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He gives her the One Ring, with more to come

PHOTOS: ARIFFIN JAMAR, COURTESY OF KANE CUNICO

For about three years, she wore the One Ring on a necklace, not knowing that it would become her engagement ring.

Her husband, Mr Johann Annuar, 40, had bought the Lord Of The Rings One Ring replica for around $100 in New Zealand while on a cycling trip.

He had watched the movies, but at that time, he did not know the significance the ring would have in his life.

"I bought it on the spur of the moment. At that time, we were not together yet. I didn't really know what would happen. I wanted to just wait and see," Mr Annuar says.

They have been friends since they were 15-year-olds.

In 2007, when Mr Annuar proposed to Ms Patsian Low, who is now the director of philanthropy at National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre (NVPC), he took the ring off her neck as they sat atop a playground in Portugal.

"I have no clue how everything worked out so well. We were just lucky that the ring fitted her perfectly," he says, adding that everyone is different about what they want out of their love symbols.

"Ours is very personal and unique."

The couple also have a unique tradition - they buy new wedding bands every year.

They go to the same Couple Lab shop at Plaza Singapura to buy two wedding bands and engrave the year and name of their child born that year on the bands. They have two children, aged two and three.

"Our wedding bands are the kind of love bands that secondary school couples buy," Mr Annuar quips.

"We spend $60 yearly instead of $3,000 at one go. Maybe we will live long enough until the total amount spent on the wedding bands comes up to more than $3,000."

He tells of a year when they argued all the way to the mall to buy their annual wedding bands, and back.

"That's when you know marriage is for life. It is really 'bo pian one'(Singlish for having no choice)," he says.