October is my birthday month. What I love most about October is that color overtakes landscape — not so much in Singapore since there aren’t really seasons here, but in all the other places I’ve lived. As a person who is obsessed with color, I can’t think of a better time of year to celebrate my life.

I don’t care if I’m a year older this month. Instead, I think about the fact that my birthday is the day my life started. I think about all the journeys I’ve made and all the things I’ve been so lucky to see since that day… and I’m grateful. Another year is a gift.

So here’s some color and life to celebrate — dahlias in Singapore! My most favorite flower — miraculous in color and structure, just as I feel my own life has been. Thanks for this moment, this life, this chance to stop and smell the flowers.



  1. Well now Ms Kelly — Happy Birthday! Here’s to a year filled with dahlias, multi-colors and adventures. You are truly one of those special few who always makes me smile. Thanks for sharing…hello to Jay. Hugs and best wishes, rite


  2. Happy birthday! and I love the dahlia pics. The dahlia is a flower we don’t see nearly enough. They have such a wide range of shapes and colours. My Mum always used to grow them, but they seem to have fallen out of vogue; well, here in South Africa, that is.


    1. Thank you, Alison! How nice to receive happy birthday wishes all the way from South Africa! And thanks for your comment about the dahlias. I agree — they’re hard to find these days. It’s a shame such a beautiful flower has fallen out of vogue. Happy you enjoyed the photos, and hope you’re having a great day in SA. Thanks again! ~K.


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