VSS eNewsletter 1 January 2012

Vegetarian Society (Singapore)
1 January 2012
In This Issue

Editor’s Note

VSS NEWS

Teresa Hsu & VSS
 
Letter to 'Channel 8' Regarding 'Healthy Eating'
 
What's Your New Year Resolution?
 
GENERAL NEWS

Charity Cookies for CNY2012
 
CNY Family Programme at Juara Turtle Project
 
Taiwan Vegetarian Countryside Tour - 29 Apr to 6 May
 
Macrobiotic Cooking Class at
Kuala Lumpur this February

 
Hollywood Comes Together to Stop McMuffin Cruelty
 
Video on the Amazing Campaign in Toronto
 
New Veg Outlet at Hougang
 
Chef Halimah's Classes for January
 
World's Toughest Woman is Vegan
 

The Vegetarian Society would like to wish its members, well-wishers, friends, partners and everyone who has thought about being a kinder, healthier inhabitant of this world a happy new year. We hope that you will continue to make the world a better place, regardless of whether the 'Mayan Prediction' comes true!
 
Dr George M Jacobs


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Teresa Hsu & VSS
The late Teresa Hsu was a passionate advocate of kindness to not just the unfortunate, but also to all sentient beings. The VSS enjoyed working closely with her and we never failed to mention in many of our talks around Singapore that the healthy humanitarian was a vegetarian too. And to highlight this to others so that they may be inspired, we sent the following short note to the Straits Times which was published on 16 Dec 2011:
 

"Vegan perspective of Teresa Hsu's life
 

Ms Teresa Hsu's philosophy of life ('Singapore's 'Mother Teresa' dies at 113'; Wednesday) seemed to be: Live simply, so that others (including our fellow animals) can simply live.
 

When asked to name her three main sources of joy, she replied: 'Sun shining, birds singing, leaves dancing, in other words, the beauty of nature.'
 

She did not need shark's fin and chilli crab to enjoy life. Ms Hsu's enjoyment came from being with and helping others."
 

Following this letter, some expressed surprise that Sister Teresa had actively advocated a plant-based diet. In fact, she has regularly worked with the VSS for this purpose. For example, she spoke in 2009 as part of a presentation by Cornell University nutrition professor, T. Colin Campbell (author of The China Study), renowned for his advocacy of plant-based diets. On another occasion, she hosted a Q&A during a vegetarian food fair held at Chong Pang CC. In addition, her charity, Heart to Heart Service, distributes exclusively vegetarian food. So, yes, she did go out and promote the idea that we humans should not eat our fellow animals.

 
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Letter to 'Channel 8' Regarding 'Healthy Eating'

A friend of the society shared her concern regarding the Mediacorp 8 show 'Healthy Dining' which portrays the hosts playing with some innocent creatures in one scene before these same creatures were killed and turned into 'delicacies' in the next. The worry was that the value of the life that had been just sacrificed is being trivialised and she wondered if advocacy groups could band together to weigh in on the issue.
 

Thus the following letter, signed jointly by Mr Louis Ng of ACRES, Dr George Jacobs of VSS and Ms Jennifer Lee of Project: FIN, was submitted to the Straits Times and was published on 31 Dec in its print edition.
 

"Singapore is changing. We are becoming more compassionate towards our fellow animals. Laws protect domesticated animals from abuse. Laws protect wild animals from being trafficked. People rescue abandoned animals from shelters and take these animals into their homes. People reject shark fin soup on festive occasions. The zoo halts shows that force animals to perform unnatural behaviours. Restaurants offer more vegetarian options on their menus.
 

Yes, increasing numbers of people in Singapore are recognising that non human animals are indeed thinking, feeling beings who have a right to respect, who have a reason for living beyond serving the whims of humans.
 

This change towards greater compassion by Singapore's government, people and businesses makes it all the more disturbing to see the ‘Healthy Dining’ series on Channel 8. The series is shot in China, with the goal of teaching the audience about healthy ingredients and how to prepare them. Some of these ingredients come from animals, such as snakes and porcupines. In the show about snakes, the hosts visit a snake farm and play with a snake. Not soon after, we see stir fried snake served on a plate, snake in a soup and a skinned snake.
 

In ‘Healthy Dining’, the animals are viewed only as objects of entertainment for humans. Where, please, is the compassion? If meat must be eaten, can it at least be done with some respect and compassion for the fellow beings whose lives have been ended just to amuse us and to tingle our taste buds?"
 

Feel free to paraphrase portions of this letter and send in your own version to the press. Consumer demand is what dictates TV broadcasting, so when the public objects to something, it is likely to be discontinued.
 

The episode in question can be viewed online at the following link:
http://video.xin.msn.com/watch/video/episode-9/1gqhey8hh

You can read the published letter at
http://www.straitstimes.com/
STForum/Story/STIStory_750445.html

 

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What's Your New Year Resolution?

We hope that you have a fabulous 2012 that builds upon the success of 2011. And as you achieve this personal success and fulfillment, we would like to humbly ask that part of your resolutions for the coming year is to be more actively involved in advocacy and become a physical part of the cause. So do consider getting involved with the multifarious projects that have been lined up and help the VSS continue to make a difference in the lives of so many in Singapore. Just drop us an email to our Operations Coordinator at ganga@vss.sg to discuss your involvement today. No man is an island, but together, we can change the world!
 

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Charity cookies for CNY2012
Our friends at Shan You Counselling Centre are offering CNY cookies as a fundraising project to support their community services. There are 3 types of cookies to choose from...
 
Homebaked Juicy Pineapple Tarts (450g) @ $19/box
Nonya Love Letters (800g) @ $20/box
Healthy Almond Pillows (no butter & no eggs) (350g) @ $21/box
 

Please contact Ms Sylvia Yap at 67419293 or email her at sylvia_yap@shanyou.org.sg to place your order now (orders will be accepted until 14 Jan).
 

For more information, you can visit the following link:
http://www.shanyou.org.sg/event_detail_process.php?
id=92&view_state=1&type=upcoming&pageID=74.


 

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CNY Family Programme at Juara Turtle Project

A friend from Singapore is organising this little programme for the Chinese New Year holiday at Juara Lagoon. Families and individuals alike are welcome to join in this meaningful activity on Tioman Island covering Permaculture and Food Gardening. In addition, visitors can experience the island life and culture while learning more about the sea turtles there.
 

The 3D2N package covers accommodation, and breakfast/lunch meals.
 

Date: 21-23 January 2012
Price: S$280 (additional nights' stay available at S$40/night)
 

For booking and enquiries, please contact the organisers at contact@juaraturtleproject.com.

 
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Taiwan Vegetarian Countryside Tour - 29 Apr to 6 May
An independent organiser is coordinating this Taiwan vegetarian trip to the countryside in Taiwan. According to her, "travelling is about taking off your shoes to dance with the nature; enjoying every good healthy vegetarian meal; learning & participating in every activity specially planned/arranged for the guest; and, opening your heart to get to know the local culture and be part of their happiness." Some of the activities include an organic farm tour, hands-on bread-baking, peach-picking, and learning how to make preserved plum and raw jelly.
 

To find out more and get a copy of the full itinerary, please contact Ms Violet at 90065525 or violet_lyh@hotmail.com.

 
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Macrobiotic Cooking Class at Kuala Lumpur this February
Our friends at Woods Macrobiotics, the first Malaysian Macrobiotic total health and healing centre established in 1993, will be conducting a talk and workshop over 2 days addressing the issue of Skin Atopic in Children and Adults. The talk will cover food choice with regard to this issue, demo on food preparation and hands-on practice in preparing some dishes. The programme is priced at M$380 (S$155) but there is a 10% discount for those who register before 12 Jan.
 

You can find out more about the programme by visiting the school's website at www.macrobiotics-malaysia.com or dropping them an email at info@macrobiotics-malaysia.com to request a copy of the e-brochure.
 

Location: 25 Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Tel: +603-22870959)
Dates: 11 & 12 Feb
Time: 3.00pm to 5.30pm

 
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Hollywood Comes Together to Stop McMuffin Cruelty

Hot on the leaked footage showing cruel and inhumane farm practices by one egg supplier, a host of celebrities such as Ryan Gosling, Zooey and Emily Deschanel, Alicia Silverstone and Bryan Adams have put their name to an open letter calling for McDonald's to implement animal welfare policies at all its chains. To read the article and watch the leaked footage, please visit the following link:
http://www.herworldplus.com/celebs/
updates/celebs-updates-celebs-sign-open-
letter-mcdonalds-halt-abusive-animal-practices

Warning: The video is rather disturbing and graphic.

 
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Video on the Amazing Campaign in Toronto

In November, we reported on a modest ad campaign that ran on the Toronto subway system in Canada that asked the question "Why love one but eat the other?" The poster-sized ads in this series drew attention to the similarities between the animals we call "family" and the animals we call "dinner", and then exposed the shocking cruelty that the pig, chicken, and cow face on today's factory farms. A video clip showcasing people's reactions is now available and illustrates how this campaign has been a huge success in changing perceptions. Take a look and be inspired, then share it with all your friends!
 

Check out the video at http://youtu.be/NfR7VNvCWzQ

 
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New Veg Outlet at Hougang

For those working or living near Hougang, there is now yet another dining option available to you. Located in a coffeeshop at Blk 121 Hougang Avenue 1 - near to Bamboo Hut Cafe, Yuan Xiang Vegetarian is open daily from 11.30am to 9.00pm, dishes are priced between $3.50 and $12.
 

Name of outlet: Yuan Xiang Vegetarian

Address: Block 121, Hougang Ave 1

Telephone Number: 85890900

Operating Hours: Daily from 11.30pm-9pm

Do they serve brown rice?: Yes

Do they use dairy products?: No

Do they use eggs?: No

Do they use MSG (Ajinomoto)?: Yes

Do they use onion & garlic?: No

Is the food organic?: No

Price Range of Main Dish: $5 and below

Catering Services: No

Delivery Services: No
 
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Chef Halimah's Classes for January
  Date Time Lesson
Description
Cost  
  7
Jan
(Sat)
10am-
1pm
Traditional Chinese New Year Cookies
• Peanut Cookies
 
• Green Pea Cookies
 
• Walnut Cookies
$80
 
$75 for
early bird registration
(1 week prior)
 
Description
Learn how to make three yummy yet traditional cookies to invite Chinese New Year
 
 
  7
Jan
(Sat)
2.30-
5.30pm
Vegan Pineapple Tart Special
• Homemade Pineapple Jam
 
• Pineapple Tart – Open and Closed Pineapple Tarts
$80
 
$75 for
early bird registration
(1 week prior)
 
Description
Learn how to make wholesome pineapple tarts from scratch.
 
 
  14
Jan
(Sat)
10am-
1pm
Chinese New Year Cakes
• Classic Marble Cake
 
• Zesty Orange and Pistachio Cake
$80
 
$75 for
early bird registration
(1 week prior)
 
Description
Learn how to make two delicious cakes for the New Year.
 
 
  14
Jan
(Sat)
2.30-
5.30pm
Chinese New Year Cookies II
• Chocolate Chip Cookies
 
• Crunchy Green Tea Almond Cookies
 
• Chocolate Brownie Bars
$80
 
$75 for
early bird registration
(1 week prior)
 
Description
Learn how to make three all time favourites and irresistible cookies.
 
 
  21
Jan
(Sat)
10am-
1pm
Tantalising Thai Cuisine (Food Demo Class)
• Tom Yum Soup from scratch
 
• Thai Green Curry from scratch
 
• Pineapple Fried Rice
 
• Green Papaya Salad
 
• Sticky Mango Rice Dessert
$60
 
$55 for
early bird registration
(1 week prior)
 
Description
Master the secrets of classic Thai dishes. Learn how to make soups and curries from scratch and you will never again rely on store bought pastes.
 
 
  21
Jan
(Sat)
2.30-
5.30pm
Middle East Delights (Food Demo Class)
• Hummus with Variations (Chickpea Dip)
 
• Baba Ganoush (Eggplant Dip)
 
• Pita Bread
 
• Tabouleh (Bulgar Wheat Salad)
 
• Stuffed Green Peppers and Tomatoes
 
$60
 
$55 for
early bird registration
(1 week prior)
 
Description
Repeat of our popular class, come learn how to make smokey and delicious baba ganoush and other exotic Middle East Food.
 
 
  28
Jan
(Sat)
10am-
1pm
Fill Your Cupcakes
• Vanilla Cupcakes with Fresh Strawberry Filling
 
• Chocolate Cinnamon Cupcakes with Hazelnut Mousse Filling
$80
 
$75 for
early bird registration
(1 week prior)
 
Description
Learn how to make two types of delectable and gourmet cupcakes.
 
 
  28
Jan
(Sat)
2.30-
5.30pm
Pie ‘R’ Us
• Rustic Apple Pie
 
• Mixed Red Berry Pie
 
$80
 
$75 for
early bird registration
(1 week prior)
 
Description
Learn how to make two classic pies that will be sure to wow your family.
 
 
 

Please email Chef Halimah at halimah.i@gmail.com to reserve your place. You can also see photos and read testimonials at the Kalavira Vegan School website - http://www.facebook.com/Kalavira.Vegan.School.
 
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World's Toughest Woman is Vegan

Tough Mudder competitions are gruelling endurance tests, typically 10-12 miles in length and featuring 20-30 challenging obstacles designed by the British Special Forces. The competitions test all-around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie. In the latest instalment, nearly a thousand participants started the 24-hour race and only 50 completed it. In the end, Juliana Sproles of Ojai, California walked across the finish line together with Junyong Pak of Beverly, Massachusetts, to be crowned the women's and men's winners respectively. The 42-year-old athlete was sponsored by vegan-foods company Boku Superfoods.
 

You can read about the competition by following this link:
http://www.mfablog.org/2011/12/
vegan-athlete-crowned-worlds-toughest-woman.html


 
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