May 14 to May 21, 2004 Volume 11, Issue 19
T he economy of the Netherlands
Antilles showed a growth of
1.4% in 2003 largely due to a strong
performance on St. Maarten (+4.3%)
and Bonaire (+3.4%), according to fig-
ures released by the Central Bureau of
Statistics (CBS) last week.
In contrast a minimal growth of 0.5%
was reported for Curaqao. CBS said the
increase of tourism on all islands was
the main reason for the overall growth.
Nationwide, tourism grew by 9%. The
figures for the individual islands, how-
ever, differed considerably. Bonaire's
tourism grew 23% from 2002's fig-
ures. St. Maarten went up by 12%.
Curaqao trailed the others with 2%.
Cruise tourism went up by 6% on Bon-
The rise in value of the euro over the
US dollar (and the NAf) and the recov-
ery of the American economy were said
to be the major reasons for the increase
of tourism both from the European and
A More tax revenues and more non-
tax revenues swelled the Antillean
government's earnings by NAf134
million last year, reported the Central
Bank of the Netherlands Antilles
(BNA) in a recent report on financial-
economic developments in 2003
The increase in the tax revenues was
largely due to the increase in profit tax
(60 million), income tax (8 million) and
OB sales-turnover tax (9 million).
A But it's not all good news on the fi-
nancial front. A recent analysis by the
Central Bank stated that the total
government debt has increased
alarmingly from NAf3.8 billion at
the end of 2002 to NAf4.3 billion at
the end of 2003 88% of the Gross
Experts say a debt ratio of 88% is ex-
tremely high compared to international
norms. A debt quota of 35 to 40% is
acceptable for 'low-income countries,'
and for those countries that form part of
the European Monetary Union the norm
is 60%. Since the development level of
the Netherlands Antilles lies somewhere
in between the two, a debt ratio of 40%
to 50% of the GDP would be consid-
ered acceptable, according to the Cen-
tral Bank finance committee members
who added, "If no changes are made to
the existing financial policy the debts
will get completely out of hand. The
total debt could reach almost 10 billion
guilders in 2010, (250% debt ratio) Ac-
cording to the committee this will cause
a serious confidence crisis which will
result in a deep recession, loss of capi-
tal, destabilization of the Antillean guil-
der and high inflation.
A In an expos on how American com-
panies are dodging taxes, US News and
World Report cited that in the past two
decades the number of offshore compa-
nies has exploded. In 1983, the tax ha-
vens held $200 billion. Now it's over $5
trillion. In Panama alone there are
370,000 offshore corporations, of which
only 340 filed reports to the IRS in
2001, according to Accounting Today.
In the Netherlands Antilles, there are
21,000 offshore corporations, of
which only 200 reported.
A Ten new,
mostly east Euro-
states, joined the
existing 15 mem-
bers of the European Union on Satur-
day, May 1st. This brings to 25 the
number of EU members.
A The next national coalition govern-
ment seems to be coming together and
will include: Curaqao's PAR, PNP,
PLKP, Bonaire's UPB, DP St. Marten,
DP Statia and WIPM St. Maarten. For-
mateur Pedro Atacho mentioned that
this Friday is the tentative target date
for completion. If Atacho is successful
there will be no need for new Central
Some of the points in forming the pro-
gram for the new government include
the implementation of a compulsory
social service for unemployed young
people between the age of 16 and 24,
free after school activities for kids of
disadvantaged parents, a poverty pol-
icy through programs such as From
Welfare to Workfare and Poverty, re-
ducing crime, collection of turnover
tax at casinos and cutting back costs
in the healthcare sector.
The costs of the compulsory social ser-
vice are estimated at NAf15 million.
Holland will be asked to help in financ-
A An American Eagle ATR turbo-
prop flying from the Puerto Rican
city of Mayaguez blew a tire on land-
ing and skidded off the runway at San
IN THIS ISSUE:
Referendum Chronicle 6
Notice to Mariners
(Hurricane Season) 8
Dive Festival Countdown 8
Another PWA Winner 9
Italian Connection 10
More on the Italian Connection 11
Ambassadors (Coopers) 12
Hard Dive 15
Dietitian (Eggplant) 17
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Police Update 5
Yacht List & Tide Table 9
Windsurf Scene (Reunion) 9
(Damascus, Syria) 11
Opinion (Beautiful Bonaire 12
Pet of the Week (Adopted) 16
Hit Parade 18
What's Happening 19
Shopping Guide 20
Dining Guide 20
On the Island Since
(Amina & Galil Kartodikromo) 21
Yoga (Macho) 22
Bonaire Sky Park 23
The Stars Have It 23
Juan's Luis Munoz Marin International
Airport Sunday, injuring at least 13
people, authorities said. It is the same
type of plane that flies between Bonaire
and San Juan.
One wing on the Super ATR turboprop,
which was carrying 22 passengers and
four crew members, struck the runway
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(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2)
after the blowout, Port Authority execu-
tive director Miguel Soto Lacourt said.
The 13 injured, including the pilot and
co-pilot, were taken to local hospitals
and listed in stable condition. Some oth-
ers aboard had cuts and bruises and
were treated at the scene.
The FAA said it was investigating the
cause of what it called a hard landing.
The ATR aircraft has never had any sig-
nificant problems in the region, said
Gary Ellmer, President of American
Eagle in the Caribbean.
declined to join Exel on the trans-
Atlantic route because they couldn't
have control of the route. This broke an
informal agreement made months ago
to cooperate. Therefore, starting July
1st, Dutch Caribbean Exel will start fly-
ing round trip flights between Curacao
and Amsterdam three times a week.
Holland-bound travelers can look for-
ward to some spirited price competition
on the route which now has three air-
A Garden Caf6 has
added to its staff and
is now open for lunch
as well as dinner,
Monday through Fri-
days. Saturdays they're
open for dinner, and
they're closed Sunday.
In addition to their
Lebanese and Venezue-
lan menu they'll be of-
fering a daily Lunch
Special for NA 12.
They also have pizza
and a Latin Parilla (a
type of BBQ). You
may eat in or take out.
Be sure and try their
fresh fruit shakes
717-3410. Thel fnw G, ar
SA tax treaty between the Nether-
lands Antilles and Venezuela will offi-
cially go into effect by January 1, 2006
now that an agreement on the content
has been approved in Curacao. Holland
and Venezuela must also sign off.
Financial investments in the Antilles
should become more appealing for
Venezuelan companies. It will also be-
come easier to draw Venezuelan invest-
ments. With the accord, the Antilles
will also be removed from Venezuela's
'black list' and Curacao will no longer
be seen as a tax haven.
At the moment there is only a tax treaty
with Norway and between The Nether-
lands and the Antilles. There is an
agreement to exchange tax informa-
tion under the US Tax Exchange In-
formation Agreement (TEIA), which
will become effective on January 1,
Stephen Feldhaus of the international
law offices Fullbright & Jaworski is the
Antillean expert in the US regarding the
new tax treaty with the US. According
to Finance Minister De Lannooy the
Antilles are also negotiating new trea-
ties with Spain, Italy, Mexico, Brazil
A The Curacao island-owned harbor
company, CPA, has terminated the
concession of the Smit International
tugboat company. Smit has been oper-
ating in Curacao for more than 30 years.
The company has two tugboats, the
n e Cafd Staff: Es e u
Millie Sluis, Sonia Flores Martel.
Not pictured, Manolo Martel
AThe doors of Cura- -
gao's Campo Alegr6
brothel, also known
as the 'Mirage,' R,
closed for 24 hours
last week in protest. .
of the planned de-
portation of the
women working there
without the necessary
visas. The Campo is
famous among mari- .
ners and others the
world over for its -- .:: -
practice of the "world's second oldest profession." The eldest brother of its impris-
oned owner, Giovanni van lerland, Fatuchand van lerland, went to court to block
the likely deportation of Colombian and Dominican prostitutes who are working in
the brothel without a visa. They were allowed to enter the Antilles without visas
because a letter authorization, signed by ousted Justice Minister Ben Komproe, said
it was OK.
However, he didn't have the authority to do so.
Six persons have been officially identified as being involved in the improper visa
waiver letter: ex-FOL-Justice Minister Ben Komproe, his party colleague Gibi de
Windt, Campo-owner Giovanni van lerland, FOL-advisor Nelson Monte, Campo-
attorney Leslie Franklin and Van lerland's mother, X.B.
A visa has been mandatory for Colombians since February 1, 2003, and for Do-
minicans since 1991. 1
Barbados and the Bermuda, and em-
ploys 25 people as well as some 13 ad-
ditional part timers. It has branches in
35 countries worldwide and owns more
than 500 ships They also do marine
maintenance and repairs. KTK will then
become the only tugboat company in
A American prosecutors credited un-
precedented cooperation among in-
vestigators in the Netherlands Antilles,
Colombia and the US with arrests last
The 30 arrests interrupted deliveries of
massive amounts of narcotics that are
manufactured in Colombia and im-
ported to the US, sometimes through
Curacao and St. Marteen. Including
others already arrested, a total of 78
people have been charged.
The investigation resulted in the seizure
of 4,438 kilograms of cocaine, 34 kilo-
grams of heroin, 15 kilograms of
methamphetamine, 484 kilograms of
marijuana, $180,000 in US currency, 21
firearms, seven vessels and two busi-
nesses. Also broken up was the organi-
zation headed by 61-year-old James
Yezid Rugeles that delivered cocaine on
container ships and go-fast boats from
the northern coasts of Venezuela and
Colombia. It's only about 25 miles from
there to Curacao.
A The Chicago Sun-Times reported that
Tom Cruise took Penelope Cruz to
Bonaire around Christmas. Bill Gates
and his wife also vacationed here. Ditto
for Gene Hackman and Kathleen Turner
(who traveled separately). What's all
this star power doing here?
We know. The answer is simple. Bon-
aire is gorgeous, tranquil and about as
close to paradise as most of us will ever
get. It's the anti-Cancun. Whereas the
Mexican city is full of rambunctious
college kids on spring break, Bonaire is
less crowded and, well, less American.
And let's face it -- when you're vaca-
tioning in another country, foreign is a
good thing, commented the Sun-Times.
CAN vote in the
via absentee bal-
lot. It's a simple,
process that begins by sending a request
to your home state (or the state where
you last lived) for an absentee ballot.
Go to www.fvap.gov to get a very clear,
complete set of instructions on how to
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do it on a state-by-state basis. You can
do most of the paperwork, including
completing the required forms, over the
AFew shops on Bonaire will accept
US$100 bills, but they may be more
willing to accept the new $50 bill. The
US government unveiled its new de-
sign $50 note in familiar green, but
with added dashes of blue and red and
images of a fluttering American flag
in a bid to stay one step ahead of
Treasury Secretary John Snow said
the new design, which keeps the im-
age of President Ulysses S. Grant,
would guard "against counterfeiting"
and make it easier for the public to
confirm its authenticity.
According to the Federal Reserve
some $700 billion is in circulation
around the globe, about two-thirds of
it outside the US.
A Naturalist Dee Scarr got permission
from the Harbormaster's Office last
Saturday to remove old fishing line
from under the South Pier. This Pier
is normally closed to diving because it
has a lot of commercial traffic; the per-
mit couldn't come through earlier be-
cause of commercial traffic.
Despite the minimal advance notice she
got, eight divers got together to remove
the line. They were: Jessie Armacost,
Donna Gassert, Melody Hamilton,
Marcia and Roger Leatham, Susan Por-
ter, Lee Uhr, and Dee herself.
Dee told us, "The little turtle that died
(see last week's Reporter) was entan-
gled in old line with sponge, orange cup
coral, and other growth on it the kind
of tangle that we used to leave alone.
Now we cut away those tangles as
much as possible and place any de-
tached sponges or cup coral on debris
on the bottom. Line with encrusting
sponges, fire coral, and algae we col-
lected, shaking and rubbing off as much
of the growth as possible before bag-
ging the line. We placed the collected
line in buckets before transferring it to
the dumpster to give any shrimp, crabs,
or other creatures that might have been
accidentally collected a chance to es-
cape. Not a single creature had been
collected. The line collected would
have just about filled a five-gallon
bucket. That's a remarkable amount,
considering that fishing line doesn't
take up a lot of room, and that much of
the collecting involved precise trim-
ming rather than coiling. Thanks to eve-
ryone who participated, and to the Dive
Inn for their cooperation. I hope we can
schedule the next such dive at a time
that works for more people!"
A For the last two months the BNMP
has been evaluating a new schedule
that allows for at least three members of
the staff to be on duty every day of the
week and overtime as well. in order to
be more effective in enforcement of the
Park's conservation laws.
Since the STINAPA office remains
closed during the weekends and after
regular hours, Interim Bonaire National
Marine Park Manager, Fernando Simal,
has provided the phone numbers of the
rangers, so you can call them in the
event of any situation/emergency:
Din Domacasse 785-9603 (ChiefRanger)
George Saragoza 786-9553
Sixto Trenidad 785-9556
Sergio Martines 560-7198
Bernard Landwier 512-0107
Karel Rosaria 565-5572
know English, so you might be inter-
ested to know that there's an all-
English language radio program
hosted by Sean Paton every Sunday
and Monday, noon to 2 pm, on Mega
FM (101 on your dial). It's called "The
Forum," and its object is to bring forth
issues, to entertain and to give listeners
an opportunity to air their views. Sean
brings in guest-experts who answer
questions and give their opinions. Tune
in. Good upbeat music too.
A For the first time in years a
Leatherback turtle nest has been
found on Bonaire. Leatherbacks were
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NOS FUTURE, BAN P'EI
(OUR FUTURE-LET'S GO FOR IT.)
T his week the Referendum Commission puts its information program into high gar It
will introduce a "Referendum jingle" and radio spot ads. The exposure in the local pres
will be increased and local personalities will appear to encourage voting in the Referendum.
Hans Els, the Commission Chairman, spoke on Sean Peton's English language radio show
"Forum" on Monday explaining the implications of the choices. He will return next week.
The show is a good source of information about the Referendum and other issues of interest
for English speakers.
This next Referendum public information meeting will be in North Salina on May 22nd (10
am-noon) and will continue in the other barios in the coming weeks. There will be a con-
tinuation of consultation with the island's NGOs on May 25 with a meeting at the Sentro di
Bario in Antriol. On June 1 there will be another info night at the Sentro di Bario in Rincon,
on June 8 in the Sentro di Bario of Tera Kora and on June 15 at Jong Bonaire. All will be in
the evening from 19.30 to 21.30.
Simply put, you vote on two selections
when voting in the Referendum. The
exact phrasing of the Referendum ques-
tions will be designed to differentiate
1. Should Bonaire be independ-
ent? (example: Surinam is an
example of a Dutch possession
2. Should Bonaire continue to be
part of the Dutch Kingdom?
(just how this is to be becomes
the second choice)
If a choice is made to continue as part
of the Dutch Kingdom then there is an-
other selection to make from three more
mendation by the UN Observer, which
was adopted by the government, is that
all who have a stake in the future of
Bonaire should have a voice.
It appears Bonaire's three leading po-
litical parties, none of whom are opting
for complete independence, have de-
fined their respective positions:
UPB (green) favors choice 2, close with
Holland. The PDB (red) is opting for 3,
aparte. PABOSO (yellow) chooses 1,
staying in the Antillean constellation.
THE NETHERLANDS ANTILLES
This week the Chronicler will
continue discussing an alternative
many people (based on the informal
survey we reported on last week) have
eliminated, but endorsed by the
PABOSO Party: retaining the
(Part 2, continued
from last week...)
What could Bonaire do
* There is no real need
for a central government, a prime
minister, a plenipotentiary minister in
the Hague, a host of department
chiefs and specialized agencies
checking on, and generally only add-
ing bureaucratic delays and job-
padding costs to the islands down-to-
earth evaluations and decisions. There
is, in other words, a whole layer of
"Land" governance, based on Cura-
gao, that can be done away with, per-
haps to the personal distress of the
civil servants concerned but to no real
cost to the island population at large
There is no real need of central
"Land" taxation, customs and ex-
cises, police force and sundry services
which collect and distribute monies
which pertain to the individual islands
economics and/or security measures.
Finally, there is no need of the
"Staten," the N.A. Parliament, which
is now restricted to a role of wheeling
and dealing between island interests
and their political parties' clout on the
national scene. The vote of a single
island party like Saba's and St. Eusta-
tius' may make or break a coalition,
with far-ranging consequences for the
other, much more populous islands
What are the Central Functions
Bonaire Cannot do Without?
* First, a Governor (appointed by the
Kingdom) as the symbol of the his-
toric ties between the five former
"Curaqao Colony" islands and also as
the lynch-pin of certain central func-
tions that should be maintained. Even
though some bad blood has crept up
between the islands in recent years, it
is undeniable that there are many fam-
ily ties between the islands making up
the leeward Antilles (Curaqao, Bon-
aire, Aruba) or the windward Islands
(St. Maarten, St. Eustatius, Saba). The
present governor of the Antilles is a
Bonairean (as were his predecessors),
the Lt. Governor of Saba is an
Aruban, and so on. (Also business
wise, there are many ties. Banks, trade
firms, local builders and entrepre-
neurs, whether in Lebanese, Jewish,
Indian or Dutch hands, have always
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extended their commercial endeavors
over all the islands, and it should re-
Then, a central bank, and a com-
mon currency. No person of a sane
mind would suggest that Bonaire
would operate its own central bank or
currency (the "Aloe"?). The same
holds for the social security (SVB),
the central N.A. pension fund
(APNA), the coast guard, and a few
other central agencies, including the
liaison with vital US government ser-
vices such as the DEA (Drugs En-
Then, the court of appeal, including
the high judge's circuit (now also
comprising Aruba), the central fiscal
agency (IRS in the US, FIOD in the
Netherlands, BBA in the Antilles).
This list may be extended. There is
hardly any argument about the need to
maintain these highly qualified (as to
professional status) bodies, only a ques-
tion of who is going to supervise and
politically control them.
What can Bonaire Handle on its
First, as to split (central) functions:
In order to make clear what we mean
by this category, we will use the exam-
ple of the certifying agencies for the
vital air links and sea links, the
Luchtvaartinspectie and the Scheep-
On the one hand, it cannot be so that a
Curacao-based inspectie frustrates es-
sential air links (like BonairExel) and
sea links (like the Bonaire-Curacao
ferry) by withholding certificates and
permits, solely on the basis that such
links do not benefit Curacao interests.
On the other hand, passenger safety
simply demands that adequately trained
personnel check thoroughly on safety
services and procedures, the airworthi-
ness of planes and the seaworthiness of
So, the professional capability of the
inspection personnel should be guaran-
teed by internationally recognized cer-
tification, which requires centrality and
its "island neutrality" guaranteed by an
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island-based authority, supervised by an
inter-island-based body of governance,
not influenced by island-based priori-
ties, hurries, jealousies and rivalries.
This we term a "split responsibility"
between the islands completely di-
vorced from the political expedience of
the day. There are other central-split
functions like this. Education and medi-
cal standards, health care, telecom, law
enforcement, taxation, even the police
force may be subject to such a standard,
as it is never a wise solution to have a
small community policed by its own
sons and daughters.
(An old tradition in Holland requires
the big city police to be manned, and
especially staffed in the top, by officers
from the far-out provinces. Thus, even
today, one unsuspecting Dutch tourist
may be ticketed by a Frisian policeman
in Amsterdam and by a Groningen-
origin policeman in Rotterdam).
Then, as to the contracted
There are functions in which a bigger
island or territory, with better access to
management, resources and controls,
can perform better than a small island.
Thus, Bonaire might want to contract
with Curacao for the treatment of rare
illnesses at the St. Elizabeth Hospital,
Sehos, being much better equipped for
diabetes patients or CAT scans than
Bonaire's San Francisco Hospital, for
mental patients (the Capriles Clinic),
for detention of heavy-duty criminals
(the Bon Futuro Prison) or higher edu-
cation (the UNA Universiteit).
These are contracts with an economic
and performance content and need no
central government. If Venezuela offers
better terms, Bonaire should be free to
treat with them.
Finally, as to Subsidation
This principle declares that whatever
can be done effectively and economi-
cally on a lower level of governance
should be done there rather than on a
central level. Some advances have been
made in recent years, but not enough. If
Bonaire were to repatriate a number of
its promising sons and daughters, our
island could well perform a number of
functions, which now the "Land"
claims as its prerogative: labor law ap-
plications, social development, NGO
supervision, airport authority, family
law applications, mediation, to name
but a few.
Let Bonaire come into its own. How
this can be done in relation to the King-
dom of the Netherlands, and to Holland
as its core country, will be subject to
our fifth (and last) article. O The
The aim of the Cbjronide team of editorial and staff writers is to inform, not to influence pub-
lic opinion or "sell" a particular option. Critical comments, useful additions and questions by
the readers are welcomed and published whenever possible. Active co-operation and ex-
change of information is sought with the local/regional media (press, radio, TV), and the offi-
cial Referendum Commission. Any item in the Referendum Chronicle may be freely quoted
and/or downloaded via Internet. Opinions expressed are solely those of the writers. 1
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known to nest here, but no turtle re-
searcher has had an opportunity to
study the event... until now. We will
keep you posted about this exciting de-
A Caribbean Club Bonaire, other-
wise known as "Hilltop," is fast becom-
ing one of the fun places to be on a hot
evening. Their location, five minutes
north of "Hotel Row," up in the hills of
Bonaire, affords cool breezes from the
sea and a friendly staff and clientele.
Monday through Saturdays you can en-
joy a two-hour Happy Hour, 5 to 7,
with some good bar snacks. They're
open for breakfast and dinner Mondays
through Saturday. On Tuesdays there's
a no-holds-barred "Serious Barbeque"
for NAf25 that satisfies gourmets and
gourmands alike. It starts at 6 pm.
Wednesday night is Salsa night. Come
up to Hilltop and learn the Salsa from 7
to 9 pm for only NAf10. More infor-
mation call 717-7901.
A You'll have noticed that in this web
issue we've included all the ads. Let us
know what you think: Do you like your
issues with ads or without? 1
NOTICES TO MARINERS
She odds are high that a major huri-
cane will strike the Caribbean this year,
one of the US's top forecasters of tropical
storms says. While hurricanes don't hit
Bonaire we are affected by them in the
form of wind reversals, lulls and ocean
William Gray, who heads the Tropical
Meteorology Project at Colorado State
University, says the odds are overwhelm-
ing that the lull in major hurricanes will end soon: "It is inevitable that we will
see ... destruction in coming years on a scale many times greater than what we
In his first hurricane update of 2004, Gray estimates a 71% probability that at least
one "intense" or major hurricane will hit the area. Gray, who has forecast past sea-
sons with remarkable accuracy, predicts the Atlantic will spawn 14 "named" tropi-
cal storms this year, and that eight of them will grow into hurricanes. Tropical
storms deliver winds of at least 39 mph. Hurricanes are 74 mph or more.
A summary of the 2004 predictions follows:
Forecast Parameter and
Named Storms (NS) (9.6) 14
Named Storm Days (NSD) (49.1) 60
Hurricanes (H)(5.9) 8
Hurricane Days (HD)(24.5) 35
Intense Hurricanes (IH) (2.3) 3
Intense Hurricane Days (IHD)(5.0) 8
Hurricane Destruction Potential (HDP) (72.7) 100
Net Tropical Cyclone Activity (NTC)(100%) 145
IYACHTI G AND WATE 'AGIX^S P G
WINDSURF SCENE AT SOROBON
REUNION WEEK AT SOROBON
Elvis Martinus, Sally, Dale, Ryan and Elayne Potovin and Patun Saragosa
T his week is reunion week at Bonaire Windsurf Place. The very first custom-
ers at The Windsurfing Place, Dale and Sally Potvin from Aspen Colorado, are
here with there family after a 10-year hiatus. In an interview at windy Sorobon,
Elvis Martinus introduced me to his very first clients. They shared their memory of
10 years back.
"When we got here, there were cardboard boxes of gear. We ended up helping un-
pack all the new products," said, Dale. He and his lovely wife Sally recall crates
and a trailer taking over much of the spot. Dale said, "I was even the first person
to break a board." Elvis smiled, recalling this memory 10 years ago. The Potvins
loved their experience so much they have continued to windsurf. They have also
recommended Bonaire to many friends who are now repeaters to The Place. "We
prefer the Dutch islands," said Dale. "It is much friendlier here compared to other
places we have traveled." After bringing their children, Elayne, 24, and their son,
Ryan, 21, back to this lovely spot, they hope to return sooner than later. Dale also
celebrated his 57h birthday at The Place.
It's a week for fun and reunion at Sorobon. It seems like the Potvins have great
luck as the super winds have returned, making it windsurf heaven this
week. Upcoming this Sunday, May 16, is "Copa Julia," an afternoon of freestyle
and windsurf competitions, all in honor of Elvis Martinus's six-year-old daughter,
Julia (whose birthday was May 13) and to honor her day Elvis will bring back the
now-annual "Copa Julia." There will be fun competitions with prizes for all com-
petitors. The event commences at 1 pm at the PWA Event Site at Sorobon. There
will be a special "Baby Class" featuring the youngest sailors of Bonaire. The pub-
lic is invited to come celebrate Julia's big day and enjoy the winds at Soro-
bon. Call 717-2288 for more information. The event is free to spectators and the
general public. 1 Ann Phelan
Ruben Petrisie is an athlete who
has it all: spirit, talent, and...a
sponsor. This week Palm Trading pro-
vided Ruben brand new gear to use on
the PWA (Professional Windsurfing
Association) 2004 Tour. He earned his
spot on the tour and now will get all
the help he needs to show the rest of
the pros what he's got. With his cus-
tom made "freestyle board" and
clothes from Brunotti he's sure to
make a splash in the matches through-
out Europe and the US. So, every-
body, watch the coast for the bright
Brunotti colors. That's Ruben doing
what he does best: Windsurfing.
All Ruben's fans and his sponsors at
Palm Trading wish him all the success
in the world. We are behind you and
know that with you Bonaire has an-
other rising PWA star. O Theo Knevel
Bird of Paradise
Blauwe Crab, Curagao
Camissa, Chan Is.
Guaicamar I, Venezuela.
Lucky Lobster, Curacao
Natural Selection, USA
One Way Wind
Precocious Gale, USA
Queen of Hearts
Santa Maria, Sweden
Ti Amo, USA
Ulu Ulu, USA
Zeno's Arrow, USA
KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF
5-14 5:17 1.2FT. 9:42 1.4FT. 15:51 1.OFT. 22:40 1.6FT. 5
5-15 6:31 1.1FT. 10:37 1.3FT. 15:29 1.1FT. 22:57 1.7FT. 6
5-16 7:54 1.OFT. 12:11 1.1FT. 14:15 1.1FT. 23:22 1.8FT. 6
5-17 9:03 0.9FT. 23:54 1.9FT. 7
5-18 0:20 1.9FT. 10:10 0.9FT. 7
5-19 0:53 2.0FT. 10:59 0.8FT. 7
5-20 1:25 2.0FT. 11:48 0.7FT. 7
5-21 1:59 2.0FT. 12:24 0.7FT. 7
aI S a cOvcN Ilo
IBONAIRE'S YOUNG CHEFS IN ITALYI
Alex and Yoan with Maurizio Gambuti of Il Casale restaurant
T wo of the students who studied in
Italy in October 2002, Yoan Lopez and
Alexis Ramirez, fell in love with Italy
and wanted to learn more. Sara Matera,
the "spark plug" who put this whole
program in motion, recently visited the
two in Italy and writes:
"After graduating from SGB in 2003
Yoan and Alexis were assisted by
AECA's* Andrea Biondi and Barbara
Cavazza, and from Bonaire, Moreno
Binelli, with airline tickets and a sum-
mer work opportunity in Riccione in
the region of Emilia Romagna, which
lies on the Adriatic coast, They work
at IL Casale Restaurant, a beautiful up-
scale restaurant on the hillside with a
panoramic view of the Adriatic Sea. It
is a family owned and operated restau-
rant which takes in stage (trainee) stu-
dents from many countries. There were
four Japanese students working when I
was there, as well as our two Bonaire
The owner and operators are: Maurizio
Gambuti, who runs the front of the
house with his son Alessandro, and
Chef Cook sister, Mariella Gam-
buti, who runs the kitchen. According
to Yoan they have a very good team in
the kitchen and he and Alexis are learn-
ing so much.
The Bonaire chefs work hard and long
but are rewarded with housing, a good
salary and of course, the experience.
They have one day off a week, Sunday,
so Saturday night is Disco Night! There
is a Latin Disco called "Grand Caribe"
not far from their four-bedroom flat
with all Latin music so you can imag-
ine all the kids from South America
and Caribbean are there and they
have made many new friends.
Sundays they go by bus to see other
places near Rimini and Riccione. Then
back to work on Mondays for
(preparing) lunch and dinner. They en-
joy the work and will continue for one
more year before returning home to
Bonaire. Hello to all their family and
friends, especially Ann, Nolly, Vernon
and Laura. (Those were their words!)
I enjoyed Easter Monday with them at
their work and brought gifts from Bon-
aire to share a home feeling with them.
I ate lunch before departing and it was
better then excellent! Along with wines
from the region.....what's not to like
about the food and wine in It-
aly!? Grazie Mille, ciao ciao"[ Sara
*AECA is the organization established
by the EC to fund hotel school pro-
OO WS FOR BONAIRE
Shi school will now be offering, as of Sep-
temer grlevel of education for students in the
r and beverage and hotel) section. The
level will go up to VSBO. Previously students had to
leave the island, going to Curaqao or Holland, for this
level. Kees Leeman will be heading up the VSBO
As many of you who supported them may recall, in October 2002 a group of
eight students from the hotel school at the high school (SGB) were invited to
the Emilia Romagna region of Italy for afour-week culinary training program at
two schools: the Hotel and Catering College of Serramazzoni and the Hotel and
Restaurant School of Cesenatico. ible golden opportunity trip for
these young culinary students was epoible by fund raisers and donations
and gifts from individuals and businesses. As ex-Lt. Governor Richard Hart said,
upon noting the high quality of culinary artistry coming out of the SGB Hotel
School, "Bonaire is becoming an island that exports high quality chefs!"
I ITALY.ABC ISLANDS CONNECTION
The Bonaire contingent (Moreno Binelli, Bernie den Haag and Sara Matera)
meets with educational representatives of Emilia Romagna
When the eight Bonaire culinary students went for four weeks to two hotel
schools in Italy's Emilia Romagna region it was a positive experience for
all, including a cultural mix of traditions, products, techniques and interpersonal
relationships. The student exchange program is formal and professional in all as-
pects. Its "total immersion" design introduces students to all aspects of hotel man-
agement as well as to the Italian culture. Successful exchange programs have al-
ready been customized and conducted for students from Africa, the Dominican
Republic, Spain, Brazil and France.
A goal was set to continue an education and cultural interaction of students be-
tween the Emilia Romagna region and the ABC (Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao)
islands through a four-week culinary stage (trainee) program.
Three programs were recently presented to the Regional Minister of Education and
Hotel Schools in Emilia Romagna. These programs are supported by the Emilia
Romagna and ABC islands education directors, participating hotel schools, private
sector associations, related tourism groups and individual hotels and restaurants in
the ABC Islands:
1. Stagier (trainee) program for October 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 for ABC
Hotel Schools to participate in a four-week stage program in regional ho-
tel & catering schools of Emilia Romagna.
2. Exchange program where Italian hotel school students would come for
four weeks to the ABC Islands to learn our Caribbean cuisine, culture and
traditions as well as providing a world wide view.
3. Program to coordinate small groups of ABC islands students to partici-
pate in summer work programs in the popular tourist cities of Rimini and
To show government support from Bonaire, Mr. Burney El Hage, Deputy for Eco-
nomic Affairs, joined with the Bonaire contingent, Moreno Binelli, Ruud Ver-
meulen and Sara Matera, in Italy to meet with: Mariangela Bastico, Minister of
Education; Fabrizia Monti, Head of Vocational Training; Christina Balboni, Gen-
eral Manager of the region's Employment and Vocational Training; Giuseppe
Schipano, Director of school in Serramazzoni; Sergio Palmieri, Administrator of
IAL (labor board) for the region; and Andrea Biondi, Director of AECA.
With Commissioner El Hage present, the Emilia Romagna delegation was most
pleased to incorporate these requested programs into their schools and budgets for
the next four years.
Student selection and orientations will take place on each island and be based on
the student's grades, attendance, and enthusiasm towards the horeca profession. 1
Note: This October hotel school students from all three ABC Islands will travel to
Emilia Romagna for the Stagier Program.
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Teacher Kees Leeman, Jean Jacques Frans, Felix Torres-Santana, Jonathan
Cicilia, Teacher Vernon Martijn
As a continuation of the Italian-ABC islands connection, three students from
the SGB Hotel School will be going to the Emilia Romanga section of Italy
this month to work for two months: Jean Jacques Frans, Felix Torres-Santana and
Jonathan Cicilia. All are 18 years old, are just about to graduate and were chosen
by their teachers because of their maturity and dedication to a culinary career.
They will be working at a seaside hotel and restaurant, with two of the Bonaire
students who've been working there for the last year: Alexis Ramirez and Yoan
All three are paying their own way with the help of their families.
Jonathan was a member of the group that spent four weeks in the region in 2002.
"I want to go back and work there because I learned so much when I was there
before, "Jonathan says. "In fact I'd like to stay longer and work or go to school if I
Jean Jacques enthusiastically declares, "It's a chance of a lifetime. I was in Italy
once when I lived in Holland, but I know nothing of Italian kitchens." He too
would like to remain in Italy for further education.
Felix, who is from the Dominican Republic originally, is looking forward to the
experience "because I want to learn about other dishes, systems and culture. I've
only lived in the Dominican Republic and Bonaire." Does he know what it will be
like? "Yes," he replies, "I hear from Alexis (Ramirez, one of the students already
working in Italy) that it's a lot of work!"
Because the group of eight students who spent the four weeks in Italy in 2002
made such a good impression on the Italian educators and chefs the door has been
opened for more "ambassadors from Bonaire." These three should continue the
reputation. O L.D.
e Kapper" Yaser, Marion and Vera Ghazzouli are reading The Bonaire Re-
L/ porter in Damascus, Syria, at the back of the Souq Al-Hamadiyyeh. It's one
of the main covered markets. In the photo you can also see a piece of the Roman
wall. The wall itself has been flattened and rebuilt several times over the past 2000
years. What stands today dates from the 13th century. D
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Chip and Cookie Cooper with Delno Tromp of TCB
hip and Cookie Cooper from North Carolina have been named Bonaire Sil-
ver Ambassadors. Their first trip was in 1984, their having heard about Cap-
tain Don Stewart and diving in Bonaire. They fell in love with the island and its
friendly people and of course the beautiful reefs. They are still diving at Captain
They returned again in 1985 at which time Cookie became a certified diver while
at Captain Don's Habitat with Andre Nahr as her instructor. Since then they have
returned year after year for the last 20 years to the island they love and to dive the
beautiful reef. Over the time they have brought hundreds of friends to dive or snor-
kel the fantastic reefs.
"The Cooper Groupers" as they have become known, have enjoyed endless good
times in and out of the water, making many new friends from all over the world,
and they have made lasting friendship with several local people including Captain
Don himself and Jack Chalk, the Manager of Capt Don's and his wife Karen.
Chip has said on numerous occasions "If there was only one place I could dive the
rest of my life, it would be Bonaire." Bonaire is like a second home for the Coo-
pers. They want to thank everyone who helped them get this tremendous honor to
represent this wonderful place and it's people, and they will do so to the best of
their ability. O Delno Tromp
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The Best Guide To Bonaire for Shore Diving
L ast week The Bonaire Reporter's Police Report carried the news of the re-
covery of human remains at the Karpata dive site. There is speculation that they
may be of the two divers, Thomas Ennis (54) and his son Brandon (29), who dis-
appeared on January 2nd 2004. The discovery was both fortunate and significant
because it was at a depth exceeding 330ft. (100m.), far beyond normal scuba
diver limits. Several readers have asked just how this came to pass. We asked the
man involved in the discovery, Walt Stark ofRec Tek Scuba, Bonaire's premier
tech diving operation, for some background. We will report the story sing mostly
Walt's own words.
As told by Walt Stark:
4 4 y friend Bob Killoren and I
V decided to do a deep dive at
Karpata in order to take some photos of
an anchor and anchor chain that we had
seen on a previous dive at around the
400 ft (120m.) depth. We scheduled a
warm-up dive to check gear configura-
tion, etc., as we usually do before doing
a really deep dive. We did this on 30
April, diving to a depth of 200 feet. As
everything went exactly as planned, we
scheduled our 400 foot dive for the next
day, Saturday, May 1st.
The next morning we assembled our
gear, tanks, scooters, et al, and started
our planned dive to 400 feet. At a
depth of approximately 340 feet, we
were very surprised to discover human
bones, with a dive boot and fin attached
to one leg. Bob quickly took some pho-
tos to show the authorities. We did not
continue with our planned dive, as we
had already used too much bottom time
by making this unscheduled stop. As
we started our ascent to our first deco
stop, we came across what appeared to
be a shredded wetsuit. We did not touch
anything. We did not want to disturb or
destroy any evidence needed by the au-
thorities. After exiting the water, I went
to the police station to report what I had
The Public Prosecutor, Mr. Wesselius,
contacted me the following day. He
viewed the photos that were taken and
said he would contact the proper au-
thorities to discuss how to proceed, and
if requested, he would organize every-
thing necessary to bring up the remains.
I believe he contacted the Antillean
Coast Guard and Dutch Navy about re-
covering the remains, however, I was
told that they did not have divers or
equipment to reach this depth."
(It's not without reason that Bonaire is
world famous for scuba diving. Dive
tourism has spawned related industries
of commercial diving, technical diving,
hydro testing and more. Bonaire has
capabilities that even the armed forces
couldn't provide. Ed.)
The dive profile of the recovery dive
"Mr. Wesselius asked if we would re-
turn and retrieve what we'd seen at Kar-
pata. He arranged for the dive site to be
closed while we brought up the remains.
So a few days later, on May 4th we were
ready. It takes a lot of time to organize a
dive like this. Our base of operations for
these types of deep dives is Captain
Don's Habitat, and we arranged for ex-
tra help at the site. It was greatly appre-
ciated. Just getting all the diving equip-
ment into the water is a formidable task.
We entered the water at 12 noon on
May 4t. I had two tanks on my back
and carried four more.
The dive went smoothly. We used two
Rec Tek's Walt Stark ready to dive to 400feet
made (see accompanying dive profile).
After ascending to approximately 100
_O feet, we transferred the bags containing
the remains over to divers Ramon
S DeLeon and Roger Hauge, who were
able to bring them directly to the sur-
We remained in the water to continue
-- decompressing, with our total in-water
dive time being just over three hours.
We exited the water at 15:08 that after-
noon. Special thanks to Eky Allee for
S a single handedly carrying the tanks and
scooters (both 70 lb. scooters in ONE
3o trip) up the stairs at Karpata. It surely
kept Bob and me out of the chamber."
1 Walt Stark
340 feet Diving this deep is NOT
and then something that is casually
suit we accomplished. Without the
wanted proper equipment, training
cited with and experience DEATH or
e, in SEVERE PERMANENT
g else in INJURY is a certainty.
tsuit, an- 1
Found F or our readers Walt provided a
out 265 simple explanation of the tanks and
breathing mixes used to do a dive to
om 340 these depths.
to the Walt explains, "Everyone is different,
and and has a different breathing mixture
Ito be preference. I have listed the gasses I
(Continued on page 17)
water scooters to quickly reach
(103m.), retrieved the remains,
ascended to search for the wets
had seen the previous day. We
to search the area as best we cc
though we were extremely limi
only 20 minutes of bottom tim
hopes that if there was anythin
that area, we would be able to 1
up also. After I located the we
other discovery was made. Bob
another dive boot and fin at abe
270 feet (81m.).
It took 15 minutes to ascend fr
feet to a depth of 100 feet, due
multiple decompression stops
breathing gas switches that had
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give affection. Contrary to how it seems sometimes, it is they that adjust their lives
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EGGPLANTAS A GREAT
2 large eggplants 2 Tab. oil
3 sticks celery, finely chopped 220 gr. mushrooms, thinly sliced
6 Tab. rice, cooked 60 gr. walnuts, coarsely chopped
1 Tsp. tomato puree 2 Tab. fresh parsley, chopped
salt and pepper to taste 75 gr. cheddar cheese, grated
Set the oven to 1900C/Gas mark 5/ (375 F). Prick the eggplants all over. Cut in half
and place the cut side down on a greased baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes. Heat
the oil in a pan and fry the celery gently for 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms and
saut6, stirring for 3 minutes. Stir in rice, walnuts, tomato puree, parsley and season-
ing. Scoop the flesh from the eggplants without breaking skins. Chop the flesh finely
and mix with the fried mixture. Pile back into the eggplant skins, sprinkle with
cheese and place under a hot grill until heated thoroughly.
Serve immediately with a salad.
1 eggplant 2 Tab. oil
4-5 tomatoes, chopped 1 Tab. lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste 125 gr. Parmesan cheese, grated
handful fresh parsley or 1 Tab. dried mixed herbs
Wash and chop the eggplant into small pieces. Heat the oil in a saucepan. Add the
eggplant and fry until cooked. Add tomatoes and simmer for 5-10 minutes. Add
herbs, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
You can serve this eggplant sauce with cooked pasta and Parmesan cheese.
A little history story to end with....
The history of vegetarianism is longer than many people might think. In fact, vege-
tarianism has been a part of cultures all over the world going back thousands of
years. One of the early prominent vegetarians was Pythagoras, the 6th Century BC
Greek philosopher and mathematician, whose community saw vegetarianism as a
contribution to peace.
One of his writings.....
We have corn,
We have apples bending down the branches with their weight,
And grapes swelling on the vines.
There are sweet-flavoured herbs,
And vegetables which can be cooked and softened over the fire,
Nor are you denied milk or thyme-scented honey.
The earth affords a lavish supply of riches.
(A Hard Dive. Continuedfrom page 15)
used with an explanation of "how it all
I breathed an 18/26 Trimix (Oxygen,)
Travel Mix / Deep Deco Gas used to
get from the surface to the 150-200
foot depth range. At that time, I
switched over to the Bottom Gas (also
called the "back gas," as it is usually
carried in the double tanks worn on the
diver's back). The Bottom Gas is used
at depth and also for the ascent up to a
depth of 250 feet. In this case, 250 feet
happened to be our first deco stop.
Once I reached 250 feet, I switched
back to the 18/26 Trimix (Travel
Mix / Deep Deco Gas) and remained
on this tank until the time came when I
was able to ascend to a depth of 150
feet. At that time, I switched to 27%
Nitrox. At 70 feet, I changed to 50%
Nitrox, and then a final gas switch to
You might find it interesting to
that the Bottom Gas (Tri-ix 11159
will not support life shallower
about 20 feet. Youneedto b 20 fee
or deeper, before you can breathe his
mixture and remain conscious.
By replacing the nitrogen normally
found in the air we brathe with he-
lium, we can do two things. You re-
duce the narcotic effect which itroger
has on the body aind n aidjusit the xy
gen content to control the P02. Be-
cause of the mix we used, our
"equivalent narcotic depth" was about
110 feet even though we were at a
depth of 340 feet.
Add the two 70-pound underwater
scooters and a 1-liter bottle of fresh
water, and you are good to go on a
similar trip underwater." W.S.
100% Oxygen at a depth of 20 feet.
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Thursday, May 20 Ascencion Day.
Island-wide holiday Banks & businesses
Saturday, Sunday, May 29, 30-A visit and
local guided tour to Isla di Yuana and
Isla di Pedro at Lac Bai. Meet just past
Chapparal on road to Lac. Sponsosred by
Amigunan di Nautralesa (Friends of Na-
ture) Tours from 9 am to 4 pm. Adults,
NAf25. Children, NAf 15. Includes drinks,
BBQ and book by B6i Antoin. Tickets at
Extra newspaper office, Kaya Gilberto F.
Croes. Tel. 717-8482.
Sunday, May 30- 35th Anniversary of
Washington Park. At the Park from 8
am to 5 pm. Soft Adventure sports, kids
activities, indoor and outdoor exhibitions,
local market and more. FREE. Call 717-
Saturday, June 5 Famous Cuban Band,
"Sonora Matancera," will play at BSF
Tennis Courts (behind MCB bank in
Playa). More info next week.
Saturday, June 5- Jong Bonaire Fair Sale
of second hand sports gear, computer
equipment, games, presentations, sports. 2
pm-9 pm. Held at Jong Bonaire, Kaya Lib.
Simon Bolivar #16. Call 717-4303 for info
Sunday -Dinner and live music at Chibi
Chibi Restaurant at the Divi Flamingo 6
to 9 pm.
Monday -Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the
heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call
Monday -Rum Punch Party on the beach
at Lion's Dive. Dutch National Products
provides an introduction to Time Sharing
and how to save on your next vacation.
6:15 to 7pm
Gathering at Gibi's Terrace-6:30pm
-call Jake at 717-6773 or e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org for more infor.
Tuesday -Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10 per person.
Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at
565-5225 /717-7500, ext. 14.
Wednesday -Sand Dollar Manager's
Cocktail Party, Mangos Bar and Restaurant
Friday -Manager's Rum Punch Party,
Buddy Dive Resort 5:30-6:30 pm.
Friday- Open House with Happy Hour
at the JanArt Gallery at Kaya Gloria #7,
from 5-7 pm.
Every day by appointment -Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Authen-
tic Bonairean kunuku. $12 (NAf12 for
Bonaire residents). Tel 717-8489, 540-
FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Sunday- Discover Our Diversity Slide
Show, Buddy Dive at the pool bar, 7 pm
Monday- Touch the Sea introduces Dee
Scarr's unique perspective on marine ani-
mals and divers. Aquarius Conference Cen-
ter, Captain Don's Habitat, 8:30 pm. Tel.
717-8290, or call Dee at 717-8529
New! Wednesday- Turtle slide show by
the STCB (Turtle Club) at the Buddy Dive
pool Bar at 7 pm.
Friday- Week in Review Video Presenta-
tion by the Toucan Dive Shop at the Plaza's
Tipsy Seagull, 5 pm. 717-2500.
Friday- The Captain Don Show- Conver-
sation, fun, yars, a few slides. Guaranteed
85% true. Aquarius Conference Room.
Captain Don's Habitat 8:30 pm Tel. 717-
The Bonaire Swim Club is looking for
volunteer help. Contact Valarie Stimp-
son at 785-3451 or
Cinnamon Art Gallery opening soon.
Volunteers to help staff the gallery during
the day. Please contact Wendy Horn, at
717-3902 or 785-9700.
Bonaire National Marine Park 717-8444.
Bonaire Animal Shelter 7174989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.
Jong Bonaire (Youth Center) 717-4303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child
Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics contact Delno Tromp,
CLUBS and MEETINGS
AA meetings -every Wednesday, Phone 717-
6105; 560-7267 or717-3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday eve-
ning at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:30 pm at
the Union Building on Kaya Korona,
across from the RBTT Bank and next to
Kooyman's. All levels invitedNAf5 entryfee.
Call Cahy 5664056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday at
City Cafe. Registration at 4, games at 5.
Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza, Kaya
International, every other Tuesday, 7
pm. Tel. 717-5595, secretary Jeannette
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya
Sabana #1. All Lions are welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12
noon-2 pm Rendez-Vous Restaurant,
Kaya L.D. Gerharts #3. All Rotarians are
welcome. Tel. 717-8454
Mangazina di Rei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from 'The King's Storehouse" while learning
about Bonaire's history and culture and visit typi-
cal homes from the 17th century. Daily. Call 717-
4060 or 790-2018
Go to the source. Visit the Bonaire Museum on
Kaya J. v.d. Ree, behind the Catholic Church in
town. Open weekdays from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5
pm. Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holidays.
Sunday at Cai- Live music and dancing
starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai. Dance to
the music of Bonaire's most popular musi-
Saturday at Rincon Marshe Liber
(smaller markets) 8 am until 2 pm Large
market offering Rincon area tours on
the first Saturday of each month, 10 am to 2
International Bible Church of Bonaire -
Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle)
Sunday Services at 9 am; Sunday Prayer
Meeting at 7:30 pm in English. Tel. 717-8332
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire.
Wilhelminaplein. Services in Papiamentu,
Dutch and English on Sundays at 10 am.
Thursday Prayer Meeting and Bible
Study at 8 pm. Rev. Jonkman. 717-2006
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays
8:30 11:30 am. Services in 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 (Asamblea di Dios),
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). Services in Eng-
lish, Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10
am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30
New Apostolic Church, Meets at Kaminda
Santa Barbara #1, Sundays, 9:30 am.
Services in Dutch. 717-7116.
Send in your events to
The Bonaire Reporter
Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 791-7252
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RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE / WHEN OPEN FEATURES
Bella Vista Restaurant Moderate. Magnificent Theme Nights: Sunday: Beach Grill; Wednesday: Mexican
Sea Side Restaurant at Buddy Dive Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Night; Friday: Manager s Rum Punch Party and All-You-Can-Eat B.B.Q
717-5080, ext. 535 Open every day
The Blue Moon- Early Bird Special! before 7 pm Moderate-Expensive Award-winning Chef Martijn Bouwmeester is the master in the kitchen and
Sea Side Restaurant-Waterfront on the Promenade Dinner Inexpensive bar menu manager of the restaurant. Have a fine dining experience with creative,
717-8617 ClosedWednesdays inspired dishes.
Caribbean Club Bonaire at Hilltop Moderate What a place! Friendly bar next to the pool, home cooked meals, happy hours
5 minutes north of "Hotel Row" 717-7901 Breakfast, Dinner, closed Sunday 5 to 7. Serious BBQ on Tuesdays NAf25.
Chez Lucille Moderate After your warm welcome from owner-chef-hostess Lucille you'll be en-
Dinner 6 to 10 pm thralled with a menu that combines the familiar and the exotic. In an historic
Kaya C.E.B. Hellmund 19, Waterfront, 717-7884 Closed Sundays waterfront home and garden.
Chibi Chibi Restaurant and Bar Moderate-Expensive Sit over the water in the most charming and colorful building on the
At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort. Waterfront Lunch and Dinner waterfront. Fine service with a broad menu to suit every taste.
717-8285 Open 7 days Special menus often offered. Live music Sundays.
Croccantino Italian Restaurant Moderate-Expensive Skilled chef direct from Tuscany prepares exquisite dishes. Authentic ingredi-
Downtown at Kaya Grandi 48 Dinner ents and romantic setting make dining a total delight. Get served in a garden
717-5025 Closed Monday setting under floating umbrellas or in air-conditioned comfort.
Garden Cafe Moderate Finely prepared Middle Eastern cuisine plus Venezuelan specialties.
Kaya Grandi 59 Monday-Friday, Lunch & Dinner Excellent vegetarian selections.
717-3410 Saturday, Dinner. Closed Sunday Pizza and Latin Parilla
La Balandra Moderate Cuisine by Chef Alberto Roldan of the Bonaire Culinary Team.
On the Water at the Harbour Village Resort Breakfast-Lunch If you are using the NAf25 Beach Pass, a NAf 15 credit is given for meals Bon-
717-7500, ext 62; 785-0902 Special Dinners on Friday, Sunday aire's best seaside location?
The Last Bite Bakery Orders taken 8 am-4 pm; Deliveries 6-7: 30pm ,njoy a delicious dessert or savory baked meal in the comfort of your home o0
717-3293 Closed Sunday resort. This unique bakery offers gourmet class items -always from scratch-
Home Delivery or Take Out for take out or delivery only.
The Lions Den Beach Bar Moderate-Expensive Spectacular setting overlooking dive sites and Klein Bonaire.
And Restaurant Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Imaginative menu, open kitchen.
Onthe seaat7LionsDive 717-3400 Open7 Days Owned and operated by Kirk Gosden.
Across from MC t dwnown LKralendik Bderate Watch the bustle of downtown from this street side Caribbean-style bistro
Across from MCB Bank in downtown Kralendijk Breakfast, Lunch, Early Dinner owned and run by a European educated Master Chef and his wife.
Call 717-8003 Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays
Pasa Bon Pizza Low-Moderate Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest in-
On Kaya Gob. Debrot Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday gredients. Salads, desserts. Eat m or take away. Nice bar too.
Smile north of town center. 790-1111 Call ahead to eat-in or take out 790-1111
The Seahorse Cyber Cafe Low-Moderate Tasty breakfasts, pastries, fresh tropical juices, homemade bread,
Kaya Grandi #6. Phone 717-4888 Open 7 am 7 pm Closed Sunday special sandwiches, delicious desserts and more make this a favorite.
cHi P. P = N" u = Seeadep isementsin thisnissue
BonairExel. Bonaire's own ON TIME airline flying be-
tween Bonaire, Curacao and Aruba. Look for The Bonaire
Reporter on board.
City Shop is Bonaire's mega-store for TV, Stereos, Air
conditioning, large and small kitchen appliances. Name
brands, guarantees and service center.
Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest number
of services, branches and ATMs of any Bonaire bank. They
also offer investments and insurance.
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials, waxing
and professionalnail care.
BICYCLE / SCOOTER/ QUADS
De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; professionally re-
pairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top brand bikes.
Watercolours Bonaire and Eye on Aruba, Bonaire,
Curacao are the most originalways to remember Bonaire
and the islands at their best. At Photo Tours and many other
Bonaire Diving Made Easy, Third Edition, is an essential
in your dive bag. The latest information on Bonaire's shore
BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION
APA Construction are professional General
Contractors. They also specialize in creating patios and
walkways with fabulous sprayed and stamped concrete
Conetal Cleaning Service cleans homes, apartments, of-
fices. Offers babysitting, gardening, laundry.
See Restaurant Guide for The Seahorse Cyber Cafe.
All Denture Lab. For denture repair or new ones. All work
done on the island, fast results. Owner-operator denturist.
Repairs while you wait.
Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch dive
shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade on Bon-
aire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive computer H.Q.
Dive Inn Seven studio apartments and dive shop/school
directly on the waterfront in the heart of town. Friendly,
highly experienced with an exceptional staff.
Bonfysio offers comprehensive fitness programs to suit
your needs whether they be weight loss, sports or just keep-
mg in shape. Convenient schedule.
Fit 4 Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in Pilates,
Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional trainers, fitness
machines and classes for all levels.
GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES
Green Label has everything you need to start or maintain
your garden. They can design, install and maintain it and offer
plants, irrigation supplies and garden chemicals.
GIFTS SOUVENIRS LIQUORS
The Bonaire Gift Shop has a big selection of what you
need to enjoy Bonaire and remember it when you get home.
Digital cameras and watches a specialty.
Hotel Bonaire Inn (formerly Friars' Inn), downtown Kral-
endijk, has rooms and breakfast at Bonaire's lowest prices.
Great for tourists or when visiting family and friends.
METALWORK AND MACHINE SHOP
b c b- Botterop Construction Bonaire N.V., offers out-
standing fabrication of all metal products, including
stainless. Complete machine shop too.
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center offers fast,
fine processing for prints and slides plus a variety of items
and services for your picture-taking pleasure.
REAL ESTATE / RENTAL AGENTS
Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's oldest real estate
agent. They specialize in professional customer services
and top notch properties.
Re/Max Paradise Homes: Intemational/US connections.
5% of profits donated to local community.
Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and insurance
services. If you want a home or to invest in Bonaire, stop in
and see them.
Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed or
built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Electrical,
plumbing, woodworking, etc.
RESORTS & ACTIVITIES
Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun tours
including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snorkeling and
Special Security Services will provide that extra measure
of protection when you need it. Always reliable. Call 717-
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of Bonaire.
Customs agents. Professional and efficient. FedEx agent.
Tropical Flamingo is convenient, clean, modem, efficient
and has the lowest prices on Bonaire. Located behind
Visit Warehouse Bonaire to shop in a large, spotless su-
permarket. You'll find American and European brand prod-
ucts. THE market for provisioning.
TOYS AND GAMES
Laur'an is a store dedicated to providing quality toys and
games to Bonaire. Find them on Kaya Gerharts in the
Lourdes Shopping Mall
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Call Bonaire Nautico at
560-7254. Ride the Kantika diAmor orSkiffy. Hotel
Antillean Wine Company. You've tried the rest; now try
the best: best prices, highest quality wines from around the
world, kept in a cooled warehouse. Free delivery.
Yoga For You. Join certified instructors Desiree and Don
at Jong Bonaire for a workout that will refresh mind and
body. Private lessons too.
Put your ad in The Bonaire Reporter.
The most advertising for your guilder.
Phone/Fax 717-8988, Cel 791-7252
ON THE ISLAND SINCE ..
Amliiandrim!pallE rt 1 i k1i ]mujI. I
W f e couldn't stay in Surinam.
VV Everything we did failed
from the time guerilla leader Ronnie
Brunswijk made his entr6e and the civil
war broke out. Before we had a very
good life in Moengo, the little village
where we lived. We worked hard, but
we could afford everything we needed.
Ronnie Brunswijk is still living in
Moengo. He's one of the richest men in
Surinam, but he got rich by destroying
the country. Galil was working for his
brother, a contractor in Moengo. The
workshop was at Patamacca, a palm oil
plantation. In the daytime he worked in
the factory and drove a truck. After
work he went to pick up the palm pits
that people gathered with the help of
donkeys and had put alongside the road
and then Galil dumped the harvest at the
factory. In his spare time, as a hobby, he
had cleared a plot of land and planted
2,000 banana trees and pumpkins.
In 1986 the civil war broke out and
Brunswijk set Patamacca on fire. Galil
and I had known each other practically
all our lives as we are both from
Moengo, but the day when Brunswijk
and his guerillas closed the town and
blew up the roads and bridges with dy-
namite and we became completely iso-
lated for a whole month, we started to
talk. He was 19 and I was 20. I thought
he was a cute guy. I loved his hair, full
and with lots of curls, and he was into
motor cross." "I thought Amina was a
very nice girl," Galil says. "She used to
pass by my house on her bicycle; that's
how it started!" "My parents loved Galil
instantly," Amina laughs. "Of course
our parents knew each other. We both
have Javanese ancestors and we're Mus-
lim and my parents were ever so happy
with my choice as he was a quiet boy!
As soon as it became possible we
moved to Paramaribo. We'd lost every-
thing because of the war. When Galil's
brother started a ranch at Leliedorp,
Galil became the foreman, handling the
construction and the cattle. Every day
he had to travel the dirt roads, horrible
roads, full of holes. When they're dry
they're like quicksand; when it's rainy
season they're just plain mud! Part of
his job was to deforest the jungle. One
day when he was working with his
chainsaw a heavy branch fell on his
head, destroyed his teeth and left him
unconscious. They took him to the hos-
pital. He recovered slowly, but after that
he didn't want to work there anymore so
he began as a salesman at SAB, the Su-
rinam Alcohol Company, for the next
We got married in 1988. I have four
brothers and one sister; Galil has three
brothers and six sisters, but we only
have two sons: Shaieb, 13, and Sharief,
11. They are good students; I can't com-
The road to Bonaire was easy. My
brother, Amin Darmaoen, had come
here in 1991. He worked for Den La-
man until he left for Holland three years
ago. When Galil came to visit him he
was offered ajob immediately." "I did-
n't go back for three years," Galil says,
"only to say goodbye to my family and
to tell them I was going to stay on Bon-
aire for good. It all happened fast.
Amina stayed with her parents for five
months until I was settled and had their
papers arranged and then they came.
The first impression I got from Bonaire
was, how empty! I only saw dry trees
and there was such a strong wind! But
the sea was wonderful. I could go fish-
ing anywhere, anytime! In Surinam it
rains every day with no wind at all. The
humidity is very high and it's very hot.
We fish in rivers and creeks, but when
you live in Paramaribo it takes a lot of
planning to go fishing for the weekend.
I'm a good fisherman. I used to go in
my boat, but the engine isn't working
anymore, now I'm fishing from the
shore and in the salifias. The other day I
weighed 15 "...the day when
shows me the and his guerillas
jaw of the town and blew u
fish: It has the andbridges wit
canine teeth of and dgeswit
a pit bull! He and we became
grins: "I al- isolated for a
ways catch the
rarest fishes!" month..
"We made a
with the head and we had nice filets,"
Amina says, looking proudly at her hus-
band. They are a lovely, hardworking
couple: Amina and Galil Kartodikromo.
She's outgoing, spontaneous and always
ready for a joke and he's a nice quiet
"We are doing okay," Amina laughs.
"We never fight! You can't have a fight
with Galil. I talk and he doesn't say
anything back... what's the fun of that!
When I arrived in Bonaire there was so
much wind at the airport I thought I was
going to be blown away! I thought it
would be beautiful, with skyscrapers,
just like Holland! But I found it's just
like Moengo; it's quiet and I got used to
it, I was never a city girl anyway. Aside
from missing my family, it has been
"Not for me!" Galil says. "I was work-
ing with a girl who spoke only Spanish,
a language I didn't know. Papiamentu I
had never heard of! But I worked with
eight guys and learned the bad words
mendously and poor
people have become
poorer. When I left Suri-
nam we got one dollar
for 16 Surinam Guild-
ers. Now it's 2,500
guilders for one dollar!
I think we're doing so
much better here! We
got our land and started
clearing it in January
2001. In March this year
we moved into our
house. We built it our-
selves, but we've had help from the
guys from work and our neighbor,
Eddie Campos. The house has turned
out very solid. It was built block by
block. Hopefully it will be finished in
two more years, but now we can live
here and don't have to pay rent. All our
spare time goes into the house! Some-
times I rest for half an hour but then I
think, No! I've got too much to do! Be-
fore we started building I went fishing a
lot. Now I'm thinking only of the
house!" "The fishes must be happy,"
Amina laughs, "They are having a holi-
"We didn't participate in the kite con-
test this year either; it was the first time
we were not there since 1996! Over the
years we've won 32 trophies. The kites
Galil designs are always very different.
Once he made a Javanese with a skirt;
it was the strangest kite they had ever
seen!" "I make them of bamboo," Galil
fills in, "but it's hard to get. I find it on
the beach, but most of the time it's too
first! I took a quick
course for a week
and after that I
picked it up myself.
I started working
for Kooyman's in
1996. I applied and
started the same
day. Three months
later I became the
yard chief, which I
still am. Amina
works at Plaza, do-
ing the breakfast
It's funny. In Suri-
nam I had mi-
graines all the time,
but here I've had
them only once or
twice. Maybe it was
because of the
situation, the stress.
My father died of a
stroke because of
the civil war. He Galis, Shar
had just retired and
worried so much about what was hap-
pening. The country has gone down tre-
old and doesn't bend. I wanted to par-
ticipate at Dia di Arte with kites, but I
didn't have time! Amina's biggest
hobby is to sing and to laugh! She does
karaoke nights and song festivals."
"I go out to sing and sometimes after
karaoke I go to City Caf6. Galil doesn't
like to go out so I go by myself or with
friends and I love to dance! We also like
to cook, especially fish soup with corn,
the way they make it here, absolutely
delicious! But nofunchi for us. It has
no taste! We like spicy food with lots of
pepper. Once, when Galil's brother was
here and saw so many doves he in-
vented a trap that worked very well and
we made dove stoba! It was good!
As we are Muslims we go to the
mosque, but mostly when it's Ramadan.
It's open every day, but we're working
hard, so there isn't always time to go.
But I'm sure God will forgive us! We
have to live too! Antilleans don't know
what it means to be a Muslim. When
you explain you have to tell them it's
the 'Arab faith,' then they understand.
It's good to be here; there's time to live,
to see the sunrise and to get home five
minutes after work. Now we think we'll
stay here and that's what we hope for.
We don't know
what the future
will bring in
Holland or in
Surinam, but if
it's up to us we
prefer to stay
here. That's our
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YOGA FOR YOU
V0- 0W M^C yM E
You have to learn from yourself not from books. It is an endless thing, it is afas-
cinating thing, and when you learn about yourselffrom yourself out of that
learning wisdom comes.
Then you can live a most extraordinary, happy, beautiful life. Right?
Krishnamurti to young students in India, New Age Journal.
L ast month I was read-
ing an article in the Seattle ....
Times, which I would really
like to share with you.
A Harris poll conducted in
2003 for Yoga Journal re-
ports that 23% of yoga en-
thusiasts are male, many of
them opting for the more
extreme forms of the disci-
pline, such as power yoga, a ..
set of flowing movements
that test strength and condi-
David Romanelli, who co-
owns a yoga business in
Phoenix, says the yoga
landscape has taken one
giant leap toward men.
"Guys really like classes
like power yoga because
it's more about working the
muscles than a spiritual
thing," he says. The prac-
tice has attracted pro ath-
letes such as NFL running
back Eddie George, NBA
star Kevin Garnett and
golfer Tom Lehman.
Katherine Roberts has seen firsthand the
influx of men into practice once domi-
nated by women. The yoga instructor
teaches yoga for golfers, a class in
which men outnumber women nine to
Yoga is not for sissies, and Mike Lange
can attest to that.
The 59-year-old is a big strapping guy,
6 foot 6 and 230 pounds, is capable of
the most complicated movements and
can hold positions that most people
would find impossible without ropes
and Velcro. He finds yoga as demand-
ing as running up a mountainside and
embraces the practice for its calming
effect. "You can leave everything out-
side and just be inside yourself," says
Lange, who started yoga two years ago
at his wife's insistence. "I like that it's
not just physical, but mental as well.
When we do the relaxation the stress
This is happening in America, but let's
not underestimate Bonaire. The recent
growth of men joining our classes has
also gone through a dramatic change.
It's absolutely wonderful to see the
On every first Saturday of the
month at 6:30 a.m. there is a
meditation at Sorobon Beach
by the wooden fisherman's
guys in our classes, knowing that they
combine yoga with their other physical
activities or sports like scuba diving,
windsurfing, kite boarding, golf, run-
ning, tennis, softball, weightlifting, you
name it. Combine any of these with
yoga and your performance will im-
prove and injuries will be fewer. If the
muscles and connective tissue have be-
come tight with the effects of one of
these sports activities, especially after
years of training, yoga will allow you to
be aware of your body and its limita-
In asana (position) practice our internal
impulses are contained inside the dy-
namic form of the posture. What distin-
guishes an asana from any other stretch
exercise is that in asana practice we fo-
cus our mind's attention completely in
the body. We don't do something to the
body; we become the body. The goal is
to live in your body and to learn to per-
ceive clearly through it.
Give change a chance. ODesiree
Don and Desirde of
"Yoga For You" offer classes in
yoga, from beginners to advanced.
See their ad on page 18.
*to find it, just look up
The Southern Cross and
How to Use the Moon to Find Three
Planets and the Gemini Twins
H ow many of you have seen the
Southern Cross? You don't have to visit
Australia, because for the next few months
you can easily see it from Bonaire. It's visi-
ble this week and next from dusk until
about 1:30 am. To find it look due south,
low in the sky. It's the small, cross shaped
constellation lying slightly tilted to the left.
Can't see it? Look toward the west a bit,
still low in the sky. You'll see a very bright
star that often twinkles green and blue.
That's Canopus, the second brightest star
we can see from Earth. (Sirius is the first.
Remember we don't mean planets, which
can be much brighter, but then again plan-
ets are thousands of times closer.) Canopus is a Southern Hemisphere star. Now look
back east (left) about a quarter of the way around the horizon and you should see the
Cross. Don't be fooled by the "False Cross" which is a much bigger cross-shaped set
of stars that's higher in the sky than Canopus.
If you're one of those who still has a hard time finding the planets, then next week not
only will you be able to use a growing crescent Moon to find three planets just after
sunset but you'll also be able to use the Moon to find the two brightest stars of Gem-
ini. On Thursday next week, May 20th, an hour after sunset face west. And if you have
a clear, unobstructed flat horizon you'll be able to see an exquisite very young slender
sliver of a crescent Moon complete with Earth shine which will look like a black full
Moon nestled within the bright crescent just below the most brilliant planet of them
all, 8,000-mile-wide Venus, which is almost at its brightest right now but which will
descend lower each evening and be gone by Memorial Day (May 30). So see it now.
On Friday night the 21st you can kick off the weekend with a visual bang because then
an even slightly fatter crescent will be just above Venus, making yet another exquisite
picture. It's on its way to pay a visit to two more wonderful planets just above it: a
very dim but still reddish-orange-looking 4,000-mile-wide Mars, which less than a
year ago was second only to Venus in brightness, but which is now extremely dim and
getting dimmer every week as it moves farther away from us. Huddled right next to
Mars is a planet that has earned the name, "most beautiful of them all," because
through a telescope it shows an exquisite system of rings encircling it, our old friend
75,000-mile-wide Saturn. And in case you think Saturn and Mars are unusually close
to each another you're absolutely right. In fact on Monday the 24th they will be in con-
junction, which means they will be at their closest visually for this go round, less than
two degrees apart.
On Saturday the 22nd an even fatter crescent Moon will be just above Saturn and Mars
and on its way to the next celestial wonder, the brightest star of the Gemini twins, Pol-
lux, with his brother Castor off to the side. On Sunday, the 23rd, the Moon and Pollux
will be side by side. But although they'll look close to each other, just as Mars and
Saturn do, nothing could be farther from the truth. You see, our 2,000-mile-wide
Moon will be only 248 thousand miles away on the 23rd, while Pollux will be 830 mil-
lion times farther away, 35 light years beyond! O Jack Horkheimer
For the week: May 14 to May 21, 2004
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Take a short business trip if possible. Someone you
care about may not be too pleased with you. You are better off visiting friends or
relatives than entertaining at home. Be inquisitive about unfamiliar circumstances.
Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) You could lose a good friend because of it. Be will-
ing to listen, but don't be fooled. You can make money if you concentrate on pro-
ducing services or goods that will make domestic chores easier. Things may not be
as they sound. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) You will get along well with your colleagues this
week. Minor accidents may occur if you don't concentrate on what you're doing.
Problems with your boss could lead to unemployment. Exhaustion combined with
overindulgence could result in minor health problems. Your lucky day this week
will be Friday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Don't be shy; show your abilities! You will gain
knowledge through your adventure. Unfortunately, your personal life may suffer
from a lack spare time. Your ability to put a deal together will surprise others.
Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Do not get upset about situations you cannot change.
Business partnerships should turn out to be quite lucrative. Do not let in-laws up-
set you. You can have quite the romantic adventure if you take time to get to know
your mate all over again. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) You are best not to confide in anyone right now. So-
cializing or travel will lead to partnerships. Your relationship is undergoing some
changes. You may find that your family responsibilities are piling up.
Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You may be in an extremely passionate mood this
week. Avoid purchasing expensive items. Go out with friends who are positive
and supportive. You can make gains if you look at long-term investments.
Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You need to spend some time with individuals
who have more experience than you. Hidden matters are likely to surface. Attend
trade shows that will allow you to look at new products. Relatives may play an
important role in your social activities. Your lucky day this week will be Wednes-
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Relationships will become stronger. Talk to
someone you trust in order to see the whole picture. You'll look guilty if you don't
lay your cards on the table. Turn things around, make sure that they do their share.
Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Don't second guess yourself, just go to it. This
week will be rather hectic on the domestic scene. You may feel that someone at
work is holding you back. You can change your living arrangements. Your lucky
day this week will be Thursday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Romance will unfold through business trips. You
will have a great day if you just say what you feel. Real estate should be lucrative
for you. It will do you some good. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) This is not the best time to take a risk, to gamble or
spend money you really can't afford to part with. Your willingness to help others
can and will lead to fatigue if you don't learn to say no. You can be sure that any
dealing with large institutions should go well. Most partner problems are a result
of both people not living up to their promises. Your lucky day this week will be