VSS eNewsletter 1 June 2011

Vegetarian Society (Singapore)
1 June 2011
In This Issue

Editor’s Note

VSS NEWS


NANAS Trip
 
ACRES – Public Forum on Animal Welfare
 
Smoothies & Talk@Bedok Green Secondary
 
World Env Day@Chestnut Drive Secondary
 
VSS Quoted in ‘Tabla!’
 
Dr Esselstyn in Local Magazine
 
Talk at Orchard Central
 
Yio Chu Kang Talk
 
Stall Vacancy at RI Canteen
 
The VSS InBox
 

GENERAL NEWS


Veg Cooking Course at New Green Pasture
 
7 Sensations Relocates
 
Second Veg Restaurant at International Plaza
 
Supercharged with Raw Energy – Salad Dressings
 
‘Forks Over Knives’ Reviewed
 
Plate to Planet
 
Green Room Café Reopens
 
World Env Day at Green Circle Eco-Farm
 
Healthy Eating, Healthy Living... With Joyce Lye
 
Organic Farm Tour and Lunch
 
Veganburg Now Delivers
 
Tanjong Sutera Trip
 
Why Vegetarians Weigh Less
 
‘Awaken Your Healing Power’ – Book Review
 
Eight Weeks to Wellness
 

We're excited about the 1st ever Animal Welfare Symposium on 18 Jun. Eating animal based foods is the #1 way we humans harm the welfare of our fellow animals. Thanks.
 
Dr George M Jacobs


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NANAS Trip

Join VSS on another fun-filled day trip this June –
we'll be enjoying a sumptuous vegetarian lunch, hitting the shopping mall, and making lots of new four-legged friends at NANAS (Noah's Ark Natural Animal Sanctuary).
(Our previous trips were all sold out, so remember to register early!)
 
Date: Sun, 19 Jun
Time: 9.30am-5.30pm
Cost: $50 (VSS members); $65 (Non members)
Includes transport, lunch, NANAS entry fee,
plus a goodie bag!


 
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ACRES – Public Forum on Animal Welfare

Over the years, there has been much concern about animal welfare issues in Singapore. There has been increasing media coverage on these issues, and members of the public have voiced their concerns
through emails to AVA, on newspaper forums, blogs
and on facebook.
 

Organised by ACRES in collaboration with Chong Pang grassroots and with the support of Minister K Shanmugam, the first-ever Public Forum on Animal Welfare Policies gives you the opportunity to be engaged; it gives you the opportunity to voice your concerns; and it gives you the opportunity to help shape animal welfare policies in Singapore. VSS will have a booth, and we hope to raise veg issues. ACRES also promotes veg.
 

Here are the details:
Date: Sat, 18 Jun
Time: 2pm-5pm
Venue: Chong Pang Community Club Hall, 21 Yishun Ring Road, S. 768677
http://www.street-directory.com/singpost/singpost.cgi?
postalcode=768677

 
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Smoothies & Talk@Bedok Green Secondary

Students of the Environment Club learned about the importance of our diet choices in protecting the environment. Later, with hands-on they enjoyed and tasted the message with 8 kinds of smoothies. The session, also attended by a couple teachers and a canteen vendor, was meant to empower the students to share with the student population the following week, Earth Week.
 

The big show was the following week at an Assembly Talk for Sec 1 and 2. First, three students from the Environment Club and a VSS member did a dialogue with two videos about why it's green to eat less meat. Then, with the help of other Environment Club members, we demo-ed smoothie making, and all 800+ students had a chance to taste the delicious results.
 

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World Env Day@Chestnut Drive Secondary

On 20 May, VSS raised the awareness of Chestnut Drive Secondary students through an exhibition, a quiz (based on the exhibition), a matching card memory game, a drawing contest and Veggie Thursday flyers. The book voucher prizes we provided helped encourage participation during the fun filled event. The vegan ice-cream and food stalls recommende d by us were a hit with the students.
 

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VSS Quoted in ‘Tabla!’

Tabla! is published by SPH for the Indian community. It appears every Friday, with 30,000 copies distributed free of charge at 7 Elevens and many other outlets http://www.sph.com.sg/ourproducts_newspaper_
tabla.shtml

 

The 27 May issue features a front page article titled “Going Vegetarian”, and a few VSS members are quoted, including Balakrishnan Matchap, Ilavarasi and Gangasudhan. Among the topics dealt with is growing awareness of vegan (plant based) diets.
 

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Dr Esselstyn in Local Magazine

More positive waves from Dr Caldwell B Esselstyn, Jr's –
http://www.silverlining.com.sg – SG visit last Mar, organised by VSS. This time an interview with Dr E appears in the May-Jun issue of Silver Lining, a locally produced magazine for baby boomers: http://www.silverlining.com.sg
 

Here's how the magazine previews the interview titled, Heart to Heart with Dr Esselstyn: We speak to
Dr Caldwell Esselstyn, world-renowned for championing
a plant-based diet for the prevention and reversal of
heart disease.
 

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Talk at Orchard Central

On 17 May, a VSS representative did a talk at Orchard Central on why we help the environment when we eat less or no meat. The talk was part of a weeklong event known as Actions for Earth, organised by Hemispheres: http://www.mycarbonfootprint.sg/actions/
Actions2011.html

 

The point of the talk was a simple one: Maybe the most powerful action we can take for Earth is to reduce or eliminate our consumption of animal based foods. Plus, going vegetarian can be easy, tasty and fun. Start small, such as with Veggie Thursday, and start with a buddy who is already veg or wants to try, and you might be pleasantly surprised that it's not so difficult. However, if you have questions or concerns, feel free to contact VSS: info@vss.sg.
 

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Yio Chu Kang Talk

Yio Chu Kang Residents Committee (Zone 4) invited VSS to give a health talk for a healthy lifestyle event on 28 May. Also featured at the event was a food carving display. The VSS talk began with the scary statistics on heart disease, stroke and cancer, which now account for over half of deaths in SG.
 

Next, the VSS speaker moved on to happier topics, including all the nutrients available from plant foods. To reinforce that point, we distributed the VSS nutrition flyer, which shows plant based sources of essential nutrients.
 

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Stall Vacancy at RI Canteen

For several years, VSS has been working at RI to improve the diets of the students there. By increasing students' awareness of the affects of food on health, environment and our fellow animals, and by increasing the availability of plant based food, we hope that students will make happier diet choices, now and throughout their lives.
 

The canteen of Raffles Institution (Secondary) is in need of a vendor to run a stall. This is a great opportunity to promote healthier dieting at an elite school. Although VSS has no control over the application or running of the stall, we have some experience to share as we have been working with RI student groups over the years. Utensils and equipment for the stall are available for sale. Interested persons, please contact yeow@vss.sg.
 

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The VSS InBox

Here's some interesting news from Hong Kong.
 

I am writing to explore any partnership opportunities with the Vegetarian Society Singapore regarding Veg Haven –
Southeast Asia, a comprehensive guide book to vegetarian restaurants dedicated to pleasing the palettes of vegetarians from around the world.
 

The book provides over 650 listings and some discount coupons per market and covers Southeast Asia including Hong Kong and Macau, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. It gives information about restaurants located in major cities of these countries and the aim is to provide a guide that becomes a rich resource of dining and cuisine news to serve readers.
 

Let me know if there's any opportunity that we could work with the society probably by offering special rates to your privileged members and featuring the guide book in your site.
Thanks and look forward to hearing for your prompt reply.
 

Best Regards,
Adrian Andaya
 

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Veg Cooking Course at New Green Pasture

Sophia Teh, the every inventive chef at New Green Pasture Café on Level 4 of Fortune Centre, is doing another one of her cooking classes on Sundays, 3-6pm in June. Total investment for all four session is $200, including dinners.
 

Here are the dishes you will learn and enjoy:
 
5 Jun:
Shrum Hash Brown, Thai-style Mee Siam, Golden Burdock Shreds and Bellissimo Salad Cream.
 
12 Jun:
Cosmo Salad, Rainbow Beany Rice, Sweet Dream Pillow and Miso Salad Noodle.
 
19 Jun:
Fragrant Beancurd Roll, Snowy Millet Congee, Wholemeal Mini Mantou and Indian Blossoms.
 
26 Jun:
Royal Sushi, Grandma's Favourite, Angel's Threads and Double Happiness.
 

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7 Sensations Relocates

From 4 Jun, one of Singapore's most innovative veg restaurants and a consistent supporter of VSS, 7 Sensations, is relocating from Madras Street to 9 Raffles Boulevard, #P3-07 (3rd Floor) Parco, Millenia Walk, S. 039596, Tel: 6298.8198, Fax: 6336.3194, http://www.7-sensations.com.
 

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Second Veg Restaurant at International Plaza

International Plaza, 10 Anson Road, next to Tanjong Pagar MRT, already has a branch of the Loving Hut restaurant chain, and now there's one more veg restaurant: Xin Yi Vegetarian by Earth Kitchen, 6226-3979. Details at http://www.vegetarian-society.org/node/1539
 

And, don't forget that there's another veg eatery nearby: Whole Earth Vegetarian on Peck Seah Street: http://www.vegetarian-society.org/node/277
 

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Supercharged with Raw Energy – Salad Dressings

Raw vegetables are well known to be rich in vitamins, minerals, enzymes and dietary fibre. Learn from Chef Oh Chong Fah how to make your raw veggies especially tasty with salad dressings made from basic ingredients.
 

Session 1 – Sun, 12 Jun, 9.30am-12.30pm
Session 2 – Sun, 19 Jun, 9.30am-12.30pm
Fee: Early-bird $60, Normal $80
(payment after 5 Jun), inclusive of materials & ingredients for each single session
 
Sign-up for two sessions and enjoy a $10 discount
 

Special – Making Miso Paste Secret Unveiled!
This is a special workshop on step-by-step miso making.
 

Date & Time: 17 Jul, 9.30am-12.30pm
Fee: Early-bird $120, Normal $140
(payment after 10 Jul), inclusive of materials & ingredients.
 

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‘Forks Over Knives’ Reviewed

Roger Ebert is one of the world's best known film critics. He's also someone who learned the hard way – cancer – about the links between diet and health. Ebert wrote a very informative, advocatory review – http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?
AID=/20110511/REVIEWS/110519995
– of the documentary ‘Forks Over Knives’ – http://www.forksoverknives.com – which features Dr Caldwell B Esselstyn, Jr and Prof T. Colin Campbell, who have both spoken in SG in the past two years.
 

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Plate to Planet

This less than 5mins short film, voiced by a Hollywood actor, is about a person's trip to the supermarket to choose the ingredients that he's going to use to make dinner for his family.
 

Here's the blurb:
“What to eat?” It is the question on everyone's minds at least three times a day – more depending on your appetite – and now a new short film, “What to Eat,” narrated by Jason Schwartzman (star of “Rushmore”, “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” and the HBO series “Bored to Death”) and supported by top environmental organizations including the Sierra Club, Worldwatch Institute, Food and Water Watch, Brighter Green, and Farm Sanctuary, aims to show how eating less meat can help lessen the environmental impact of factory farming. By showing how our food choices have a more serious impact on our environment than the cars we drive, the light bulbs we use or the ways we recycle, the film makes the point that we can all take small steps for positive change.
 

http://www.platetoplanet.org/
 

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Green Room Café Reopens

Green Room Café – http://www.vegetarian-society.org/node/982
in Ang Mo Kio recently reopened and now features raw chef Diana von Cranach's living cuisine:
http://www.greenroomcafe.com.sg. Raw cuisine matches Green Room Café's natural setting in Bishan Park 2.
 

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World Env Day at Green Circle Eco-Farm

On World Environment Day, Sun, 5 Jun, from 3pm, Sewalanka Foundation and Green Circle Eco-Farm invite you to the inaugural Sewalanka Organic Food Fair at the farm at 41 Neo Tiew Rd. See www.greencircle.com.sg for directions and click the Events button for details on the event.
 

Sewalanka Foundation is a Sri Lankan development organization which enhances the capacity of disadvantaged rural communities to identify and address their own development needs. Through its own professionals and its links with other service providers, the foundation coordinates training and support services that contribute to the economically viable, socially just, and ecologically sustainable development of Sri Lanka.
 

Small-scale farming will not be successful unless there is a market for the goods. This is where richer developed countries like Singapore can help, by buying and creating a market for their products.
 

To raise funds for ACRES (http://www.acres.org.sg), Kampung Senang (http://www.kg-senang.org.sg) and Sewalanka Foundation (www.sewalanka.org), there will be a farm tour and included will be a delicious traditional Sri Lankan home-cooked vegetarian buffet dinner specially cooked by 2 Sri Lankan chefs at $30 per person, $15 for children from 5 years old to 12 year old.
 

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Healthy Eating, Healthy Living... With Joyce Lye

Come to the “Global Village of Inner Peace” – Kampung Senang, where one can find peace and restore the balance in nature. Know and learn all about healthy eating and living. Meet Kampung Senang co-founder Joyce Lye as she shares the challenges faced in her journey to pursue her passion in promoting holistic wellness in Singapore.
 

Date: Sat, 2 Jul, 9am-12.30pm, (Registration / welcome drink & snack from 8.30am)
Venue: Kampung Senang @ Tampines, Blk 840, Tampines Street 82, #01-111
Fee: $30 SIM Members, $35 UniSIM Alumni, $40 Non-members
Info: Jennie Koh6248 5898 jenniekoh@sim.edu.sg, organised by SIM
 

Highlights:
• Mini organic farm tour and appreciation of herbs and spices
• Hands-on herbs and spices rolls
• Scrumptious organic luncheon
• Shop for organic and natural foods and other eco-friendly products
 

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Organic Farm Tour and Lunch

It's great to see so much interest in organic food. Here's a third organic event in this issue.
 

Bliss and Wisdom Society will be conducting a half-day farm tour to Fireflies organic farm on 5 Jun 2011 (Sun) from 9.00am-1.30pm.
 

Program ncludes:
(a) A special presentation by the owner of Fireflies who has transformed his traditional farm to an organic farm. He will share his insider knowledge.
(b) A guided tour of the farm.
(c) A healthy vegan lunch. Please call to register. Upon registration, you will be informed of the meeting point.
 

Date: Sun, 5 Jun
Time: 9am-1.30pm
Fee: $15 (including transport, tour, presentation and vegan lunch)
Registration: Bliss and Wisdom Society, 30 Lor 27,Geylang #03-01 (Citiraya Centre), S. 388164

Contact: Lim Chin Fa 9695.5427, Iris (谢秀华) & Ms Koh(许丽容) @ 6547.1580
 

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Veganburg Now Delivers

Veganburg – http://vegetarian-society.org/node/1481
one of SG's most innovative veg restaurants now does delivery too: http://www.veganburg.com/our-services Plus, rumour has it that Veganburg now has an Orange Marmalade Burger!
 

In fact, you might be pleasantly surprised at how many veg eateries deliver, although, as always, conditions apply. Whether or not an eatery delivers is one of the descriptors for all of the more than 500 veg outlets listed on the Food Outlets page on our website: http://vegetarian-society.org/fdl?q=fdl
 

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Tanjong Sutera Trip

The dates are Fri, 15 Jul to Sun, 17 Jul for a trip to Tanjong Sutera Resort in JB. (Google www.tanjungsutera.com for map and how to get there.)
 

Cost: S$175. Enjoy vegan meals, plus yoga, drumming, toning, singing and dancing, all in a beach cove setting.
 

To register, by 10 Jun, and for info: Betty Lau, battybooo@gmail.com, sms 65. 9648.9531,
and Lilian Goh lilgoh108@yahoo.com.sg
 

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Why Vegetarians Weigh Less

This short, simple article attempts to explain the growing body of data which suggests vegetarians generally weigh less than meat eaters. Of course, diet is one of many factors affecting weight.
 

Below is an excerpt. USDA = US Department of Agriculture. You can read the entire article at
http://planetgreen.discovery.com/food-health/
why-do-vegetarians-and-vegans-weigh-less.html

 

This is the first year ever that the USDA has embraced a vegetarian diet. In its 2010 dietary pyramid, the USDA gave vegetarianism an outright endorsement saying in addition to improved heart health, a vegetarian diet was associated with lower rates of obesity. Another study in 2009 by Oxford researcher Tim Key found that vegetarians and vegans had body weights 3 percent to 20 percent lower than meat eaters. So why are vegetarians and vegans thinner?
 

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‘Awaken Your Healing Power’ – Book Review

John Wong will be speaking at the Holistic Wellness Symposium organised by Kampung Senang to take place 30 Aug, on Level 5 of the Singpost Bldg, next to Paya Lebar MRT. For info and to register:
http://www.eco-harmony.net/HWS2011
 

John Wong has written the most important book I have read this decade. Why? Because John's experience reveals / affirms that the root of all illnesses begins in the mind... his young mind was filled with anger and resentment which boiled over to acts of violence.
 

Then, as John entered his 30s, his angst and ambition, coupled with his relentless drive to succeed in his bio-medical career, led to his paralysis and blindness. His body simply shut down.
 

The medical experts at Singapore General Hospital were baffled. They treated him blindly – even giving him chemotherapy – in the end they told John that there was nothing medical science could do for him. Only a miracle could make him walk and see again. And John created his own Miracle!
 

In his darkest hours, John made what he calls a ‘Transcendental Connection’ with his Creator (the God source) by “going within”... Since hope of healing from without (i.e., doctors & drugs) was gone, he was forced to fall back on himself. With a body emaciated and crumpled with pain, John had only his mind to journey within.
 

As he began soul-searching, probing deep within, he realized the pain and hurt he had caused his parents... and he was truly penitent. Bingo! that was the breakthrough... just as his sickness had been caused by his anger & ambition filled mind, now his genuine remorse was triggering healing in every cell. Note too that his book also talks about his Change of DIET – his realization that he needs the right plant diet to feed his cells.
 

And, just as importantly, as John turned the corner, he vowed that he would use his experience to help others who are suffering and to repay his parents for their unwavering care and faith in him. He had found his purpose for recovery... And this book tells very heart-warming stories of the people he started helping, even as he himself was struggling to regain his full strength.
 

There are vitally important lessons for all of us in John's story.
 

Review by Betty L Khoo-Kingsley – Author: Cancer Cured & Prevented, Naturally (3rd edition)
 

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Eight Weeks to Wellness

Eight Weeks to Wellness is a credible healthful lifestyle program which includes:
 
• pre and post health screening and follow-up sessions
• power point presentations by medical and health professionals
• cooking demonstrations with recipes
• workbook & other materials/activities
• wholesome dinner at each session.
 

The next run is from 14 June, for 8 consecutive Tuesday evenings from 7 pm to 9 pm. For more details, please call Min Hui at 6355.2602 or e-mail:
admin@youngbergwellness.com.sg
 

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