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Bistro Chez Fio

Tuesday, 10 September 2013 16:41

ProflEditor's Note: Greetings Readers! Here's a write-up by Brunei's own Angelyn Choo. Her Instagram profile (@angelshameless) reads "I followed my heart and it led me to my fridge." She also has a tumblr you can check out - ChooingOnThis (hah!). I asked her for a short snippet about herself.

"My name is Angel Choo, and I am 22 years old. I enjoy long romantic walks to my fridge, and I like my coffee black. While working and finishing up my final year in Universiti Brunei Darussalam, I go on food adventure around Brunei (and across the oceans) to try all kinds of everything. Occasionally, I document things as I go. The world is delicious."

Bistro Chez Fio

By Angelyn Choo

This is the third time this week that I've visited Bistro Chez Fio [bis-troh; shey; fee-oh].
Tucked in between Netzone Cafe and Bridgelink Enterprise, Bistro Chez Fio also sits right across Petlink, Kuilap.


I'm always welcomed by Fiona's warm hello and the smell of freshly baked (flavour of the day) muffins.


In one word, Chez Fio, is quaint. Wooden tables and chairs, jazz swimming through the air and two Canadian flag sitting proudly at the front counter.


According to Fiona, “Bistro Chez Fio started off as just a dream that one day I would open a business in the food industry.” Having lived most of her life in Vancouver, Fiona brings her heart for Vancouver to share with us here in Brunei.


To start, I had my usual order of miniature coffees. A tray of four different styles; latte cappuccino, macho and one with a little surprise.


I know I always talk about decreasing my caffeine intake, but now that Chez Fio is just within a ten minutes drive from my way to work, it's really hard to say no.


Since her opening in January, Chez Fio changes her menu once in every few months. Keeping the Canadian favourites like poutine and constantly adding in something new for her customers to try, as well as for the chefs to make. Good to keep everyone on their toes.


PB Extreme Burger is my current favourite on the lunch menu. Sink your teeth into a juicy beef patty, topped with cheese, a crunch from the crispy beef rashes and a unique peanut butter sauce that just gives it an extra punch of delicious.


Even though Hui Ting, Abi and I were stuffed after sharing two mains and two sides, I could not resist ending our meal with the dessert special of the day; Chez Fio's signature cheesecake. It was love at first bite.

I quickly called Fiona over and asked her what she added into the cheesecake. She answered, “cinnamon and.. sweet potato” Sweet potato! And my heart swooned. I love it when a not so typical ingredient is added in something we're all so used to.


It's easy to lose track of the world outside while you're in the bistro. There have been times when I leave the out the door, and I have forgotten how hot it is outside or where I parked my car.


Kudos to Fiona and her team for making an effort to serve every meal with friendly smiles and warm conversation (which to me, is just as important as the food and ambience). All that said, I already look forward to my next visit and definitely to explore the rest of the new menu.

Bistro Chez Fio (Facebook)
Unit 13, Ground Floor,
Block A, Q-lap Complex,
Kg. Kuilap, BE 1518
Mon – Sun, 8am – 6pm
Closed on Fridays, 12pm - 2pm

223 4933
instagram: @bistrochezfio

Royal Brunei: Behind the Scenes

Written by Delwin Keasberry Monday, 07 April 2014 19:57

Check out this video from the photoshoot of Royal Brunei's new heritage inspired uniforms.

Introducing Ibrahim Kamit

Written by Delwin Keasberry Tuesday, 24 June 2014 09:21

Hi Folks! Check out Ibrahim Kamit's YouTube Channel. I stumbled upon it recently, and it is worth sharing. His About page says it plainly and simply: "My dream is to be big so please share, subscribe, like" I like that.

I remember my dad telling me as a kid, "Don't take yourself too seriously." That message still rings true today. It is a healthy sign when we are able to laugh at ourselves. It shows openness and tolerance, which comes along with maturity.

I have a feeling this fella is going places.

Media Release: IEEE Tech Maker Programme training Curtin students to be mentors

Tuesday, 17 January 2017 15:49

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Group photo of participants with their completed solar lamps

Miri – 16 January 2017 – A workshop aimed at training undergraduate students to become mentors for primary and secondary school students was recently organised by the IEEE (Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) Curtin Sarawak Student Branch in collaboration with the University Life Department of the university, All Aboard Young Leader Centre (AAYLC) and DreamCatcher, a company that provides technical training to the electrical and electronic industry.

The four-day IEEE Tech Maker Programme Workshop was attended by over 20 undergraduate students of the university.

With the theme ‘Making Technology for a Better Community’, it was also aimed at equipping the students with the necessary technical skills to promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to secondary school students.

Everyone has a Story: Aisyah Zulkarnain

Thursday, 31 May 2018 11:52

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Aisyah Zulkarnain, age 22, is known as the first Bruneian to work in the film music industry in the United States. After graduating from the University of Rochester, New York with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and a minor in Studio Arts, she moved to Los Angeles to work at Hans Zimmer’s Remote Control Productions (composer for films such as Dunkirk, Gladiator, Inception, Interstellar and The Lion King) and Henry Jackman’s Sacred Tiger Music (composer for films such as Captain America: Civil War, Kong: Skull Island, Big Hero 6 and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle). Aisyah now works for film composer and guitarist, Bryce Jacobs, as a technical score engineer.

Aisyah has also been collaborating with directors in the United States, including working with award-winning independent filmmaker, Ambarien Alqadar, on her short film entitled Ayesha. The story follows Ayesha (Freya Adams), a 28-year-old American-Muslim girl, who struggles to find her place in a culture where her immigrant father, a taxi driver named Aziz (Rehan Ansari), feels like an outsider. Aziz encounters an ex-marine who served in the Afghanistan war, which triggers a traumatic neurosis and shuts himself away from his family. Ayesha decides to seek medical help for her father, but it brings her in a direct confrontation with her mother, Nadine (Riti Sachdeva), to whom Aziz’s afflictions represent divine punishments.

After the film’s official release in June 2017, Ayesha won an Award of Distinction at the 2017 Canada International Shorts Festival, was nominated for Best Ensemble Narrative Short at the 2018 Queens World Film Festival, and was picked to screen at the 2017 Oil Valley Film Festival. Aisyah’s music in the film utilizes a string ensemble, solo bassoon, solo voice, and a hint of ethnic instruments from South Asia. She also incorporated organic-sounding synthesizers underneath the ensemble to give the score its dark tone.

As an alumna of the International School Brunei, Aisyah’s exposure to traditional Malay music and the music of other cultures impacted her enthusiasm to seek colourful timbres and textural soundscapes, which can be heard in much of her work, including Ayesha. You can also find more of Aisyah’s music on her official website,, and on SoundCloud.

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