IPOH - It was love birthed from the silent world of a couple, both born deaf, that led them to be wedded to each other yesterday, which happened to be both Valentine's Day and Chap Goh Meh.
Speaking through an interpreter, Lam Wai Hoong, 32, and Kok Shiao Yean, 25, said they had been dating for the past two years.
"They were classmates at Politeknik Ungku Omar, but only hooked up during a reunion two years ago," said the interpreter Low Gaik See, who was also the couple's lecturer.
Using sign language, Lam said he proposed to his sweetheart on Valentine's Day last year.
"We decided to get married today due to its significance of having the two celebrations, Valentine's Day and Chap Goh Meh, coinciding on the same day," said Lam.
Asked what attracted him to his wife, Lam said he was taken by her "cuteness".
Kok said that while she was initially turned off by Lam's "fierce" character, he turned out to actually be "nice and sweet" once she got to know him better.
Lam and Kok were among 52 couples who tied the knot yesterday at the Ipoh Chin Woo Association.
For mechanical engineer Ng Shi Jun, it was his wife Mok Chee Wen's "fierceness" which attracted him to her.
"I know it sounds unromantic, but I like my wife because she is fierce," said Ng.
Mok, also a mechanical engineer, said she fell for her husband because she found him to be a "very responsible man."
The couple had been together for five years, since their college days.
Asked why they chose yesterday to be married, Mok said: "The next time when Valentine's Day and Chap Goh Meh share the same date will be 19 years down the road. We don't want to have to wait that long!"
For Low Guo Nan and Foo Lee Mun@Po Lay Mun, who had been dating for six years, yesterday was special for a third reason -- that being Low's 31st birthday.