VSS e-Newsletter 8 February 2006
VSS eNewsletter 8 February 2006
Celebrate Chinese New Year by helping to raise funds for Man Fut Tong Nursing Home (http://www.mft.org.sg). Come to Tiong Bahru Plaza on Sat-Sun, 11-12 Feb, 11am-9pm. Don’t miss Singapore’s largest collection of Handmade Paper Fans, vegetarian food, God of Fortune’s special appearance (12 Feb), performances, and VSS materials. Free admission. Contact: Dilys @ 98753188.
VSS has planned a 2-day, 1-night trip to Desaru for 14-15 Apr. Enjoy a scenic get-away, including kite-flying, with four vegan meals, all at a reasonable price.
For details, please go to the VSS Events calendar and change the month to Apr: http://www.vegetarian-society.org/revamp/html/index.php?module=PostCalendar&func=view
This year, the Singapore Food Festival will be held 30 Jun-30 Jul. Last year, VSS participated to a small extent and there was a special Vegetarian and Fruits Jamboree weekend. This week, VSS attended a planning meeting at the S’pore Tourism Board office for this year’s Festival. They want ideas from restaurants, shops, educationists, etc. about lively, fresh events for 2006. If you have ideas, please contact info@....
Eating more than the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day may further reduce the odds of suffering a stroke, researchers found:
People who eat more protein from vegetables tend to have lower blood pressure, according to a new study in the January 9 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine:
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/01/060118100742.htm. Please note that in this study and in the one above, the studies do not say that vegetarians never suffer strokes or high blood pressure; all they say is that aspects of a vegetarian diet were found to correlate with less risk of stroke and high blood pressure.
Court Recognises Chimpanzee as Legal Subject
In a landmark ruling, a judge in Brazil ruled that a chimpanzee, named Suíça, was a legal subject. The judge explained: “It is well known that the penal right to due process is not static, but rather subject to constant change, where new decisions must be adapted to modern times.” For details: http://www.animalsentience.com/news/2005-11-06.html
On a Valentines Day note, human scientists have finally figured out what female mice have always known: male mice sing courtship songs: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4395664.stm. Other singing animals include bats, cetaceans (such as whales), and humans (although to prevent noise pollution some of us should be banned from singing outside the shower).
The two articles above suggest that our fellow animals are, indeed, more like us than we used to think, making it even more unpalatable that we eat them. Further evidence of our similarities with other animals comes from a researcher who believes that other animals, such as chimps, dogs, and rats, do something a bit like a human laugh: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4401695.stm.
Roma’s Cuisine recently opened a new outlet at 208 Jalan Besar, S. 208894, (Miao Zhai - directly opposite Jalan Besar Plaza ); Nearest MRT: Lavender. Open: (Mon-Sat) 11:00am to 8:00pm; Tel: 6245 1897.
Menu: Vegetarian Western and Oriental Style Food, including Italian food such as vegetarian chicken mushroom, baked rice, baked mushroom pasta, baked sizzling potato, spaghetti, and pizza, as well as burger specialties and appetizers such as salad and herb bread. Oriental - All kind of steamed buns, lotus rice, and glutinous rice, as well as vegetable rice.
True Health Holistic Retreat 2006
True Health is a Catholic organization that combines health, vegetarianism, and other important matters. They are holding a holistic health stay-in retreat 10-12 March at Monfort Centre, 622 Upper Bukit Timah Road . Speakers to include:
Fr Anselm Phang, OCD
Sebastian Liew, N.D., Doctor of naturopathy, Clinical herbalist
Wendy Yeo, Food / herb consultant
Sister Priscilla, FDCC
Susan Amy, co-author of VSS’ “New Asian Traditions, Vegetarian Cookbook”
Edgar Gho, Stress consultant.
For details and registration, call Thomas Tan at 93969560 or email/fax thomastansh@... / 68440837.
Tanaka Vegetarian has relocated to the corner of Wallich and Peck Seah, just next to Tanjong Pagar MRT, in the new BP Food Centre. They hope to expand to 24 hours later this year. And, they offer brown rice! Contact Mr Goh (9001.5798) for details or if you’d like to work there.
Carnival of Vegetarian Delights
To celebrate Valentines Day, a large number of well-known veg eateries are banding together to put on a Carnival of Vegetarian Delights, Tues, 14 Feb, 10am-5pm, Kim San Leng Food Centre, Blk 134, Geylang East Ave 1, #01-229, Tel: 6745.5702. Ms Choo. Sims Ave : Bus No: 2, 13, 21, 26, 40, 51, 67, 853C. VSS materials will be available.
For details: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DharmaNews/message/3152.
When thinking about nutrition, it’s tempting to look for wonder foods that can whisk away disease and, on the other hand, to label some foods as all bad. However, in reality, health and food’s contribution to good health is much more complicated. For example, the following article suggests that while soy products are good and are better than meat, they are not a magic cure for high cholesterol and other health concerns: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060122/ap_on_he_me/fit_soy_health.
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