VSS eNewsletter 1 Sep 2006
VSS eNewsletter 1 Sep 2006
SEEDS VCD Goes Google
VSS’s Seeds for a Better World VCD is now available on Google: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-6603580570697459568&q=seeds+for+a+better+world. Someone must have copied it and put it there, which is great. We encourage people to mass produce Seeds and plant it everywhere they can.
To date, VSS has distributed almost 80,000 of this free VCD, and we’ll be printing another 10,000 later this month. Plus, we’re raising funds to produce a DVD with new content and higher quality images. Do donate, contact info@....
Here are the correct URLs for the two VSS flyers. We apologize for the mistake in the previous issue of this eNewsletter. After you open the hyperlinks, you will probably need to click to enlarge the size of the font.
After our Singapore Meatout Week 2006 exhibition at the Central Library on Victoria St. , VSS was invited to do a similar exhibition later this year at Woodlands Regional Library. However, the only space available then was on Level 4. Fortunately, NLB has kindly allowed us to have our exhibition on Level 1 in Jan (8-21 Jan).
Eight Immortals is the name of a chain of 24 veg food stalls and one restaurant (at Jurong Reptile Park , 6265-2290). Eight Immortals was founded by Hum Wee Song, a former engineer with Phillips, and his wife. Both are long-time vegetarians.
Their stalls are mostly in shopping centres near MRT stations, but they are also at SMU, KK Hospital, SGH, Tan Tock Seng, Suntec (Basement 1), and Lau Pa Sat. The usual hours are 10am-10pm, but there are exceptions. Also, many of their outlets offer brown rice. There are no phone numbers for the outlets. Consult the list of veg food outlets on the VSS web for more info: http://www.vegetarian-society.org/revamp/html/index.php?module=Static_Docs&func=view&f=/index.php?module=Static_Docs&func=view&f=listing_area.htm.
Ananda Marga Yoga Society’s Project Youth Club is putting on a vegetarian BBQ, followed by an entertaining movie (to be announced) and more on Sat, 9 Sep, beginning at 5pm at 21 Jalan Pokok Serunai, (near Bayshore). Fee: $10.00. Contact: Rohita @ 97692746 or Shukla @ 90600926. VSS will be participating. Youth (15-25 yrs old) are particularly welcome.
Here’s more on McDonald’s Veg Out days. In the excerpt below from an email from McD’s S’pore, ‘Fresh Sidekick’ refers to Corn Cup, Fresh Salad and Apple Dippers (served with low-fat caramel dip).
To further encourage our customers to eat more greens, we recently launched VEG OUT DAY in support of the Health Promotion’s Board “eat 2 servings of fruit +2 servings of vegetables” initiative. Essentially, on the 1st day of every month, customers can purchase their choice of Fresh Sidekick at only $1 (versus usual price of $2.50) – no other purchase required. This message is being communicated on door decals in all McDonald’s restaurants.
Read about Suhas Gopinath, a life-long vegetarian and supporter of the welfare of our fellow animals. At the age of 17, he become CEO of a multinational company:
A reader sent in this article from E/The Environment Magazine
http://www.emagazine.com/view/?3312&src=. She also told us about a place to go to discuss the article: http://www.alternet.org/envirohealth/40639, but you’ve got to sign up to post: the yahoogroup's email is envstu@....
You can also discuss veg issues at VSS’s forum: http://www.vegetarian-society.org/forums/
The area around Aljunied MRT is another one of Singapore ’s veg oases, with lots of veg outlets, including Whole Earth Vegetarian Restaurant at 593 Geylang Rd, near Lorong 32. A reader wrote to tell us about another one:
Rice House (Vegetarian)
Blk 129 Geylang East Ave 2 #01-102
Bright Hill Temple, a.k.a. Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery, is launching a Mandarin, 8-lesson veg cooking class on Sun, 1 Oct at the temple. The class will meet every Sunday at 3.30pm. Mdm Tan Boo Bay is the instructor. Here’s the lineup of delectable dishes:
Lesson 1: 3 Types of Moon Cakes
Lesson 2: Soon Kway, Fa Gao, Sesame Ball
Lesson 3: Thai Green Bean Kway, Wah Kor Kueh, Fried Apple Pie
Lesson 4: Pumpkin, Crystal Bun, Aga Aga
Lesson 5: Steam Rice Kway, Curry Puff, Red Peach Kueh
Lesson 6: Oneh Oneh Cake, Watermelon Sago, Dessert Fragrance of Nirvana
Lesson 7: Half Fry Dumpling, Pizza, Yam & Pumpkin Cake
Lesson 8: Ang Ku Kway, Fragrant Coconut Vegetarian Cake, Sesame Roll
Fee is $60/pax. To register, call 6849.5332. Note: their last class had more than 100 people; so, please sign up early.
Here, from Kerala state in India , is the story of a crocodile who just eat red rice:
A piece in the meat industry journal, Watt Poultry (Aug. 2006), summarizes a study of dead-on-arrival broilers (chickens raised for their flesh). [Click the ‘Watt Poultry’ link above to read the entire summary.] DOA means that the individual died in transport from the factory farm to the slaughterhouse. According to the summary, the number of DOAs varies from a few dozen per load to a substantial percentage of the birds.
The study also found:
ü Microscopic pathological lesions (large, visible injured patches of skin caused by a disease) in 89.4% of carcasses
ü Signs of infectious diseases in 64.9%
ü Heart/circulation disorders in 42.4%
ü Trauma in 29.5%
A reader reports that the veg stall in the Family Food Courts on Level 2 of Yew Tee Shopping Centre not only has brown rice but they even have a sign in Chinese and English proudly proclaiming that fact. Please encourage your favourite outlets to offer brown rice and to advertise that fact. The Yew Tee stall is open 7am-9pm daily. In addition to the usual dishes, they also offer veg versions of laksa, chicken rice and nasi lemak. They try to use MSG sparingly. Contact: 9487.3755.
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