Living with The Firewalkers of Fiji

Hilary Goes To Fiji- The Movie

I am a much better writer than director or editor. But in an effort to become multifaceted, I’m working on adding video content to Nomad Grad. Let’s call this progress. =)

I’ve got adventures, spiritual experiences, and a very important visit to the village of the Firewalkers still yet to share with you. But first, I bring you a video that captures the spirit of this adventure. Let’s call it a teaser trailer. Or the musical number right before intermission. Or that thing I did just for funsies. Maybe you’ll love it and possibly call it Oscar worthy. Or maybe you’ll give it a 12% on Rotten Tomatoes…

 

Seriously, why can’t I stop writing even when I’m just plugging a video??? How obnoxiously verbose am I?

Anyway, I hope you enjoy this little snapshot of my adventure. =)

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31 Comments

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    Michi

    January 18, 2013

    Beautiful video!! I loved it. And you’re wonderfully verbose. :)

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    NaEun Park

    January 18, 2013

    Lovely video! I don’t know if it’s my computer/speakers but the music was a little loud and made it hard to hear your voice! But I love it regardless :) Looking forward to more!

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      Hilary Billings

      January 20, 2013

      Thank you so much!

      And oh no! I think that had more to do with how I was speaking than your speakers. I was trying to film it as quietly as possible so as not to disturb all the people waiting for the plane around me, but then it left me at a disadvantage when I got back.

      The lesson learned? Speak loudly and annoy people momentarily so you’ve got a decent quality audio for your blog. =)

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    gene3067

    January 18, 2013

    That was great! I started remembering all your posts from there. When I saw the young girl I could see her telling you not to be afraid of the little cockroach that shared your room. And the scenery. Wonderful!

    Yep. I gotta get out this weekend.

    Great Job!

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      Hilary Billings

      January 20, 2013

      Oh yay! I was hoping that would happen. =) And yes, she’s a fearless little one. Happy it all came across. I was getting so frustrated watching the playback, “But you just can’t SEE how pretty it is!”

      Did you manage to get out and do anything fun?

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        gene3067

        January 20, 2013

        Yep. I got out today and visited Spanish Point in Osprey, FL. I’ll be blogging about it this week and have put a few teaser pics on the TRD Facebook page already.

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    Sea

    January 19, 2013

    Great, Hillary! What a beautiful experience you’ve shared. I loved the song you used, too!

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      Hilary Billings

      January 20, 2013

      Thank you so much! I am so happy you enjoyed it! Yes, it’s one of my new favorites. Philip Phillips is great! He’s got a lot of nomadic/adventurous tunes to serve as the soundtrack for my life and many others’. =)

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    Britt Skrabanek

    January 19, 2013

    Very cool! I dapple in the vlog world from time to time. I think it’s a great way to snaz things up! Can’t wait to see more of your beautiful adventures!

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      Hilary Billings

      January 20, 2013

      Yay snazzing things up! Always going for class and pizazz. =)

      Thanks for watching and sharing in my adventures, Britt! Lots of love.

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    haileyjw

    January 19, 2013

    SO verbose! Naw, I’m kidding, I absolutely loved it Hilary! Looks amazing. Makes me crave another adventure. Looking forward to the feature film.

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      Hilary Billings

      January 20, 2013

      Haha! It’s probably the shortest blog I’ve written EVER, but still… I have to laugh at myself. I always feel like I have to ‘set the scene’.

      Where do you want to go next?

      And yes! I’m looking forward to that too. =) Wouldn’t it be wonderful if that really happened someday?

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    mgsegura

    January 20, 2013

    Same here. I feel the need to do the prior knowledge thing, being a teacher. I always imagined this to be a wonderful place. The people you show seem beautiful and kind. You did a great job and seem to have enjoyed every minute of your trip. Awesome!

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      Hilary Billings

      January 20, 2013

      Thank you! They were beautiful and kind. I was so lucky to meet the people I did.

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    comicsmaniac

    January 21, 2013

    That was such an amazing video! Reading about a place, or seeing photos of a place, still leaves a lot to imagination. Watching this video definitely gave me a better view on how beautiful Fiji is! I’m looking forward to your future productions :)

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      Hilary Billings

      January 21, 2013

      Aww, thank you so much! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! And yes… I hope many future productions (as well as stories) to come. =)

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    Kaleena's Kaleidoscope

    January 21, 2013

    This video is so sweet! A perfect little collection of vignettes to remember your time in Fiji. I’ve actually been working on a similar style video of my last few weeks in Santa Barbara to play whenever I’m homesick in Korea. I was actually planning on using the same song… uh-oh… it’s just such a darn good song! haha.

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      Hilary Billings

      January 21, 2013

      Thank you, Kaleena! I’m so glad you liked it!

      What a good idea! I think that will be great. But I know if I had something like that I would be crying 24/7, haha!

      And DO IT! It’s a great song! I’m not surprised you identify with it, too. That whole album is full of good nomadic songs. =)

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    Hailey

    January 22, 2013

    Loved it! So fun :)

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    Felix Colatanavanua

    January 24, 2013

    I Give it Two Thumbs up!!!!!! Very Very Nice :D

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      Hilary Billings

      January 25, 2013

      Hurray! I was hoping I’d hear from you about it. Has Ro Mereani watched it yet??

      Lots of love!

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    andiperullo

    January 30, 2013

    Love it!!!

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    Music TJ

    February 12, 2013

    Multi-faceted indeed. Tis a wonderful video! And I love your music choice!

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      Hilary Billings

      February 13, 2013

      Aww, shucks. You’re going to make me blush! Thanks, TJ. And I’m happy to hear. Philip Phillips is one of my new favorite artists. He’s got a lot of great music that I can identify with as a traveler. Do you have an artist that you identify with right now?

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        Music TJ

        February 13, 2013

        In truth, right now not so much. For a while Jack Johnson was one for me. But as I’m currently writing my own stuff, and working on my own album, not much else is seeping through my system!

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          Hilary Billings

          February 14, 2013

          Jack Johnson is a good choice. =) But that’s so exciting that you’re working on your own stuff! I have mad respect for songwriters and composers. I play a little violin and guitar and whenever I start working on my own songs, I fuh-reak out. I don’t know how to get past the self-judgement long enough to complete anything. Looking forward to hearing the finished product!

          • Music TJ

            February 14, 2013

            The self-judgement is something I still have. The fact that I was a poet long before I became a songwriter does help matters a lot. I say just keep at it and in time you’ll get past that particular barrier. And my work (well some of it at least) is available to listen to at http://www.facebook.com/MusicTJ and I released my first single in November. Once I’m done with the album I’m gonna try and find myself a manager and see if i can’t get my musical journey up and running!

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Hey fellow adventurers, my name is Hilary! After being rejected from grad school, I took off on a solo journey around the world. Now I constantly challenge myself to take on new experiences. This blog documents my journeys from Europe to Fiji, swimming with sharks and living with tribes, to becoming an accidental beauty queen and working for one of the top national media outlets. If you like what you're reading, please subscribe! Here's to the next great adventure!

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