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Reminiscing: our wedding cake

Because I like to show off my Mum’s cakes. Many years ago, she made this for us.

Wedding cake made my Mum - katmayo.com.au

Photography by Alan Khan (click to enlarge)

Also, my debut cake had stairs.

And did I mention it’s chocolate cake inside?

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Feminist values in romance fiction

Earlier this month I wrote a guest post for the Australia Women Writers Challenge blog discussing whether or not romance fiction is inherently feminist. Here’s an excerpt:

When we consider what romance fiction brings to feminism, it’s not enough to talk about what we as individuals get out of romance fiction or how we interpret this book or that. Knowing the genre’s popularity among female readers, we should also be asking: How do women read romance and why do they love these books so much? Only then, I think, will we have a better understanding of the genre’s importance and influence in women’s lives.
If you’re a romance reader, a romance non-reader or simply curious why people love these books so much, I’d love to know what you think.

Raunchy Romance Storytime 2012

To celebrate International Women’s Day, Customs House Library hosted a Library Up Late event dedicated to romance fiction and asked me to curate it. I chose excerpts from romance books to be performed by Rhys Muldoon, Libbi Gorr and PJ Lane.

Naughty bits. Perhaps…raunchier than the library had been expecting. Oops. 😀

I loved this project. Selecting the excerpts took a lot longer and was more difficult than I had anticipated. Actually hearing the words performed by professionals exceeded my expectations. I could have listened to them all night.

You can read a transcript of my talk here.

RJ Rosales obituary

The editor of the Australian Filipina magazine asked if I would write an obituary for RJ Rosales. I only had his CV up to 2007, so you may notice that it’s light on the details after that. I hope I did him justice. You can find the original article here.

RJ Rosales, who has died aged 37, was one of the Australian Filipino communityÂ’s favourite sons. Best known for his stint as co-host of ABS-CBN Philippines variety show ASAP, he was a critically acclaimed actor and musical theatre performer, receiving a Helpmann Award nomination for his role in the 2007-08 Australian season of Miss Saigon. His smooth but strong balladeerÂ’s voice, equally suited to popular music as show tunes, found fans across generations from all over the world. Continue reading

RJ Rosales: Tributes

If you would like to add a tribute to RJ or send words of comfort to his family, you may do so here:

http://www.heavenaddress.com/funeral-notice/Roseo-Jose-Rosales/401148/obituary.aspx

RJ Rosales (1974 -- 2011)

RJ Rosales
24 March 1974 — 5 December 2011

The funeral service starts at 10.30am on Saturday, December 10 at Blessed John XXIII Catholic Church, Stanhope Gardens. Interment will follow at Pinegrove Cemetery, Michinbury. Click on the link above for more details.