. I did that so that she could love you."
Bonaire Reporter Classifieds- Are still free
Got something to buy or sell?
Non-Commercial Classified Ads (up to 4 lines/ 20 words):
Free ads run for 2 weeks.
Commercial Ads only NAf0.80 per word, per week.
Call 786-6518 or 7866125 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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 appt.
IS YOUR HOUSE NEW TO YOU?
Make it more livable from the start.
FENG SHUI CONSULTATIONS
Also interior or exterior design advice, clear-
ings, blessings, energy, healing, China-
trained. Experienced. Inexpensive. Call
Donna at 785-9332.
The leading consumer and business infor-
mation source on Bonaire. Telephone (599)
717-7160. For on-line yellow pages directory
information go to http://
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 & Janet). 786-0956
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
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
Searching For GOOD Maid Service?
For Quality House Cleaning
Serving Bonaire for more than 14 years
Honest, Reliable, Efficient, Thorough,
Low rates, References. One time or many
Phone 785-9041 ... and relax
LUNCH TO GO
Starting from NAf5 per meal. Call CHINA
Abseilen Every Saturday.
Call Outdoor Bonaire 791-6272 /
Pet boarding / Dierenpension
Day and night care. Phone 786-4651
1Vacat i o nl
Cozy guest cottage available
Studio with kitchen, airco, cable TV, two
single beds (or king)
pull-out sofa, porch,
yard and private en-
trance. Five minute
walk to seaside
promenade; 10 minute walk to town. $50/
night. Contact: email@example.com
For Sa le-
For Sale- Wireless Router: Connect to
internet cable- NAf 185; Starting motor
for large trucks (heavy machines- Ford,
Lincoln, Chrysler, etc} NAfI90; Oil fil-
ter for same NAf- 39; Swift Binoculars --
-great portable size, powerful -NAf 87 b/o;
Leather Goods-- boots (2 bl. 2wh. 1 gray.
ladies) belts, ladies fashion vest--- boots
NAf42-72 b/o; vest NAf 52. b/o House-
hold items, (baking pans ,linens, cooking
pots & pans, utensils) b/o AND MORE
Fantastic Phantom bag-less cyclonic
canister vacuum cleaner practically new,
NAf200-. Call 786-3117.
Sailing Yacht for sale-41 Ft. Hans
Christian, blue-water ready. Immaculate
condition. Completely refit rigging, instru-
mentation, etc. 2005-too much to list here.
Located in Bonaire. Serious Inquires only
For Sale: All (furniture, pots & pans,
mattresses, dive gear, printer/scanner,
clothes, plumbing tools and much
more):porch sales 10th March at Kaya
Mercurius 2, Belnem. 9:00 till 16:30. Cal
717-4494 for an appointment.
DO YOU SUDOKU?
digits must re-
main single" in
solve the puzzle,
enter the numbers
1 through 9 to the
partially filled in
repeating a num-
ber in any row,
column or 3 x 3
region. For a
tutorial visit the
web site www.
(who has to
solve all the
- U H -A -H U -1 I14 U -1 U1
Complete solution on page 19.
please. Contact Ron at captron-
firstname.lastname@example.org. Include "BOAT" in the
NIKONOS III- Cam-
era and Macro tube Set.
Still the best UW camera
for macro shots. Original
owner. NEVER been
flooded. Ideal back-up
NAf200. Call George 786-6215.
FIAT BARCHETTA Cabrio,
1997, yellow, with hard-top
and windstop. NAf 16,000
BMW 520i 4-door se-
dan, 1991, white, excellent
condition. Fast, beautiful.
A CLASSIC! NAf6.000
FOR SALE: TOYOTA FUN
CRUISER BY THE FIRST OF APRIL.
Color: green,10 yrs.old,11.000 km., origi-
nal owner, perfect condition, price
$8.000Call:717-3453 or email
Pro pe rty ,
FRen-ata I s
Large House for rent 4 bedrooms and 2
bathrooms!!! Call 717-8603
Fully furnished tropical house in Re-
public Santa Barbara area with great views
and garden for rent. Call 786-1592, 510-
For rent: One room plus one bathroom
apartment, water, electricity, cleaning
included. NAf. 500,00 a month, 796 -
FOR SALE-CHOICE LOCATION
Playa Lechi Beach Villa with private
beach and secure gated entrance. Two
bedrooms. Take a virtual tour at
www.pelicanreefbonaire.com Or contact
info@pelicanreef bonaire.com Phone:
Lost &S Foundc
Found: One Walt Disney's children's
watch. 796 3637, digital-
Lost: License plate, registered: MF 28.
J&@ Brouwer. 796 3637. digital-
Local daycare Kresh Bon Kwido is in need
of toys for new after school program. For
children in the age of 4 till 7 years old:
-picture and reading books
-LEGO/wooden blocks/construction toys
-cars/vehicles (big & small)
-wooden and normal jigsaw puzzle
-family games like dominos, memory etc.
Second hand is ok, as long as it is in good
Please contact us at: 717-8911/fax.717-
8935 email@example.com Drop off
at: Kaya MC Hellmund Boom 1 (behind the
l Ant r 1d Starf
Obersi Electronics is looking for a tech-
nical staff to start as soon as possible in the
following field; repair copiers, printers and
or 2 way radio's (VHF/UHF). Applicant
needs to have AS degree in electronics or
equivalent plus drivers license. Experience in
the mentioned field in addition computer
repair knowledge is a plus.
Resume can be send to: Obersi Electronics,
Kaya Grandi nr. 72, Bonaire, N.A. or call
701-0707 or email; iob(@obersi.com
Cashier needed part time. Dutch, Eng-
lish, Papiamentu preferred. Last Bite Bak-
ery call: 717-3293.
Bonaire's coziest resort is looking for
full time colleagues in the restaurant/
bar kitchen. Preferably speaking Dutch/
English/ German. Experience is required!
Do you want to be part of our team?
Call 717-7901 or send an email to:
Bonaire Reporter- March 9 to March 16, 2007
Island to Island I
Island mayors with Geraldine Dammers, Ubaldo Anonthy, Onnie Emerenciana,
Co DeKonig and Yonchi Dortalina Ruud Vermeulen photo
Mayors from two Dutch Wadden
islands with much in common
with Bonaire had a 4-day whirlwind tour
and conferences in Bonaire, sponsored by
de klos, KLM and several Bonaire busi-
nesses. It was a first visit for both of the
mayors: Baukje Galama Mayor of Vlie-
land (population: 1,700) (left) and Joke
Geldorp Mayor of Texel (population:
During their visit they met with numer-
ous people in government and business
and toured a number of locations with an
emphasis on environmental and cultural
* Gotomeer, Mangazina di Rei (with
Gov. Domacass6, Hurbert Vis, B6i
Antoin, Edith Strauss-Marcera, Co
DeKonig, Ruud Vermeulen),
* Slave huts (with Daniella Gustowski),
* Windsurfing Place (with Elvis Mar-
* SGB, Jong Bonaire (with Geraldine
* Washington Slagbaai, Stinapa, Klein
Bonaire with Sea Turtle Club, Bestuur-
scollege (Governor, Ramonsito Booi,
Onnie Emerenciana, Richard Hart,
Jonchi Dortalina, and others).
They dined at restaurants Vespucci,
Rose Inn Rincon, Wind and Sea at The
Windsurfing Place, Rum Runners, Bistro
de Paris, Capriccio, and La Balandra.
What struck Mayor Galama most was
the natural beauty of Bonaire and the care
taken to find a balance between economy
and ecology, while looking for solutions
in the area of employment, education,
housing, youth care and crime.
Eefje van der Stratten and Governor Domacasse
Artist Eefje van der Stratten opened her art exhibition at Kas di Arte with style
and flair. The opening started with the national anthem of Bonaire followed
by verses and poems by Jackie Bernabella. Governor Domacass6 and other notables
were on hand as were many people in Bonaire's art world who commented favora-
bly. The exhibition runs through March 26. Opening hours are from 5 to 7:30 pm. o
One of the works of the artist
Bonaire Reporter March 9 to March 16, 2007
Pets of the Week
H ere are two very happy pups get-
ting a lot of attention from young
Shelter volunteers Zahid and Carla.
"Claudia," the pup on the left, was
brought into the Shelter in heat. The vet,
after examining her, found she had al-
ready had at least one litter and here
she is only about one and a half years
old. But she's been sterilized and no
longer has to worry about being chased
by males! She is such a mellow and re-
laxed dog and so eager to please. Some-
where in her ancestry there must have
been a ridgeback because there's the
telltale ridge down her back.
The other pup, "Frans," shown with "'
Zahid is another great dog. He also is "Claudia" and "Frans" with
about a year and a half and was found in Zahid and Carla
someone's yard. The people brought him
into the Shelter where he has the opportunity for a better life. He too is mellow and
gets along beautifully with other dogs.
Both these dogs are in excellent health, having had their tests and shots and are
ready to go. If there is ever any question as to whether or not a dog or a cat is not in
perfect health or is in any way not social it will not be put up for adoption. You can
always be sure that you get a fine pet from our Shelter.
Drop in and see for yourself. The Shelter is on the Lagoen Road, open Monday
through Saturday, 8 am to 1 pm. Tel. 717-4989.
Don't forget to mark your calendar: Sunday, March 18 Fundraising Show to
benefit the Bonaire Animal Shelter Sterilization Program, aboard Freewinds,
7:30 pm. Tickets sold at the Shelter or from board members NAf25. Call 717-
4989 for more information. Even if you cannot make it that evening you may buy a
ticket and know you helped to keep the Shelter Sterilization Program going! L.D.
KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
DATE Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. COEF
3-09 5:37 1.7FT. 15:43 0.9FT. 59
3-10 6:15 1.8FT. 16:12 0.9FT. 51
3-11 7:00 1.9FT. 16:39 0.8FT. 45
3-12 7:43 1.9FT. 17:10 0.8FT. 40
3-13 8:23 1.9FT. 17:39 0.8FT. 41
3-14 9:12 2.0FT. 18:00 0.9FT. 47
3-15 1:09 1.1FT. 9:56 1.9FT. 18:17 0.9FT. 23:22 1.1FT. 59
3-16 2:55 1.1FT. 10:42 1.9FT. 18:32 1.0FT. 23:25 1.2FT. 71
3-17 4:20 1.1FT. 11:36 1.8FT. 18:44 1.0FT. 23:53 1.3FT. 84
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WEEKLY MOVIE SHDWTIMES
Cal to make sure (Usually9pm)
Early Show (Usually 7pm)
Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tickets NAfl4 (incl. Tax)
Children under 12 NAf1l2
NEW FILMS BEGIN FRIDAY
OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK
THURS THRU SUN
2 MOVIES 7 & 9PM
MON THRU WED. 1 MOVIE 8PM
SATURDAY 4 PM
March: Charlotte's Web
Saturday, March 10-Lions Club 45th
Anniversary-food, drinks, artists, mu-
sic. Wilhelmina Park 6-11 pm.
Sunday, March 11 Daylight Savings
Friday, March 16-Early St. Patrick's
Day Celebration with the Irish Croon-
ers from Curacao, Bonaire Caribbean
Saturday, March 17- St. Patrick's Day
Dance Party with the Flamingo Rockers,
DJ Papa, Sunrise Restaurant at Sand Dol-
lar, 9 pm-1 am. NAf20 in advance (at
AWC across from Warehouse Bonaire),
NAf25 at door (includes food)
Until March 26- Art Exhibit of works
of Eefje van Twillert van der Straten,
Kas di Arte, open 5-7:30 pm.
Until March 30-Guest Artist Markus
Taurer Exhibit at the Cinnamon Art
Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhel-
mina Park on Cruise Ship Visiting
Days starting 10 am to early afternoon:
Tues. Mar. 13 Lili Marleen, Sea Prin-
Sunday, March 18 Fundraising Show
to benefit the Bonaire Animal Shelter
Sterilization Program, aboard Free-
winds, 7:30 pm. Tickets sold at Shelter
Tuesday, March 20 Spring Begins
Sunday, April 1--29th Kontest di Fli
(Kite contest) in the field behind Kooy-
man's. All day from 9 am. Sign up at
Flamingo Book Store. Entrance fee is
NAf3,50 for children; NAf7,50 for
Sunday April I Palm Sunday
Sunday, April 1 Walk through Plan-
tation Bolivia area with Boi Antoin -
more details will follow next week. Infor-
mation: 786-8908. See page 5
Monday, April 2 Full moon
Tuesday, April 3 Passover
Friday, April 6 Good Friday
Sunday, April 8 Easter
Saturday, April 28 World Tai Chi
Qigong Day more information as date
Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhel-
mina Park on Cruise Ship Visiting
Days starting 10 am to early afternoon:
Wed. Mar. 21 Crown Princess; Tues.
Mar. 27 Lili Marleen, Veendam
Daily (more or less)
* HH 2 for 1 (all beverages) 5-7 pm,
Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar
* HH-50% off Buddy Dive Resort,
* HH Cactus Blue (except Sun.) 5-6
* 2 for 1 appetizers with entree 6-7,
* 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.
*By appointment Rooi Lamoenchi
Kunuku Park Tours $21 (includes
tax). Discounts for residents and local
people. Tel. 717-8489, 540-9800.
* Parke Publico children's play-
ground open every day into the evening
* Steak Night On the Beach (a la
carte) Buddy Dive Resort, 6-10 pm
* 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, 6
* All You Can Eat BBQ at Divi Fla-
mingo with live music, 6 to 9 pm,
NAf26,50. Call for reservations 717-
8285 ext. 444.
* Bike Trips-Meet at Eden Beach
Activity Center 4 pm. Free. Helmets
Wine Tasting at AWC's ware-
house, 2nd Saturday of the month, 7 to
9 pm, Kaya Industria #23, across from
Warehouse Bonaire. Great wines. NAf20
per person for 6 to 8 wines.
Flea Market every first Saturday
of the month from 3 to 7 pm, Parke Pub-
lico. Everyone welcome to buy and to
sell. NAf5 per selling table. For more
information and reservations for a spot,
* Live music 6-9 pm while enjoying
a great dinner in colorful tropical ambi-
ance at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant &
Bar, Divi Flamingo. Open daily 5-10 pm
* Beginning Yoga 6.30pm Harbour
* Fish or Meat Dinner Special for
only $10. Buddy Dive Resort, 6 -9:30
* Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the heart
of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria
* Advanced Yoga 6.30pm Harbour
* Live music by the Flamingo Rock-
ers, 5-7 Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach
* Wine & Cheese/ $1 glass of wine,
5-7, Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar
* Buy a Bucket of Beer & get free
chicken wings, 5-7, Cactus Blue
* Caribbean Gas Training free
"Beyond Gravity An Evening with
DIR," 6 pm, Bonaire Dive & Adventure
Wednesdays the Sterilizat]
* Open Mike aboard the F
Night with Moogie, 7- March 18.
9, Cactus Blue.
* Live music by
Flamingo Rockers, Divi Flamingo,
Balashi Beach Bar 5-6:30.
* Beach BBQ 7-10 & Live music by
Flamingo Rockers -The Windsurf
Place at Sorobon-Reserve ahead. Tel.
* Caribbean Night A la Carte -
Buddy Dive Resort, 6-10 pm
* Live music by the Flamingo Rock-
ers, Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar,
* "Admiral's Hour" for yachtsmen
and others, Vespucci Restaurant, Har-
bour Village Marina. HH drinks, gratis
* Buddy's Bingo Show Buddy Dive
Resort, 8- 9:30 pm
* Mixed Level Yoga 8:30am,
Buddy Dive 786-6416
* Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7 10 pm. $10 per person.
Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at
* 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 13.00, for children 0 18.
* Manager's Bash-free Flamingo
Smash & snacks, Divi Flamingo, 5-7 pm
* Free Rum Punch Party (5:30 pm -
6:30 pm) & All-u-can-eat BBQ, 7-10 pm,
Buddy Dive Resort
FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Saturday- "Discover Our Diversity"
slide show-pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm,
Monday-Dee Scarr's "Touch the Sea"
Slide Show, Capt. Don's Habitat, 8:30
pm. Call 717-8290. (No show Feb 26 and
Tuesdays & Wednesdays-Sea Turtle
Conservation Bonaire presents the Sea
Turtles ofBonaire Slide Show. Every 1st
& 3rd Tuesday at Buddy Dive Re-
sort (717-3802) at 7:00pm. Every 2nd
& 4th Wednesday at the Bruce Bowker's
Carib Inn (717-8817) at 7:00pm.
Kas Kriyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's past
in this venerable 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.
Mangasina diRei, 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-
CLUBS and MEETINGS
AA meetings every Wednesday; Phone
717-6105; 560-7267 or 717- 3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday eve-
ning at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Cancer Survivor Support Group Ma-
jestic Journeys Bonaire N.V. Lourdes
Shopping Center 2nd Level Kaya LD
Gerharts # 10. Call 717-2482/566-6093.
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 entry fee. Call Cathy 566-4056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday at
City Cafe. Registration at 4, games at 5.
Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
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 7117
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Valarie
Stimpson at 785-3451; Valarie@telbonet.an
Bonaire National Marine Park- 717-8444.
Bonaire Animal Shelter -717-4989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.
Jong Bonaire (Youth Center) 7174303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child
Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics- Call Claire 717-8290
Volunteers to train children in sports.
Contact Quick-Pro Track and Field Rik
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire.
Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. Services in
Papiamentu, Dutch and English on Sun-
days at 10 am.
Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian, Services in
Papiamentu on Sundays at 8.30 am.
Children's club every Saturday at 5 pm in
Sunday School every Sunday at 4 pm in
Rincon. Bible Study and Prayer meetings,
every Thursday at 8 pm. in Kralendijk.
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 pm in English. Tel. 717-8332
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays
8:30 11:30 am. Services in Papiamentu,
Spanish and English.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kralendijk -
Services on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in
Papiamentu 717-8304 Saturday at 6
pm at Our Lady ofCoromoto in Antriol,
in English. Mass in Papiamentu on Sun-
day at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios),
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English,
Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10
am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at
7:30 pm. 717-2194
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RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE I WHEN OPEN FEATURES
Balashi Beach Bar Open every day Extensive snack/salad/burger.
Bar and Beach Service 8am 8pm. Menu available daily from noon.
At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort Waterfront Happy Hour, two for one, 6-7 pm.
Bella Vista Restaurant Moderate. Breakfast daily 6:30-10 am -. Buddy's Magnificent Theme Nights: Sat. Steak Night A la Carte; Mon. Fish
Sea Side Restaurant at Buddy Dive Resort Lunch daily 11:30 or Meat Dinner Special ($10,-); Wed. Caribbean Night A la Carte; Fri. Free
717-5080, ext. 538 Dinner on theme nights 6-10 pm Rum Punch Party (5:30- 6:30 pm) and All-u-can-eat BBQ for $ 19.50 (7-1 pm)
Bistro de Paris Moderate Real French Cooking in an informal setting
Kaya Gob. N. Debrot 46 Lunch Monday Friday 11 am-3 pm Superb dishes prepared with care and love by a French chef
(half-way between hotel row and town) 717-7070 Dinner Monday Saturday, 6 to 10 pm 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
Calabas Restaurant &ModerateExensive
Chibi Chibi Restaurant and Bar Break unc and Dinner Biggest BBQ Buffet on Bonaire every Saturday
At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort Waterfront Breakfast, Lunc and Dinner from 6-9pm. Only NAf 28 or $15.75.
717-8285 Open 7 days
The Great Escape Moderate Bar-Restaurant poolside -under the thatched roof.
EEG Blvd #97-across from Belmar Breakfast Breakfast Buffet 7: 30-10 am every day
717-7488 Sandwich Lunch 10 am-12 noon Super beer selection-Happy hours 5 to 7 daily.
The Last Bite Bakery Low-Moderate NAf 10 take out lunch every day -
Kaya Grandi 70 Open Tuesday through Saturday main dish with 2 side dishes.
717-3293 7:30am-5:30pm; Sat. 9am-2pm Special on Tuesday and Thursday: Lasagna.
Papaya Moon Cantina Moderate Margaritas a Specialty
Downtown- Kaya Grandi 48 Open eveday except Tuesday 2 for 1 Happy Hour 6-7:30
717-5025 For Dinner Incredible Mexican Cuisine
Pasa Bon Pizza L -MoratBonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest ingre-
On Kaya Gob. Debrot Low-od e dients. Salads, desserts. Eat m or take away. Nice bar too.
12 mile north of town center. 780-1111 Open from 5-11 pm 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 10Oam-6 pm daily, Top quality food and friendly service. Reserve for the Wednesday Beach BBQ.
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APPLIANCES ITVI ELECTRONICS/ COMPUTERS
City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest se-
lection of large and small home appliances, furniture,
TV, computers, cell phones and more. Fast service and
in-store financing too.
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.
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.
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-
Dive Friends Bonaire (Photo Tours Divers-Yellow
Submarine) -low prices on the seaside at Kralendijk,
at 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.
GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES
Green Label has everything you need to start or main-
ain your garden. They can design, install and maintain it
mnd offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden chemi-
:als. Incredible selection of pots.
GIFTS, SOUVENIRS AND LIQUOR
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
ranquil setting with pool and luxuriant garden in Bel-
iem. Cyber Caf6, DVD rentals, restaurant and bar.
VIETALWORK AND MACHINE SHOP
b c b- Botterop Construction Bonaire N.V., offers
outstanding fabrication of all metal products, including
stainless. Complete machine shop too.
Outdoor Bonaire for individually guided kayaking,
liking, biking, caving, rapelling/abseilen and more
reservations : 791-6272 or 785-6272 E-mail:
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center offers
Fast, fine processing forprints, slides, items and ser-
ices. Full digital services.
EAL ESTATE / RENTAL AGENTS
aribbean Homes, "the Refreshing Realtor, special-
zing in luxury homes, condos, lots, rentals and prop-
arbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's most experi-
nced real estate agent. They specialize in professional
ustomer service, top notch properties and home own-
e/Max Paradise Homes: Lots of Choices-
nternational/US connections. 5% of profits donated to
ocal community. List your house with them to sell
unbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and insur-
nce services. If you want a home or to invest in Bon-
ire, stop in and see them.
on Handyman is here if you need something fixed
r built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Electri-
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RESORTS & ACTIVITIES
luddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun
)urs including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snor-
eling and exploration.
lenetton, world famous designer clothes available
ow in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For
len, women and children.
lest Buddies and Pearls-Stunning fresh water pearl
swelry, fashion, gifts, t shirts. Under new manage-
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pecial Security Services will provide that extra
measure of protection when you need it. Always reli-
tocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
lonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
et to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di
mor or Skiffy. Hotel pickup. Easiest landing on Klein
he Bonaire Windsurfing Place can fulfill all your
indsurfing dreams and more. They offer expert in-
ruction, superb equipment on a fine beach. Lunch and
inks too. BBQ and windsurf videos Wednesday
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Page 16 Bonaire Reporter- March 9to March 16, 2007
Bonaire Reporter March 9 to March 16, 2007
On the Island Since.
February 14, 1972
(JT arrived here with my parents
I back in 1972. I was two years
and four days old and it was Valentine's
Day, so that's what made me fall in love
with Bonaire! My parents came from
Ecuador, South America, to work for
Trans World Radio. Father was a radio
programmer and broadcaster and my
mom was a schoolteacher and a secre-
I went to Reina Beatrix School, then to
SGB high school where I did MAVO.
Every two years I went to Ecuador to
visit family and friends and once I went
on a student exchange program when I
was 15. I graduated MAVO in 1986,
then went to the States where I finished
high school in a town called Riverview,
Florida. I got my high school diploma
and came back to Bonaire to visit my
parents and to renew my student visa so
I could return to the US for college. I
studied psychology there for four years
and as I had a temporary work permit I
had different sales and counselling jobs,
but it wasn't anything steady.
I returned to Bonaire in January 1995
because I had to renew my papers so I
could work permanently in the US, but
because I didn't get my US residency on
time I decided to stay here for one year
until I did get my papers. It was at that
time that I heard they were starting an
academic study on Bonaire to become a
teacher so I took the opportunity and
studied from 1997 till 2002 and became
a fully qualified elementary school
teacher. During that time I worked at
different hotels and restaurants like
Rum Runners and Habitat to pay for
my schooling and to support my family
as I was married at the time. Also during
that period I worked for two years for
Jong Bonaire as a youth leader and a
tutor in all subjects.
In 2002 I began working at the Wa-
tapana School in Rincon and I have been
working there ever since. It's a special
school that gives individual guidance to
children at elementary school level. I
work with the pre-teens. In my group I
have 11 boys and one girl. I love it; I
love my job since I love kids very much.
I have two children of my own and
they stay with me from Friday until
Monday afternoon since my wife and I
got divorced about a year ago. Paul
David, the eldest, is nine, and Jonathan
is six years old. The kids are my biggest
motivation in life. They are the reason
for me to persevere and to succeed in
life... They are the reason for my exis-
tence... My two boys are my pride and
Because of my upbringing and my
Latin background I consider family val-
ues very important and I consider kids
especially important. That's the main
reason why I chose to become a school
teacher, to help those kids who are less
fortunate, who need a lot of love and
attention and also to be a sort of leader
and father figure to those kids who don't
have that example. As an educator I feel
a lot of norms and values have gone
astray; the norm of respect is becoming
less in the young children and the family
values and the unity of the families
don't seem to be as important as they
were when I was going to school. I feel
the parents are not spending enough
quality time with their children, which is
making the kids lose that feeling of love
and respect for others. It's a worldwide
problem, but because Bonaire is so
small you see it closer. Kids need rules,
they need attention and discipline, they
need structure; children need important
"As an educator I feel a lot
of norms and values have
gone astray; the norm of re-
spect is declining in the young
children and the family val-
ues and the unity of the fami-
lies don't seem to be as im-
portant as they were when I
was going to school. I feel the
parents are not spending
enough quality time with
their children, which is mak-
ing the kids lose that feeling
of love and respect for
values and norms in their life.
When I chose to become a school-
teacher it was also because I knew I was
going to be a father soon and I wanted to
use that knowledge to raise and educate
my own boys." DavidRomo (37) is a
charming mixture; he 's an outgoing,
emotional person, but at the same time
very matter-of-fact and serious. He 's
also intelligent and fast and his two boys
are absolutely adorable.
"Nowadays my parents, my oldest
sister and my brother are all living in
Tampa, Florida. It's a great place and I
love to visit them, especially during the
holidays. I also have many friends all
over the States, including those I went to
high school and college with. I consider
myself very independent for I have al-
ways chosen to live away from my fam-
ily and to try different job possibilities
in other places.
I was away from the island for nine
years. Life here is very simple and safe
and I love the Bonairean culture as it
was also part of my upbringing. I love
the friendliness and the warmth of the
Bonairean people; it's very close to the
Latin culture and yet it has a flavor of
Europe, which is also interesting. My
morals and values are very much like
my parents' since they were the ones
who instilled the South American cul-
ture in me and also because of the fact
that they were missionaries." He laughs:
"I consider myself an international Car-
ibbean Latin boy!
As well as my regular job I also tutor
kids and adults in English, Spanish,
Dutch and Papiamentu (phone 796-
1824/717-7579). My own kids speak
three languages: English, Spanish and
Papiamentu, almost four I should say,
because they're also learning Dutch.
I've brought them up bilingual; the
books on their bedsides are in English
and Spanish, so now my boys can talk to
their grandparents, cousins, uncles and
aunts in the States and in Ecuador and
this keeps the family bond.
For me languages are very important
because I was a world traveller at a very
young age. I not only travelled to the
States but also to many Latin and South
American countries because of my fa-
ther's work. I have always loved to com-
municate with people from around the
world in their own language if possible.
I know about four Ecuadorians on the
island, but there may be eight. In Span-
ish we have the expression De lo bueno
poco, which means," he laughs, 'From a
good thing there is little!' From what I
have experienced the Ecuadorian culture
is very respectful. They are humble but
at the same time they are very sociable,
communicative and intelligent people.
They are also fighters because when
they don't like their government they
throw them out! That makes me proud
to be Ecuadorian! Also since I love
sports and soccer is my favourite sport I
was so proud of my roots when Ecuador
made it to two consecutive World Cups,
defeating Croatia in the first and in the
last one they defeated Poland and Costa
Rica. I was the only Ecuadorian on the
island driving around with my flag and
my T-shirt, celebrating!
I am planning to go to Ecuador this
year. Believe it or not, it has been a
while because last time was in 1992!
Hopefully I can go with my kids and..."
he smiles, "maybe a new girl friend?
I love the nature of Bonaire. I love to
walk in the outdoors and I am a scuba
diver as well; I love the underwater
world very much. I am preparing to be-
come a dive master in the near future
and I would like to motivate the local
kids, my students, to fall in love with
their own nature and to become involved
in the dive industry as well since it's of
great value for tourism to have local
dive instructors in the industry.
I have a lot of friends on the island -
local friends, friends from when I went
to school here and also foreigners. I con-
sider myself a very sociable and outgo-
ing person. I am open to whatever God
has for me in the future; as far as where
I shall move on from Bonaire, the possi-
bility of living in the States or I would
even like to try Europe since I've had
my Dutch passport for over 22 years,
and I can speak, write and teach in so
many different languages. However, for
the time being I plan to stay put on Bon-
aire and enjoy the time with my two
Caribbean, Latin sons until God opens
other doors. I am a family man, an edu-
cator and a professional who would love
to run his own international business
some time in the future, and I consider
myself a young man
who has great faith and
belief in his creator and
personal saviour, Jesus
Christ, and only
through him can we
find the road to the
future and success."
Story & photo by Greta Kooistra
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(fear of waves or wave-like motions)
(fear of open spaces or of leaving a
Last week I may have displayed
some favoritism towards Bonaire
as "A Diver's Paradise." Therefore, to
balance my flagrant investigator and au-
thor and home-owner bias, I will examine
a few named phobias which can be ex-
perienced on Bonaire. Selene Yeager also
prompted this topic when she recently
asked me to help her with an up-coming
article in Scuba Diving magazine on
Even though we all "breathe" amniotic
fluid for months while swimming in the
dark confines of our mother's womb until
our first gasp of air at birth, a primal fear
is that of suffocating while breathing un-
derwater. As Divers Alert Network vice
president of research and former USN
SEAL, Dr. Richard "Dick" Vann, puts it,
"Breathing underwater is unnatural." In
our year 2000 survey the relative risk of
panic when a diver "inhaled water instead
of air" was 1.8 for men (n=9292) and 1.5
for women (n=2929). This applies as
much to diving on Bonaire as anywhere
According to the APA's Diagnostic and
Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders,
Fourth Edition (1994), a Simple Phobia is
a "marked and persistent fear that is ex-
cessive or unreasonable, cued by the pres-
ence or anticipation of a specific object or
situation" and "the avoidance, anxious
anticipation, or distress in the feared
situation(s) interferes significantly with
the person's normal routine... or there is
marked distress about having the phobia."
Agoraphobia (fear of being in places from
which escape might be difficult or embar-
rassing) and claustrophobia (fear of con-
fined places) are classic phobias that ap-
ply to scuba diving.
Combine the childhood fairy tale Hansel
and Gretel's fear of being baked in an
oven and eaten (phagophobia) and the
movie Jaws (selachophobia) and you get
phagophobia-selachophobia (fear of being
eaten by sharks). In our 2000 survey the
relative risk of panic when a diver was in
the presence of a shark was only 0.2 for
men (n=9292) and 0.1 for women
(n=2929). Bonaire is not known for shark
attacks so I would consider such a fear
(fear of Jaws)
(fear ofjumping from high and low
places -LaDania's Leap)
(fear of confined places)
unreasonable and hardly a reason to avoid
diving on Bari Reef. All the same, one
movie we do NOT have in our Sand Dol-
lar Condo Resort rental unit is Jaws.
There's no point in spooking our guests
and spoiling their vacation.
Other phobias diving on Bonaire might
be bathmophobia/climacophobia (fear of
climbing 1000 Steps), urophobia/
bromidrosiphobia (fear of urinating in
your wetsuit and smelling), frigophobia/
rhytiphobia (fear of being cold/wrinkled
after too much time underwater), pterono-
phobia (fear of feather duster worms),
ataxophobia/nebulaphobia (fear of mask
flooding/fogging), acarophobia (fear of
mosquitoes and other insects whose bites
cause itching), aichmophobia (fear of sea
urchin needles/spines), thalassophobia
(fear of the ocean or sea), cymophobia/
kymophobia (fear of waves or wave-like
(fear of beautiful/nude women sunbath-
ing), ichthyophobia (fear of fish), batho-
phobia (fear of depth), pyrophobia (fear
of fire coral), amychophobia (fear of be-
ing scratched by coral), and photoauglia-
phobia (fear of glaring dive lights).
David F. Colvard. All photos except sea-
horse by Colvard.
(fear of shellfish -cleaner shrimp
(fear of horses-sea)
Photo by Maria Uyarra
David F. Colvard, M.D., is a private psychiatrist and clinical inves- -
tigator in Raleigh NC, and a divemaster, He hosts the website
www.DivePsvch.com which provides evidence-based information for
divers on psychological and stress factors in scuba divers, photos
supplied by author
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Three of my Favorite Stars
E very two or
three years I
like to tell you about
three of my favorite
stars because they're
so easy to find in
Check the Sky Park
any time this month
in early evening. And
when you look up I
want you to check
carefully for three
stars that appear to
be equally spaced
and lined up in a
row. They're easy ton NASA photo
find because they're
the only three such equally spaced stars in a row visible to the naked eye. Now for
thousands of years in many cultures these three stars have been seen either as the
waist or belt of a great sky giant, usually male but sometimes, female. Two bright
stars above these three mark the giant's shoulders and the two bright stars below
mark the giant's knees. And although this cosmic giant has been called many names
throughout history, the name we use today is "Orion" who was a giant warrior
hunter in ancient Greek and Roman mythology.
His three belt stars have fascinated me since I was a young man for two reasons:
one, because they are the only equally spaced stars in a row you can see with the
naked eye, and two, for some reason I just love the sound of their names. Alnitak,
Alnilam and Mintaka. Now according to some sources Alnilam comes from the
Arabic which means "string of pearls" which also refers to all three stars. Alnitak
means "girdle" and Mintaka means "belt." But no matter what they mean I just love
to pronounce their names because they sound so poetic, don't you think? In fact, the
19th century poet Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote, "those three stars of the airy giant's
zone that glitter burnished by the frosty dark."
But in addition to their poetic beauty their science is equally wonderful, and com-
pared to our Sun they'll take your breath away. While our Sun is about a million
miles in diameter, Mintaka is 20 times our Sun's diameter and Alnitak is even lar-
ger, 25 times as wide as our Sun. While sandwiched between them, Alnilam blows
both of them away at a whopping 30 times the width of our own Sun.
But if even that's not enough to impress you, then think about how far away these
three are. We measure distance to the stars in terms of the speed of light because
they are so far away the term miles is almost useless. Light travels 186,000 miles
per second. So we say that our Sun is 8 1/3 light minutes away because it takes 8
1/3 minutes for light to reach us from our Sun. So we actually see our Sun as it ex-
isted 8 1/3 minutes ago. The belt stars of Orion, however, are incredibly much far-
ther away, 1,200 light years from Earth, which means that it takes 1,200 years for
their light to reach us. So when we look at Alnitak, Alnilam and Mintaka we are
seeing them not as they exist now but as they existed 1,200 years ago, around
the year 800 AD. Jack Horkheimer
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Sunday, March 4 to Saturday, March 10
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Take matters in hand when it comes to dealing with cli-
ents or colleagues. This is a great time to get out and enjoy an entertaining evening
with friends or lovers. You may find yourself in the midst of a pretty good deal. You
will reach the most people if you speak out at an organizational function. Your lucky
day this week will be Tuesday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) You may want to sign up for courses that will encour-
age you to have more confidence in yourself. Misunderstandings could cause confu-
sion and upset. You're intuitive this week; however, this attribute could get you in
trouble if you tactlessly say what you think. Be prepared to make changes to your
personal documents. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Art investment will pay big dividends in the long term.
Family outings will make you feel secure and happy. Your determination and sheer
desire to do your own thing will be successful. You should follow through on educa-
tional endeavors you have wanted to pursue for some time. Your lucky day this week
will be Wednesday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) You can expect changes in your financial situation as
well as in your status. Lack of funds may add stress to your already uncertain situa-
tion. Be careful not to let friends or peers make you look bad. You should visit a
friend or relative who hasn't been well. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Elders may get you going this week. A second chance will
result in good work. Exercise your talents and present your ideas to groups you think
you can contribute to. Pleasure trips will be a form of healing for your emotional state
of mind. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) You should spend your time trying to get things com-
pleted at work. It's a favorable time for real estate, investments and moneymaking
opportunities to be successful. Chances to express your ideas and beliefs can bring
popularity as long as you're not arrogant. Don't neglect these problems; deal with
them once and for all, then move on to more pleasurable tasks.
Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) If you're already in a relationship, use this added energy
passionately. Secret affairs will only lead to deception. Money may slip through your
fingers. You will have a great day if you just say what you feel. Your lucky day this
week will be Monday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Problems with colleagues are likely. Ask family
members for help and you will be able to complete the projects more quickly. They
will not have the patience to wait for you to complete things that they've asked you to
do. Your professional attitude will not go unnoticed. Your lucky day this week will be
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Unforeseen changes in your location are appar-
ent. Visit friends or relatives you rarely see. You are best to ask questions if you aren't
certain about issues that are confronting you. Loved ones may be annoyed if they feel
restricted. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Sign up for courses or join fitness clubs. Try to put
your money away for a rainy day. Get thinking about prolonging longevity. Driving
too fast or double parking will result in difficulties with officials. Your lucky day this
week will be Saturday.
AOUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Get busy trying to make more money. You should get
out and enjoy social events where you are likely to meet new potential mates; how-
ever, don't over spend. Business partnerships should turn out to be quite lucrative.
Travel for business will be advantageous. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You'd be wise to control your spending so your debts
don't get out of hand. Brunch, a long walk, or a quiet dinner will secure your position
in the relationship. Try to deal with the problems of those less fortunate; however,
don't allow them to make unreasonable demands. Don't get depressed, get busy. You
can accomplish a lot if you're willing to put in a little extra time. Your lucky day this
week will be Saturday.
Bonaire Reporter March 9 to March 16, 2007