#LovingYou #6 – Valentine’s Day Mass R.O.M. @ Thean Hou Temple

7 March 2016
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Let’s take the time machine and rewind to 14 February 2014 (14214!). Location – Thean Hou Temple (天后宫), the place where most Buddhists held their Registration of Marriage (R.O.M.). The day that Clumsy Boy and I signed the biggest contract in our lives. The contract that bonds two person to become one.

Valentine’s Day Mass R.O.M. @ Thean Hou Temple

Thean Hou Temple in the morning @ 7 am

Thean Hou Temple in the morning @ 7 am

So I woke up at approximately 5.45 am to do my makeup. For the hair, I just applied leave-in conditioner instead of styling because I’m really bad at that and it’s better to look plain than to arrive with damaged, frizzy hair. I actually tried curling my hair with curling iron few days before but it turned out super frizzy and dry! Luckily I was able to save it by using lots of hair mask.

Love the details and the architecture of Thean Hou Temple

Love the details and the architecture of Thean Hou Temple

For those who engage a makeup artist for makeup and hairdo services, they would need to arrive as early as 4-5 am. That’s insane! I’d rather get more beauty sleep LOL!

Thanks for remembering to bring the flower bouquet, Clumsy Boy. HAHAHAHA!

Thanks for remembering to bring the flower bouquet, Clumsy Boy.
HAHAHAHA!

I reached at 7.20 am, considered as quite early since Thean Hou Mass Registration Schedule mentioned that the first item in the agenda will start at 8.30 am. It’s safer to arrive earlier since the rush hour traffic is quite bad in the morning.

I like my hand bouquet so much... Eh? Oops... I like my hubby more

I like my hand bouquet so much… Eh? Oops… I like my hubby more

If you’re wondering where I got my ROM dress, I bought it at egete, 1 Utama Shopping Centre. I’ve hunted for it at Berjaya Times Square and Sungei Wang but to no avail. It baffles me to realize it’s so difficult to find a piece of white dress. Parkson @ 1 Utama Shopping Centre has some but they looked quite short on me *disadvantages of being tall*. Of course, some people will also rent from bridal house but I personally think wearing a wedding gown for ROM is kinda overkill. Not to mention that it’s going to cost a lot too. But if you feel that it’s okay, don’t worry that you’ll be an outcast because there are a lot of people who wears wedding gown too.

R.O.M. @ Thean Hou Temple - Us, with my dad and his mum

R.O.M. @ Thean Hou Temple – Us, with my dad and his mum

If you’re wondering why my mum and his dad didn’t come to witness this important moment, it was because my mum said “pantang” even though my grandma has already left us for almost a year and his dad thinks that ROM is not important. Oh wells…

Special backdrop only for Mass ROM @ Thean Hou Temple

Special backdrop only for Mass ROM @ Thean Hou Temple

Before the programme start, can take lots of pretty photos around the temple and there was also a special backdrop prepared for this special day.

Inside the ceremony hall @ Thean Hou Temple

Inside the ceremony hall @ Thean Hou Temple

When we first reached, we went to the registration counter to confirm our attendance and seat numbers were assigned for the couple and family members.

Take as many photos as we can! But how come we looked so pale? I remember putting on makeup! LOL!

Take as many photos as we can!
But how come we looked so pale? I remember putting on makeup! LOL!

8TV came to cover the Valentine's Day Mass ROM too!

8TV came to cover the Valentine’s Day Mass ROM too!

Wee~~ There was a photo booth by WOW Photobooth for couples to take a shot and remember the precious moment!

Him: *punches me* Me: Give Peace a Chance!

Him: *punches me*
Me: Give Peace a Chance!

The moment before we release our balloons. Bye, freedom!! *Oops* Bye, singlehood!!

The moment before we release our balloons.
Bye, freedom!! *Oops* Bye, singlehood!!

I have no idea what releasing the balloons really signify; maybe there’s no reason behind it. It just looks nice for the photography session hahaha!

Nervous! So scared that our balloon will fly away before it's time to release it.

Nervous! So scared that our balloon will fly away before it’s time to release it.

Yay! It's time!

Yay! It’s time!

All the photographers from media kept pressing their camera shutter. Feels like a celebrity!

Walked back into the hall for next agenda - Benediction by Monks

Walked back into the hall for next agenda – Benediction by Monks

Speech by Monk

Speech by Monk

I remembered the monk saying something very meaningful about marriage but I couldn’t recall it already.

My advice for those who are going to get married?

Marriage is a full time job, not a part time job.

Putting wedding ring on Clumsy Boy's finger

Putting wedding ring on Clumsy Boy’s finger

The mass solemnization ceremony was done whereby all the couples stood up and put up our hand to swear. We had to repeat what was said and basically, the content is about marrying only one partner according to the law. Nothing lovey dovey like how the Christians said their vows in the church.

I actually wanted to experience saying something like this:

I take you to be my lawfully wedded husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do us part.

Damn romantic, right?

If you liked it then you should've put a ring on it

If you liked it then you should’ve put a ring on it

Chinese people always say 男左,女右 (men left, women right) but that’s definitely not the case for wedding ring.

Which is the correct finger to wear your wedding ring?

The correct answer is fourth finger of the left hand; for both men and women. The reason is because it is believed that a vein ran directly from the fourth finger on the left hand to the heart. By this, it signifies that you take this marriage by heart.

Last couple shot as fiancé and fiancée!

Last couple shot as fiancé and fiancée!

After waiting for 30 minutes, it’s finally time for us to sign the documents and officially become husband and wife. Luckily the wait wasn’t too long 🙂

Clumsy Boy signs the marriage certification paper

Clumsy Boy signs the marriage certification paper

Big girl liao lor... Become ppl's wife already...

Big girl liao lor… Become ppl’s wife already…

So this is our first photo as husband and wife ♥

So this is our first photo as husband and wife ♥

Certificate of Marriage in our hands. It's finally done!

Certificate of Marriage in our hands.
It’s finally done!

By 10.48 am, everything’s done and we can leave already! Phew~~ Really efficient. I thought that we have to wait until at least 2pm :p

Valentine's Day Mass R.O.M. @ Thean Hou Temple

Valentine’s Day Mass R.O.M. @ Thean Hou Temple

But before we left, we took the opportunity to hunt for more nice backgrounds and shoot more photos!

Thanks to Clumsy Boy's family for joining us!

Thanks to Clumsy Boy’s family for joining us!

Some people were curious about this so before I end this post, let me explain why I picked Valentine’s Day for our ROM.

Why I picked Valentine’s Day for our R.O.M.

  1. It feels very lonely to do it on normal days. There’s no special programmes like Valentine’s Day.
  2. It feels good to celebrate your love with other couples. Seeing other couples happy makes me happy too!
  3. Just because Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to celebrate your love and you don’t need to worry your spouse will forget your wedding anniversary.

Thank you GMPS Wedding Film and Photography for the awesome photos!

View this video slideshow to see more photos:


April Cheong & Charmaine Pua ROM @ Thean Hou by tallpiscesgirl

  • Hahaha u shud hv let me know ill be happy to tie ur hair for u dear…. Nice rom dear..i love ur dress n yeah not easy to get a white dress really…

    • Aww thanks for being so sweet! You already good at tying hair 2 years ago?

      • Yeahhh its only hard when tying my own hair cos cannot see ma at the back…actually not hard la to tie jus lear frm you tube but ah how come ur hair become frizzy when u curl it?ur curler too hot is it?

        • I also dunno! But cannot tweak how hot I want it to be de wor

  • Yee Wee Ling

    Your dress was beautiful. Seeing your post reminded me of my marriage registration there but mine was on a normal day.

    • Thanks dear! Haha faster see back your marriage registration photos 😀

  • sherrygo

    good date you chosen 😀
    my registration was there too suppose to pick my birthday day but they not open on the date. 🙁

  • Adeline Lee

    You choose a good date! I love your dress. you looks gorgeous on that dress. <3

  • SiennyLoves Drawing

    Congratulations! Happy Marriage, Charmaine! 🙂
    Cheers, SiennyLovesDrawing

  • Miera Nadhirah Rashidi

    Oh yaaayy… congratulations… so many blogger friends getting married and engaged… wooo…. I hope you will be always happy, understanding, patient and loving towards each other

  • so sweet both of you!! 😀 and i love your dress from egete, gonna check out that shop haha

    • Yes, must check them out. The price is very affordable 🙂

  • missyblurkit

    Congrassss. 2 years passed so fast and the 2 of you are still so loving. Can pass of as still dating!

  • Congrats dear! I registered at TH temple too. 🙂

  • Janice Yeap

    Time flies babe! didn’t know you are married for two years already! I wish you and April have a wonderful marriage life.. Stay sweet and lovely always! xoxo

    • I know right! Didn’t realize I procrastinate for 2 years already OMG!!
      Thanks for the kind words dear <3

  • A lot of ppl photobombing your romantic photos la babe! Lol. If not it would have look much nicer and more romantic

  • Kylie Wenn

    Lovely couple! Sweet Sweet leh.. My ROM was there too… 11 years ago.. how time flies..

  • Aliza Sara

    omg omg omg congratulations! You definitely look stunning there babe <3

  • you are so pretty Charmaine! Lovely moments 🙂

  • placesandfoods

    congrats again. wish u all the best

  • Kelly Chin

    congratulations and happy anniversary May both of you have many more lovey dovey years ahead.

  • Alyza Fisol

    congratulations to both of you. may both of you enjoy every moments together..

  • Ivy Kam

    Thean Hou Temple has witnessed many happy couples to become husband and wife here, all the best to them 🙂

  • Camy

    awwww. so sweet of you borh

  • I love your wedding photos! 🙂

    They’re beautiful Charmaine and I’m glad you’ve found your partner in life. I was born a Christian so I’ve always been familiar with the “in sickness and in health, till death do us part” bit. I didn’t realize it was a Christian ceremony per se, always thought it’s been secular nowadays and people say it anyway.

    Congratulations and all the best!