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349VSS eNewsletter - 14 January 2009

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  • George Jacobs
    Jan 13, 2009



      VSS eNewsletter
      14 January 2009


      VSS Wishes Everyone
      A Happy
      Year of the Ox


      In this issue...



      VSS NEWS


      VSS Exhibition Opens At Geylang East Library On 15 Jan


      Our School Show Becomes Stronger, Much Stronger


      Recently Uploaded To The VSS Web






      Watch out McDonald’s: New Veg Burger Outlet Opens In Toa Payoh


      Cookies, Classes And A Business Opportunity From Wholesome Living


      Kenosis Living Spring’s Feb-Jun Workshop Schedule


      7-Day Organic Vegetarian Tour To Western Taiwan , 10-16 May 09


      “Vegetables For Health And Healing”


      New Stall From Changi Airport Lands Near Braddell MRT


      Keeping A Distance In The Year Of The Ox


      Best Friends Across Species


      NUS Film Series


      Chicago’s Health Commissioner Urges Meatless January




      VSS NEWS



      VSS Exhibition Opens At Geylang East Library On 15 Jan


      First Ang Mo Kio, then Jurong and now Aljunied. The VSS library exhibition continues to move around the island. On Thurs, 15 Jan, the multi-media exhibition opens at Geylang East Community Library, just a short walk from Aljunied MRT, at 50, Geylang East Ave 1. The library is open daily from 10am-9pm, closed Public Holidays: http://libinfo.nlb.gov.sg/OurLibraries/opaclibrary.asp?code=GECL


      Buses: SBS Transit 80, 155 via Geylang East Central

      SBS Transit 40, 62, 63, 80, 100, 158 via Aljunied Road

      SBS Transit 2, 13, 21, 26, 40, 51, SMRT 853 (on weekends) via Sims Avenue .


      Lots of veg food nearby, too, including at Kampung Senang Holistic Lifestyle Centre, Blk 106, Aljunied Crescent, #01-205, S. 380106, and fans of The Little Nonya, might like to visit The Whole Earth Vegetarian Restaurant for Peranakan veg, at 593 Geylang Road (Lorong 31 towards 29), 6841.3319, http://www.thewholeearth.com


      Lots of help is required to raise awareness on this very important message. Volunteering slots are flexible. If you can help staff the exhibition, please contact wenjin@...


      Our School Show Becomes Stronger, Much Stronger


      Last week, VSS did an Assembly Talk at RI for the entire Sec 2 class and many of their teachers. This time the talk had a powerful new feature. In addition to the standard PowerPoint presentation with video and our smoothie demonstration with tasting, the new feature was a weightlifting demonstration by Ang Hwee, the vegetarian weightlifter who has won medals in international competition. The boys were mightily impressed to see a vegetarian (aren’t those guys supposed to be weak) lifting huge weights with seeming ease.


      Plus, not only did VSS demo a smoothie – with the demo projected on a big screen so that all the students could see how to make it at home – but two groups of students also made the smoothie, to prove how simple it is to make. (See the next article for info about how to make the smoothie.)


      At the close of the VSS presentation, the teacher who was serving as moderator summed things up at the end of the session noted that myths about vegetarianism were put to rest.


      If you’d like to arrange such a session for where you study, work, worship, recreate, etc., please contact us. We can’t guarantee Ang Hwee for every session, but you can catch him this coming Saturday night on the Channel 8 Variety Show that begins at 8pm. His segment – a kind of weightlifting competition for shopping prizes – usually comes on about 8.30pm. 


      Recently Uploaded To The VSS Web



      Want to learn to make the VSS Meal-in-a-Glass Smoothie? The recipe is now online at the VSS website along with info about the benefit of ripe, very ripe fruit:









      Watch out McDonald’s: New Veg Burger Outlet Opens In Toa Payoh


      Name of outlet:       Wholesome

      Address:                 Blk. 123, Toa Payoh Lorong 1, #01-509, S. 319123

      Tel:                        6253.5752

      MRT:                       Braddell

      Landmarks:             400 metres from Bishan/Toa Payoh Town Council

      Open:                     7am-7pm Sun-Thu, 7am-4pm Fri, closed Sat

      Specialty dishes:     Veg burgers (soy patty and mushroom patty) and sandwiches, chocolate soya milk and fruit smoothies

      Brown rice:              No rice

      MSG (Ajinomoto):    Less than 5% per serving 

      Onion & Garlic:        Yes

      Eggs:                      Yes

      Dairy:                     Upon request (cheese)

      Email:                     revelation@...

      Website:                 www.revelationsingapore.com

      Delivery:                 Yes, S$30 and above & only within Toa Payoh

      Catering:                 Not at this moment


      Cookies, Classes And A Business Opportunity From



      For this festive season, Wholesome Living is presenting sugar-free vegan cookies for all, including diabetics. Some vegan cookies are made with lots of shortening (transfat) but Wholesome Living uses sunflower seed oil in their cookies. For details, please visit http://www.wholesomeliving-sg.com/cookies2009.html and




      CNY Reunion Dishes 1, 17 Jan, Sat, 3-6pm

      Details at http://www.wholesomeliving-sg.com/schedules.html or contact info@... or 6560.1337


      Business Partners

      Wholesome Living is still looking for business partners (vegetarian), as working directors, not sleeping partners, in the F&B industry. People who have the aspiration to advocate health & vegetarianism for the sake of Mother Earth, please call Chong Fah at 9653.1734.


      Kenosis Living Spring’s Feb-Jun Workshop Schedule

      Kenosis Living Spring is a Catholic ministry dedicated to promoting holistic health in body, mind and spirit.


      Here’s their schedule for Feb to Jun:




      14th February

      Detox as a Way of Life

      Ms Selena Foo

      14th March

      Feasting when Fasting

      Fr Anselm Phang OCD

      Ms Wendy Yeo

      18th April

      Energy Medicine

      Dr Leslie Yapp

      16th May

      Go Green, Grow Clean

      -     Organic farming and creative vegetables and fruits display.

      Organic farming: Ms Leong Po Wan

      Vegetable and Fruits display: Ms Madeline Tan

      20th June

      Water Inside Out

      Fr John Mary Chin OCD


      If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Selena at 9684 8646.


      7-Day Organic Vegetarian Tour to Western Taiwan , 10-16 May 09


      Cielo Sereno, the organisation that has organised many great organic tours in Singapore and beyond, is planning a week-long trip to Taiwan from 10-16 May, 2009.


      Price: Land tour (inclusive of meals, transportation): $850.00

      Tour group min size: 25 pax


      Enquiries: 9006-5525, Violet; 9362-7493, Kee Yew; after office hours, 9006-2569, Emily; http://www.cielosereno.net/Taiwan-page.htm or email CieloSerenoMail@...


      “Vegetables For Health and Healing”


      A reader recommends a new book she found at Kinokuniya, but which is also to be found in the collections of the National Library and at Singapore Poly’s library: Vegetables for Health and Healing, by Dr Ong Hean Chooi, a professor at University of Malaya - http://umexpert.um.edu.my/papar_cv.php?id=AAAJxnAAQAAAF9jAAi - published in KL by Utusan Publications & Distributors Sdn. Bhd.


      The reader raves, “The book has 2 pages each on about 80 vegetables. Each vegetable has a description of its vernacular & botanical names, origin and planting, what it constitutes, which parts can be eaten and how (frying, curry etc), health & healing for each part – leaves, stem, fruit etc, bioactivities...the pictures are great too. It’s like an easy reading encyclopaedia covering local vegetables – drumstick, angled loofah, roselle...



      New Stall From Changi Airport Lands Near Braddell MRT

      There’s a new veg stall close to Braddell MRT, which is also at Changi Airport , Terminal 1, Staff Canteen. Here are the details:


      Shop name:            Fo Lai Ping (Popular) Vegetarian

      Address:                 107 Toa Payoh Lg 1, S. 310107

      Telephone Number: 6358.0107

      Contact Person:       Jimmy Toh (Hp: 91915591, Email: flpp.veg@...)

      Operating Hours:     Daily 7am-9pm, closed twice a month after 1st and 15th day of lunar calendar

      Nearby Landmarks: Next to Braddell MRT, beside POSBank

      Onion & garlic:         No

      Organic:                  No

      MSG:                      A little

      Eggs:                      No

      Brown rice:              Yes

      Dairy:                     No

      Kinds of Dishes:       Economy mixed vegetable rice/ Bee Hoon Mee/ Special Popiah/ Wanton Noodles/ Mixed Ala Carte/ Thai Style/ Desserts/ Hot & Cold Drinks

      Email:                               flpp.veg@...

      Type of Outlet:        Coffeeshop

      Delivery Services:    Not yet

      Catering Services:    Not yet

      Price Range of Main Dishes: $3 and below?


      Keeping a Distance In The Year Of The Ox


      This article from Slate briefly discusses the modern path the living, thinking, feeling cows, cousins of the ox, suffer as they are transformed into meat for the blissfully ignorant consumer: http://www.slate.com/id/2206798


      Here’s an excerpt from the first paragraph of the article:


      In War and Peace, Tolstoy's Prince Andrei describes a woman who swoons at the sight of a calf being slaughtered: "She's so kind, she can't bear the sight of blood, but she eats the same calf in sauce with great appetite." This anecdote is really a metaphor for war, but it works just as neatly for, well, meat. Most of us carnivores are that lady, keeping the steer in the pasture mentally separated from the beef on our forks without too much consideration for how one becomes the other.


      Asian-Style Raw Recipe Book

      Finally, our very own "Made-In-Singapore" Raw Recipe e-Book, Raw Asian Celebrations, by Linda Loo of Raw Food Lifestyles, is out! Featuring local/Asian favourites like "Ondeh Ondeh", "Crispy Pork Floss", "Otah" and more!


      In celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year, Linda is offering a discounted price for this electronic book from now till 1 Feb 09!


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