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VfOTSA AM ND JETHA


At the
re-
quest of the
prosecution, a
judge in
Curacao has
prolonged the
detention of
FOL leader Anthony Godett
Anthony
Godett by another eight days. Godett's
co-suspects in the Campo Alegre brothel
corruption investigation, FOL advisor
Nelson Monte, Campo owner Giovanni
van lerland, and Leslie Franklin, were
also formally placed under arrest even
though they are already serving sentences
in prison. Because they have been rear-
rested in this case, the time they serve now
will not be deducted from the sentences
they are serving for other convictions. The
detention of the other suspects, former FOL
justice minister Ben Komproe, his then-
assistant Gilbert de Windt, and Van ler-
land's mother Xiomaira Bakhuis, had al-
ready been prolonged. The case centers on
a letter with which Komproe allegedly tried
to circumvent the mandatory visa require-
ment for Colombian and Dominicano pros-
titutes to work at Campo.
Franklin, Campo's attorney, has been
transferred to Pointe Blanche prison on St.
Maarten. Though it is unclear why he is
there, it is possible that judicial authorities
in Curagao want to prevent Franklin from
being in contact with the other suspects in
this case.

A The owner of a MD-82 jet leased by
Dutch Caribbean Airlines (DCA) has


grounded the aircraft because the Cura-
cao airline cannot come up with the pay-
ments. So DCA's fleet is now limited to
three planes. One of those, a DC-9, will
have to go for its annual major maintenance
soon. Meanwhile, Finance Commissioner
Eugene Rhuggenaat (PAR) has said DCA
cannot have the 12-million-guilder financial
injection approved by the Island Council
until the Legal Affairs Department has pro-
vided clarity about a possible lien on the
money by the airline's creditors.

A According to Prime Minister
Etienne Ys, the agreement of the Dutch
Government to write off NAf105 million
of the Antillean debt
to The Hague is a
"start of the inten-
tion" to clear the en-
tire debt. Ys told re-
porters in a press con-
ference via telephone
that he is "quite confi-I ,
dent" the remaining Prime Minister Ys
NAf400 million will
be forgiven as well. "That is what we are
going for," he said. Talks to write off the
remainder of the debt will start in January
next year. The Dutch Government, how-
ever, is tying the write-off to the execution
of the Ys cabinet's Urgency Programme.
"We have to do our job first. If we do that,
that will enable Holland to help us with the
other NAf400 million," he said. The is-
lands and Central Government will all re-
ceive a "proportion" of the 105 million
write-off.
The additional NAf60 million the Dutch
Government has pledged will mainly be


used to finance projects to combat poverty
and crime. Part will be used for a "quick
study" into poverty. The United Nations
Development Programme (UNDP) and
World Bank, which are currently also con-
ducting a comprehensive study into poverty
in the Netherlands Antilles, will carry out
that quick study, which should be ready in
two to three months. A comprehensive
study is also being conducted, but it will
not be completed until the end of 2005 or
early 2006. "We can't wait that long, so it
has been agreed to have Reda Sosial start
with NAf5 million and to have a quick
study so that we can start with some pro-
jects," said Ys. Also co-financed with the
NAf60 million will be a larger project to
improve "social forming" of less privileged
youngsters. That project will cost NAf25
million and will cover three years.

A In Curacao, procedures have begun
to extradite 61-year-old main suspect J.
Y. "Matador" V. and other alleged mem-
bers of the Valencia drug gang to the
United States. The authorities searched
jewelry stores owned by Matador in Cura-
9ao and in Philipsburg. During these
searches heroin, firearms, computers and
documents were confiscated. According to
the US, Colombian suspect 'Matador' V.,
his sons M.A. and J.M., their compatriots
D.M. and O.D.M., and Dominicano R.P.
belong to the 'Valencia Organisation' and
were nabbed in Curagao in March, after a
joint operation by the US, Antillean and
Colombian authorities. The gang is accused
of having transported large quantities of
cocaine, heroin and other hard and soft
drugs via containers and go fast boats from
Colombia via the Netherlands Antilles to
the US over a period of many years. During
the investigation into the criminal opera-


IN THs ISSUE
How to Get a Residency Permit 4
1000 Steps (Captain Don) 6
Pet Prof (Stranger Anxiety) 7
Kitesurfing. Hot in Bonaire! 9
Dietitian (Recipes for Diabetes) 10
Yoga (Downward Dog) 10
Seaside Spots (Manteka, OI'Blue,
Nukove) 11
Art for Fun (Mailboxes) 13
Getting Ready for Regatta 15
Bonaireans Enjoy the Circus 18

WEEKLY FEATURES:
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Letters (Hurricane Relief Fund,
Shouldering the Blame) 5
Vessel List & Tide Table 9
Pets of the Week (Gary & Rudy) 12
Classifieds 12
Picture Yourself (Barvaria) 13
Hit Parade 14
What's Happening 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
On the Island Since (Jan-Pieter &
Roosje van der Hoek) 17
Bonaire Sky Park 19
The Stars Have It 19


tions of the gang, telephones were tapped in
three countries and 4,438 kilos of cocaine,
34 kilos of heroin, 484 kilos of marijuana,
15 kilos of methadone, US $180,000, 21
firearms, seven boats and two companies
were confiscated, among other things.
Jail penalties in the USA for drug crimes
are much more severe than in the Nether-
lands Antilles. If extradited, some of the
accused could face life imprisonment.

A Curacao, which intends to hold its
own constitutional referendum in the first
half of next year, is now forming a refer-
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2004 The Bonaire Reporter
Published weekly. For information about subscriptions, stories or
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Editor in Chief. Address: Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6; Bonaire, Neth.
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THE ELUSIVE REDDENCY PERMIT


When you're born in a country and
live there most of your life, the
thought of jumping through hoops to live
somewhere else probably never crossed
your mind. Until, that is, you decide to
make The Move. The Move is a multi-
faceted situation, a time when so many de-
cisions have to be made and thoughts and
plans for a new way of life occupy most of
your waking (and some of your sleeping )
moments. But inevitably the 'fish or cut
bait' time arrives and the transition process
begins. First after deciding on where you
want to live is finding out what you have to
do to live there. Since you've decided that
Bonaire is your promised land, off you go
to find out how to become a genuine, tax-
paying citizen of your new homeland.
While the process isn't going to require a
genius IQ, it will require some co-
coordinating skills and, most importantly, a
LOT of patience. You might as well begin
increasing your 'patience quotient' as
things move slowly on Bonaire, and if your
expectations lean towards a rapid response
to situations you're in for some serious be-
havior modification.

In researching this article I consulted
both the Office of Immigration and the Of-
fice of the Lt. Governor. The information
presented here is, to the best of my knowl-
edge, accurate and up to date. That's not to
say, however, that there will be no changes
made in the near or distant future. An offi-
cial brochure dealing with the Residency
Permit subject has been discussed in the
past but so far it has not become a reality.
In the meantime you will have to make do
with my best efforts.


Paperwork requirements:
NAf350 must accompany each
application the first time it is
submitted.

1. A copy of a valid passport.
Be sure that there is more than one year
left on your passport as it must be good
for at least one year at the time your
application is considered. Applications
can sometimes take up to 90 days to
process.
2. Two (2) recent passport-size pictures.
3. Your most current bank statement at
the time you submit your application.
Your monthly statement must reflect
enough money that when multiplied by
12 it will show a minimum of
NAf45,000 per year available to you
for living expenses on Bonaire.
4. A medical certificate from your doctor
saying you are in good health and giv-
ing the results of tests for HIV and
Hepatitis B. These tests cannot be
more than one month old when submit-
ted.
5. A "good conduct" or "visa application"
letter from your local police department
attesting to your good character. This
cannot be more than two months old.
6. A birth certificate legalized with an
*apostille certification. The certifica-
tion cannot be older than one year.
7. If you are married, a legalized copy of
your marriage license with an *apostille
certification. If you are divorced, sin-
gle, or widowed you must have an
*apostille certification for your cate-
gory.


*An apostille certification is an
internationally accepted form of
authentication issued by the Sec-
retary of State of the state issu-
ing the certified documents.
Also note that two copies of all
original documents are required.

Now here comes the part where you get
to apply your co-coordinating skills and, at
the same time, increase your 'patience quo-
tient.' Your collection of paperwork can be
presented at Government House on Tues-
days, Wednesdays, and Thursdays between
8 am and 10 am. If you are on the island
and submit the paperwork yourself you
must then leave the island as soon as possi-
ble. You are not allowed to remain on the
island while your application is being con-
sidered. If you are not on the island and
want someone to submit the paperwork for
you, your paperwork must be accompanied
by a letter authorizing that person to act on
your behalf. While your application is be-
ing considered you may not visit Bonaire,
period. No. You can't come here or to any
island of the Netherlands Antilles until you
have been granted the permit or been re-
jected. The reason given is as follows. If
your permit is denied and you don't have
enough money to leave the island, the Gov-
ernment would have to pay to deport you
and they don't want to do that. Strange but
true.
Because of the time limitations on some
of the documents it is suggested that you
first gather your marriage license (divorce
decree, etc.), passport copies and pictures,
then immediately get the paperwork with
time limits, i.e., medical certificate, bank
statement, and police report. FedEx all of


friend or whomever is your representative
on the island. That way your entire pack-
age will fall within the accepted time limit
and you'll be on your way.

The Exit Letters
Here's more information that while not
directly related to applying for a permit, is
pertinent for when you become a resi-
dent. If you have a residency permit and
want to leave the island you must go to
Immigration with your residency permit,
your sedula (residency card), your passport,
and your plane ticket and request an exit
letter. You may leave for a maximum of
30 days only. If for health, business, or any
other reason you want to be gone longer
you must apply for an extension at Govern-
ment House. If you are working here on
the island you must also bring a letter from
your employer stating your reason for be-
ing gone and that you will have a job when
you return. There has been much discus-
sion about whether or not this rule is being
enforced. The answer is yes it is and no it
isn't. When you return to the island and go
through the Immigration line sometimes
you are asked for your exit letter and some-
times you're not. The penalty for not hav-
ing an exit letter, if Immigration chooses to
enforce it, is the loss of your residency
status. You will then have to leave the is-
land and reapply. It's sort of like playing
Russian Roulette you never know when
that bullet will have your name on it. It's
no big deal to get your 'get out of town'
letter so better to be safe than sorry.
Good luck in your quest... enjoy the chal-
lenge... because life here in Paradise is
worth every bit of what you're going to go
through! 1 Dabney Lassiter


Bonaire Reporter September 24 to October 1, 2004


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A CALL FOR DONATIONS

The BONHATA Hurricane
Relief Fund Account

As we all breathe a sigh of relief and
rejoice in getting back to normal, we must
not forget that there are many of our col-
leagues on other Caribbean islands that
were not as fortunate as us. Many have
lost not only their businesses, but also
their homes and all their possessions and
possibly loved ones. I realize there are
times on Bonaire that we complain about
this and that, but in the grand scheme of
things, we should all consider ourselves as
some of the luckiest people in the world...
lucky that we live on island so blessed as
Bonaire, lucky that we have our health,
our businesses, our homes and our loved
ones.

I was taught from a very early age that
you "reap what you sow", and now is the
time to sow some seeds of compassion,
goodwill and brotherhood to our Carib-
bean neighbors so catastrophi-
cally affected by one of the most disas-
trous hurricane seasons in our recent his-
tory.
Therefore as a result of a vote by the
Board of Directors of BONHATA, a
BONHATA Hurricane Relief Fund Ac-
count at Maduro & Curiel's Bank has been
established. BONHATA received the fol-
lowing from the Director General and
CEO of the Caribbean Hotel Association,
Mr. Alec Sanguinetti.
The Caribbean Hotel Association has


received hundreds of queries from allied,
hotel members and national hotel associa-
tions, pledging their support and desire to
help our colleagues in the Caribbean af-
fected by the passing of hurricanes Fran-
ces and Ivan. We are genuinely moved by
the spirit of support and camaraderie.
Following discussions with CHA hotel
members affected, as well as representa-
tives from organizations actively provid-
ing relief assistance, it has become clear
that the most effcient way to contribute is
by supporting the recovery programs im-
plemented by the governments of the re-
spective destinations.
To that end, we will keep the BON-
HATA Hurricane Relief Fund Account
open until such time as it is no longer
needed. Our treasurer will monitor the
account and as funds are available we will
distribute them to the appropri-
ate Caribbean island agencies for Hurri-
cane Relief.

We are asking that you please dig deep
and donate generously to the fund and ask
others to as well. You may make a di-
rect deposit to the BONHATA Hurri-
cane Relief Fund at the Maduro & Cu-
riel's Bank Bonaire or to the BON-
HATA Office. The account number is
mcb 112.077.08.

BONHATA would also like to thank
MCB Bonaire for being the first to make a
deposit to the account in the amount of
$500.00.
Remember, "you reap what you sow"...
for next time we may not be so lucky.


With Thanks That We Are All Safe,
Jack Chalk, President
Bonaire Hotel & Tourism Association


SHOULDERING THE BLAME

There have been quite a number of com-
plains about the difficulties for foreigners
to vote at the referendum.
About a week before the elections the
official government advertising about the
upcoming referendum was in the Alge-
meen Dagblad, the Extra and the Amigoe,
so I would think also in the few other
news papers. In that announcement it was
clearly stated that non Netherlands nation-
alities have not only to bring an identifica-
tion as cedular or drivers licence but also
the residence or work permit. Even if
they live longer than 10 years on the is-
land, these persons should all have the
permanent residence permit which is
handed to them once they do not need a
yearly permit anymore.
And if they don't read this government
announcement, it is a pity, but it is still not
fair to blame anybody else.
Kind regards Brigitte Kley

Editor. After the required ten years
many residents were not 'handed'perma-
nent permits. They were told they no
longer needed permits. Other voters were
turned away when they presented the tem-
porary document that is supposed to con-
firm their residency while their new per-
mits are being processed.


(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2)
endum committee comprised of various
social groups. The committee will for-
mulate the various options and propose a
voting date. It is hoped the committee
can be installed in October.

A Recent announcements from St.
Maarten may shed light on two matters
that have been troubling residents of
Bonaire.
The first revealed that United Tele-
communication Services (UTS) has
offered to install a new state-of-the-art
telephone system at police headquar-
ters in Philipsburg. "I believe that the
problem with the faulty telephone being
used by police will be solved within a
short while, as I have received confirma-
tion from UTS that they will donate the
new state-of-the-art system, which they
will also install for police," said State
Secretary Erno Labega. The St. Maarten
Police Force had been accused of ne-
glecting telephone calls from the general
public for some time, until it was discov-
ered that the system it is using is out-
dated and many of the calls made to the
telephone number 542-2222 are
dropped, never reaching the intended
persons within the department. Many
Bonaireans have reported that calls to
the police here have gone unanswered as
well.
The second announcement revealed
that the island government of St.
Maarten will acquire, at its own ex-
pense, a machine that will produce
credit card-size ID cards, or sedulas.
Previously Commissioner Louie Laveist
told reporters that St. Maarten had been
trying to get a machine for some time,
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DONAIfIIl WINDOW"': 1000 STEPS


1968


H attie, the breakfast waitress,
roughly set another beer on the
table in front of me. I stared at it, then at
the Queen's Birthday party clutter lying
ankle deep in the dining room and
pleaded, "God, Hattie, a lotta ice." I
looked out the window at the blue Carib-
bean and wondered if the coin from the
party had been worth it.
As I watched two divers jump off the
end of the pier and swim the few feet into
the reef, I could see the exact place where
my wonderful ship the Valerie Queen had
sunk. Growing nostalgic, I thought about
our days in San Francisco, the craziness
of the weekend parties in Sausalito,
drinks until dawn at the No Name Bar
and how some things never seem to
change.
Baldi, the leader of a small group div-
ing with me, pulled up a chair, sat down,
looked at my beer, and hollered, "Hattie...
Beer and a lotta ice." Then I suddenly
became aware of naked flesh in my prox-
imity. I turned to find Baldi's traveling
companions, bikini clad and pretty, at my
elbow. Pointing to some empty chairs, I
tried a smile and ordered, "Sit."
The tall one said, "Happy Birthday,
Captain!"
I muttered, "Thanks. It was our
Queen's Birthday, but I'll pass it along."
The redhead asked, "Captain Don, were
you really a pirate?"
I replied, "I have been called that when
checking out guests." The Queen's Birth-
day was beginning to tell on me, and I
wondered how I was going to make it
through the day. I watched Baldi knock
back his beers across the table and knew I
had found a guy crazier than myself.
Good with people, he taught diving well,
told tales of building brick walls for a
living in Boston and traveled to Bonaire
for some great diving and lots of fun. I
was impressed.
The rented garbage truck finally ar-
rived. "Okay, Ephraim, load up and let's
get this truck on the road. We have a dive
to do."
Then, "DON! DON!" Maria, head of
housekeeping, panting frantically, ran up
to the truck. Ephraim slipped the truck
into neutral and looked out the window.
Maria breathlessly reported, "De yu di
Doktor Binkhorst tin lolo den zip." Eph-
raim leaned back and switched off the
engine. I dismounted.
Baldi, the group leader, stuck his head
over the side of the truck. "What'd she
say? What'd she say?"
I briefly considered my options, then
growled a literal translation. "Baldi, she
just told me that Doctor Binkhorst's kid
has his penis caught in his zipper. Now,
why don't you grab your tool box and get
your butt down here and give me a hand."
I won't give you the details; after all, it
was just another day in the hotel busi-
ness. Things ended well, though, and
many years later at an island reception,


one of the few that I hadn't attended, I
got the report back from Janni that a
young man, who obviously knew that she
was my lady, approached her saying, "It
wasn't me, it was my brother," and disap-
peared into the crowd. Janni failed to
comprehend his meaning or motivation
until she was told that the lad's name was
Binkhorst. Then the penny dropped,
since Janni had known the story of the
trapped penis for years.


Ingi feeding the masses


As a further follow-up, in April of 1999
a letter arrived from Dr. Binkhorst, the
young man's mother. She wanted me to
know that Gordon, whom I had rescued
some 30 years before, had obviously suf-
fered no ill effects from my ministrations
since he was now the proud father of four
children, one a set of twins.
"Baldi, get your people back on the
truck. Let's go diving." In 1968, divers
were still a novelty and heads turned as
we moved through the heart of town and
finally to the Queen's new tourist road
which ribboned north and made the entire
shore line available. Near Barcadera, a
small coral cluttered beach about 85 feet
below the road, stone steps had been
built. The truck pulled off the road near
Radio Holland's transmitter site opposite
the steps.
Horrified, I ogled the modern dive gear
falling out of the truck, all over the road.
Certified divers sometimes surprised me.
One of my lady divers nicknamed the
Goat was diving with us that day, a real
Captain Don diver. Steel tank high and
firm on her back, snorkel through her
belt, mask strap hung over the snorkel,
and the flippers where they belonged, on
her feet. She was already moving down
the steps while Baldi's people were fum-
bling and dragging their gear down the
steps, one piece at a time.
Barcadera, like most other beach en-
tries, had been totally blocked by antler
coral which grew tight to the beach, and I
had cut paths to deeper water where ant-
ler coral gave way to star coral and gor-
gonians.
My normal procedure on every site was
to mark the window with an inflated Clo-
rox bottle that I secured about three feet
from the bottom. The system worked. I
also used floating condoms tied into the
soft coral. They were best, but expend-
able and very expensive.
The chromis and yellowtails with their
incredible appetites never failed to enter-
tain, and one of Baldi's princesses was
bitten, but otherwise the always pleasant
and easy dive was an uneventful 35 min-
utes and back to the beach for sun and


warm beer. I moved on down the
beach to give Baldi the shade of the
tree and some private time with his
divers.
Suddenly came some loud words,
some bad, a few in Italian, and then
the coral stones commenced to fly, : -
bad luck for me. I became a shield for -. -
the guy who was the target. The first : ';
two stones missed everything, the
third killed a cloud, and the fourth
clobbered me. I never saw it coming.
Moments later a red Texas gusher
welled from my head.
The guy behind me said, "Oh,
Christ!"
And Baldi said, "Hey! Why the
hell did you get in the way?"
The Goat said, "That's a big hole,
Captain Don. I can see inside your
head."
The last of my secrets gone!
"Okay, fix it."
She replied, "A piece of cake," and
gathered some hairs from each side of the
hole, twisted them together to form
string, then pulled the string until the cut
closed, poured some more beer over it,
and said, "Come on, Captain, let's go
swimming."
It was 20 minutes before the truck was
loaded, and I nodded at Ephraim to get
going. One guy said, "Great dive!" The
redhead said, "Boy! That was sure some
nifty first aid work." Baldi said, "Why'd
ya get in the way?" A guy with sea urchin
spines in his hand said, "That's a bunch
of steps, must be a thousand of them."
"Only 67," I corrected. He looked up at
me and replied, "Yeah, down! And 933
back up!"
I glanced at the Goat who was laugh-
ing, "He's right. 1,000 steps!"
I signed 11 logs that afternoon. "Dive
location-1,000 STEPS." 1 Story and
photos by don


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a m

STRANGER
ANXIETY

Just like humans, dogs
can suffer from anxie-
ties and phobias. A typical
example is "stranger anxi-
ety." The dog is afraid of
anyone new; he runs and
hides, trembles and cowers.
(This is not to be confused
with dogs who are both fear-
ful and aggressive, or "shy-sharp," and
dogs whose exposure to life outside the
home is limited.) It may be compounded
by factors such as prior abuse. Some
dogs are innately "shy." Others learn to
be this way, taking their cues from ex-
perience, other dogs, and humans (even
well meaning ones).


ANXIETIES

AND PHOBIAS


U_


much help to your fearful dog.


for a few days. Keep a leash and a bowl
of treats near the door. When your friend
knocks, calmly get up and call your dog
to the door with you. If he won't come,
just ignore him and answer the door.
Have your friend pick up a treat on the
way in, and go sit down somewhere to
chat. If your dog makes an appearance,
have your friend call him, and if he does
not run away, have your friend give him
the treat. Soon your dog will realize two
things: there are treats
living near the door,
and visitors are giving
them to him. Call him YOU will
to go with you every need the
time you answer the
door. When he comes, cooperation
ask him to sit, put the of friends an
leash on, and open the
door. Ask every visi- delivery pec
tor to take a treat from ryone, for tl
the bowl and hold it
out to him, saying his ing to e su


You will need the cooperation of
friends and family, delivery people, eve-
ryone, for this training to be successful.
Eventually, your dog will associate
strangers at the door with treats and noth-
ing but treats, and he won't remember
what it was he was so afraid of. The final
step is to carry
treats with you
on walks and when-
ever you take
him new places.
If he acts afraid
when meeting a
stranger, ignore him.
If he does not, ask the
stranger if he would
please offer him a treat
id family, (without touching him).
ople, eve- Remember, don't
his train- make a big deal out of it,
successful. don't coax him, and
never pull him towards a


The Second Step name but NOT trying stranger. Stay quiet and
The second step is to eliminate any to pet him. If he does- unconcerned, and if he
cues or reinforcement which may be n't take the treat, ig- shows any interest in a
coming from you. Don't make a big deal nore him. If he tries to run away, hold the new person, make sure he gets rewarded.
out of meeting new people with your leash, ask him to sit again (this is why Some fears are easier to address than
dog, and don't invite them to pet him, or you need prior obedience training), and others. We can control who our dog
coax him to allow it. The more indiffer- then ignore him until your visitor has ei- meets and how, but we can't control the
ent you are, the more confident he will ther left or come in and sat down. Then weather. Next time we'll discuss
be. Never reinforce fearful behavior by say "OK" and release him. "thunder phobia." [ Susan Brown
petting him or otherwise praising him.


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(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 5)
but uncooperative civil servants in Curagao
kept "moving the goal posts." The machine
was supposed to cost NAf60,000, but now
the cost seems to be only NAf 14,000. Bon-
aire has also been without an ID making
machine since before December, 2003.

A You have heard of cars and trucks
being hijacked. KLM recently announced
it had become a victim of "jumbo jack-
ing" after gunmen robbed a cargo plane at
Johannesburg's international airport. "The
group of armed men struck while freight
was being unloaded on the ramp," KLM
said in a statement. "The police intervened
and shots were exchanged, but neither pas-
sengers nor flight and ground personnel
sustained any injuries. The gunmen es-


caped in the ensuing chaos." KLM, now
part of Air France, declined to say what
was stolen from the Boeing 747-400
Combi. South African media reported the
thieves had taken gold and diamonds.

A The Regatta Committee invites:
Dive Boats, fishing boats, sailing boats,
dinghies, pleasure boats, visiting yachts,
glass bottom boats and all other floating,
moving objects to take part in the 2004
Boat Parade October 7, Thursday. The
parade will start at the Regatta House
5:30pm. The route will be: Regatta House
to Capt. Don (turn around). Then south
along Playa (speed 2,79 kn.) to Plaza Re-
sort. Turn around again, going north to
Regatta House. Boaters are asked to use a
lot of lights, have fun and make a lot of


hubaluba! Also to decorate the boat and
crew if you have a chance. If you want a
"good" position in the Parade or more in-
formation: Call or E-mail Capt. Ulf Peder-
sen on "Woodwind" today: Ph: 786 7055
or E-mail: woodwind@telbonet.an

A Volunteers are needed Sunday, Sep-
tember 26 for STINAPA's Annual Clean-
up of Klein Bonaire. If you want to help,
please sign up at STINAPA offices, Tel.
717-8444, or 717-4163. On Sunday, two
boats will leave for Klein from Harbour
Village, at 6.30 and 7.30am. There is no
place to beach the boats, so plan on a wet
trip getting from and to the boat (you'll
want to leave your cel phone at home). The
plan is to clean the coast from Nearest
Point south. They expect to be done by 12


noon. Bring water, sunscreen, a pair of
gloves. Plastic trash bags will be provided.
The volunteers signed up so far include a
group of school children.

A The Bonaire Dartclub has started its
new season playing every two weeks at
City Cafe. Their next event will be on Sun-
day, September 26th starting at 6.00 pm.
All events are open for those are interested
in an afternoon of dart-playing and sports-
manship. There's no entry-fee.

A Bonaireaanse Aquatics Club now has
a new Adult division open to fitness swim-
mers. Please contact Valarie Stimpson at
valarie@telbonet.an if you are interested in
participating. D.R./B.L.


IVAN and the CLEAN-UP

2 ~ ,a~,~ iI I Y Y e~


T- This photo by Edmar Thode of Bonaire showing the
rough seas during the passing of Hurricane Ivan was cho-
sen as "Photo of the Week" of the popular Dutch news
Website www.nu.nl. He won an Olympus digital camera.


The debris removedfrom Playa Chachacha

A And the reef cleaning continues. Dive Inn reports that their housereef looks much better. They have been fan-
ning the sponges and turning over a lot of coral colonies. Because the tissue is still alive, the colonies have a chance to
survive. If divers want to help, they may pickup a tank at the Dive-Inn. Divers are asked to take a pre-cleaning orienta-
tion because extra caution is needed for the next few weeks. Many creatures and fishes are in a state of distress right
now because their homes and territories have been rearranged by the storm. O Babs Meulink


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KITESURFING- HOT IN THE WORLD, HOT IN BONAIRE


B onaire is well known
as the premier Caribbean wind-
surf destination thanks to a radical
group ofwindsurfers who have made
the scene hot. They use the natural ele-
ments of air and water to enjoy one of
the most visually appealing sports. The
newest most challenging sport to come
to Bonaire is kiting. Kiters use the wind
and the water but instead of a sail, they
have a large parachute type sail that
allows them to glide over the water.
Several kiters in Bonaire used to be
windsurfers but once they crossed over
to kiting, they never went back. Kiting
is not only hot in Bonaire, it's the fast-
est growing sport on the market all
over the globe.

Kitesurfing is the newest sport on
water. In fact, in 1999, there were
probably only a few hundred kitesurf-
ers in the world. Today there are tens
of thousands. The population of
kitesurfers is growing rapidly.
The idea behind kitesurfing
is pretty basic. A kitesurfer stands on a
board with foot straps or bindings and
uses the power of a large controllable kite
to propel him/her and the board across the
water.
Bonaire has one of the best regional
kiters sailing the south coast waters al-
most daily. Meet Jeroen Roveros.
Jeroen makes the sport look easy. It seems
effortless as he floats high in the air, per-
forming some dazzling aerial tricks. A
physical education teacher at SGB, he
considered the sport a way of life. He
started windsurfing 15 years ago in Hol-
land and graduated to kiting.
Jeroen says, "I was addicted to this
sport. I still think it's a cool water
sport." He traveled all around the east


ensure safety. The same applies in Maui.
Surfers and fisherman have the water until
11 am; then kiters and windsurfers are al-
lowed to play. It's all about a balanced
compromise to ensure safety yet equity.
Kiting is a beautiful sport and enhances
the sporting community of Bonaire. There
are a handful of responsible kiters who
take to the southwest shores to challenge
their skills in the pristine waters that sur-
round Bonaire. This is a not-to-be-missed
spectacle, so head southwest, anywhere
from Pink Beach to Atlantis and you will
be in awe of the colorful kites that grace
the skies. You will also have the opportu-
nity to see one the region's best
kiters. Jeroen and his team of kiter bud-
dies will astound you. O Ann L. Phelan


coast of Holland but lives here now, kiting Bay is not safe for kiting. It's currently


near Atlantis and Pink Beach. This expert
kiter is impressed with the conditions
here. "Kiteboarding on Bonaire is great
because the trade winds are blowing al-
most every day." says Jeroen. He also
ventures to other regional kite sites such
as Aruba and Venezuela. Currently his
favorite site to sail is secluded Las Aves,
one of the little island groups east of Bon-
aire. Jeroen is so good he has the support
and sponsorship of Brunotti Boards and
Naish Kites.
As with anything new, there is contro-
versy surrounding this extreme sport.
There are some hazards. Many beaches
around the world monitor the times kiting
is allowed or have even issued bans on
kiting. Bonaire is one such destination.
The authorities here have decided Lac


allowed on the southwest coast where off-
shore winds prevail. Jeroen's outlook on
the ban is reasonable but concerned.
"I think that in most places where kite-
boarding has been 'banned' people made a
right decision. On crowded beaches and
places where lots of people are swimming
in the water, you should ban kiteboarding.
In more and more places, kiteboarding is
not being banned because people figured
out some kind of regulation of the sport."
He goes on to say, "Also on Aruba,
where because of the very gusty winds it's
a good idea to keep the windsurfers apart
from the kitesurfers. So they banned kite-
boarding from 11 am till 5 pm. I think
that's a very good idea," says Jeroen. He
has a realistic view and a solution which
avoids bans but creates structured times to


Ann Phelan is the Bonaire based
owner of Caribbean Wind & Sun Vaca-
tions, a windsurfand eco tour specialty
travel service. She is also the Event Co-
ordinator of the Annual Bonaire PWA
King of the Caribbean. To book a trip or
consult with Ann email her at
ann@bonairewindsurfing. cor


KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF
9-24 5:43 0.8FT. 21:29 2.0FT. 61
9-25 6:09 0.9FT. 11:36 1.2FT. 14:28 1.1FT. 22:18 1.9FT. 70
9-26 6:30 1.0FT. 11:46 1.3FT. 16:00 1.1FT. 23:06 1.8FT. 79
9-27 6:45 1.1FT. 12:07 1.4FT. 17:28 1.1FT. 87
9-28 0:53 1.5FT. 6:41 1.2FT. 12:37 1.5FT. 19:06 1.1FT. 92
9-29 2:09 1.3FT. 6:02 1.2FT. 13:23 1.6FT. 20:58 1.1FT. 93
9-30 14:04 1.7FT. 22:52 1.0FT. 91
10-01 0:09 1.0FT. 14:55 1.7FT. 85



3T Guaicamar I, Venezuela. Rumbacon
Abu Dai Honalee Sandpiper, USA
Angie Macaby, Netherlands Santa Maria, Sweden
Alegria, USA Maggie Scintilla, Germany
Alaluya Makai Side by Side
Aleria Marathon Sirius
Aurora Marina Em Sojourner
Avatar, USA Marnel IV Southern Cross
Bright Sea Misty Blue Starlight Dancer
Camissa, Chan Is. My Dream Israel Sylvia K
Camperdown Natural Selection, USA Sylvistre
Cape Kathryn Nonesuch, USVI Ti Amo, USA
Chacuco Nut N Honey Too pfarr out
Cop Out One Way Wind TopCat
Delphinius Ottifant Tothill
El Sabor Pamela Jean Ty Dewi, USA
Escapade Pastime Tween
Fan-Fan Polecat Ulu Ulu, USA
Flying Cloud, USA Pomona Unicorn, Norway
Frajola Pow Wow Varedhuni, Germany
Gatsby, USA Precocious Gale, USA Windmiller, Canada
Gonzo II Revid Ya-T, BVI
Grey Lady Reward Zahi, Malta
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ASK THE DIETITIAN

SOME NICE RECIPES
ESPECIALLY FOR DIABETES
n the last article I wrote about how to manage diabetes
nutritionally. It is important to eat:
Angdlique Salsbach foods that are low in fat, saturated fat and sugar
complex carbohydrates (your dietitian can give you recom-
mendations about meal portions)
foods that are high in fiber.
fruits and vegetables on a daily basis
Most of the time people with diabetes are afraid to eat a dessert, a little snack or
complicated meals. It is good to know that nowadays recipe books especially for
diabetes are easy to find, and you can always look for diabetes recipes on the inter-
net. Or...the easiest way is just to adjust your traditional recipes by changing the
ingredients rich in fat to low fat versions and by using sweeteners instead of sugar.
For instance you can use reduced fat margarine instead of margarine and low fat
milk instead of full cream milk.

Below are two very nice recipes. They will give you an idea of how to manage
the ingredients when making cakes and cookies for those with diabetes.

OLD FASHIONED APPLESAUCE CAKE
1 cup all purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda 2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger 1/2 cup reduced calorie margarine
1/2 cup egg or egg substitute 1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup Slenda granular 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray an 8x8 in. metal cake pan with vegetable cooking
spray. In small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and ginger. Set
aside.
In a large mixing bowl, beat margarine with an electric mixer on high speed for
approximately 1 minute. Add egg or egg substitute and vanilla and blend on high
speed for 30 seconds. Mixture will be very liquid. Add Splenda and beat on me-
dium speed until very smooth, approximately 1 /2 minutes.
Add flour mixture and applesauce and beat on low speed until mixed, approxi-
mately 45 seconds. Spread batter evenly into prepared pan and bake for 30 min-
utes at 350 F. Serves: 8

LOW-SUGAR OATMEAL COOKIES (makes 3 dozen)
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/3 cup granulated Splenda 1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 cup whole wheat flour
S/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
S1 teaspoon baking soda 2 cups oats
1 cup chopped pecan or walnuts 1/3 cup raisins (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 F. Line baking sheets with parchment or spray with non stick
cooking spray. With an electric mixer, mix butter and Splenda until light and
fluffy. Beat in vanilla. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, nutmeg
and baking soda. Gradually beat into butter mixture. By hand stir in oats, nuts and
raisins (if using). Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto prepared sheets. (the dough
will be stiff. Use the back of the spoon to flatten each cookie slightly.)
Bake for about 15 minutes, or until browned. O Angilique Salsbach


YOGA FOR YOU

7rffv/E 130wbMlD /300,)
"The soul that moves in the world of the senses and yet keeps the senses in
harmony... finds rest in quietness." Bhagavad Gita

What can this
pose do for you?
So, the history of yoga tells us,
5000 years ago yoga postures
came from watching animals
and other natural structures.
Watching my dogs stretch
themselves after their sleep, I
am amazed at the similarities
of their stretch to our down-
ward dog pose in yoga. They
are stretching and lengthening
out their spine, shoulders, George tries it too.
chest, back of their legs, opening
and stretching out their claws,
their tail gets to stretch, and then they have the tendency to open and stretch out their
jaw by yawning. Then they go about their daily activities.
Generalizing, we humans don't stretch after we sleep, so our bodies start out each day
neglected. As the day goes on we bend, twist, stand for long periods of time, and sit
behind computers for hours. We then wonder why we feel tired at the end of the day.
The Downward Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana) is one of the best yoga-based exer-
cises you can do. It promotes a true balance between flexibility and strength. And when
done well it is a beautiful pose.If you are doing the Downward Facing Dog
correctly, you'll feel a primary stretch in the center of your hamstrings. You should
also feel a broadening of your shoulders and a lengthening and opening of your
chest. Your torso, abdomen, spine, arms, legs, and neck should feel long and
expanded. If you feel any pain or discomfort behind your knees or back, bend your
knees and lift up your heels.
Take a few minutes out of your day-go ahead try a downward facing dog pose-feel
and experience the difference it can make in your life. My challenge to you is to do
this for one minute each day for a week. Give change a chance, Desir&e

Don and Desir&e of "Yoga For You" offer classes from beginners to advanced
Call 717-2727,785-7688


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L ast week's hurricane warning was my first.. .and along with many residents
of the island, I did venture to the coast to witness the fury of the Caribbean
Sea as Ivan slowly (and luckily) changed its course. As our everyday lives returned
to normal, again I was one of the many residents who scouted the island to see the
changes in the coastline. Some of my secrets spots are gone... however, some of
the so-so beaches have changed for the better and Playa Manteka is a good example.
Playa Manteka
Not long after the hurricane watch was lifted, I started hearing of a new and im-
proved beach... so I had to check it out. The power of the waves from Hurricane
Ivan flattened and cleared Playa Manteka from all the debris that the Caribbean Sea
rejected over the years. As you may know, Playa Manteka is just after the hatchery
when you drive south from Sorobon Beach. As you drive along the shore road, you
will notice that you can now see the beach whereas before, there was an embank-
ment blocking the view. I spent quite a long time strolling along this incredibly long
beach, discovering the many sandy spots along the water's edge, and taking in the
incredible view of water crashing on the reef at Lac Bay with the distant backdrop of
the mountains of conch shells at Lac Cai. When you visit Playa Manteka, I hope
you will notice as I did, that some of the beaches have pink coral specks mixed with
the white sand giving them an amazing pink tint, while other beaches are of beauti-
ful white sand. The waves were still too strong to enter the sea safely the few times
I've visited Playa Manteka since its new face-lift, but the constant roaring of the
moving water, the crashing of the waves and the blowing wind did provide me with
a wonder haven of peace and quiet.
Ol'Blue
I visited Ol'Blue with a new friend I've made earlier this week. I met Franklyn
along the water's edge near Jeff Davis. I was hoping to find new beaches as a result
of Ivan's fury... he was looking for coquillages. He mentioned to me that Ol'Blue
is one of the most under-used beaches on the island. As I admired the most beauti-
ful aqua-colored water I've seen in a long time, Franklyn explained that because the
beach's location the currents and tides rarely affect the beach's calm waters. The
actual beach is located at the bottom of a one-meter cliff and is about 150 meters
long. Ol'Blue is made up of mostly loose coral; however, you will find it easy to
stroll this 150-meter beach if you walk along the water's edge. Small sandy spots
along the shore make entering the sea extremely easy compared to some of the
beach I've visited recently. Visitors to the beach will need to swim quite far to find
some good snorkeling sites, but the calm waters make the swim enjoyable. The top


of the cliff is all of fine white sand and an ideal location to set up for a picnic, relax
and enjoy the magnificent vistas that only Ol'Blue offers. Most of the people visit-
ing Ol'Blue are avid divers -- only enjoying this beautiful location to set-up before
disappearing into the water. I do hope that you will, as I did, consider Ol'Blue as an
alternative to your favorite beach, the peaceful environment you will find at this
beach will quickly win you over. O Josee Bolduc Frosst


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http://www.yellowpagesbonaire.com

PSYCHOLOGY
PRACTICE BONAIRE.
Consultation, Supervision, Hyp-
notherapy,Psychotherapy Drs.
Johan de Korte, Psychologist,
Phone: 717-6919

CAPT. DON'S ISLAND
GROWER
Trees and Plants, Bonaire
grown. 8000m2 of plants and
nursery. Specializing in gar-
den/septic pumps and irriga-
tion. Kaminda Lagoen 103,
Island Growers NV (Capt. Don and
Janet). Phone: 786-0956 or 787-0956


A young female Dalmatian mix,
approx. 6 months old, was found in
the Santa Barbara area. Her owners
are lost. If anyone finds them, please
bring them to the Bonaire Animal
Shelter. This well-fed little bundle of
energy misses them very much. If this
dog is yours, or if you think you
may know
the dog's
owners
please con-
tact the
Animal
Shelter at:
#717-4989



WANTED: 2-3 bedroom fur-
nished house needed Jan. 10- June
10. Budget is 500-700,00 NAF per
month. Please email tyson-
poor hotmail.com or call 785-6820.
Island references available.

For Rent: Comfortable 2-bedroom
beach villa-weekly or monthly-choice
location-Privacy & security- July 15
to Jan 15-Brochure available-Phone
(Bon) (599) 717 3293-or (US) (570)-
586 0098-e/mail larjaytee(aol.com


wo rollicking broth-
ers are blond "Gary"
and black and brown
"Rudy." These adorable
puppies are a little over two
months old and were found
dumped into someone's
yard. These guys are funny
and full of pep. Both will
grow up into medium sized
dogs. One dog is fun to
have, but two are doubly
fun when you see what silly
antics they can get into with
each other. Another nice
thing is that they keep each
other company, so you
don't have to leave the
house riddled with guilt
that you're leaving your
precious puppy all alone. If
you'd like to see Gary and/
or Rudy, stop by the Bon-
aire Animal Shelter on the
Lagoen Road, open Monday through
Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, Saturdays until 1.
Tel. 717-4989.
The Massive Free Sterilization Pro-
gram is coming soon October 18 to 30.
If you can help either in the operating
room or with transportation give Shel-


ter Director Jurrie Mellema a call at 717-
4989. He'll tell you how you can fit it. A
lot of people are putting a lot of effort
into making this program a success and
you can help! And don't forget to spread
the word to people who have unsteril-
ized dogs. OL.D.


BOT &EGNE orSL


Bonaire Reporter September 24 to October 1, 2004


FREE STERILIZATION PROGRAM

OCTOBER 18 to 30.

Animal Shelter's Community-wide Program

Tell Your Neighbors!


I WANTED I^


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Liven Up the NeigaOorAood with a NewOy Painted Mail6ox


Painting your mailbox can be a
very creative project. First you
will need to think of a design that is ap-
propriate for you and your family.
Think of things you enjoy and colors
that you like. Plan a design that will
make going to the mailbox a pleasurable
experience. There seem to be a lot of
bills in the boxes these days, and to have
something to smile about before you
open the mailbox can take away the
stress!
You can use the mailboxes from the
hardware stores, or build your own if
you happen to have carpenter skills. I
used an aluminum box from the hard-
ware store. Mailboxes found in Bonaire
have several different finishes: plastic,
enamel painted metal, and flat alumi-
num. All three can be used for this pro-
ject.

Here are the steps taken for the Mail-
box pictured:
1. Sand the mailbox to get a rough
surface. An electric sander works
best to get a quicker start on the
project. Sanding gives the paint a
surface to adhere to and prevents
premature peeling.
2. Start with one layer of white water-
based acrylic or latex paint. Let it
dry.
3. Next paint your background color.
You may need several coats to
build up a solid color foundation.
The key is to paint each coat lightly
and let it dry thoroughly before
applying the next layer.
4. Draw your designs on paper or
lightweight cardboard.
5. Cut out your designs and put a
piece of rolled tape on the back-
side. Move the
design around
the box to find
the best place-
ment. Be
careful with



This article is part of a series by Janice
Huckaby ofJanArt. Call 599 717-5246
or 791-5246for information on art les-
sons or to view her artworks[


the tape, it can lift up your paint if
you stick it on too hard.
6. Draw around the designs with pen-
cil.
7. For lettering take advantage of
Word Perfect and print your letters
on the computer, then transfer with
carbon paper on to the box.
8. Now paint!
9. Let the paint dry and apply a coat
of water-based varnish (available at
Global-Krioyo Paint).
10. Install your box in front of your
house and wait for fun mail to ar-
rive or at least have fun looking
at your new mailbox when the bills
come in!

Alternate Ideas:
Splatter paint or dribble paint on
your box with various colors.
Let your kids do free-style they
always amaze me with their artistic
talents when given a chance.
Use pre-cut plastic stencils to paint
your designs (found at Firgo's and
Flamingo Bookstore)
Glue on small driftwood and sea
glass pieces for a natural look.

Mailboxes are a definite avenue to
"Art for Fun!"
Please feel free to come by the JanArt
Gallery, Kaya Gloria 7, to see the mail-
box featured here! DJanice Huckaby,
JanArt


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A nnouck and Benji just returned from their latest European vacation and
took along a Reporter. The beautiful castle in the background is called
"Neuschwanstein" and is located in southern Bavaria, Germany. They felt like do-
ing a really touristy thing and joined the crowd on the tiny steel-frame 1890s
bridge that crosses a 300-foot-deep gorge across from the castle. Since Benji is
very agoraphobic, he didn't have much time to direct the volunteer photographer

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WHAT'S HAPPENING


WEEKLY MOVIE SHOWTIMES

New! Usually 9:00pm
The Bourne
Supremacy
(Matt Damon)
Early Show (usually 7pm)
White Chicks
Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAf10,50 (incl. Tax)
High Schoolers NAf7,75
NEW FILMS BEGIN EVERY FRIDAY
SATURDAY 4 PM Two Brothers
SUNDAY MATINEE 4 PM
King Arthur


THIS WEEK
Until September 25, at Cinnamon Art
Gallery an exhibition of"Nochi" Coffie's
works.
Sunday September 26, the Bonaire Dart-
club meets at City Cafe, starting at 6.00 pm
for an afternoon of dart-playing and sports-
manship. (see page 8).
Tuesday, September 28-NEW DATE-
SGB CULINARY SCHOOL FUND-
RAISING DINNER, Chez Nous, at 7 pm.
To help send four students to study cuisine
in Italy for 4 weeks. Call for reservations
717-8120.

COMING
October 3-10-37th Annual Bonaire In-
ternational Sailing Regatta
Wednesday, October 6-Bonaire Regatta
Run/Walk, 5 km, 5 pm, sponsored by
Comcabon. Tel. Richard Pietersz at 717-
8629 to si.u
October 7-9-3rd International Ladies
Softball Tournament, Sonrisa Ballpark at
Tera Cora. Games Begin at:
Friday, Oct. 7, 7.00 pm
Saturday, Oct 8,2 pm
Sunday, Oct 9, 10 am; Championship
Game at 4.00 pm.
Sunday, Oct. 10th at 5 pm at KonTiki, The
Down Town Dixie Society band from the
Netherlands. There will be snacks and
drinks. Entrance is free. This concert is
sponsored by Budget Rent a Car.

EVERY WEEK
Sunday -Live music 6 to 9 pm while enjoy-
ing a great dinner in colorful tropical ambi-
ance at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant &
Bar. Open daily 5 to 10 pm. Live Fla-
Bingo with great prizes, starts 7 pm, Divi
Flamingo
Monday -Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the
heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call
Maria 717-6435
Monday -Rum Punch Party on the beach
at Lion's Dive. Dutch National Products
introduces Time Sharing and how to save
on your next vacation. 6:15 to 7 pm
Tuesday-BonaireTalker Dinner/
Gathering at Gibi's Terrace-6:30pm
-call Jake at 717-6773 or e-mail
jake@bonairetalk.com 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 -Meditation at Donkey Beach
from 7:30 to 8:30 pm. Open to all. Call S.
H.Y. 790-9450
Wednesday -Sand Dollar Manager's
Cocktail Party, Mangos Bar and 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.
Saturdays during summer Rincon Mar-
she opens at 6 am 2 pm. Enjoy a Bo-
nairean breakfast while you shop: fresh
fruits and vegetables, gifts, local sweets and
snacks, arts and handicrafts, candles, in-
cense, drinks and music.
Every day by appointment -Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Authen-
tic Bonairean kunuku. $12 (NAfl12 for
Bonaire residents). Tel 717-8489, 540-
9800.
Daily- The Divi Flamingo Casino is open
daily for hot slot machines, roulette and
blackjack, Monday to Saturday 8 pm- 4
am and Sunday 7 pm- 3 am.

FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Sunday- Discover Our Diversity Slide
Show, Buddy Dive at the pool bar, 7 pm
717-5080
Wednesdays (2nd and 4th) Turtle Conserva-
tion Slide Show by Andy Uhr. Carib Inn
seaside veranda, 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, yarns, a few slides. Guaranteed
85% true. Aquarius Conference Room.
Captain Don's Habitat 8:30 pm Tel. 717-
8290

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Valarie
Stimpson at 785-3451 or Valrie@telbonet.an
Cinnamon Art Gallery Volunteers to
help staff gallery during the day. 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,
717-7659

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
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:30 pm at
the Union Building on Kaya Korona, across
from the RBTT Bank and next to Kooy-
man's. All levels invitedNAf5 enty fee.Call
Cahy566-4056.
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, sec. Jeannette Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya
Sabana #1. All Lions are welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12
noon-2 pm Rendez-Vous Restaurant,
Kaya L.D. Gerharts #3. All Rotarians are
welcome. Tel. 717-8454

BONAIRE'S TRADITIONS
Mangazina diRei, Rincon. Enjoy the view from
'The King's Storehouse" while learning about
Bonaire's history and culture and visit typical
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. 717-
8444/785-0017
Sunday at Cai- Live music and dancing
starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai. Dance to
the music of Bonaire's popular musicians.


Bonaire Reporter September 24 to October 1, 2004


HISTORY OF AMORC
Lecture organized by the Rosicrucian
Order AMORC at Jong Bonaire

The origin of the Rosicrucian philosophy is
in the tradition, philosophy and myths of
ancient Egypt. Thousands of years ago in
Egypt schools were founded to study the
laws of life and the universe. Only serious
students were admitted to these schools,
where they were initiated into the so-called
'mysteries.' These were really natural laws,
but to the ignorant they were mysterious.
Today some of these laws are widely
known, such as the law of karma and rein-
carnation. But although many people talk
about these laws, they do not always have a
deep understanding of them. The Rosicru-
cian Order AMORC, an international non-
profit organization, can help you explore
these topics. On 24 September 2004 the

Rincon Marshe- every Saturday 6 am to
3 pm. Open market in Bonaire's historic
town. Soldachi Tours show you the Rin-
con area. Alta Mira
Nature Walking Tour at 6:30 am. Town
Walking tour at 9:30, Bus Tour at 10.
Call Maria at 717-6435 to reserve.
CHURCH SERVICES
International Bible Church of Bonaire -
Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle)
Sunday Services at 9 am; Sunday Prayer
Meeting at 7:00 pm in English. Tel. 717-8332
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire. Wil-
helminaplein. Services in Papiamentu,
Dutch and English on Sundays at 10 am.
Thursday Prayer Meeting and Bible
Study at 8 pm. Rev. Jonkman. 717-2006
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays
8:30 11:30 am. Services in Papiamentu,


Bonairean section of AMORC, the founda-
tion Parthenon AMORC Bonaire, is organiz-
ing a public lecture on some aspects of the
Rosicrucian philosophy. The lecture is enti-
tled: 'Verlichting is verplicht-
ing' (Enlightenment entails obligation) and
will be held by Mr. Michiel Bijkerk. The
lecture will be in Dutch, but anybody should
feel free to ask questions or join in the dis-
cussion in English or Papiamentu. The lec-
ture starts at 7 pm in one of the rooms of
Jeugdhuis Jong Bonaire. The evening will
end before 11 pm. Anyone interested is wel-
come. Entrance is free. O M.B.


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 Sunday at
9 am and 6 pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios),
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). Services in Eng-
lish, Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10
am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30
pm. 717-2194
New Apostolic Church, Meets at Kaminda
Santa Barbara #1, Sundays, 9:30 am. Ser-
vices in Dutch. 717-7116.

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GETTING REAbY for REGATTA

Segatta 2004 preparations are hotting up. You will be
able to register for Regatta on Saturday October 2nd
at the Kas di Regatta on the waterfront.

But Regatta is not only for sail boaters. During Regatta week there are
many other activities, and if you want to know more about them, here are your
contacts:
The Nations Parade, Sunday Oct. 3rd Contact Felix (Papy) Cicilia tel. (5999)
560-7440 or at Dept. of Culture
Kayak Races, Wednesday and Thursday Oct. 6th and 7th. Contact Andre Nahr at
Bonaire Dive and Adventure tel. (599) 717-2227
The 19th Comcabon/Web Regatta Run, Wednesday Oct. 6th. Contact Mr. R.
Pieters at tel. (599) 717-8629
The Teener's Parade, Wednesday Oct. 6th. Contact Mrs. Lilian Domacasse at
tel. (599) 717-8183
The Working Boat Parade, Thursday October 7th. Contact Capt. Ulf Pedersen
of Woodwind at tel. 560-7055
The Niki Tromp Youth Bike Show, Saturday October 9th. Contact Mr. Chumey
Bomba at tel. (599) 717-6873 or (5999) 518-4565
The 3rd International Ladies Softball Tournament, October 7th to 9th
Contact Edsel Pieter at 7860406.


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DINING GUIDE


See advertisements in tis issue


RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE / WHEN OPEN FEATURES

Bella Vista Restaurant Moderate. Magnificent Theme Nights: Sunday: Beach Grill; Wednesday: Mexi-
Sea Side Restaurant at Buddy Dive Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner can Night; Friday: Manager's Rum Punch Party and All-You-Can-Eat
717-5080, ext. 535 Open every day B.B.Q
Calabas Restaurant & Chibi Chibi Restaurant and Moderate-Expensive Get a view of the beach and beautiful turquoise setting when enjoying
Bar Moderate-Expensive a breakfast buffet or a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi'
At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort. Waterfront Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner restaurant & bar. Enjoy inspiring vistas and a high standard of inter-
717-8285 Open 7 days national cuisine.
Croccantino Italian Restaurant Moderate-Expensive Skilled chef direct from Tuscany prepares exquisite dishes. Authentic
Downtown atKala Grandi 48 M Dinneringredients and romantic setting make dining a total delight. Be served
717-5Downtown at Kaya Grandi 48 Closed Monday in a garden setting under floating umbrellas or in air-conditioned
comfort. Take out too.
Garden Caf6 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 Open every day 30 am to 10:30 pm, If you are using the NAf25 Beach Pass, a NAf15 credit is given for meals
717-7500, ext 62; 785-0902 Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Bonaire's best seaside location.
The Last Bite Bakery Low-Moderate Enjoy a delicious dessert or savory baked meal in the comfort of
CLOSED Sept. 23 thro Oct. 14. Orders taken 8 am-4 pm; Deliveries 6- your home or resort. This unique bakery offers gourmet class items -
717-3293 Home Delivery or Take Out 7:30pm, Closed Sunday always from scratch- for take out or delivery only.
The Lost Penguin Low-Moderate Watch the bustle of downtown from this street side Caribbean-style
Across from MCB Bank in downtown Kralendijk Breakfast, Lunch, Early Dinner bistro owned and run by a European educated Master Chef
Call 717-8003. CLOSED Sept. 1 to 26. Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays and his wife.

Nonchi's at Cultimara Low Delicious local and international food to take out, or eat there. Everyday a
791-4280 Open 5 am-8pm Monday-Saturday different combo. Sandwiches and roast chicken too.
791-4280 Open 5 am-8 pm Monday-Saturday Lunch from NAf7-

Pasa Bon Pizza Low-Moderate Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the
On Kaya Gob. Debrot Open from 5-11 m Wednesda-Sunday finest ingredients. Salads, desserts. Eat in or take away. Nice bar too.
Smile north oftown center. 790-1111 rom 5-1 Wednesday-Sunday 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.



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AIRLINES
BonairExel. Bonaire's own ON TIME airline flying
between Bonaire, Curacao and Aruba. Look for The
Bonaire Reporter on board.
APPLIANCESIFURNITUREICOMPUTERS
City Shop is Bonaire's mega-store for TV, Stereos,
Air conditioning, large and small kitchen appliances,
computers. Name brands, guarantees and service cen-
ter.
BANKS
Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest
number of services, branches and ATMs of any Bon-
aire bank. They also offer investments and insurance.
BEAUTY PARLOR
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials, wax-
ing and professional nail care.
BICYCLE I SCOOTER/ QUADS
De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; profession-
ally repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top
brand bikes. Have your keys made here.
BOOKS
Watercolours Bonaire and Eye on Aruba, Bonaire,
Curacao are the most original ways to remember
Bonaire and the islands at their best. At Photo Tours
and many other island shops.
Bonaire Diving Made Easy, Third Edition, is an es-
sential in your dive bag. The latest information on
Bonaire's shore dive sites.
BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION
APA Construction are professional General
Contractors. They also specialize in creating patios
and walkways with fabulous sprayed and stamped
concrete pavement.
CYBER CAFES
See Restaurant Guide for The Seahorse Cyber Cafe.
DIVING
Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch
dive shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade
on Bonaire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive com-
puter H.Q.
Dive Inn Seven studio apartments and dive shop/
school directly on the waterfront in the heart of town.
Friendly, highly experienced with an exceptional
staff.


FITNESS
Bonfysio offers comprehensive fitness programs to
suit your needs whether they be weight loss, sports or
just keeping in shape. Convenient schedule.
Fit 4 Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in Pi-
lates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional train-
ers, fitness machines and classes for all levels.
GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES
Green Label has everything you need to start or main-
tain your garden. They can design, install and maintain
it and offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden
chemicals.
HOTELS
Golden Reef Inn is the affordable alternative with
fully equipped studio apartments in a quiet Bonaire
neighborhood. Just a 3-minute to diving and the sea.
METALWORK AND MACHINE SHOP
b c b- Botterop Construction Bonaire N.V., offers
outstanding fabrication of all metal products, includ-
ing stainless. Complete machine shop too.
PHOTO FINISHING
Kodarama- the only digital lab and studio handles all
digital media and offers the largest variety of profes-
sional services -across from MCB Bank
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center of-
fers fast, fine processing for prints and slides plus a
variety of items and services for your picture-taking
pleasure.
REAL ESTATE I RENTAL AGENTS
Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's oldest real
estate agent. They specialize in professional cus-
tomer services and top notch properties.
Re/Max Paradise Homes: International/US connec-
tions. 5% of profits donated to local community.
Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and in-
surance services. If you want a home or to invest in
Bonaire, stop in and see them.
REPAIRS
Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed
or built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Elec-
trical, plumbing, woodworking, etc.
RESORTS & ACTIVITIES
Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun
tours including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snor-
keling and exploration.


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SAILING
Woodwind has it all: Smooth trimaran sailing, to
Klein Bonaire, affordable prices, snorkeling with
equipment, guide, drinks, snacks. Call 560-7055
SECURITY
Special Security Services will provide that extra
measure of protection when you need it. Always reli-
able. Call 717-8125.
SHIPPING
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
FedEx agent. Call 717-8922/8033.
SUPERMARKETS
Tropical Flamingo is convenient, clean, modern, ef-
ficient and has the lowest prices on Bonaire. Located
behind NAPA.
Visit Warehouse Bonaire to shop in a large, spotless
supermarket. You'll find American and European
brand products. 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
WATER TAXI
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Call Bonaire Nau-
tico at 560-7254. Ride the Kantika di Amor or Skiffy.
Hotel pickup too.
WINES
Antillean Wine Company. You've tried the rest;
now try the best: best prices, highest quality wines
from around the world, kept in a cooled warehouse.
Free delivery.
YOGA
Yoga For You. Join certified instructors Desired and
Don at Jong Bonaire for a workout that will refresh
mind and body. Private lessons too.

ATTENTION BUSINESSMEN:
Put your ad in TheBonaire Reporter.
The most advertising for your guilder.
Phone/Fax 717-8988, Cel 791-7252


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ON THE ISLAND SINCE . .


I Jan-Pieter and oS SO -vande6Hoek6


SrT he first time I came to Bonaire
I was in 1992 when I worked as
an intern for six months with "Bejolha,"
a construction company. I liked it so
much that after I'd been in the military
service I came back in 1995 to work for
the same company as the assistant man-
ager. Alas, the company went bankrupt
after two years and I moved to Curagao
in 1997 where I started working for
Habibe & Maia architects. Four years
later I moved on to another company,
IMD (design). One day some interns
who were working for IMD asked me to
come with them to Bonaire to give them
a tour, as I had lived there. They went by
boat, I went by plane and somehow we
missed each other until I found them
back at Karel's. I started talking to some
old friends of mine while the interns
moved on to City Cafe and there comes
this girl straight towards me and she
says: "Hey, how are you doing!" I said:
Okay, but do I know you? Then she real-
ized she was talking to the wrong guy
and she apologized, we introduced our-
selves and we started chatting and she
told me she was studying in Holland and
worked for the time being as an intern
with the Tourist Office, TCB. That was
Roosje Goeloe from Bonaire. I thought
she was a nice girl, cute too... and it
hadn't been very often that a girl had
made a pass at me." "We actually met",
Roosje says, "because I thought Jan-
Pieter was somebody else. That some-
body also showed up that night and I
ended up talking to two Dutch boys and I
didn't really know either one of them. It
was August 24, 2002. We exchanged our
phone numbers and when Jan-Pieter
went back to Curacao the next day I
called him to wish him a good trip." "I
thought it was very thoughtful of her to
call me", JP says, "but in Curacao it was
back to the old routine. Three weeks
later Roosje returned to Holland to com-
plete her studies and life took its course
again. But somehow, in those two little
hours that we'd been talking to each
other, we'd exchanged so much informa-
tion that we kept in touch by phone and
E-mail. Slowly but gradually we found
out that we had a lot in common; the
same upbringing, the same standards and
values, the same way of thinking and the
same interests." "Funny thing was,"
Roosje says, "that when we were chat-
ting, I was typing something without
looking at the screen and when I looked
up I saw JP had written what I'd been
writing! Scary! Still, at that time there
were no butterflies... yet! What we did
have was a foundation, a friendship that
became more and more solid. I realize
and I feel very strongly that it was a
blessing the way Jan-Pieter and I met in
Bonaire when neither one of us was liv-
ing there at the time. I was born in Bon-
aire in 1979, I have a brother, Paulo,


who's 15 and my sister Angela is ten
years old. When I was little I always
wanted to become a secretary, just like
my mom. Later on I thought of becom-
ing a lawyer as I was very capable of
defending myself in the battles I had
with my mother! When I finished HAVO
I went to Holland in 1997 to study Tour-
ism and Recreation at Breda University
of Professional Education. I lived in Hol-
land for five-and-a-half years, but always
with the intention to come back to Bon-
aire." "I was born in Amsterdam in 1970,
but I grew up in Enschede, in the eastern
part of Holland," says JP. "I've one
brother who's 30 years old. First I stud-
ied MAVO, then I went to Polytechnic
School and after that to Higher Profes-
sional Education where I became a
Bachelor of Science in construction engi-
neering. My father was a policeman, my
mom a homemaker. She never came to
the Antilles because of a lung disease



"As we had to fly back and
forth all the time in order
to see each other, we
realized that something had
to be done; somebody had
to move so we could be
together."


that wouldn't allow her to fly. Sadly, she
passed away this year, February 16th. My
father and brother used to visit me fre-
quently and my dad always carried his
video camera around saying: I'm coming
here with two pairs of eyes... as he put
everything on video for my mom to see.
My idea to come to the Antilles... I think
I picked it up when I was about eight
years old listening to my mother's
brother's stories about the Antilles where
he served as a marine," he grins. Look-
ing at Roosje, he proceeds: "Roosje
came back to Bonaire in April 2003.
Two days later she came to Curacao, but
not to see me: Her little sister had fallen
dreadfully ill and was institutionalized in
Curagao. Her mother had called me,
what she'd done before, to ask me if I
could take her and a friend from the air-
port to the institute, but she didn't tell me
that Roosje was coming too. The mo-
ment I saw her, her curly head, I felt this
big smile appearing on my face and I
thought: Is it really true? And that's
when it happened!" "We were good
friends, we had a real strong bond, we
were real soul mates and when we saw
each other we knew it was more than
friendship," Roosje smiles, holding Jan-
Pieter's hand. "When Angela got en-
cephalitis in December 2002 and on top
of that a bad virus as well we feared for


the worst and I stopped my studies and
came back to be with my family and to
support them. When my mother brought
her over from Curagao to Bonaire it was
a big thing, as Angela needed round the
clock care and my mother couldn't give
up her job because she needed her in-
come. But my mom fought to have her
back. Angela is completely paralyzed
and she can't speak or eat, but once she
was home, she became a different child
within a month. She gained weight and
started reacting. Now she's fine, men-
tally, physically she will never be the
same, but she's fighting, she's a fighter. I
wasn't prepared to come and work here
and had to look for something. When I
heard BonairExel was looking for stew-
ardesses, I thought: Why not! I sent them
my CV and it appeared that I was over-
qualified, so I became the sales & mar-
keting assistant. Now I'm their sales rep-
resentative. As we had to fly back and
forth all the time in order to see each
other we realized that something had to
be done; somebody had to move so we
could be together. We tried Aruba, it was
sort of neutral, but we couldn't find any-
thing there. Jan-Pieter applied for a job
with Fundashon Cas Boneiriano, with
Taxabon and Jacobs Architects on Bon-
aire and it was Jacobs Architects who
wanted him as from March on, but he
still had to resign his old job, so he
started with Jacobs Architects April 1st'
2004." "I really had a great job with
IMD and I liked my boss a lot, but I
wanted to be with Roosje," Jan-Pieter
says. December 24th 2003, she'd pro-
posed to me during a dinner at Mai Mai.
She'd given me a beautiful watch and
had left me totally speechless! It was a
wonderful experience! Later on we heard
that my parents were engaged the same
day, 40 years ago. I didn't want to tell
my mom about the engagement as she
was hospitalized and I was afraid the


excitement would be too much for her.
We went to Holland but the day we left
my dad called me to tell us that she'd
passed away. I felt sad, I wished Roosje
had met her, could have hugged her, they
only knew each other through phone
calls, but even so, my mom was crazy
for her." "I felt very disappointed that I'd
never met his mom," Roosje goes on,
looking at JP, caressing his hand, "but JP
told me: 'Don't you worry, because now
she'll be at our wedding. She could
never fly, but this time she'll be there."'
And at the cremation in Holland the
whole family embraced me and told me:
"She loved you and she wanted to meet
you so badly." We got married August
24th 2004." "It was a special wedding,"
JP says, "my brother Marcel told me:
'Traditional is for people who can't be
original,' and that tells everything in a
nutshell about the wedding. We didn't
need God's blessing spoken by someone
we didn't know. Our parents blessed us
and we felt blessed, we are blessed...."
He looks at Roosje with so much tender-
ness: "I am rich; I've got a wife who's
beautiful, inside and out, I can eat a
sandwich every day and I have a roof
over my head, that's enough and it's the
same way for Roosje; we're happy."
Roosje kisses his hand: "It can only get
better. Sometimes I am afraid of so much
happiness, but the last words of my dedi-
cation during the wedding were: 'I don't
know where life will take us, but I know
I will be there for
you; to talk to, to
listen, to laugh
and to comfort
you, to adore
you, to long for
you and to love
you with all my
heart."'" Greta
Kooistra


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what exactly is
a Harvest
Moon? Let me explain. A harvest, according to the dictionary, is simply the act of
gathering in a crop or the harvested crop itself and for centuries at this time of year
across North America and Europe the fall harvest took place. So traditionally the full
Moon closest to the first day of fall, the Autumnal Equinox, was called the Harvest
Moon. And since the Autumnal Equinox occurs this week on Wednesday the 22nd,
next Tuesday night, the 28th, will be the official night of the Harvest Moon. Tradi-
tionally though, the Harvest Moon doesn't last just one night but also includes the
almost full Moons two nights before the full Moon and the almost full Moons two
nights after.
You see the Moon normally rises approximately 50 minutes later each successive
night except for the Harvest Moon which rises only 20 to 25 minutes later each night.
The astronomical reason for this is that the path of the full Moon closest to the Au-
tumnal Equinox makes a much smaller angle with the horizon than at any other time
of the year. Now before the invention of electric lights this was very important to
farmers at harvest time because it meant that they could work after sunset for several
evenings in a row gathering in their crops by the bright light of the Harvest Moon.
Today however, with mechanized farming and artificial lighting, harvesting goes on
24 hours a day. So the Harvest Moon has lost its original significance.
One thing, though, it will never lose its incredible beauty because for five nights we
will see it rise shortly before or shortly after sunset. And all rising full Moons always
look bigger and more colorful, usually orangeish like a pumpkin, than when they're
overhead. The reason the Moon looks more colorful as it rises is because we see it
through thicker and dustier layers of our Earth's atmosphere than when it's overhead.
And although it looks bigger at the horizon it is just an illusion, which you can prove
to yourself.
In fact, if you take a dime and hold it out at arm's length when the Harvest Moon is
close to the horizon you will see that it covers exactly the same amount of the Moon
as it does when the Moon is at its highest. And if you want to try another Moon illu-
sion, simply bend over at the waist and look at the rising Harvest Moon upside down
between your legs and bingo! It will instantly look smaller than when you look at it
right side up.
So don't miss the five nights of the Harvest Moon next week, beginning on Sunday
night the 26th, through Thursday night the 30th. Believe me it will be more than a
dime's worth of fun and a dozen times more beautiful! O Jack Horkimer


Moon Info New Moon September 28th C : First Quarter October 6th

SFull Moon October 14 : Last Quarter October 20th


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SFor the week:
September 24 to October 1, 2004

By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Empty promises are evident. A long, quiet walk alone
may help you sort out your thoughts. You should be raising your self esteem and
confidence in order to promote your work. Do not react too harshly when dealing
with partners. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Don't be afraid to talk to close friends or relatives
about pressing personal problems. Moneymaking opportunities will surface. Think
about your priorities. Don't push your mate if you want to keep this union going.
Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Try not to argue about trivial matters. Your bank-
book will suffer and your restrictions will put a damper on your relationship. You
must make sure that all your personal documents are in order. Your charisma will no
doubt attract a lot of attention. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Make sure that you make reservations early. Don't be
too hard on your mate. Complete those hobbies you started a long time ago. Sort
situations out as best you can. Watch your spending habits. Your lucky day this
week will be Friday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Don't push your mate away. Don't let individuals with
wild schemes talk you into a financial deal that is not likely to be successful. Keep
busy and let them fume while you're not around. Don't hesitate to go ahead with any
plans for entertainment. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) You may have more to do with children this week;
keep an open mind. You can make new friends and get involved in new hobbies suc-
cessfully. Don't overextend your self in order to add luxury items to your entertain-
ment center. Communication must be open, precise, and honest. Your lucky day this
week will be Monday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You can meet friends who will let you know how
valuable you are. You can meet potential new mates, but make sure that they aren't
already committed to someone else. Your high enthusiasm will be sure to inspire
anybody around you. You can ferret out secret information if you just listen to what
others have to say. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) This will not be the best day for communication
or travel. Don't count on getting any help from those you live with. Balance is re-
quired if you want stability. Use your intellectual approach to get the best results.
Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) You need to take a break with the ones you
love. You will be up and down emotionally. You are best to get out of the house this
week. Compromise if you wish to have any fun at all. Your lucky day this week will
be Wednesday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Your unique approach to life will interest others.
You will easily charm members of the opposite sex. Your goals will be in reach if
you direct your energy wisely. Acknowledge your lover's needs. Your lucky day this
week will be Saturday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You could overreact to emotional situations re-
garding your relationship. You should channel your efforts into getting rid of bad
habits. Opportunities for new romantic encounters will unfold through the social
events you attend. Be honest in your communication and don't lose your cool if
someone backs you into a corer. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You will have to control the way you feel. Attempt to
face key issues with lovers or problems could escalate. Don't spend too much on
products that promise amazing cosmetic results. Be tolerant, but don't let any one
take you for granted. Your lucky day this week will be Friday. 1


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Page 2 Bonaire Reporter Septem ber 24 to October 1, 2004 A t the request of the prosecution, a judge in Curaçao has prolonged the detention of FOL leader Anthony Godett by another eight days. Godett’s co-suspects in the Campo Alegre brothel corruption investigation, FOL advisor Nelson Monte, Campo owner Giovanni van Ierland, and Leslie Franklin, were also formally placed under arrest even though they are already serving sentences in prison. Because they have been rearrested in this case, th e time they serve now will not be deducted from the sentences they are serving for other convictions. The detention of the other suspects, former FOL justice minister Ben Komproe, his thenassistant Gilbert de Windt, and Van Ierland’s mother Xiomaira Bakhuis, had already been prolonged. The case centers on a letter with which Komproe allegedly tried to circumvent the mandatory visa requirement for Colombian and Dominicano prostitutes to work at Campo. Franklin, Campo’s attorney, has been transferred to Pointe Blanche prison on St. Maarten. Though it is unclear why he is there, it is possible that judicial authorities in Curaçao want to prevent Franklin from being in contact with the other suspects in this case. The owner of a MD-82 jet leased by Dutch Caribbean Airlines (DCA) has grounded the aircraft because the Curaçao airline cannot come up with the payments. So DCA’s fleet is now limited to three planes. One of those, a DC-9, will have to go for its an nual major maintenance soon. Meanwhile, Finance Commissioner Eugene Rhuggenaat (PAR) has said DCA cannot have the 12-million-guilder financial injection approved by the Island Council until the Legal Affairs Department has provided clarity about a possible lien on the money by the airline’s creditors. According to Prime Minister Etienne Ys, the agreement of the Dutch Government to write off NAƒ105 million of the Antillean debt to The Hague is a “start of the intention” to clear the entire debt. Ys told reporters in a press conference via telephone that he is “quite confident” the remaining NAƒ400 million will be forgiven as well. “That is what we are going for,” he said. Talks to write off the remainder of the debt will start in January next year. The Dutch Government, however, is tying the write-off to the execution of the Ys cabinet’s Urgency Programme. “We have to do our job first. If we do that, that will enable Holland to help us with the other NAƒ400 million,” he said. The islands and Central Government will all receive a “proportion” of the 105 million write-off. The additional NAƒ60 million the Dutch Government has pledged will mainly be used to finance projects to combat poverty and crime. Part will be used for a “quick study” into poverty. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and World Bank, which are currently also conducting a comprehensive study into poverty in the Netherlands Antilles, will carry out that quick study, which should be ready in two to three months. A comprehensive study is also being conducted, but it will not be completed until the end of 2005 or early 2006. “We can’t wait that long, so it has been agreed to have Reda Sosial start with NAƒ5 million and to have a quick study so that we can start with some projects,” said Ys. Also co-financed with the NAƒ60 million will be a larger project to improve “social forming” of less privileged youngsters. That project will cost NAƒ25 million and will cover three years. In Curaçao, procedures have begun to extradite 61-year-old main suspect J. Y. “Matador” V. and other alleged members of the Valencia drug gang to the United States. The authorities searched jewelry stores owned by Matador in Curaçao and in Philipsburg. During these searches heroin, firearms, computers and documents were confiscated. According to the US, Colombian suspect ‘Matador’ V., his sons M.A. and J.M., their compatriots D.M. and O.D.M., and Dominicano R.P. belong to the ‘Valencia Organisation’ and were nabbed in Curaçao in March, after a joint operation by the US, Antillean and Colombian authorities. The gang is accused of having transported large quantities of cocaine, heroin and other hard and soft drugs via containers and go fast boats from Colombia via the Netherlands Antilles to the US over a period of many years. During the investigation into the criminal operations of the gang, telephones were tapped in three countries and 4,438 kilos of cocaine, 34 kilos of heroin, 484 kilos of marijuana, 15 kilos of methadone, US $180,000, 21 firearms, seven boats and two companies were confiscated, among other things. Jail penalties in the USA for drug crimes are much more severe than in the Netherlands Antilles. If extradited, some of the accused could face life imprisonment. Curaçao, which intends to hold its own constitutional referendum in the first half of next year, is now forming a refer-(Continued on page 5) IN THIS ISSUE: How to Get a Residency Permit 4 1000 Steps (Captain Don) 6 Pet Prof (Stranger Anxiety) 7 Kitesurfing. Hot in Bonaire! 9 Dietitian (Recipes for Diabetes) 10 Yoga (Downward Dog) 10 Seaside Spots (Manteka, Ol’Blue, Nukove) 11 Art for Fun (Mailboxes) 13 Getting Ready for Regatta 15 Bonaireans Enjoy the Circus 18 WEEKLY FEATURES: Flotsam & Jetsam 2 Letters (Hurricane Relief Fund, Shouldering the Blame) 5 Vessel List & Tide Table 9 Pets of the Week (Gary & Rudy) 12 Classifieds 12 Picture Yourself (Barvaria ) 13 Hit Parade 14 What’s Happening 15 Shopping & Dining Guides 16 On the Island Since (Jan-Pieter & Roosje van der Hoek) 17 Bonaire Sky Park 19 The Stars Have It 19 Anthony Godett Prime Minister Ys

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Page 4 Bonaire Reporter Septem ber 24 to October 1, 2004 W hen you’re born in a country and live there most of your life, the thought of jumping through hoops to live somewhere else probably never crossed your mind. Until, that is, you decide to make The Move. The Move is a multifaceted situation, a time when so many decisions have to be made and thoughts and plans for a new way of life occupy most of your waking (and some of your sleeping ) moments. But inevitably the ‘fish or cut bait’ time arrives and the transition process begins. First after deciding on where you want to live is finding out what you have to do to live there. Since you’ve decided that Bonaire is your promised land, off you go to find out how to become a genuine, taxpaying citizen of your new homeland. While the process isn’t going to require a genius IQ, it will require some cocoordinating skills and, most importantly, a LOT of patience. You might as well begin increasing your ‘patience quotient’ as things move slowly on Bonaire, and if your expectations lean towards a rapid response to situations you’re in for some serious behavior modification. In researching this article I consulted both the Office of Immigration and the Office of the Lt. Governor. The information presented here is, to the best of my knowledge, accurate and up to date. That’s not to say, however, that there will be no changes made in the near or distant future. An official brochure dealing with the Residency Permit subject has been discussed in the past but so far it has not become a reality. In the meantime you will have to make do with my best efforts. Paperwork requirements: NAƒ350 must accompany each application the first time it is submitted. 1. A copy of a valid passport. Be sure that there is more than one year left on your passport as it must be good for at least one year at the time your application is considered. Applications can sometimes take up to 90 days to process. 2. Two (2) recent passport-size pictures. 3. Your most current bank statement at the time you submit your application. Your monthly statement must reflect enough money that when multiplied by 12 it will show a minimum of NAƒ45,000 per year available to you for living expenses on Bonaire. 4. A medical certificate from your doctor saying you are in good health and giving the results of tests for HIV and Hepatitis B. These tests cannot be more than one month old when submitted. 5. A “good conduct” or “visa application” letter from your local police department attesting to your good character. This cannot be more than two months old. 6. A birth certificate legalized with an *apostille certification. The certification cannot be older than one year. 7. If you are married, a legalized copy of your marriage license with an *apostille certification. If you are divorced, single, or widowed you must have an *apostille certification for your category. *An apostille certification is an internationally accepted form of authentication issued by the Secretary of State of the state issuing the certified documents. Also note that two copies of all original documents are required. Now here comes the part where you get to apply your co-coordinating skills and, at the same time, increase your ‘patience quotient.’ Your collection of paperwork can be presented at Government House on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays between 8 am and 10 am. If you are on the island and submit the paperwork yourself you must then leave the island as soon as possible. You are not allowed to remain on the island while your appl ication is being considered. If you are not on the island and want someone to submit the paperwork for you, your paperwork must be accompanied by a letter authorizing that person to act on your behalf. While your application is be-ing considered you may not visit Bonaire, period. No. You can’t come here or to any island of the Netherla nds Antilles until you have been granted the permit or been rejected. The reason given is as follows. If your permit is denied and you don’t have enough money to leave the island, the Government would have to pay to deport you and they don’t want to do that. Strange but true. Because of the time limitations on some of the documents it is suggested that you first gather your marriage license (divorce decree, etc.), passport copies and pictures, then immediately get the paperwork with time limits, i.e., medical certificate, bank statement, and police report. FedEx all of this to a friend or whomever is your representative on the island. That way your entire package will fall within the accepted time limit and you’ll be on your way. The Exit Letters Here’s more information that while not directly related to applying for a permit, is pertinent for when you become a resident. If you have a residency permit and want to leave the island you must go to Immigration with your residency permit, your sedula (residency card), your passport, and your plane ticket and request an exit letter. You may leave for a maximum of 30 days only. If for health, business, or any other reason you want to be gone longer you must apply for an extension at Government House. If you are working here on the island you must also bring a letter from your employer stating your reason for being gone and that you will have a job when you return. There has been much discussion about whether or not this rule is being enforced. The answer is yes it is and no it isn’t. When you return to the island and go through the Immigration line sometimes you are asked for your exit letter and sometimes you’re not. The penalty for not having an exit letter, if Immigration chooses to enforce it, is the loss of your residency status. You will then have to leave the island and reapply. It’s sort of like playing Russian Roulette – you never know when that bullet will have your name on it. It’s no big deal to get your ‘get out of town’ letter so better to be safe than sorry. Good luck in your quest…enjoy the challenge… because life here in Paradise is worth every bit of what you’re going to go through! Dabney Lassiter

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Page 5 Bonaire Reporter September 24 to October 1, 2004 LETTERS:THE Op-Ed PAGE A CALL FOR DONATIONS The BONHATA Hurricane Relief Fund Account As we all breathe a sigh of relief and rejoice in getting back to normal, we must not forget that there are many of our colleagues on other Caribbean islands that were not as fortunate as us. Many have lost not only their businesses, but also their homes and all their possessions and possibly loved ones. I realize there are times on Bonaire that we complain about this and that, but in the grand scheme of things, we should all consider ourselves as some of the luckiest people in the world... lucky that we live on island so blessed as Bonaire, lucky that we have our health, our businesses, our homes and our loved ones. I was taught from a very early age that you "reap what you sow", and now is the time to sow some seeds of compassion, goodwill and brotherhood to our Caribbean neighbors so catastrophically affected by one of the most disastrous hurricane seasons in our recent history. Therefore as a result of a vote by the Board of Directors of BONHATA, a BONHATA Hurricane Relief Fund Account at Maduro & Curiel's Bank has been established. BONHATA received the following from the Director General and CEO of the Caribbean Hotel Association, Mr. Alec Sanguinetti. The Caribbean Hotel Association has received hundreds of queries from allied, hotel members and national hotel associations, pledging their support and desire to help our colleagues in the Caribbean affected by the passing of hurricanes Frances and Ivan. We are genuinely moved by the spirit of support and camaraderie. Following discussions with CHA hotel members affected, as well as representatives from organizations actively providing relief assistance, it has become clear that the most efficient way to contribute is by supporting the recovery programs implemented by the governments of the respective destinations. To that end, we will keep the BONHATA Hurricane Relief Fund Account open until such time as it is no longer needed. Our treasurer will monitor the account and as funds are available we will distribute them to the appropriate Caribbean island agencies for Hurricane Relief. We are asking that you please dig deep and donate generously to the fund and ask others to as well. You may make a direct deposit to the BONHATA Hurricane Relief Fund at the Maduro & Curiel's Bank Bonaire or to the BONHATA Office. The account number is mcb 112.077.08. BONHATA would also like to thank MCB Bonaire for being the first to make a deposit to the account in the amount of $500.00. Remember, "you reap what you sow"... for next time we may not be so lucky. With Thanks That We Are All Safe, Jack Chalk, President Bonaire Hotel & Tourism Association SHOULDERING THE BLAME There have been quite a number of complains about the difficulties for foreigners to vote at the referendum. About a week before the elections the official government advertising about the upcoming referendum was in the Algemeen Dagblad, the Extra and the Amigoe, so I would think also in the few other news papers. In that announcement it was clearly stated that non Netherlands nationalities have not only to bring an identification as cedular or drivers licence but also the residence or work permit. Even if they live longer than 10 years on the island, these persons should all have the permanent residence permit which is handed to them once they do not need a yearly permit anymore. And if they don' t read this government announcement, it is a pity, but it is still not fair to blame anybody else. Kind regards Brigitte Kley Editor. After the required ten years many residents were not ‘handed’ permanent permits. They were told they no longer needed permits. Other voters were turned away when they presented the temporary document that is supposed to confirm their residency while their new permits are being processed. (Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2) endum committee comprised of various social groups. The committee will formulate the various options and propose a voting date. It is hoped the committee can be installed in October. Recent announcements from St. Maarten may shed light on two matters that have been troubling residents of Bonaire. The first revealed that United Telecommunication Services (UTS) has offered to install a new state-of-the-art telephone system at police headquarters in Philipsburg. “I believe that the problem with the faulty telephone being used by police will be solved within a short while, as I have received confirmation from UTS that they will donate the new state-of-the-art system, which they will also install for police,” said State Secretary Erno Labega. The St. Maarten Police Force had been accused of neglecting telephone calls from the general public for some time, until it was discovered that the system it is using is outdated and many of the calls made to the telephone number 542-2222 are dropped, never reaching the intended persons within the department. Many Bonaireans have reported that calls to the police here have gone unanswered as well. The second announcement revealed that the island government of St. Maarten will acquire, at its own expense, a machine that will produce credit card-size ID cards, or sedulas. Previously Commissioner Louie Laveist told reporters that St. Maarten had been trying to get a machine for some time, (Continued on page 8)

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Page 6 Bonaire Reporter Septem ber 24 to October 1, 2004 1968 H attie, the breakfast waitress, roughly set another beer on the table in front of me. I stared at it, then at the Queen's Birthday party clutter lying ankle deep in the dining room and pleaded, "God, Hattie , a lotta ice." I looked out the window at the blue Caribbean and wondered if the coin from the party had been worth it. As I watched two divers jump off the end of the pier and swim the few feet into the reef, I could see the exact place where my wonderful ship the Valerie Queen had sunk. Growing nostalgic, I thought about our days in San Francisco, the craziness of the weekend parties in Sausalito, drinks until dawn at the No Name Bar and how some things never seem to change. Baldi, the leader of a small group diving with me, pulled up a chair, sat down, looked at my beer, and hollered, "Hattie... Beer and a lotta ice." Then I suddenly became aware of naked flesh in my proximity. I turned to find Baldi's traveling companions, bikini clad and pretty, at my elbow. Pointing to some empty chairs, I tried a smile and ordered, "Sit." The tall one said, "Happy Birthday, Captain!" I muttered, "Thanks. It was our Queen's Birthday, but I'll pass it along." The redhead asked, "Captain Don, were you really a pirate?" I replied, "I have been called that when checking out guests." The Queen's Birthday was beginning to tell on me, and I wondered how I was going to make it through the day. I watched Baldi knock back his beers across the table and knew I had found a guy crazier than myself. Good with people, he taught diving well, told tales of building brick walls for a living in Boston and traveled to Bonaire for some great diving and lots of fun. I was impressed. The rented garbage truck finally arrived. "Okay, Ephraim, load up and let's get this truck on the road. We have a dive to do.” Then, "DON! DON!" Maria, head of housekeeping, panting frantically, ran up to the truck. Ephraim slipped the truck into neutral and looked out the window. Maria breathlessly reported, "De yu di Doktor Binkhorst tin lolo den zip.” Ephraim leaned back and switched off the engine. I dismounted. Baldi, the group leader, stuck his head over the side of the truck. "What’d she say? What’d she say?" I briefly considered my options, then growled a literal transl ation. "Baldi, she just told me that Doctor Binkhorst's kid has his penis caught in his zipper. Now, why don't you grab your tool box and get your butt down here and give me a hand." I won’t give you the details; after all, it was just another day in the hotel business. Things ended well, though, and many years later at an island reception, one of the few that I hadn’t attended, I got the report back from Janni that a young man, who obviously knew that she was my lady, approached her saying, “It wasn’t me, it was my brother,” and disappeared into the crowd. Janni failed to comprehend his meaning or motivation until she was told that the lad’s name was Binkhorst. Then the penny dropped, since Janni had known the story of the trapped penis for years. As a further follow-up, in April of 1999 a letter arrived from Dr. Binkhorst, the young man’s mother. She wanted me to know that Gordon, whom I had rescued some 30 years before, had obviously suffered no ill effects from my ministrations since he was now the proud father of four children, one a set of twins. “Baldi, get your people back on the truck. Let’s go diving.” In 1968, divers were still a novelty and heads turned as we moved through the heart of town and finally to the Queen's new tourist road which ribboned north and made the entire shore line available. Near Barcadera, a small coral cluttered beach about 85 feet below the road, stone steps had been built. The truck pulled off the road near Radio Holland's transmitter site opposite the steps. Horrified, I ogled the modern dive gear falling out of the truck, all over the road. Certified divers sometimes surprised me. One of my lady divers nicknamed the Goat was diving with us that day, a real Captain Don diver. Steel tank high and firm on her back, snorkel through her belt, mask strap hung over the snorkel, and the flippers where they belonged, on her feet. She was already moving down the steps while Baldi's people were fumbling and dragging their gear down the steps, one piece at a time. Barcadera, like most other beach entries, had been totally blocked by antler coral which grew tight to the beach, and I had cut paths to deeper water where antler coral gave way to star coral and gorgonians. My normal procedure on every site was to mark the window with an inflated Clorox bottle that I secured about three feet from the bottom. The system worked. I also used floating condoms tied into the soft coral. They were best, but expendable and very expensive. The chromis and yellowtails with their incredible appetites never failed to entertain, and one of Baldi's princesses was bitten, but otherwise the always pleasant and easy dive was an uneventful 35 minutes and back to the beach for sun and warm beer. I moved on down the beach to give Baldi the shade of the tree and some private time with his divers. Suddenly came some loud words, some bad, a few in Italian, and then the coral stones commenced to fly, bad luck for me. I became a shield for the guy who was the target. The first two stones missed everything, the third killed a cloud, and the fourth clobbered me. I never saw it coming. Moments later a red Texas gusher welled from my head. The guy behind me said, "Oh, Christ!" And Baldi said, "Hey! Why the hell did you get in the way?" The Goat said, "That's a big hole, Captain Don. I can see inside your head." The last of my secrets gone! "Okay, fix it.” She replied, "A piece of cake," and gathered some hairs from each side of the hole, twisted them together to form string, then pulled the string until the cut closed, poured some more beer over it, and said, "Come on, Captain, let's go swimming." It was 20 minutes before the truck was loaded, and I nodded at Ephraim to get going. One guy said, "Great dive!" The redhead said, "Boy! That was sure some nifty first aid work." Baldi said, "Why'd ya get in the way?" A guy with sea urchin spines in his hand said, "That's a bunch of steps, must be a thousand of them." "Only 67," I corrected. He looked up at me and replied, "Yeah, down! And 933 back up!" I glanced at the Goat who was laughing, "He's right. 1,000 steps!" I signed 11 logs that afternoon. “Dive location-1,000 STEPS.” Story and photos by don Captain Don Ingi feeding the masses 1000 steps In this issue we continue a series of stories by Captain Don Stewart—one of Bonaire’s “Living Treasures” and the man credited wi th focusing Bonaire on Dive Tourism.

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Page 7 Bonaire Reporter September 24 to October 1, 2004 J ust like humans, dogs can suffer from anxieties and phobias. A typical example is “stranger anxiety. ” The dog is afraid of anyone new; he runs and hides, trembles and cowers. (This is not to be confused with dogs who are both fearful and aggressive, or “shy-sharp,” and dogs whose exposure to life outside the home is limited.) It may be compounded by factors such as prior abuse. Some dogs are innately “shy.” Others learn to be this way, taking their cues from experience, other dogs, and humans (even well meaning ones). The First Step In any case, the most effective approach involves a program of retraining. The first step is to reinforce a “dominant” relationship with your dog, creating an environment in which the dog looks to you for guidance and approval. This includes obedience training and, ideally, a dog who is treat motivated. If you do not have this basis, you will not be very much help to your fearful dog. The Second Step The second step is to eliminate any cues or reinforcement which may be coming from you. Don’t make a big deal out of meeting new people with your dog, and don’t invite them to pet him, or coax him to allow it. The more indifferent you are, the more confident he will be. Never reinforce fearful behavior by petting him or otherwise praising him. The Third Step The third step is to develop a protocol for when strangers come to your door. Start by enlisting a friend (known to the dog) to help you by visiting regularly for a few days. Keep a leash and a bowl of treats near the door. When your friend knocks, calmly get up and call your dog to the door with you. If he won’t come, just ignore him and answer the door. Have your friend pick up a treat on the way in, and go sit down somewhere to chat. If your dog makes an appearance, have your friend call him, and if he does not run away, have your friend give him the treat. Soon your dog will realize two things: there are treats living near the door, and visitors are giving them to him. Call him to go with you every time you answer the door. When he comes, ask him to sit, put the leash on, and open the door. Ask every visitor to take a treat from the bowl and hold it out to him, saying his name but NOT trying to pet him. If he doesn’t take the treat, ignore him. If he tries to run away, hold the leash, ask him to sit again (this is why you need prior obedience training), and then ignore him until your visitor has either left or come in and sat down. Then say “OK” and release him. You will need the cooperation of friends and family, delivery people, everyone, for this training to be successful. Eventually, your dog will associate strangers at the door with treats and nothing but treats, and he won’t remember what it was he was so afraid of. The final step is to carry treats with you on walks and whenever you take him new places. If he acts afraid when meeting a stranger, ignore him. If he does not, ask the stranger if he would please offer him a treat (without touching him). Remember, don’t make a big deal out of it, don’t coax him, and never pull him towards a stranger. Stay quiet and unconcerned, and if he shows any interest in a new person, make sure he gets rewarded. Some fears are easier to address than others. We can control who our dog meets and how, but we can’t control the weather. Next time we’ll discuss “thunder phobia.” Susan Brown Susan Brown is a professional dog trainer on the island who has been in the “pet business” for 28 years. “I do anything rela ted to pet care,” she says, “training, pet sitting, grooming, even help with the after care of recuperating animals.” For all your dog training or pet care needs contact Susan at the Pet Professor, e-mail: bandbfarm@yahoo.com or call 717-2620. STRANGER ANXIETY You will need the cooperation of friends and family, delivery people, everyone, for this training to be successful.

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Page 8 Bonaire Reporter Septem ber 24 to October 1, 2004 (Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 5) but uncooperative civil servants in Curaçao kept “moving the goal posts." The machine was supposed to cost NAƒ60,000, but now the cost seems to be only NAƒ14,000. Bonaire has also been without an ID making machine since before December, 2003. You have heard of cars and trucks being hijacked. KLM recently announced it had become a victim of “jumbo jacking” after gunmen robbed a cargo plane at Johannesburg’s international airport. “The group of armed men struck while freight was being unloaded on the ramp,” KLM said in a statement. “The police intervened and shots were exchanged, but neither passengers nor flight and ground personnel sustained any injuries. The gunmen escaped in the ensuing chaos.” KLM, now part of Air France, declined to say what was stolen from the Boeing 747-400 Combi. South African media reported the thieves had taken gold and diamonds. The Regatta Committee invites: Dive Boats, fishing boats, sailing boats, dinghies, pleasure boats, visiting yachts, glass bottom boats and all other floating, moving objects to take part in the 2004 Boat Parade October 7, Thursday. The parade will start at the Regatta House 5:30pm. The route will be: Regatta House to Capt. Don (turn around). Then south along Playa (speed 2,79 kn.) to Plaza Resort. Turn around again, going north to Regatta House. Boaters are asked to use a lot of lights, have fun and make a lot of hubaluba! Also to decorate the boat and crew if you have a chance. If you want a “good” position in the Parade or more information: Call or E-mail Capt. Ulf Pedersen on “Woodwind” today: Ph: 786 7055 or E-mail: woodwind@telbonet.an Volunteers are needed Sunday, September 26 for STINAPA’s Annual Cleanup of Klein Bonaire. If you want to help, please sign up at STINAPA offices, Tel. 717-8444, or 717-4163. On Sunday, two boats will leave for Klein from Harbour Village, at 6.30 and 7.30am. There is no place to beach the boats, so plan on a wet trip getting from and to the boat (you’ll want to leave your cel phone at home). The plan is to clean the coast from Nearest Point south. They expect to be done by 12 noon. Bring water, sunscreen, a pair of gloves. Plastic trash bags will be provided. The volunteers signed up so far include a group of school children. The Bonaire Dartclub has started its new season playing every two weeks at City Cafe. Their next event will be on Sunday, September 26th starting at 6.00 pm. All events are open for those are interested in an afternoon of dart-playing and sportsmanship. There’s no entry-fee. Bonaireaanse Aquatics Club now has a new Adult division open to fitness swimmers. Please contact Valarie Stimpson at valarie@telbonet.an if you are interested in participating. D.R./B.L. This photo by Edmar Thode of Bonaire showing the rough seas during the passing of Hurricane Ivan was chosen as “Photo of the Week” of the popular Dutch news Website www.nu.nl. He won an Olympus digital camera. And the reef cleaning continues. Dive Inn reports that their housereef looks much better . They have been fanning the sponges and turning over a lot of coral colonies. Because the tissue is still alive, the colonies have a chance to survive. If divers want to help, they may pickup a tank at the Dive-Inn. Divers are asked to take a pre-cleaning orientation because extra caution is needed for the next few weeks. Many creatures and fishes are in a state of distress right now because their homes and territories have been rearranged by the storm. Babs Meulink The debris removed from Playa Chachacha

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Page 9 Bonaire Reporter September 24 to October 1, 2004 B onaire is well known as the premier Caribbean windsurf destination thanks to a radical group of windsurfers who have made the scene hot. They use the natural elements of air and water to enjoy one of the most visually appealing sports. The newest most challenging sport to come to Bonaire is kiting. Kiters use the wind and the water but instead of a sail, they have a large parachute type sail that allows them to glide over the water. Several kiters in Bonaire used to be windsurfers but once they crossed over to kiting, they never went back. Kiting is not only hot in Bonaire, it's the fastest growing sport on the market all over the globe. Kitesurfing is the newest sport on water. In fact, in 1999, there were probably only a few hundred kitesurfers in the world. Today there are tens of thousands. The population of kitesurfers is growing rapidly. The idea behind kitesurfing is pretty basic. A kitesurfer stands on a board with foot straps or bindings and uses the power of a large controllable kite to propel him/her and the board across the water. Bonaire has one of the best regional kiters sailing the south coast waters almost daily. Meet Jeroen Roveros. Jeroen makes the sport look easy. It seems effortless as he floats high in the air, performing some dazzling aerial tricks. A physical education teacher at SGB, he considered the sport a way of life. He started windsurfing 15 years ago in Holland and graduated to kiting. Jeroen says, “I was addicted to this sport. I still think it's a cool water sport." He traveled all around the east coast of Holland but lives here now, kiting near Atlantis and Pink Beach. This expert kiter is impressed with the conditions here. "Kiteboarding on Bonaire is great because the trade winds are blowing almost every day." says Jeroen. He also ventures to other regional kite sites such as Aruba and Venezuela. Currently his favorite site to sail is secluded Las Aves, one of the little island groups east of Bonaire. Jeroen is so good he has the support and sponsorship of Brunotti Boards and Naish Kites. As with anything new, there is controversy surrounding this extreme sport. There are some hazards. Many beaches around the world monitor the times kiting is allowed or have even issued bans on kiting. Bonaire is one such destination. The authorities here have decided Lac Bay is not safe for kiting. It’s currently allowed on the southwest coast where offshore winds prevail. Jeroen's outlook on the ban is reasonable but concerned. "I think that in most places where kiteboarding has been 'banned' people made a right decision. On crowded beaches and places where lots of people are swimming in the water, you should ban kiteboarding. In more and more places, kiteboarding is not being banned because people figured out some kind of regulation of the sport.” He goes on to say, "Also on Aruba, where because of the very gusty winds it's a good idea to keep the windsurfers apart from the kitesurfers. So they banned kiteboarding from 11 am till 5 pm. I think that's a very good idea," says Jeroen. He has a realistic view and a solution which avoids bans but creates structured times to ensure safety. The same applies in Maui. Surfers and fisherman have the water until 11am; then kiters and windsurfers are allowed to play. It's all about a balanced compromise to ensure safety yet equity. Kiting is a beautiful sport and enhances the sporting community of Bonaire. There are a handful of responsible kiters who take to the southwest shores to challenge their skills in the pristine waters that surround Bonaire. This is a not-to-be-missed spectacle, so head southwest, anywhere from Pink Beach to Atlantis and you will be in awe of the colorful kites that grace the skies. You will also have the opportunity to see one the region's best kiters. Jeroen and his team of kiter buddies will astound you. Ann L. Phelan VESSELS MAKING A PORT CALL : 3T Abu Dai Angie Alegria, USA Alaluya Aleria Aurora Avatar, USA Bright Sea Camissa, Chan Is. Camperdown Cape Kathryn Chacuco Cop Out Delphinius El Sabor Escapade Fan-Fan Flying Cloud, USA Frajola Gatsby, USA Gonzo II Grey Lady Guaicamar I , Venezuela. Honalee Macaby, Netherlands Maggie Makai Marathon Marina Em Marnel IV Misty Blue My Dream Israel Natural Selection, USA Nonesuch, USVI Nut N Honey One Way Wind Ottifant Pamela Jean Pastime Polecat Pomona Pow Wow Precocious Gale, USA Revid Reward Rumbacon Sandpiper, USA Santa Maria, Sweden Scintilla, Germany Side by Side Sirius Sojourner Southern Cross Starlight Dancer Sylvia K Sylvistre Ti Amo, USA Too pfarr out TopCat Tothill Ty Dewi, USA Tween Ulu Ulu, USA Unicorn, Norway Varedhuni, Germany Windmiller, Canada Ya-T, BVI Zahi, Malta YACHTING AND WATERSPORTS PAGE KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT) Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF 9-24 5:43 0.8FT. 21:29 2.0FT. 61 9-25 6:09 0.9FT. 11:36 1.2FT. 14:28 1.1FT. 22:18 1.9FT. 70 9-26 6:30 1.0FT. 11:46 1.3FT. 16:00 1.1FT. 23:06 1.8FT. 79 9-27 6:45 1.1FT. 12:07 1.4FT. 17:28 1.1FT. 87 9-28 0:53 1.5FT. 6:41 1.2FT. 12:37 1.5FT. 19:06 1.1FT. 92 9-29 2:09 1.3FT. 6:02 1.2FT. 13:23 1.6FT. 20:58 1.1FT. 93 9-30 14:04 1.7FT. 22:52 1.0FT. 91 10-01 0:09 1.0FT. 14:55 1.7FT. 85 Ann Phelan is the Bonaire based owner of Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations, a windsurf and eco tour specialty travel service. She is also the Event Coordinator of the Annual Bonaire PWA King of the Caribbean. To book a trip or consult with Ann email her at ann@bonairewindsurfing.com A Skygrab

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Page 10 Bonaire Reporter Septem ber 24 to October 1, 2004 What can this pose do for you? So, the history of yoga tells us, 5000 years ago yoga postures came from watching animals and other natural structures. Watching my dogs stretch themselves after their sleep, I am amazed at the similarities of their stretch to our downward dog pose in yoga. They are stretching and lengthening out their spine, shoulders, chest, back of their legs, opening and stretching out their claws, their tail gets to stretch, and then they have the tendency to open and stretch out their jaw by yawning. Then they go about their daily activities. Generalizing, we humans don’t stretch after we sleep, so our bodies start out each day neglected. As the day goes on we bend, twist, stand for long periods of time, and sit behind computers for hours. We then wonder why we feel tired at the end of the day. The Downward Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana) is one of the best yoga-based exercises you can do. It promotes a true balance between flexibility and strength. And when done well it is a beautiful pose.If you are doing the Downward Facing Dog correctly, you’ll feel a primary stretch in the center of your hamstrings. You should also feel a broadening of your shoulders and a lengthening and opening of your chest. Your torso, abdomen, spine, arms, legs, and neck should feel long and expanded. If you feel any pain or discomfort behind your knees or back, bend your knees and lift up your heels. Take a few minutes out of your day–go ahead try a downward facing dog pose–feel and experience the difference it can make in your life. My challenge to you is to do this for one minute each day for a week. Give change a chance, Desirée “The soul that moves in the world of the senses and yet keeps the senses in harmony… finds rest in quietness.” Bhagavad Gita Don and Desirée of “Yoga For You” offer classes from beginners to advanced. Call 717-2727,785-7688 I n the last article I wrote about how to manage diabetes nutritionally. It is important to eat: € foods that are low in fat, saturated fat and sugar € complex carbohydrates (your dietitian can give you recommendations about meal portions) € foods that are high in fiber. € fruits and vegetables on a daily basis Most of the time people with diabetes are afraid to eat a dessert, a little snack or complicated meals. It is good to know th at nowadays recipe books especially for diabetes are easy to find, and you can always look for diabetes recipes on the internet. Or...the easiest way is just to adju st your traditional r ecipes by changing the ingredients rich in fat to low fat versions and by using sweeteners instead of sugar. For instance you can use reduced fat margarine instead of margarine and low fat milk instead of full cream milk. Below are two very nice recipes. They will give you an idea of how to manage the ingredients when making cakes and cookies for those with diabetes. OLD FASHIONED APPLESAUCE CAKE 1 cup all purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon baking soda 2 teaspoon cinnamon ½ teaspoon ginger ½ cup reduced calorie margarine ½ cup egg or egg substitute 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup Slenda granular ½ cup unsweetened applesauce Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray an 8x8 in. metal cake pan with vegetable cooking spray. In small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and ginger. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, beat margarine with an electric mixer on high speed for approximately 1 minute. Add egg or egg substitute and vanilla and blend on high speed for 30 seconds. Mixture will be very liquid. Add Splenda and beat on medium speed until very smooth, approximately 1 ½ minutes. Add flour mixture and applesauce and beat on low speed until mixed, approximately 45 seconds. Spread batter evenly into prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes at 350 F. Serves: 8 LOW-SUGAR OATMEAL COOK IES (makes 3 dozen) 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature 1/3 cup granulated Splenda 1 egg 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 cup whole wheat flour ½ teaspoon cinnamon powder ¼ teaspoon nutmeg 1 teaspoon baking soda 2 cups oats 1 cup chopped pecan or walnuts 1/3 cup raisins (optional) Preheat oven to 350 F. Line baking sheets with parchment or spray with non stick cooking spray. With an electric mixer, mix butter and Splenda until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and baking soda. Gradually beat into butter mixture. By hand stir in oats, nuts and raisins (if using). Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto prepared sheets. (the dough will be stiff. Use the back of the spoon to flatten each cookie slightly.) Bake for about 15 minutes, or until browned. Angélique Salsbach Angélique Salsbach, a dietitian with Bonaire’s Department of Health and Hygiene, has a radio program every other Tuesday 9 to 9:30 on Bon FM. Write her at dietitan@bonairenews.com Angélique Salsbach George tries it too.

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Page 11 Bonaire Reporter September 24 to October 1, 2004 L ast week’s hurricane warning was my first…and along with many residents of the island, I did venture to the coast to witness the fury of the Caribbean Sea as Ivan slowly (and luckily) changed it s course. As our everyday lives returned to normal, again I was one of the many residents who scouted the island to see the changes in the coastline. Some of my secrets spots are gone… however, some of the so-so beaches have changed for the bette r and Playa Manteka is a good example. Playa Manteka Not long after the hurricane watch was lifted, I started hearing of a new and improved beach… so I had to check it out. The power of the waves from Hurricane Ivan flattened and cleared Playa Manteka from all the debris that the Caribbean Sea rejected over the years. As you may know, Playa Manteka is just after the hatchery when you drive south from Sorobon Beach. As you drive along the shore road, you will notice that you can now see the beach whereas before, there was an embankment blocking the view. I spent quite a long time strolling along this incredibly long beach, discovering the many sandy spots along the water’s edge, and taking in the incredible view of water crashing on the r eef at Lac Bay with the distant backdrop of the mountains of conch shells at Lac Cai. When you visit Playa Manteka, I hope you will notice as I did, that some of th e beaches have pink coral specks mixed with the white sand giving them an amazing pink tint, while other beaches are of beautiful white sand. The waves were still too strong to enter the sea safely the few times I’ve visited Playa Manteka since its new face-lift, but the constant roaring of the moving water, the crashing of the waves and the blowing wind did provide me with a wonder haven of peace and quiet. Ol’Blue I visited Ol’Blue with a new friend I’ve made earlier this week. I met Franklyn along the water’s edge near Jeff Davis. I was hoping to find new beaches as a result of Ivan’s fury… he was looking for coquillages. He mentioned to me that Ol’Blue is one of the most under-used beaches on the island. As I admired the most beautiful aqua-colored water I’ve seen in a long time, Franklyn explained that because the beach’s location the currents and tides rare ly affect the beach’s calm waters. The actual beach is located at the bottom of a one-meter cliff and is about 150 meters long. Ol’Blue is made up of mostly loose coral; however, you will find it easy to stroll this 150-meter beach if you walk along the water’s edge. Small sandy spots along the shore make entering the sea extremely easy compared to some of the beach I’ve visited recently. Visitors to the beach will need to swim quite far to find some good snorkeling sites, but the calm waters make the swim enjoyable. The top of the cliff is all of fine white sand and an ideal location to set up for a picnic, relax and enjoy the magnificent vistas that only Ol’Blue offers. Most of the people visiting Ol’Blue are avid divers -only enjoying this beautiful location to set-up before disappearing into the water. I do hope that you will, as I did, consider Ol’Blue as an alternative to your favorite beach, the peaceful environment you will find at this beach will quickly win you over. Josée Bolduc Frosst Nukove before Ivan Nukove after Ivan

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Page 12 Bonaire Reporter Septem ber 24 to October 1, 2004 T wo rollicking brothers are blond “Gary” and black and brown “Rudy.” These adorable puppies are a little over two months old and were found dumped into someone’s yard. These guys are funny and full of pep. Both will grow up into medium sized dogs. One dog is fun to have, but two are doubly fun when you see what silly antics they can get into with each other. Another nice thing is that they keep each other company, so you don’t have to leave the house riddled with guilt that you’re leaving your precious puppy all alone. If you’d like to see Gary and/ or Rudy, stop by the Bonaire Animal Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open Monday through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, Saturdays until 1. Tel. 717-4989. The Massive Free Sterilization Program is coming soon – October 18 to 30. If you can help – either in the operating room or with transportation – give Shelter Director Jurrie Mellema a call at 7174989. He’ll tell you how you can fit it. A lot of people are putting a lot of effort into making this program a success and you can help! And don’t forget to spread the word to people who have unsterilized dogs. L.D. GOT SOMETHING YOU WANT TO BUY OR SELL? REACH MORE READERS THAN ANY OTHER WEEKLY NEWSPAPER BY ADVERTISING IN THE BONAIRE REPORTER FREE FREE FREE FREE Non–Commercial CLASSIFIED ADS (UP TO 4 LINES/ 20 WORDS) Commercial ads are only NAƒ0.70 per word, per week. Free ads run for 2 weeks. Call or fax The Bonaire Reporter at 717-8988 e-mail ads@bonairereporter.com FENG SHUI CONSULTATIONS Interior or exterior design advice, clearings, blessings, energy healing China trained, Experienced. Inexpensive. Call Donna at 785-9013 PSYCHOLOGY PRACTICE BONAIRE. Consultation, Supervision, Hypnotherapy, Psychotherapy Drs. Johan de Korte, Psychologist, Phone: 717-6919 CAPT. DON’S ISLAND GROWER Trees and Plants, Bonaire grown. 8000m2 of plants and nursery. Specializing in garden/septic pumps and irrigation. Kaminda Lagoen 103, Island Growers NV (Capt. Don and Janet). Phone: 786-0956 or 787-0956 LUNCH TO GO Starting from NAƒ5 per meal. Call CHINA NOBO 717-8981 JanArt Gallery , Kaya Gloria 7, Bonaire Local Art, Art Supplies, Framing, and Art Classes. Open Tu-We-Th & Sat 10 am5 pm Friday 17 pm; or phone 717-5246 for appt. BonaireNet is the leading consumer and business information source on Bonaire. Telephone (599) 7177160 . For on-line yellow pages directory information go to http://www.yellowpagesbonaire.com JUST IN TIME FOR REGATTA Traditional Bonairean Sailing sloop. Wood, traditional construction, about 21’ long. Fiberglassed in and out for minimal maintenance. Two time winner of Bonaire Regatta, Class A. A dream to sail. Bargain at NAƒ9,999. One of the last of its kind. Call 717-8988 WANTED to buy, a used shipping container. Tel. 717-2727 or 785 7688 “Gary” and “Rudy.” WANTED: 2-3 bedroom furnished house needed Jan. 10June 10. Budget is 500-700,00 NAF per month. Please email tysonpoor@hotmail.com or call 785-6820. Island references available. For Rent : Comfortable 2-bedroom beach villa-weekly or monthly-choice location-Privacy & securityJuly 15 to Jan 15-Brochure available-Phone (Bon) (599) 717 3293-or (US) (570)586 0098-e/mail larjaytee@aol.com Oceanfront, furnished, 2 bedroom apartment for rent in Belnem. Call 717-8603. A young female Dalmatian mix, approx. 6 months old, was found in the Santa Barbara area. Her owners are lost. If anyone finds them, please bring them to the Bonaire Animal Shelter. This well-fed little bundle of energy misses them very much. If this dog is yours, or if you think you may know the dog's owners please contact the Animal Shelter at: #717-4989

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Page 13 Bonaire Reporter September 24 to October 1, 2004 A nnouck and Benji just returned from their latest European vacation and took along a Reporter . The beautiful castle in the background is called "Neuschwanstein" and is located in southern Bavaria, Germany. They felt like doing a really touristy thing and joined the crowd on the tiny steel-frame 1890s bridge that crosses a 300-foot-deep gorg e across from the castle. Since Benji is very agoraphobic, he didn't have much time to direct the volunteer photographer WIN GREAT PRIZES! Take a copy of The Bonaire Reporter with you on your next trip or when you return to your home. Then take a photo of yourself with the newspaper in hand. THE BEST PHOTOS OF THE YEAR WILL WIN THE PRIZES. Mail photos to Bonaire Reporter, Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles (AN). E-mail to: picture@bonairereporter.com. (All 2004 photos are eligible.) Bavaria, Germany P ainting your mailbox can be a very creative project. First you will need to think of a design that is appropriate for you and your family. Think of things you enjoy and colors that you like. Plan a design that will make going to the mailbox a pleasurable experience. There seem to be a lot of bills in the boxes these days, and to have something to smile about before you open the mailbox can take away the stress! You can use the mailboxes from the hardware stores, or build your own if you happen to have carpenter skills. I used an aluminum box from the hardware store. Mailboxes found in Bonaire have several different finishes: plastic, enamel painted metal, and flat aluminum. All three can be used for this project. Here are the steps taken for the Mailbox pictured: 1. Sand the mailbox to get a rough surface. An electric sander works best to get a quicker start on the project. Sanding gives the paint a surface to adhere to and prevents premature peeling. 2. Start with one layer of white waterbased acrylic or latex paint. Let it dry. 3. Next paint your background color. You may need several coats to build up a solid color foundation. The key is to paint each coat lightly and let it dry thoroughly before applying the next layer. 4. Draw your designs on paper or lightweight cardboard. 5. Cut out your designs and put a piece of rolled tape on the backside. Move the design around the box to find the best placement. Be careful with the tape, it can lift up your paint if you stick it on too hard. 6. Draw around the designs with pencil. 7. For lettering take advantage of Word Perfect and print your letters on the computer, then transfer with carbon paper on to the box. 8. Now paint! 9. Let the paint dry and apply a coat of water-based varnish (available at Global-Krioyo Paint). 10. Install your box in front of your house and wait for fun mail to arrive – or at least have fun looking at your new mailbox when the bills come in! Alternate Ideas: € Splatter paint or dribble paint on your box with various colors. € Let your kids do free-style they always amaze me with their artistic talents when given a chance. € Use pre-cut plastic stencils to paint your designs (found at Firgo’s and Flamingo Bookstore) € Glue on small driftwood and sea glass pieces for a natural look. Mailboxes are a definite avenue to “Art for Fun!” Please feel free to come by the JanArt Gallery, Kaya Gloria 7, to see the mailbox featured here! Janice Huckaby, JanArt This article is part of a series by Janice Huckaby of JanArt. Call 599 717-5246 or 791-5246 for information on art lessons or to view her artworks Liven Up the Neighborhood with a Newly Painted Mailbox

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Page 14 Bonaire Reporter Septem ber 24 to October 1, 2004 LISTEN TO THE TOP HITS EVERY SATURDAY FROM 12 NOON 1 PM This list is compiled by the staff of Digital FM 91.1 and shows this week’s (TW) and last week’s (LW) songs. TW LW #W BAND SONG TITLE 1. AVENTURA HERMANITA 2. X-CLUSIVE BERDAT SIN MIEDU 3. ALI B IK BEN JE ZAT 4. BEYONCÉ MY FIRST TIME 5. FRUKO Y SUS TESOS FRUKO’S BOGALOO 6. MICHELE HENDERSON LAS LESSE MWEN 7. O-ZONE DRAGOSTEA DIN TEI 8. LL COOL J HEADSPRUNG 9. FORSA DOS WAK BO BIDA 10. THE FINN BROTHERS A LIFE BETWEEN US 11. MC WILLIAM/STEPHEN PIEDRA PRECIOSA 12. NINA SKY MOVE YA BODY 13. MC FARAH WEG’I BASEBALL 14. NELLY FEAT. JAHEIM MY PLACE 15. CELINE DION AIN’T GONNA LOOK THE OTHER WAY

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Page 15 Bonaire Reporter September 24 to October 1, 2004 THIS WEEK Until September 25 , at Cinnamon Art Gallery an exhibition of “Nochi” Coffie’s works. Sunday September 26, the Bonaire Dartclub meets at City Café, starting at 6.00 pm for an afternoon of dart-playing and sportsmanship. (see page 8). Tuesday, September 28— NEW DATESGB CULINARY SCHOOL FUNDRAISING DINNER, Chez Nous, at 7 pm. To help send four students to study cuisine in Italy for 4 weeks. Call for reservations 717-8120. COMING October 3-10 —37th Annual Bonaire International Sailing Regatta Wednesday, October 6 — Bonaire Regatta Run/Walk, 5 km, 5 pm, sponsored by Comcabon. Tel. Richard Pietersz at 7178629 to sign up. October 7-9 — 3rd International Ladies Softball Tournament, Sonrisa Ballpark at Tera Cora. Games Begin at: Friday, Oct. 7, 7.00 pm Saturday, Oct. 8, 2 pm Sunday, Oct. 9, 10 am; Championship Game at 4.00 pm. Sunday, Oct. 10th at 5 pm at KonTiki, The Down Town Dixie Society band from the Netherlands. There will be snacks and drinks. Entrance is free. This concert is sponsored by Budget Rent a Car . EVERY WEEK Sunday Live music 6 to 9 pm while enjoying a great dinner in colorful tropical ambiance at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant & Bar . Open daily 5 to 10 pm. Live Fla Bingo with great prizes, starts 7 pm, Divi Flamingo Monday -Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria 717-6435 Monday -Rum Punch Party on the beach at Lion’s Dive. Dutch National Products introduces Time Sharing and how to save on your next vacation. 6:15 to 7 pm Tuesday -BonaireTalker Dinner/ Gathering at Gibi's Terrace-6:30pm -call Jake at 717-6773 or e-mail jake@bonairetalk.com 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 Meditation at Donkey Beach from 7:30 to 8:30 pm. Open to all. Call S. H.Y. 790-9450 Wednesday Sand Dollar Manager’s Cocktail Party , Mangos Bar and Restaurant Friday -Manager’s Rum Punch Party, Buddy Dive Resort, 5:30-6:30 pm. FridayOpen House with Happy Hour at the JanArt Gallery at Kaya Gloria #7, from 5-7 pm. Saturdays during summer Rincon Marshé opens at 6 am 2 pm. Enjoy a Bonairean breakfast while you shop: fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts, local sweets and snacks, arts and handicrafts, candles, incense, drinks and music. Every day by appointment -Rooi Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Authentic Bonairean kunuku. $12 (NAƒ12 for Bonaire residents). Tel 717-8489, 5409800. DailyThe Divi Flamingo Casino is open daily for hot slot machines, roulette and black jack, Monday to Saturday 8 pm– 4 am and Sunday 7 pm– 3 am. FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS SundayDiscover Our Diversity Slide Show, Buddy Dive at the pool bar, 7 pm 717-5080 Wednesdays (2nd and 4th) Turtle Conservation Slide Show by Andy Uhr. Carib Inn seaside veranda, 7 pm FridayWeek in Review Video Presentation by the Toucan Dive Shop at the Plaza’s Tipsy Seagull , 5 pm. 717-2500. FridayThe Captain Don Show Conversation, fun, yarns, a few slides. Guaranteed 85% true. Aquarius Conference Room. Captain Don's Habitat 8:30 pm Tel. 7178290 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES The Bonaire Swim ClubContact Valarie Stimpson at 785-3451 or Valrie@telbonet.an Cinnamon Art Gallery Volunteers to help staff gallery during the day. Contact Wendy Horn, at 717-3902 or 785-9700. Bonaire National Marine Park 717-8444. Bonaire Animal Shelter 717-4989. Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607. Jong Bonaire (Youth Center) 717-4303. Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844. Special Olympics Contact Delno Tromp, 717-7659 CLUBS and MEETINGS AA meetings every Wednesday ; Phone 7176105; 560-7267 or 7173902. Al-Anon meetings every Monday evening 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 invited. NAƒ5 entry fee. Call Cathy 566-4056. Darts Club plays every other Sunday at City Café. 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, sec. Jeannette Rodriguez. Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya Sabana #1. All Lions are welcome. Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday , 12 noon-2 pm Rendez-Vous Restaurant, Kaya L.D. Gerharts #3. All Rotarians are welcome. Tel. 717-8454 BONAIRE’S TRADITIONS Mangazina di Rei, Rincon . Enjoy the view from “The King’s Storehouse” while learning about Bonaire’s history and culture and visit typical homes from the 17th century. Daily. Call 7174060 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. 7178444/785-0017 Sunday at Cai Live music and dancing starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai. Dance to the music of Bonaire’s popular musicians. Rincon Marshéevery Saturday 6 am to 3 pm. Open market in Bonaire’s historic town. Soldachi Tours show you the Rincon area . Alta Mira Nature Walking Tour at 6:30 am. Town Walking tour at 9:30, Bus Tour at 10 . Call Maria at 717-6435 to reserve. CHURCH SERVICES International Bible Church of Bonaire – Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle) Sunday Services at 9 am; Sunday Prayer Meeting at 7:00 pm in English. Tel. 717-8332 Protestant Congregation of Bonaire . Wilhelminaplein. Services in Papiamentu, Dutch and English on Sundays at 10 am. Thursday Prayer Meeting and Bible Study at 8 pm . Rev. Jonkman. 717-2006 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays 8:30 11:30 am. Services in Papiamentu, Spanish and English. Catholic San Bernardus in Kralendijk – Services on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in Papiamentu 717-8304 . Saturday at 6 pm at Our Lady of Coromoto in Antriol, in English . Mass in Papiamentu on Sunday at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-4211. Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios), Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). Services in English, Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10 am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm . 717-2194 New Apostolic Church, Meets at Kaminda Santa Barbara #1, Sundays, 9:30 am. Services in Dutch. 717-7116. * * * * * * Send events to The Bonaire Reporter Email reporter@bonairenews.com Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 791-7252 Kaya Prinses Marie Behind Exito Bakery Tel. 717-2400 Tickets NAƒ10,50 (incl. Tax) High Schoolers NAƒ7,75 NEW FILMS BEGIN EVERY FRIDAY SATURDAY 4 PM Two Brothers SUNDAY MATINEE 4 PM King Arthur New ! Usually 9:00 pm The Bourne Supremacy (Matt Damon) Early Show (usually 7pm) White Chicks ESSENTIAL DIVE EQUIPMENT UPDATED THIRD EDITION NOW AVAILABLE IN STORES Or order @Bonairereporter.com The Best Guide To Bonaire for Shore Diving R egatta 2004 preparations are hotting up. You will be able to register for Regatta on Saturday October 2nd at the Kas di Regatta on the waterfront. But Regatta is not only for sail boaters. During Regatta week there are many other activities, and if you want to know more about them, here are your contacts: The Nations Parade, Sunday Oct. 3rd . Contact Felix (Papy) Cicilia tel. (5999) 560-7440 or at Dept. of Culture Kayak Races, Wednesday and Thursday Oct. 6th and 7th. Contact Andre Nahr at Bonaire Dive and Adventure tel. (599) 717-2227 The 19th Comcabon/Web Regatta Run, Wednesday Oct. 6th. Contact Mr. R. Pieters at tel. (599) 717-8629 The Teener's Parade, Wednesday Oct. 6th. Contact Mrs. Lilian Domacasse at tel. (599) 717-8183 The Working Boat Parade, Thursday October 7th. Contact Capt. Ulf Pedersen of Woodwind at tel. 560-7055 The Niki Tromp Youth Bike Show, Saturday October 9th. Contact Mr. Churney Bomba at tel. (599) 717-6873 or (5999) 518-4565 The 3rd International Ladies Softball Tournament, October 7th to 9th. Contact Edsel Piet er at 7860406. HISTORY OF AMORC Lecture organized by the Rosicrucian Order AMORC at Jong Bonaire The origin of the Rosicrucian philosophy is in the tradition, philosophy and myths of ancient Egypt. Thousands of years ago in Egypt schools were founded to study the laws of life and the universe. Only serious students were admitted to these schools, where they were initiated into the so-called ‘ mysteries.’ These were really natural laws, but to the ignorant they were mysterious. Today some of these laws are widely known, such as the law of karma and reincarnation. But although many people talk about these laws, they do not always have a deep understanding of them. The Rosicrucian Order AMORC, an international nonprofit organization, can help you explore these topics. On 24 September 2004 the Bonairean section of AMORC, the foundation Parthenon AMORC Bonaire, is organizing a public lecture on some aspects of the Rosicrucian philosophy. The lecture is entitled: ‘ Verlichting is verplichting’ (Enlightenment entails obligation) and will be held by Mr. Michiel Bijkerk. The lecture will be in Dutch, but anybody should feel free to ask questions or join in the discussion in English or Papiamentu. The lecture starts at 7 pm in one of the rooms of Jeugdhuis Jong Bonaire. The evening will end before 11 pm. Anyone interested is welcome. Entrance is free. M.B.

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Page 16 Bonaire Reporter Septem ber 24 to October 1, 2004 RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE / WHEN OPEN FEATURES Bella Vista Restaurant Sea Side Restaurant at Buddy Dive Resort 717-5080, ext. 535 Moderate. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Open every day Magnificent Theme Nights: Sunday: Beach Grill; Wednesday: Mexican Night; Friday: Manager’s Rum Punch Party and All-You-Can-Eat B.B.Q Calabas Restaurant & Chibi Chibi Restaurant and Bar At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort. Waterfront 717-8285 Moderate-Expensive Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Open 7 days Get a view of the beach and beautifu l turquoise setting when enjoying a breakfast buffet or a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar. Enjoy inspiring vistas and a high standard of international cuisine. Croccantino Italian Restaurant Downtown at Kaya Grandi 48 717-5025 Moderate-Expensive Dinner Closed Monday Skilled chef direct from Tuscany pr epares exquisite dishes. Authentic ingredients and romantic setting make dining a total delight. Be served in a garden setting under floating umbrellas or in air-conditioned comfort. Take out too. Garden Café Kaya Grandi 59 717-3410 Moderate Monday-Friday, Lunch & Dinner Saturday, Dinner. Closed Sunday Finely prepared Middle Eastern cuis ine plus Venezuelan specialties. Excellent vegetarian selections. Pizza and Latin Parilla La Balandra On the Water at the Harbour Village Resort 717-7500, ext 62; 785-0902 Moderate Open every day 30 am to 10:30 pm, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Cuisine by Chef Alberto Roldan of the Bonaire Culinary Team. If you are using the NAƒ25 Beach Pass, a NAƒ15 credit is given for meals Bonaire’s best seaside location. The Last Bite Bakery CLOSED Sept. 23 thro Oct. 14. 717-3293 Home Delivery or Take Out Low-Moderate Orders taken 8 am-4 pm; Deliveries 67:30pm , Closed Sunday Enjoy a delicious dessert or savory baked meal in the comfort of your home or resort. This unique bakery offers gourmet class items always from scratchfor take out or delivery only. The Lost Penguin Across from MCB Bank in downtown Kralendijk Call 717-8003. CLOSED Sept. 1 to 26. Low-Moderate Breakfast, Lunch, Early Dinner Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays Watch the bustle of downtown from this street side Caribbean-style bistro owned and run by a European educated Master Chef and his wife. Nonchi’s at Cultimara 791-4280 Low Open 5 am-8 pm Monday-Saturday Delicious local and international food to take out, or eat there. Everyday a different combo. Sandwiches and roast chicken too. Lunch from NAƒ7Pasa Bon Pizza On Kaya Gob. Debrot ½ mile north of town center. 790-1111 Low-Moderate Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday Bonaire’s best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest ingredients. Salads, desserts. Eat in or take away. Nice bar too. Call ahead to eat-in or take out 790-1111 The Seahorse Cyber Café Kaya Grandi #6. Phone 717-4888 Low-Moderate Open 7 am 7 pm Closed Sunday Tasty breakfasts, pastries, fresh tropical juices, homemade bread, special sandwiches, delicious desserts and more make this a favorite. AIRLINES BonairExel. Bonaire’s own ON TIME airline flying between Bonaire, Curaçao and Aruba. Look for The Bonaire Reporter on board. APPLIANCES/FURNITURE/COMPUTERS City Shop is Bonaire’s mega-store for TV, Stereos, Air conditioning, large and small kitchen appliances, computers. Name brands, guarantees and service center. BANKS Maduro and Curiel’s Bank provides the greatest number of services, branches and ATMs of any Bonaire bank. They also offer investments and insurance. BEAUTY PARLOR Hair Affair . Expert hair cutting, styling, facials, waxing and professional nail care. BICYCLE / SCOOTER/ QUADS De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; professionally repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top brand bikes. Have your keys made here. BOOKS Watercolours Bonaire and Eye on Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao are the most original ways to remember Bonaire and the islands at their best. At Photo Tours and many other island shops. Bonaire Diving Made Easy , Third Edition, is an essential in your dive bag. The latest information on Bonaire’s shore dive sites. BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION APA Construction are professional General Contractors. They also sp ecialize in creating patios and walkways with fabulous sprayed and stamped concrete pavement. CYBER CAFES See Restaurant Guide for The Seahorse Cyber Café. DIVING Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch dive shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade on Bonaire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive computer H.Q. Dive Inn Seven studio apartments and dive shop/ school directly on the waterfront in the heart of town. Friendly, highly experienced with an exceptional staff. FITNESS Bonfysio offers comprehensive fitness programs to suit your needs whether they be weight loss, sports or just keeping in shape. Convenient schedule. Fit 4 Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in Pilates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional trainers, fitness machines and classes for all levels. GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES Green Label has everything you need to start or maintain your garden. They can design, install and maintain it and offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden chemicals. HOTELS Golden Reef Inn is the affordable alternative with fully equipped studio apartments in a quiet Bonaire neighborhood. Just a 3-minute to diving and the sea. METALWORK AND MACHINE SHOP b c bBotterop Construction Bonaire N.V. , offers outstanding fabrication of all metal products, including stainless. Complete machine shop too. PHOTO FINISHING Kodaramathe only digital lab and studio handles all digital media and offers the largest variety of professional services -across from MCB Bank 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: International/US connections. 5% of profits donated to local community. Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and insurance services. If you want a home or to invest in Bonaire, stop in and see them. REPAIRS Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed or built. Ultra reliable, h onest and experienced. Electrical, plumbing, woodworking, etc. RESORTS & ACTIVITIES Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun tours including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snorkeling and exploration. SAILING Woodwind has it all: Smooth trimaran sailing, to Klein Bonaire, affordable prices, snorkeling with equipment, guide, drinks, snacks. Call 560-7055 SECURITY Special Security Services will provide that extra measure of protection when you need it. Always reliable. Call 717-8125. SHIPPING Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of Bonaire. Customs agents. Pr ofessional and efficient. FedEx agent. Call 717-8922/8033. SUPERMARKETS Tropical Flamingo is convenient, clean, modern, efficient and has the lowest prices on Bonaire. Located behind NAPA. Visit Warehouse Bonaire to shop in a large, spotless supermarket. You’ll find American and European brand products. 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 WATER TAXI Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Call Bonaire Nautico at 560-7254. Ride the Kantika di Amor or Skiffy . Hotel pickup too. WINES Antillean Wine Company. You’ve tried the rest; now try the best: best prices, highest quality wines from around the world, kept in a cooled warehouse. Free delivery. YOGA Yoga For You . Join certified instructors Desireé and Don at Jong Bonaire for a workout that will refresh mind and body. Private lessons too. ATTENTION BUSINESSMEN: Put your ad in The Bonaire Reporter. The most advertising for your guilder. Phone/Fax 717-8988, Cel 791-7252

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Page 17 Bonaire Reporter September 24 to October 1, 2004 “T he first time I came to Bonaire was in 1992 when I worked as an intern for six months with “Bejolha,” a construction company. I liked it so much that after I’d been in the military service I came back in 1995 to work for the same company as the assistant manager. Alas, the company went bankrupt after two years and I moved to Curaçao in 1997 where I started working for Habibe & Maia architects. Four years later I moved on to another company, IMD (design). One day some interns who were working for IMD asked me to come with them to Bonaire to give them a tour, as I had lived there. They went by boat, I went by plane and somehow we missed each other until I found them back at Karel’s. I started talking to some old friends of mine while the interns moved on to City Cafe and there comes this girl straight towards me and she says: “Hey, how are you doing!” I said: Okay, but do I know you? Then she realized she was talking to the wrong guy and she apologized, we introduced ourselves and we started chatting and she told me she was studying in Holland and worked for the time being as an intern with the Tourist Office, TCB. That was Roosje Goeloe from Bonaire. I thought she was a nice girl, cute too… and it hadn’t been very often that a girl had made a pass at me.” “We actually met”, Roosje says, “because I thought JanPieter was somebody else. That somebody also showed up that night and I ended up talking to two Dutch boys and I didn’t really know either one of them. It was August 24, 2002. We exchanged our phone numbers and when Jan-Pieter went back to Curacao the next day I called him to wish him a good trip.” “I thought it was very thoughtful of her to call me”, JP says, “but in Curacao it was back to the old routine. Three weeks later Roosje returned to Holland to complete her studies and life took its course again. But somehow, in those two little hours that we’d been talking to each other, we’d exchanged so much information that we kept in touch by phone and E-mail. Slowly but gradually we found out that we had a lot in common; the same upbringing, the same standards and values, the same way of thinking and the same interests.” “Funny thing was,” Roosje says, “that when we were chatting, I was typing something without looking at the screen and when I looked up I saw JP had written what I’d been writing! Scary! Still, at that time there were no butterflies… yet! What we did have was a foundation, a friendship that became more and more solid. I realize and I feel very strongly that it was a blessing the way Jan-Pieter and I met in Bonaire when neither one of us was living there at the time. I was born in Bonaire in 1979, I have a brother, Paulo, who’s 15 and my sister Angela is ten years old. When I was little I always wanted to become a secretary, just like my mom. Later on I thought of becoming a lawyer as I was very capable of defending myself in the battles I had with my mother! When I finished HAVO I went to Holland in 1997 to study Tourism and Recreation at Breda University of Professional Education. I lived in Holland for five-and-a-half years, but always with the intention to come back to Bonaire.” “I was born in Amsterdam in 1970, but I grew up in Enschede, in the eastern part of Holland,” says JP. “I’ve one brother who’s 30 years old. First I studied MAVO, then I went to Polytechnic School and after that to Higher Professional Education where I became a Bachelor of Science in construction engineering. My father was a policeman, my mom a homemaker. She never came to the Antilles because of a lung disease that wouldn’t allow her to fly. Sadly, she passed away this year, February 16th. My father and brother used to visit me frequently and my dad always carried his video camera around saying: I’m coming here with two pairs of eyes…as he put everything on video for my mom to see. My idea to come to the Antilles…I think I picked it up when I was about eight years old listening to my mother’s brother’s stories about the Antilles where he served as a marine,” he grins. Looking at Roosje, he proceeds: “Roosje came back to Bonaire in April 2003. Two days later she came to Curacao, but not to see me: Her little sister had fallen dreadfully ill and was institutionalized in Curaçao. Her mother had called me, what she’d done before, to ask me if I could take her and a friend from the airport to the institute, but she didn’t tell me that Roosje was coming too. The moment I saw her, her curly head, I felt this big smile appearing on my face and I thought: Is it really true? And that’s when it happened!” “We were good friends, we had a real strong bond, we were real soul mates and when we saw each other we knew it was more than friendship,” Roosje smiles, holding JanPieter’s hand. “When Angela got encephalitis in December 2002 and on top of that a bad virus as well we feared for the worst and I stopped my studies and came back to be with my family and to support them. When my mother brought her over from Curaçao to Bonaire it was a big thing, as Angela needed round the clock care and my mother couldn’t give up her job because she needed her income. But my mom fought to have her back. Angela is completely paralyzed and she can’t speak or eat, but once she was home, she became a different child within a month. She gained weight and started reacting. Now she’s fine, mentally, physically she will never be the same, but she’s fighting, she’s a fighter. I wasn’t prepared to come and work here and had to look for something. When I heard BonairExel was looking for stewardesses, I thought: Why not! I sent them my CV and it appeared that I was overqualified, so I became the sales & marketing assistant. Now I’m their sales representative. As we had to fly back and forth all the time in order to see each other we realized that something had to be done; somebody had to move so we could be together. We tried Aruba, it was sort of neutral, but we couldn’t find anything there. Jan-Pieter applied for a job with Fundashon Cas Boneiriano, with Taxabon and Jacobs Architects on Bonaire and it was Jacobs Architects who wanted him as from March on, but he still had to resign his old job, so he started with Jacobs Architects April 1st, 2004.” “I really had a great job with IMD and I liked my boss a lot, but I wanted to be with Roosje,” Jan-Pieter says. December 24th 2003, she’d proposed to me during a dinner at Mai Mai. She’d given me a beautiful watch and had left me totally speechless! It was a wonderful experience! Later on we heard that my parents were engaged the same day, 40 years ago. I didn’t want to tell my mom about the engagement as she was hospitalized and I was afraid the excitement would be too much for her. We went to Holland but the day we left my dad called me to tell us that she’d passed away. I felt sad, I wished Roosje had met her, could have hugged her, they only knew each other through phone calls, but even so, my mom was crazy for her.” “I felt very disappointed that I’d never met his mom,” Roosje goes on, looking at JP, caressing his hand, “but JP told me: ‘Don’t you worry, because now she’ll be at our wedding. She could never fly, but this time she’ll be there.’” And at the cremation in Holland the whole family embraced me and told me: “She loved you and she wanted to meet you so badly.” We got married August 24th 2004.” “It was a special wedding,” JP says, “my brother Marcel told me: ‘Traditional is for people who can’t be original,’ and that tells everything in a nutshell about the wedding. We didn’t need God’s blessing spoken by someone we didn’t know. Our parents blessed us and we felt blessed, we are blessed….” He looks at Roosje with so much tenderness: “I am rich; I’ve got a wife who’s beautiful, inside and out, I can eat a sandwich every day and I have a roof over my head, that’s enough and it’s the same way for Roosje; we’re happy.” Roosje kisses his hand: “It can only get better. Sometimes I am afraid of so much happiness, but the last words of my dedication during the wedding were: ‘I don’t know where life will take us, but I know I will be there for you; to talk to, to listen, to laugh and to comfort you, to adore you, to long for you and to love you with all my heart.’” Greta Kooistra April 1, 2004 Jan-Pieter and Roosje van der Hoek “As we had to fly back and forth all the time in order to see each other, we realized that something had to be done; somebody had to move so we could be together.” Greta Kooistra Jan-Pieter and Roosje van der Hoek

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Page 18 Bonaire Reporter Septem ber 24 to October 1, 2004 C ircus Suarez of Mexico blew into town about the same time as Ivan. Fortunately it stayed longer. Many circus seats were filled th rough the generosity of Maduro & CurielÂ’s Bank (Bonaire) n.v. They invited groups of 60+, children from the Maria Hoppner Home, visitors from FKPD and the Sosiego Home, and pensioners. Photos by Hendrik Wuyts (Scuba Vision) Maduro & CurielÂ’s photo C O V E R

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Page 19 Bonaire Reporter September 24 to October 1, 2004 The Five Nights Of The Harvest Moon! And Two Fun Things You Can Do With It!" N ext week we will be treated to several nights of the Harvest Moon. But what exactly is a Harvest Moon? Let me explain. A harvest, according to the dictionary, is simply the act of gathering in a crop or the harvested crop itself and for centuries at this time of year across North America and Europe the fall harvest took place. So traditionally the full Moon closest to the first day of fall, the Autumnal Equinox, was called the Harvest Moon. And since the Autumnal Equinox occurs this week on Wednesday the 22nd, next Tuesday night, the 28th, will be the official night of the Harvest Moon. Traditionally though, the Harvest Moon doesn't last just one night but also includes the almost full Moons two nights before the full Moon and the almost full Moons two nights after. You see the Moon normally rises approximately 50 minutes later each successive night except for the Harvest Moon which rises only 20 to 25 minutes later each night. The astronomical reason for this is that th e path of the full Moon closest to the Autumnal Equinox makes a much smaller angle with the horizon than at any other time of the year. Now before the invention of electric lights this was very important to farmers at harvest time because it meant that they could work after sunset for several evenings in a row gathering in their crops by the bright light of the Harvest Moon. Today however, with mechanized farming and artificial lighting, harvesting goes on 24 hours a day. So the Harvest Moon has lost its original significance. One thing, though, it will never lose its incredible beauty because for five nights we will see it rise shortly before or shortly after sunset. And all rising full Moons always look bigger and more colorful, usually orangeish like a pumpkin, than when they're overhead. The reason the Moon looks more colorful as it rises is because we see it through thicker and dustier layers of our Earth's atmosphere than when it's overhead. And although it looks bigger at the horizon it is just an illusion, which you can prove to yourself. In fact, if you take a dime and hold it out at arm's length when the Harvest Moon is close to the horizon you will see that it covers exactly the same amount of the Moon as it does when the Moon is at its highest. And if you want to try another Moon illusion, simply bend over at the waist and look at the rising Harvest Moon upside down between your legs and bingo! It will instantly look smaller than when you look at it right side up. So don't miss the five nights of the Harvest Moon next week, beginning on Sunday night the 26th, through Thursday night the 30th. Believe me it will be more than a dimeÂ’s worth of fun and a dozen times more beautiful! Jack Horkimer For the week: September 24 to October 1, 2004 By Astrologer Michael Thiessen ARIES (Mar. 21April 20) Empty promises ar e evident. A long, quiet walk alone may help you sort out your thoughts. You should be raising your self esteem and confidence in order to promote your work . Do not react too harshly when dealing with partners. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday. TAURUS (Apr. 21May 21) Don't be afraid to talk to close friends or relatives about pressing personal problems. Moneym aking opportunities will surface. Think about your priorities. Don't push your mate if you want to keep this union going. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday. GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Try not to argue about trivial matters. Your bankbook will suffer and your restrictions will put a damper on your relationship. You must make sure that all your personal documents are in order. Your charisma will no doubt attract a lot of attention. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday. CANCER (June 22-July 22) Make sure that you make reservations early. Don't be too hard on your mate. Complete those hobbies you started a long time ago. Sort situations out as best you can. Watch your spending habits. Your lucky day this week will be Friday. LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Don't push your mate away. Don't let individuals with wild schemes talk you into a financial deal that is not likely to be successful. Keep busy and let them fume while you're not around. Don't hesitate to go ahead with any plans for entertainment. Your lucky day this week will be Friday. VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) You may have more to do with children this week; keep an open mind. You can make new friends and get involved in new hobbies successfully. Don't overextend your self in order to add luxury items to your entertainment center. Communication must be open, precise, and honest. Your lucky day this week will be Monday. LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You can meet friends who will let you know how valuable you are. You can meet potential new mates, but make sure that they aren't already committed to someone else. Your hi gh enthusiasm will be sure to inspire anybody around you. You can ferret out secret information if you just listen to what others have to say. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday. SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) This will not be the best day for communication or travel. Don't count on getting any help from those you live with. Balance is required if you want stability. Use your intellectual approach to get the best results. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) You need to take a break with the ones you love. You will be up and down emotionally. You are best to get out of the house this week. Compromise if you wish to have any fun at all. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday. CAPRICORN (Dec 22.Jan. 20) Your unique approach to life will interest others. You will easily charm members of the opposite sex. Your goals will be in reach if you direct your energy wisely. Acknowledge your lover's needs. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday. AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You could over react to emotional situations regarding your relationship. You should channel your efforts into getting rid of bad habits. Opportunities for new romantic encounters will unfold through the social events you attend. Be honest in your communication and don't lose your cool if someone backs you into a corner. Your lu cky day this week will be Sunday. PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You will have to control the way you feel. Attempt to face key issues with lovers or problems could escalate. Don't spend too much on products that promise amazing cosmetic results. Be tolerant, but don't let any one take you for granted. Your lucky day this week will be Friday. Moon Info New Moon September 28th First Quarter October 6th Full Moon October 14 th Last Quarter October 20th *to find it, just look up Harvest Moon by Angela Brad

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