VSS eNewsletter 1 November 2011

Vegetarian Society (Singapore)
1 November 2011
In This Issue

Editor’s Note

VSS NEWS

Last Call for Tooth Health Talk
 
Wishing All Our Veg Muslim Friends a Joyous
Hari Raya Haji

 
Organizational Behaviour Study by NUS on VSS
 
Let's Tap Into Our Collective Wisdom
 
VSS Inbox
 
GENERAL NEWS

Halimah's Cooking Classes - November Schedule
 
Jeff McMahan on Vegetarianism
 
Loving Service from Loving Hut Jeju (Korea)
 
Famously Vegan Ellen DeGeneres to Open
Vegan Restaurant

 
More vegetarian cooking classes by Shalu Asnani
 
Do We Have a Choice? (e-book)
 
Awareness of Cruelty in Factory Farming
Gains Momentum

 
'Be The Change' Exposition - 12 Nov
 
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Dr George M Jacobs

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Last Call for Tooth Health Talk

The next Library talk this Saturday evening looks at how what we put into our mouths affects our mouth's regular inhabitants, in particular, our teeth. This Mandarin talk features Dentist Sophie Lee Show Feai who has practiced dentistry for more than 35 years and has been in private practice since 1980. She is currently a member of the Singapore Dental Council and volunteers at a free dental clinic. She occasionally appears on-air through 100.3FM to impart her dental knowledge. Furthermore, she has given dental public talks for organizations such as Kampung Senang and the Chua Clan Association.
 

Location: Ang Mo Kio Public Library, Programme Zone, Level 1
 

Date & Time: Sat, 5 Nov, 7pm-9pm
 

Admission is free and registration is not required as seats are on a first-come-first-served basis

Here is the link from the NLB web: http://golibrary.nlb.gov.sg/Programmes/Wellness/
39403/%E5%8F%A6%E7%B1%BB%E5%
81%A5%E9%BD%BF%E8%AF%B4_.aspx

 
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Wishing All Our Veg Muslim Friends a Joyous Hari Raya Haji

There are many Muslims in Singapore and around the world who are moving towards a vegetarian diet. We would like to wish one and all a joyous and fulfilling holiday this weekend. One collection of Vegetarian Muslims from across the globe can be found at
http://www.facebook.com/groups/181900761828828.
 

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Organizational Behaviour Study by NUS on VSS

A group of students from NUS sought out the VSS to study its organizational structure and operations a few months ago. The study was recently concluded and several recommendations were made to the VSS to improve its efficiency. We are grateful to the students for their efforts and considered assistance and are happy to note that the recommendations are all practical and sensible. The VSS team will slowly incorporate these recommendations which are targeted at better management of volunteers, higher level of delegation of work and decentralization of workload among collaborators. The summary of the study is available for inspection and a copy can be obtained by contacting our Operations Coordinator, Mr Gangasudhan, at ganga@vss.sg.
 

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Let's Tap Into Our Collective Wisdom

We have a small team of volunteers preparing some posters that advocate meat-reduction amongst the general public. We need some powerful, impressive and attractive statistics to include in these posters so that people will be motivated to think about the seriousness of the topic. If you have come across an impressive, bite-sized piece of information - that can be reduced to a one-liner and can be verified/substantiated through scientific research, please forward it to us so that we can include it. Our hardworking and multi-talented intern, Ms Ashley Chow, is collating this information and can be reached at chowwenxin@gmail.com.
 
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VSS Inbox

Photography at 30,000 Feet - Reloaded & Resolved
 
In the 15 October issue, we shared the story of one reader who had a misunderstanding with a local SG airline. It sent him a follow-up response to further address and explain the concerns raised. Here is part of what the letter contained:
 

We are sorry for the delay in response and will also like to apologise for not fully addressing your concerns earlier. We have conducted a re-investigation and it was shown that the cabin crew members had made a mistake and not served you your AVML (Asian Vegetarian Meal). May we assure you that our Manager Cabin Crew had interviewed and counselled the cabin crew members accordingly again. The cabin crew members concerned will have their performance monitored and we seek your understanding in this matter. On the matter concerning the gift voucher, may we clarify that it is worth USD30 and is valid for 6 months.
 

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Halimah's Cooking Classes - November Schedule
 
Date
Time
Lesson
Description
Cost
 
  5
Nov
(Sat)
2.30-
5.30pm
Classic Cakes
• Blackforest Cake
 
• American Carrot Cake
$80
 
$75 for
early bird registration
(1 week prior)
 
Description
Learn the secrets of how to make mouthwatering moist classic cakes.
 
 
  6
Nov
(Sun)
10am-
1pm
Cupcakes Galore
• Green Tea Cupcakes
 
• Chocolate Cupcake with Caramel Drizzle
 
• Banana Split Cupcakes
$80
 
$75 for
early bird registration
(1 week prior)
 
Description
Learn how to make some of our popular cupcakes that are sure to impress!
 
 
  6
Nov
(Sun)
2.30-
5.30pm
Yummy Quiches
• Mixed Vegetable Quiche
 
• Mushroom Spinach Quiche with Potato Crust
$80
 
$75 for
early bird registration
(1 week prior)
 
Description
Learn how to make two delicious, healthy and wholesome quiches.
 
 
  12
Nov
(Sat)
10am-
1pm
Brownies and Scones
• Vegan Chocolate Brownies
 
• Hazelnut Orange Scones
 
• Banana Date Scones
$80
 
$75 for
early bird registration
(1 week prior)
 
Description
Make fudgy brownies and mouthwatering scones for breakfast or tea.
 
 
  12
Nov
(Sat)
2.30-
5.30pm
Vegan Pizza Class
• Basic handmade pizza crust
 
• Hawaiian Pizza
 
• Almond Spinach Pizza
$80
 
$75 for
early bird registration
(1 week prior)
 
Description
Learn the art of making crispy and fluffy pizza crusts and how to complement flavours.
 
 
  13
Nov
(Sun)
10am-
1pm
Let's Go Indonesian
(Food Demo Class)

• Indonesian Gado Gado (Indonesian Salad with Peanut Sauce)
 
• Sambal Tempeh (Stir Fried Tempeh, Beancurd and Long Beans)
 
• Sayur Lodeh (Vegetables in Spicy Coconut Milk)
 
• Nasi Kuning (Turmeric Rice)
 
• Es Teler (Avocado Jackfruit Dessert)
 
$60
 
$55 for
early bird registration
(1 week prior)
 
Description
Learn how to make Indonesian favourites and wow your family with your culinary skills (Note: This is a food demo class).
 
 
 

Jeff McMahan on Vegetarianism

Human beings don't need to eat meat. But should we? Philosopher Jeff McMahan thinks that it is obvious that we shouldn't. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast he discusses his views with another popular philosopher, Nigel Warburton.

Listen to Jeff McMahan on Vegetarianism

 
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Loving Service from Loving Hut Jeju (Korea)

A VSS Online Forum user by the nickname 'aries' recounted the following experience
(http://www.vegetarian-society.org/my_forums/
viewtopic.php?f=34&t=11267
):

"I would like to share a most heart warming experience I had today at the Loving Hut in Jeju Jungmun Resort area. I'm currently having a holiday with my husband in Korea. Trust me, it is extremely hard finding vegetarian food in Korea, not being able to speak the language makes it worse. You can therefore imagine the excitement we had when we bumped into Loving Hut in Jeju, the first vegetarian restaurant we found in Korea.
 

This place is simply fantastic, very nice setting and quiet. We were greeted by a well mannered male staff. After our order was taken, the lady boss Ms Min Suniya came to chat with us, sharing that she and her staff were all vegetarian. She also taught us how to say onion and garlic in Korean.
 

We had a sumptuous and very delicious meal, the best we had in Korea. Ms Min was very thankful when we told her how much we enjoyed the food. She sent us to the door, it was drizzling but we told Ms Min we were fine.
 

The rain got heavier, and shortly after, Ms Min appeared in front of us with an umbrella. She had actually driven to pass us the umbrella, saying she and her staff were worried for us. My husband and I were so touched by her kindness.
 

We thought the only way to repay her kindness is to help promote the loving hut in Jeju Jungmun, we implore all who travel to Jeju to visit Ms Min's wonderful vegetarian restaurant."
 
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Famously Vegan Ellen DeGeneres to Open Vegan Restaurant

Notable vegan couple Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi are investing in a new vegan restaurant that will open in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles. Read the full story at
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/ellen-
degeneres-portia-de-rossi-restaurant-253811

 
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More vegetarian cooking classes by Shalu Asnani

Nov 10, 7-10pm: Indian vegetarian @ Palate Sensations

Master the skills of cooking an authentic homestyle Indian meal from scratch. Great opportunity for those who love Indian food and want to recreate it at home!
 

Menu: Pan-fried potato cutlets with spicy chutney, Classic Channa Masala, Saag Aloo (creamy spinach with potatoes)

 

Nov 15, 10am-12pm: Brunch at Home @ Expat Kitchen

If you love going out for Sunday brunch, how about doing it at home for a change? Turn your weekend around by learning some sweet and savoury brunch favourites.
 

Menu: Orange-ricotta pancakes, Sweet potato cakes w/tzatiki, Spicy scrambled "eggs", Cinnamon toast w/caramelised banana compote, Creamy mushroom parcels
 

Please email Shalu at shalua@hotmail.com for more details on venue and pricing.
 
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Do We Have a Choice? (e-book)

Have you often wanted to reduce your meat consumption? In this little booklet, Chan Kah Yein shares with you ways on how you may achieve this. She encourages the reader to move towards a diet of eating less meat, which is definitely more doable and acceptable than adopting a strict vegetarian diet. You can download or read the book at the following URL:
https://sites.google.com/site/kindnesstoanimalsinc/
do-we-have-a-choice-e-book

 
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Awareness of Cruelty in Factory Farming Gains Momentum

In the summer of 2009, a modest ad campaign ran on the Toronto subway system that asked the question "Why love one but eat the other?" with three different ads featuring an inquisitive puppy facing a cheerful piglet, a fluffy kitten and an equally fluffy baby chick side-by-side, and an alert Labrador Retriever beside a curious cow. The poster-sized ads in this series drew attention to the similarities between the animals we call "family" and the animals we call "dinner", and then exposed the shocking cruelty that the pig, chicken, and cow face on today's factory farms. Its call to action was for people to choose a vegetarian diet.
 

Although limited in size, this campaign picked up huge buzz and became a hot topic around water coolers, at barbeques, in movie theatres, and all over the media. There were constant reports of people (including whole families) becoming vegetarian and vegan because of the ads, while groups from Hong Kong to St. Catharines to Slovenia asked to run their own versions of the Toronto-originated campaign.
 

With the help and passion of a whole community of people concerned about the treatment of animals raised for food, the size of the original campaign has been quadrupled. There are now ONE THOUSAND of these ads running in the Toronto subway system in October and November of 2011.
 

Read the full story at
http://www.beveg.ca/about-the-campaign.php
 
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'Be The Change' Exposition - 12 Nov

Be The Change Exposition offers a platform for children to witness, interact and share their 'success stories' in bringing positive change in their community. Last year's event encouraged an open environment for teachers, parents and members of the public to witness the children's passion and to hear about their journey of change.
 

This year, get inspired by the wonderful change-journey of 80 school teams who participated in the Design for Change School Challenge 2011. Vandalism in school, saying 'no' to shark's fin soup, teen depression, dealing with PSLE pressure, awareness on myopia, cheering up the elderly, and, energy consumption were just a few of the issues that bothered our young change-makers, and these enterprising, creative minds designed just the solution for a better future.
 

Come with the family for a fun-filled Saturday morning of learning and discovery, and be inspired to take your hopes for a brighter future and transform them into concrete action!
 

Don't miss out on this free public event…
 

Date: 12th November 2011 @ *SCAPE at Orchard Link
Time: 9:30am to 1:00pm
 

More details at
http://sochinaction.com/our-programs/be-the-change
 
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