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Why Singapore has a special place in the heart of the Manzano-Reyes Family

Those with a passion for traveling know that there are simply some places worth coming back to. Whether it’s due to a destination’s breathtaking sights, mouth-watering cuisine, rich and colorful culture, or warm and welcoming people, these spots are near and dear to the heart, despite how far they may actually be. 

With a shared passion for cool kicks, SBTG-owner Mark Ong and GP Reyes go through the Singaporean sneaker store’s extensive shoe collection. 

Close to home and even closer to the heart, Singapore is that kind of destination for the Manzano-Reyes family. According to Vlogger and Radio Host, Andi Manzano-Reyes, the family enjoys frequent visits to the Lion City, as they constantly look for hidden gems to uncover. “We just love the city. It’s vibrant, safe, there are so many things to do and discover, and it’s kid-friendly.”

Her husband, Entrepreneur and Creative Director GP shares the same sentiments, “We try to go two to three times a year, primarily, because we truly love the city. It has everything for everyone.”

The creative genius behind customized sneaker shop, Mark Ong, gifts sneaker-head, GP Reyes with his own unique pair.

When GP says Singapore has everything for everyone, he is referring to more than just the plethora of activities and attractions. The city is more than just the sum of its attractions, it exudes a vibe that makes travelers feel that this is a place where they can pursue everything they love and make their passions possible. 

For a family of varied hobbies and interests, Singapore has proven to be a destination where their different passion points converge. When asked about their favorite things to do in Singapore, Andi answered, “We all have our favorites. Our kids love animals, so we visit the S.E.A. Aquarium™ and Singapore Zoo. I love discovering new places, so I do my research on what’s new. GP loves shopping and what we have in common is that we all love the food!”

Beach-loving family, the Manzano-Reyes’, spend a sunny day on one of Singapore’s most pristine southern islands – Lazarus Island. 

Andi also shares what makes Singapore fuss-free and family-friendly, “Everything is made convenient for us parents. The changing rooms are the best I’ve seen, with hot water, cold filtered water, a nice breastfeeding area, and even dads have a changing table. There are also so many things to do for kids. Your itinerary will be packed with just activities for the kids!”

On a recent trip to Singapore, the family tried out a “Passion Roulette” – a digital roulette where they input some of Andi and GP’s hobbies along with Olivia’s interest to suggest different attractions that matched all their passions. The roulette revealed unique combinations like culinary experiences and animal adventures which led them to one-of-a-kind leisure activities like Breakfast with the Orangutans in Singapore Zoo, the Ocean Restaurant at the S.E.A. Aquarium™, and the café with a horseback-riding view, Riders Café.

Andi and GP take their ‘water babies’, Amelia and Olivia, on a one-of-a-kind adventure to Singapore’s Lazarus Island aboard a yacht.  

With a shared passion for shopping, Andi ventured to local Singaporean gem, Our Second Nature, with her girls in search for cute finds while GP embraced his inner sneakerhead at SBTG and met Mark Ong - the man behind the customized sneaker shop. At the end of the day, the entire family reconvened at Design Orchard, a one-stop lifestyle hub for all their favorite things.

According to GP, he also constantly pursues exciting activities, “I also like to do adventurous things and have unique experiences. Sailing on a yacht or driving a supercar would be a dream.” Making his passion possible on that same trip, the Passion Roulette led the family on a fun yacht ride to Singapore’s Lazarus Island, merging GP’s passion with Olivia’s love for the beach. 

There are plenty more of the Manzano-Reyes family’s exciting escapade on the Visit Singapore Facebook page at Check them out and be inspired to make your passions possible in Singapore with your family too.


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