Posted on Thursday, November 21st, 2019 at 7:36 am by LaLonde Jewelers
Dutch East Indies ( Indonesia)
When I lived in Hawaii, I knew a character named Bondini, but it wasn’t his real name. This was a name we gave him. Not exactly sure who gave him this name, but it stuck, and we always called him that. Someone told me that the name meant poop in Japanese. I’m still not sure but we liked it. So Bondini was of Dutch/Thai descent. His family was from the Dutch East Indies. It was the area that the Dutch controlled up until WWII until the Japanese took it over because they needed the oil reserves.In 1949 this became Indonesia.
So Bondini was a real character. Always on the verge of making major money. If you wondered how, just ask him, he always had a story for you. His mishaps in life were always someone else’s fault.
I worked with him in the business for the first year of working in the Islands. He was like one of my bosses up until the time I broke away to work for myself. He carried a sawed-off shotgun under his desk (which he later got in trouble for).
He was a real piece of work. He had a jewelry store that got robbed and word was that he set it up and sold the goods in Europe. They could never pin anything on him.
Then he got teamed up with a group of Hawaiian Syndicate members that controlled crime in the Islands from the 60’s thru the 90’s.
They set him up with a jewelry store and he asked me if I wanted to work with him. I didn’t even have time to think about it when the bosses contacted me and asked me to take over the operation. They said that he was too greedy, and they couldn’t trust him. Well it was nice that they thought I was more trustworthy, but I explained that I had my own gig and was happy with that. I would have made a lot of money, but I didn’t feel like looking over my shoulder all the time.
Next thing I know Bondini takes off for the Philippines. He was married to a Filipino and I guess he thought he had the connections to get in the gold mining business, maybe even find some of Marco’s gold that he had hidden.
One day he is back in Honolulu sort of on the run. It appears he teamed up with a Filipino war lord in the gold business. These were guys that wore green uniforms, had automatic weapons and long bands of bullets wrapped around their neck. He started going out with this warlord’s teenage daughter and got her pregnant. Well, the warlord found out Bondini was already married and he had it in for him.
Ol’ Bondini had to flee, but I’m telling you he was always good for a story and I couldn’t get enough of them. I kind of lost track of him but I know what his next story was, it was how he was just on the verge of making millions in the gold business when that warlord’s daughter came along and tripped him up.
Written by Dan LaLonde, G.G., G.I.A.
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