VSS eNewsletter 15 December 2011

Vegetarian Society (Singapore)
15 December 2011
In This Issue

Editor’s Note

VSS NEWS

MacRitchie Treetop Walk
 
New Year's Resolution
 
Letter to 'Mind Your Body'
 
Recipe Testers Needed
 
Updating Our List of Veg Outlets
 

VSS Inbox
 
GENERAL NEWS

Veg Café in Hougang
 
Christmas Buffet at Kampung Senang
 
Why Did Steve Jobs, A Vegan, Die?
 
Dec/Jan at NutriHub
 
Farm Tour + Yu Sheng Class
 
Fortune Centre: The Best Get Better
 
Where Is He Now?
 
Eating More Fruit/Veg Can Reduce Cancer Risk
 
Interview w/ the Founder of VeganPeace
 
New Local Online Source of Vegan Products
 

Sad news: Teresa Hsu, the force behind veg charity, Heart to Heart Service, a lifelong vegetarian and SG's oldest person, has passed away: www.hearttoheartservice
.org

 
Dr George M Jacobs


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MacRitchie Treetop Walk
Maybe the most exciting hike in SG is the TreeTop Walk in Macritchie Reservoir: http://www.nparks.gov.sg/cms/index.php?
option=com_visitorsguide&task=attractions
&id=64&Itemid=73
.
 
VSS led a hike there back in 2008, and three years is far too long to stay away from such a great place. So, we're going again. Here are the details. Hope you can make it.
 

Date: 23 Dec (Fri). Tell your boss that you can only work half day that day.
 

Meet up point: Venus Drive carpark – 1pm (see map)
http://www.vegetarian-society.org/files/images/
mac-hike-mtg-pt2.jpg


 

Bring: Drinking water, snack, rain protection, hat and other sun protection, herbal insect repellent and wear long pants, socks and covered shoes
 
Hope for: Cool weather and no more than light showers
 
Duration: Approximately 4hrs round trip
 
Type of trail: Level, wooden boardwalks with some stairs, undulating dirt trails
 
Price: Free for VSS members and friends; donations welcome
 
Guide: Andrew Tay, a nature guide and vegan
 
Objectives: Exercise, camaraderie; walking, talking and enjoying the fresh air and nature, which we help to protect by eating veg
 

Registration not necessary. For inquiries: info@vss.sg

 
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New Year's Resolution

As 2011 wanes, we pause to reflect on the past year and then make fearless, often unrealistic plans for the year ahead. Any advice for what VSS should strive to do in 2012? In addition to our usual array of activities (see our past annual reports for examples: http://www.vegetarian-society.org/node/1317), we plan to participate in more food fairs, put out a new cookbook (based on Dr Esselstyn's diet) and link with veg orgs elsewhere in Asia.
 

Please send your advice to VSS at info@vss.sg. And, here's some advice we can all try: every Thursday, celebrate Veggie Thursday with a classmate, colleague, friend or family member, whether or not they are already veg. Happy 2012! It's going to be a great year.

 

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Letter to 'Mind Your Body'

Mind Your Body is the health supplement that appears every Thu in The Straits Times. A couple weeks ago, VSS received a letter from a reader of the VSS eNewsletter asking that we respond to a column in Mind Your Body that had, she felt, perhaps disrespected vegetarianism. Here is our letter to MYB (to date, no reply has been received) and the reader's letter to us: www.vegetarian-society.org/files/2011-mind-your-body.pdf
 

Below is an excerpt from the reader's letter to us.


 

There's a write-up by famous chef Ms Sylvia Tan in 'Mind Your Body' (Thu 1 Dec) and she specifically wrote against vegetarian, saying that animal-based food contains perfect proteins while plant-based food generally has incomplete proteins.
 

It has been a difficult journey for me to convert to full vegetarian and currently I'm still facing strong opposition from my mother when I'm putting my children on a more vegetarian-based diet.
 

Thus such comments by a famous foodist is not helping those who are in the same position as me, or who are contemplating a switch into this wholesome diet.
 

Can the Vegetarian Society contact the editor of MYB and volunteer to contribute healthy recipe as well? You can alternate with Sylvia Tan's weekly contribution and provide tips on how plant-based diet can provide all the nutrients. This is a kind of public education that can help to raise awareness about vegetarian and even other alternatives like raw food diet. Famous vegetarians can be invited to share their favourite recipes as well.

 

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Recipe Testers Needed

Back in 2006, VSS published a recipe book, New Asian Traditions Vegetarian Cookbook which can still be found occasionally in bookstores, as well as at about 19 branches of National Library.
 

Now, we're planning a new recipe book. We have a tentative agreement to publish the book with Straits Times Press in coordination with Singapore Heart Foundation. The book is designed to be affordable and will feature about 30 recipes, all of which follow the dietary guidelines set by Dr Caldwell B Esselstyn, Jr., who did a series of talks and media appearances here last March, organised by VSS.
 

You may recall that Dr Esselstyn recommends a very low fat vegan diet, with no added oil and no foods high in oil, such as nuts, seeds and avocadoes: http://www.heartattackproof.com/
 

We have compiled most of the recipes we need, and now we need a few people to test out the recipes. Here are some of what the testers would check:
 

1. Each recipe lists
    a. Preparation time, such as how long does it take to
        chop all the veggies and spices
    b. Cooking time, such as how long does it take to fry
        the veggies.
    c. Are the preparation time and the cooking time more
        or less accurate?
 

2. Are the Steps (a.k.a., instructions) clear?
 

3. Last but definitely not least, does the dish taste good? Any suggestions for making it taste better? Of course, different people have different tastes, and we'd like to hear your view.
 

If you can help, write to info@vss.sg and we'll send you some recipes to try at home. As this book is an education and fundraising project, VSS cannot pay testers or reimburse for ingredients, etc. Thanks for considering this.
 

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Updating Our List of Veg Outlets

For many people, one of the most useful parts of the VSS website is the part that explains how to donate to VSS http://www.vegetarian-society.org/seeds-of-hope :). Just kidding. Actually, one of the parts of our web we receive the most praise for is the Food Outlets page, which lists more than 500 veg restaurants, stalls, etc. http://www.vegetarian-society.org/?q=fdl
 

The trouble with such a big list is that it's very difficult to update, with outlets opening, closing, moving, changing their operating hours, etc. It takes all of us newsletter readers and writers working together to manage this huge task.
 

So, if you notice any changes, please let us know: info@vss.sg. But, please do be careful. For example, just because a hawker stall is closed at 3pm in the afternoon does not mean that the stall has gone out of business. Maybe they open early in the morning and close for the day after lunch. Thx for your help.
 

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VSS Inbox

Recently, someone wrote to VSS asking what our favourite veg restaurant is. Our answer is that we love all veg eateries. From the point of view of the chickens, pigs, cows and our other friends, every veg restaurant in a healthy, happy place, even better if they don't serve eggs and dairy. And, Mother Earth feels the same way.
 

If you were not very happy with the food at a veg place where you ate recently, why not make a gentle suggestion to one of the staff or the manager/owner?
 

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Veg Café in Hougang
Bamboo House is the name of the vegan café at #01-1348, Block 121, Hougang Ave 1, S. 530121. They serve mostly desserts and teas, with just a small selection of mains.
 

Tel/Fax: 6383.2100 / 9117.5756
Email: Bamboo.House@ymail.com
Opening Hours: 1.30pm - 9pm daily
 

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Christmas Buffet at Kampung Senang

Celebrate this season with more than 20 dishes of healthy, eco-friendly and delicious vegan food at Kampung Senang.
 

Date and Time: Sat, 17 Dec,12noon – 2pm and
6pm – 8pm

 
Price: $29 per person
 
Venue: Kampung Senang Holistic Wellness Centre, Blk106, Aljunied Crescent #01-205, S. 380106
 

Booking is by purchase of vouchers. Limited seats only. Contact Kampung Senang at 6749.8509, email@kg-senang.org.sg, http://www.kg-senang.org.sg

 
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Why Did Steve Jobs, A Vegan, Die?
Steve Jobs was very famous for all his Apple devices. What many people do not know is that Jobs was also very keen on non-electronic apples and other plant foods, as it seems that for a significant part of his adult life, he was a vegan.
 

But vegans aren't supposed to get cancer, right? Noted vegan physician John McDougall provides analysis at http://www.drmcdougall.com/misc/2011nl/nov/jobs.htm
 
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Dec/Jan at NutriHub

NutriHub at 46 Temple St - www.nutrihub.blogspot.com - is having more of their organic cooking classes. Learn from Vinitha, a former oncology nurse, how to put yourself and your family on the road to better health. To register, sms your name, contact no & email address to Vinitha @ 9236.8402 or you may contact her directly for enquiries.
 
 
  Sat 17 Dec - 3pm to 5.30pm
Nutrimeal Cooking TM with Soy

1. Soy Pumpkin Soup
2. Soy Milk Fried Brown Rice Bee Hoon
3. Soy Mashed Potato
4. Dragon Fruit Konjac Jelly in Soy Milk
 
 
  Sat 7 Jan - 3pm to 5.30pm
"Lunar New Year Yu Sheng Class"

1. Mint Jelly Mushroom Yu Sheng
2. Pumpkin Shark Fin Melon Soup
3. Lotus Leaf Brown Rice
4. Mango Sorbet + Almond & Blackcurrant
 
 

 

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Farm Tour + Yu Sheng Class

NutriHub – the Organic Fusion Café – is teaming with Green Circle Eco Farm on a Farm Tour + Yu Sheng Class on Sun, 8 Jan. $88 is inclusive of roundtrip bus transport from NutriHub on Temple St to Green Circle, a farm tour, a Yu Sheng cooking class, lunch with mango sorbet for dessert and shopping time.
 

For details, contact Vinitha Ang at 9236.8402. Don't miss this chance to visit with two of SG's organic pioneers, Evelyn LIm, of Green Circle, growing the food and Vinitha transforming the Earth's bounty into delectable dishes.
 

For those who have registered for 8 Jan's Farm Tour + Yu Sheng class, their family members / friends can join them @ $48 per pax for Farm Tour + Lunch only (excluding Yu Sheng class but including transport).
 
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Fortune Centre: The Best Get Better

Fortune Centre already has so many veg eateries, and now, there's a new one at 190 Middle Road, S. 188979: Love No Limits, at #01–06, 9465.5507, lovenolimits@hotmail.my. The café is open daily, 11.30am-8pm and offers a unique range of fusion dishes.
 
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Where Is He Now?

Some people have asked VSS what ever happened to James, who was a respected chef at DeliVege on South Bridge Road: http://www.vegetarian-society.org/node/744. The good news is that James is still serving up great veg food, only now at Ngee Ann Poly:
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?
id=100000373362107

 

More good news: DeliVege is still in business, too, with its same incredible décor, although with a new name. Please check them both out.
 
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Eating More Fruit/Veg Can Reduce Cancer Risk

The BBC reported that a UK research review found that 40% of cancers diagnosed each year - over 130,000 in total - are caused by avoidable life choices including smoking, drinking and eating the wrong things, specifically, not eating enough fruit and veg: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-16031149
 

One of the study's authors stated, "Many people believe cancer is down to fate or 'in the genes' and that it is the luck of the draw whether they get it. Looking at all the evidence, it's clear that around 40% of all cancers are caused by things we mostly have the power to change". Please remember this the next time a meat eater tells you that cancer is out of our hands.

 
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Interview w/ the Founder of VeganPeace

Wanda Ember is the founder of the VeganPeace website: www.veganpeace.com, a site loaded with useful features, including some online games. Recently, one of our local blogs, Eco Walk The Talk, interviewed Wanda. You can read the entire interview here:
http://www.ecowalkthetalk.com/blog/
2011/12/08/wanda-embar-veganpeace

 
Here's an excerpt.
 

Do you believe a humane way to raise animals for meat is possible?
 

Embar: No. I really don't believe that it is possible to commercially raise animals in a humane way. Any commercial institution has to make economic decisions, to be able to both exist and thrive. I believe that it is impossible to put animals' lives in this equation, without it negatively affecting their quality of life. It is simply impossible to meet the demand for animal products, while treating animals compassionately.
 

A few years ago I contacted this small Dutch farm where they raise chickens for eggs. This farm allowed you to 'adopt' chickens and to see them on a webcam. I asked them about common issues in the egg industry. A woman, one of the owners of the farm, answered me in an admirable honest way. She told me that they indeed have to dispose of male chicks (which are useless in the egg industry). She also mentioned that when the chickens are about 2 years old, they are slaughtered, because their eggs become too fragile to transport. She mentioned that as long as people demand animal products, they have to make economic decisions like that. And this is of course true for all animal industries, not just the egg industry.
 
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New Local Online Source of Vegan Products

November One is World Vegan Day and the inspiration for the name of a local company selling vegan products online: http://www.novemberone.com.sg.
 

Here's from their website: At November One, we want to celebrate every day as vegan day! Call this our culture. philosophy or even religion. We've appointed ourselves as advocates of veganism, purveyors of a vegan lifestyle and nurturers of a happy, savvy vegan community.
 
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