We had the good fortune of connecting with Sarah Kee and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sarah, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I was born in Malaysia. Due to the nature of my father’s job, we moved a lot. I decided to count it out the other day and realized that I have moved over fourteen times! We uprooted to other countries like Singapore, the United States and China. I experienced the biggest culture shock getting off the plane in the U.S. Growing up in Malaysia, everyone had dark hair and I was familiar with the setting with all my family and friends there. At the airport, it seemed like the complete opposite with everyone having lighter hair and speaking in a different accent. I remember being overwhelmed and feeling like everyone was staring at me for standing out. It was after I started attending school when I realized I needed to adapt (fast!) in order to learn and thrive. I hit the ground running and even picked up an American accent after a month. When it came for my family to head to Beijing, I didn’t bat an eye. By that time, I had fallen in love with moving to new places and was looking forward to experiencing another different way of life. Today, change is not something I shy away from. It sometimes comes with a negative connotation but for the most part, I think it’s crucial in order to grow. All this moving around has also given me perpetual wanderlust!
What should our readers know about your business?
Keestone Events is an award-winning, full-service event planning and design boutique based in Dallas, and serving clients worldwide. From upscale weddings to corporate functions and chic birthday parties, it’s important to us that we assist our clients by planning with a lot of joy and warmth. We put a tremendous amount of effort into each event we plan and our planners take inspiration from various aspects of our clients’ lives to come up with a different take each time. As no two people are the same, each function is approached with a fresh outlook to achieve what they aim to celebrate and accurately tell their story.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Some ideas for the week: We would start at the Video Game Museum in Frisco and continue on the technology run by doing a virtual reality (VR) experience at Cinemark or AMC. We would participate in a scavenger hunt downtown that has us experience the different attractions the city has, including our museums like the DMA, Perot, Nasher and Crow Collection. All of that will likely work up an appetite so we’d join a food tour for dinner. That way, they get to experience a little bit of everything. We’d also hit up the Dallas World Aquarium and spend some time in Fort Worth, at the zoo and Stockyards. And of course, they would be introduced to some of the best steaks, BBQ and Tex-Mex in the world during those days so they will want to move to DFW!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My dad, for getting transferred with his job so often, haha. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without all those relocations!
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