October 7, 2005
Robin Buss is a 19-year-old (B&M Models) who recently arrived in Hong Kong to start her international career. The 176 cm (5'9") model is in Asia for the first time in her life and has kindly agreed to provide modelresource readers with occassional updates on her experience.
It has been another very busy week. Wednesday was fun,
I did an event in the Grand Hyatt Hotel for Crabtree
and Evelyn. They set up in the ballroom, with iron
center pieces dripping with candles, vines and roses
on each neatly set table. Giant chandeliers hung above
the low lit, mist filled venue. It was really magical.
The models entered on either side for the room, well
choreographed and decked out in bedroom attire (think
sexy flannel!). We then had to move along through the
routine we had practised all day, of well timed turns
and poses. Although two girls radically missed their
cues, the audience believed it to be a flawless
performance, and I got to come home with a beautiful
rose scented candle.
Thursday I was one of the Pucci girls at the Lane
Crawford party. It was a relatively easy job,
consisting of meeting and greeting guests, and
collecting business cards for the "Lucky Draw" we were
doing. It was required of us that every now and then
we would throw in a "Ciao" and "Buene Fortune" to go along
with the Italian theme. It was pretty fun! By the end
of the job my only requirement was to sit in a really
expensive chair, sip champagne and look like I was
having the time of my life. To get paid to do that? I
I am still learning how to balance my sleep versus
socializing. It's hard. I've made some really
excellent friends at this point, who I will continue
to stay in touch with long after my contract is over,
and I want so much to go out and have fun! But to be
honest, I am running myself a little ragged. I need to
get a good night's sleep! I am doing my best. That's
all we can really do anyway.
On another note, I am making a point to learn more
about the way of living here. Now it's not just my toe
that has dipped into the pool of Hong Kong culture,
but my whole foot! I can count to 10 (yet, yi, sum,
say, mm, lok, chut, ba, gow, sup - isn't it
exciting?!) and say "hi" and "bye" and "thank you" and
"sorry" (A true Canadian, learning right away how to
And my new favourite food that's fast (it isn't right
to classify it as fast food because its so healthy!)
is from a chain called Rice. They take two layers of
rice and pack it with stuff like mushrooms, green
beans, meat or fish (I'm a vegetarian so I don't know
how it tastes with meat, but its good with veggies!)
and bamboo, and ground up stuff that is really tasty,
and then they roll it into a ball. You eat it like a
pita, its the coolest thing!
So, my adventures continue, and I am still having fun.
With my castings I get to see more and more of the
island, which is really beautiful. I passed a grave
yard today that actually ran the length of the
mountain. So instead of being like a flat yard, the
side of the mountain had stair-like structures of
cascading head stones. It was absolutely amazing to
see. And I get to find these new pockets of adventure
Who knows what tomorrow will bring.
More to follow...