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      Vegetarian Society (Singapore)

      1 December 2011
      In This Issue

      Editor’s Note

      VSS NEWS

      Heart Health at Next VSS Library Talk
       
      Jackpot Auntie Donates to VSS
       
      New VSS Corporate Member
       
      2012 Veg Congress in Chiang Mai
       
      VSS Inbox
       
      GENERAL NEWS

      Latest Issue of VegVibe Hits the Web
       
      Using Tumblr to Promote Veg
       
      Cooking Demo and Balm-Making Workshop
       
      Veg Quotes
       
      Debunking the Blood Type Diet
       
      For MTV
       
      Another Step Forward for Sharks
       
      Festive Favourites from Halimah
       
      Bad News: Global Meat Consumption Rises
       
      Shalu's December Classes
       

      On Sat, 10 December, we end our 2011 series of Library talks at Central Library with distinguished cardiologist, Dr V P Nair. Hope to see you there.
       
      Dr George M Jacobs


      If you have any comments or suggestions, feel free to drop us a line here.
       
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      Visit us at www.vss.sg
       

      VSS members enjoy discounts at these fine restaurants and establishments.

       


      Heart Health at Next VSS Library Talk


      VSS is proud to announce that Dr V P Nair is doing our next library talk. Dr Nair is a Consultant Interventional Cardiologist at Mount Elizabeth Hospital . He has published many scientific papers and has addressed many regional and international cardiology conventions, and gives regular lectures to doctors and nurses in Singapore and many other Asian countries.
       
      Dr Nair's talk will be titled 'Healthy Heart: Benefits of Vegetarian Diet'. Among the questions, Dr Nair will be addressing are:
       
      •  What are the nutritional requirements of which vegetarians should take note?
      •  Why are antioxidants important elements of a vegetarian diet?
      •  How can we meet all our nutritional requirements?
       
      When: Sat, 10 Dec, 1pm-2.30pm
      Venue: Central Library, Multi Purpose Room, B1.
      Price: Free, seats are on a first come, first served basis.
      http://golibrary.nlb.gov.sg/Programmes/Wellness/39824/
      Healthy_Heart__Benefits_of_Vegetarian_Diet.aspx

       
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      Jackpot Auntie Donates to VSS


      You have probably seen her story all over the new, the story of a local hawker's triumph over a casino and her generosity in donating much of her winnings to charity, including $2K to VSS. This heroine is Ms Choo Hong Eng, 58, the boss of Kwan Inn Vegetarian outlet located in Geylang, who is best known for her laksa. [Ms Choo is pictured here with VSS member Ngo Kau Wee.]
       
      Ms Choo has been a vegetarian since three years old, following the diet of her adoptive parents. About 26 years ago, she started her business in veg food, as a self-taught chef. Since then, she has developed her own versions of popular local food fares such as laksa, nasi lemak and "chicken" rice. She graciously shared that one of the special ingredients in her famous laksa is seaweed, which gives it that "sea flavour" without using dead animals.
       
      If you'd also like to donate to VSS, details are at http://www.vegetarian-society.org/support_vss (scroll down to near the bottom of the page). Donating to VSS doesn't guarantee that you will be lucky at the gambling table or that you will strike lottery, but it does guarantee that you'll be helping to educate the public about the many benefits of moving towards a plant based diet.
       
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      New VSS Corporate Member


      M. Rameshon is one of the living legends of Singapore vegetarianism. He has held the SG national record in the marathon since the mid-1990s. Until earlier this year, Rameshon taught PE at Hwa Chong Institution. Just recently, he decided to strike out on his own, specialising in coaching anyone from top athletes to preschool children.
       
      VSS met recently with Rameshon to explore areas of collaboration, and Rameshon purchased a VSS corporate membership (only $100/yr) for his company. Here are the company's details:
       
      Name: Flexi Fitness
      Phone: 91004369
      Email: m.rameshon@...
      Web: www.runningcoachsg.com
       
      Mission: We take care of health, fitness and performance.
       
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      2012 Veg Congress in Chiang Mai


      25-27 Nov, 2012 are the dates of the 5th Southeast Asian Vegetarian Congress (SEAVC-5), to be held at Faculty of Education, Chiang Mai University , Thailand . In addition to the usual array of lectures, workshops, food fair and cultural shows, this congress is timed to coincide with Thailand 's famous Loy Krathong Festival.
       
      This is a chance to meet veg activists from Southeast Asia and beyond, as well as to enjoy a wide range of Thai veg dishes. For more information, contact Professor Dr Maitree Suttajit at maitree.suttajit@...
       
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      VSS Inbox


      1. Occasionally, VSS receives email asking where to locate certain hard to find ingredients. Sometimes, it takes asking lots of people to find the solution, and one way to get help from lots of people is to send your question to the VSS Forum:
      http://www.vegetarian-society.org/my_forums
       
      Another free service provided by VSS.
       
      2. To those of us who grew up in SG or who have lived here for a while, finding veg food is seldom a problem, but to our fellow vegetarians or meat reducers who are new to our garden city (or is it city in a garden?), finding veg food can be temporarily problematic. Here is an email from one such person, followed by VSS's reply.
       
      I was looking out for some places where I can have vegetarian in Singapore and found your organisation.
       
      I was surprised and am curious to know more. I have been a vegetarian for 11 years and left non-veg by choice. (I simply did not want to kill animals for food)…I was very young when I did this and now its simply a habit. It's quite a task searching for vegetarian in Singapore and almost punishing. I was hoping for some suggestions and meeting like minded people since I am new to this city.
       
      Please do get in touch, waiting to learn more, once again, truly intriguing…
       
      Thanks for being vegetarian and for contacting VSS. You'll soon see that SG is one of the world's best countries for finding vegetarian food, and every year, the veg scene becomes livelier. For instance, the Food Outlets list on our website lists more than 500 veg eateries: http://www.vegetarian-society.org/?q=fdl.
       
      Also, we have a veg restaurant guide, which can be purchased at book shops - http://www.vegetarian-society.org/?q=products#02 - with an iPhone version at http://mobyfab.com/blog/vss-foodguide-is-top10-app-in-singapore. Plus, if you don't mind eating veg food at non-veg eateries, more and more such establishments have more and more veg options.
       
      Last but not least, if you want to meet new people (some veg, some non-veg) at the same time you are meeting new eateries, check out some of the events held by Singapore Vegetarian Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/singapore-vegetarian.

       
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      Latest Issue of VegVibe Hits the Web Using


      The Nov-Dec, 2012 issue of SG own veg magazine, VegVibe, is now available for your reading pleasure at http://vegvibe.com/VegVibeNov11.pdf. The cover story features VSS stalwart, Clarence Tan (pictured here). Clarence has played a key role in such VSS ventures as the revamp of our website, www.vss.sg; our Singapore Vegetarian Food Guide, http://www.vegetarian-society.org/sitemap?q=products#02; our Meat Less in Singapore brochure, http://www.vegetarian-society.org/files/meat-less.pdf; and our Wall of Inspiration exhibition posters, https://picasaweb.google.com/
      vsspics/WallOfInspiration#
      . You'll enjoy Clarence's memorable answers to VegVibe's interview questions.
       
      In addition, this issue of VegVibe includes the usual healthy harvest of recipes and restaurant reviews, plus something new: an introduction to the comic book Seven Years in Dog-Land, which explores we humans' relationship with our fellow animals. Additionally, those looking for more ways to go green will find some new opportunities. Last but not least, discover The Veg School - www.thevegschool.net - a place to learn about all things veg.
       
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      Tumblr to Promote Veg


      Many social media platforms help us spread the word about veg. Perhaps the two most famous are Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/vegetariansocietysingapore - and Twitter - http://twitter.com/#!/vssnews - and VSS uses both of them.
       
      Another player in the social media field is Tumbler - https://www.tumblr.com - a microblogging site. Here's one local veg blog on Tumblr: http://veganash.tumblr.com. Maybe Tumblr could help you share your views and experiences.
       
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      Cooking Demo and Balm-Making Workshop


      Date: 4 Dec, Sun
      Program Title: Exercise, Cooking Demo and Balm-Making Workshop at Marsiling
      Time: 7am - 2pm
       
      Programme Itinerary
      7am:  Gather at Marsiling MRT station for Morning Walk
      8am:  Healthy Juice and Vegetarian Breakfast at Ashwood Grove
      9am:  Cooking Demo on 2 types of Juices and Oatmeal Waffles
      10am:  Sharing and Demonstrating Liver Cleanse Procedure
      11am:  Cooking Demo on Myanmese Bitter Gourd, Vegetarian Promfet and Non-Deep Fried Tempeh.
      12 noon:  Healthy Vegetarian Lunch with Wild Rice
      1pm:  Balm-making Workshop.
      2pm:  Home Sweet Home
       
      Fees:  $60/person
      Contact:  Wong Kee Yew - 9117.5756
       
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      Veg Quotes


      Some VSS members are very fond of collecting and sharing relevant quotations. Below are two. The first was found on the Tumblr site mentioned above: http://veganash.tumblr.com
       
      Quote #1: Many of your friends and family are confused, thinking people are omnivores, needing both meat and plants in their diet. We only appear to be omnivorous because we have the ability to "doctor up" meat with salt and sauces (barbecue, sweet and sour, marinara, etc.) sufficiently enough to make it palatable. Prove this for yourself. The next person you meet head-on who claims meat is "tasty," stop him in his tracks and insist that he eat a large plate of plain, unseasoned, boiled beef or boiled chicken in front of you; note their displeasure. Then offer that same meal to the dog or cat and note how eagerly this critter devours the meat. You would be hard-pressed to find a person who did not enjoy a bowl of perfect, ripe bananas, but try to get your cat to eat this sweet food. I have a Rottweiler dog named Bodega who is a true omnivore and enjoys bananas as much as meat. A careful observer notices that an animal's taste buds are no mistake of nature — they clearly define the proper diet that the animal should eat. — John A. McDougall, M.D., www.drmcdougall.com
       
      Quote #2: It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken adults. — Edgar W. Howe
       
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      Debunking the Blood Type Diet


      You've probably heard about the blood type diet, which claims that certain blood types, especially Type O, need to eat meat. Although the diet was formulated by a doctor, it lacks scientific support, as is explained in the following article. http://www.chicagotribune.com/health/sc-health-1026-type-o-vegetarian-20111026,0,4134478.story
       
      Do you want further evidence that the blood type diet is not credible? One of the world's top ultramarathoners, Scott Jurek, is Type O and a vegan: http://www.scottjurek.com/#/home. Scott has won the Western States 100 Mile (not km) Endurance Run a record seven straight times and in 2010, he set the US record in the 24 Hour Run: 165.7 miles!
       
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      For MTV


      These three very short videos were prepared for MTV by an organisation named Mercy for Animals: www.mercyforanimals.org. One nice characteristic of the videos is that little language is needed to understand them. The images do the talking. Mercy for Animals also produces many other worthwhile materials.
       
      Should VSS use these videos (copyright is not an issue)? Please send your view to info@...
       
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      Another Step Forward for Sharks


      Peninsula, one of Asia's most prestigious hotel chains, recently announced that its nine hotels, including those in HK and China , will no longer sell sharks fin dishes, "in recognition of the threat facing the global shark population and in line with the company's sustainability vision".
       
      http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/nov/24/
      shark-fin-peninsula-hotels

       
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      Festive Favourites from Halimah

       

       

      Date

      Time

      Lesson
      Description

      Cost

       

       


      3
      Dec
      (Sat)


      10am-
      1pm


      Savoury Pie Class
      • Shepherd's Pie
       
      • Flaky Mushroom Pie
       
      • Curried Vegetable Pie


      $80
       
      $75 for
      early bird registration
      (1 week prior)
       
      Description
      Learn how to make three gorgeous pies using different techniques for the crust.
       

       

       


      3
      Dec
      (Sat)


      2.30-
      5.30pm


      Going Fruity
      • Moist Banana Cake with
      Caramel Cream
       
      • Apple Blueberry Cake with Vanilla Cream


      $80
       
      $75 for
      early bird registration
      (1 week prior)
       
      Description
      Learn how to make two different fruit based cakes that are sure to delight your family.
       

       

       


      4
      Dec
      (Sun)


      10am-
      1pm


      Very Berry Desserts
      • Apple and Blueberry Crumble
       
      • Strawberry Oat Bars
       
      • Red Cherry Pie


      $80
       
      $75 for
      early bird registration
      (1 week prior)
       
      Description
      Love berries? Enjoy them in these three yummy desserts
       

       

       


      10
      Dec
      (Sat)


      10am-
      1pm


      Christmas Party Tartlets
      • Assorted Fruit Custard Tartlets
       
      • Chocolate Mousse Tartlets
       
      • Apple Berry Tartlets


      $80
       
      $75 for
      early bird registration
      (1 week prior)
       
      Description
      Impress your guests with these delectable morsels of sweet treats.
       

       

       


      10
      Dec
      (Sat)


      2.30-
      5.30pm


      Christmas Finger Food
      • Mini Crispy Mushroom Parcels
       
      • Vegetable Pot Pies
       
      • 'Meatball' Kebab with savoury tomato chutney


      $80
       
      $75 for
      early bird registration
      (1 week prior)
       
      Description
      Not sure what to make for your party? Learn three types of savoury treats that will leave your guests wanting more.
       

       

       


      11
      Dec
      (Sun)


      10am-
      1pm


      Muffins On the Go
      • Very Berry Muffin
       
      • Banana Chocolate Chip Muffin
       
      • Healthy Carrot Wholegrain Muffin


      $80
       
      $75 for
      early bird registration
      (1 week prior)
       
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