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Brunch at Kwan Im and a free talk on the benefits of a vegetarian diet

Hi all,

VSS (Vegetarian Society Singapore) arranges a series of interesting talks throughout the year, with wide ranging topics presented by some inspiring and thought-provoking speakers. This month, we're fortunate to have Dr V P Nair with us. Dr Nair is a Consultant Interventional Cardiologist at Mount Elizabeth Hospital, and will talk on the topic of 'Healthy Heart: Benefits of a Vegetarian Diet'.

If you haven't been to the National Library in a while, this is also a great opportunity to visit the new 14-storey glass building, which is one of the finest libraries in world. The architecture alone is astoundingly good - and the book collections on offer are mind-boggling! If you're a Singapore PR or a citizen you can get yourself free annual membership (PR's have to pay a one-off $10.50 admin fee) to be able to borrow a number of books at a time.

A meetup, of course, wouldn't be complete without some fine vegetarian food, and therefore we'll be heading to the pedestrianised, very colourful and lively Waterloo St (just a few minutes walk from the library!) before the talk to indulge in some wonderful Chinese vegetarian food at Kwan Im Vegetarian Restaurant. Kwan Im is a huge place that has been around for a long while, located right next to a Chinese temple (built in 1884!), Indian temple, Church, Synagogue and Mosque. Waterloo St is quintessentially multicultural Singapore at its finest!

Kwan Im Vegetarian Restaurant is located at the South East Asia Hotel. As well as offering some very tasty dishes (without MSG added!) they also have some traditional biscuits available for takeaway.

Saturday 10th December - 11am at Kwan Im Restaurant.
If you prefer to attend the talk only, please meet at the Central Library (B1), Multi Purpose Room at 1pm.

How do I get there? 

To the Restaurant:
To the Library: 


Both the library and the restaurant are walking distance from either City Hall or Bugis MRT stations.

Here is more information on the talk at 1pm:

Healthy Heart: Benefits of Vegetarian Diet 

Admission is free and registration for the talk is not required. Seats are on a first come first served basis 


Coronary Heart Disease is the number one killer in the world. Risk factors for Coronary Heart Disease include hypertension, diabetes, smoking, high cholesterol, obesity, lack of exercise, unhealthy diet, hereditary factors and stress.

There are many types of vegetarian diets. Most vegetarians eat dairy products; others eat eggs. Vegans eat only plant-based foods.

  • 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?

To find answers to these questions, join Dr V P Nair’s talk on Healthy Heart!

 Dr V P Nair is a Consultant Interventional Cardiologist at Mount Elizabeth Hospital, Singapore. His balloon angioplasty and stenting training was at the Regional Cardio-Thoracic Centre, San Francisco Heart Institute, Cleveland Clinic USA and Broussais University 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.

Further information available on the NLB website:


Neil Madhvani & George Jacobs

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  • George J.

    4 people attended the brunch and about 42 were at the talk What impressed me about the food was the big quantities. We all ordered the small portions, but when the food arrived, it looked like medium size and was quite tasty. Also, one of the attendies was new, although he's been in SG about 10 yrs and veg for 3 yrs. Plus, I like the ambiance, both in the restaurant and in the surrounding neighbourhood.
    Dr Nair has a gift for explaining complicated concepts in a simple way and of putting people at ease. There were lot of questions, and he kindly stay at least 20 minutes after the talk to field them. Among the points he made was that even going veg part time can positively impact our health. Thus, being veg needn't be an either/or matter.

    December 11, 2011

  • AlNad

    Hi Neil and George,
    THis was my first meetup with the group. Nice to meet you all and PArdhu. THanks for organizing the event. Very useful information was given during the talk with the doc. A lot of debates though! Enjoyed! Viva la vegetariano!


    December 10, 2011

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