Dir en grey Tour18 Wearing Human Skin, Helsinki, The Circus

Dir en grey has been my favourite band for the major part of my life. I had only seen them live once before and that was already 13 years ago, so when they announced their new European(ish) tour, I jumped at the opportunity to see them again. Since we had a miscommunication with my husband about buying tickets in the beginning of the year, we ended up accidentally buying 4 tickets instead of 2 xD Thankfully, Josie wanted one and Kadi decided to grab the second extra ticket to join us.

My outfit for the concert.

We got to the concert venue about the time the doors were opened. There was an epic long line of people queueing to get in, but we got in pretty fast as the entrance procedure was efficient enough. I grabbed some merch from their merch table – a t-shirt for myself and a hoodie for hubby – and then waited another bit for the concert to start.

We chose to stand at the back of the venue. I really didn’t feel like struggling around in the crowd for a closer view. I saw plenty on the stage thankfully and got to enjoy the music which was the most important part. Hubby had his arms around me occasionally, so it was extra cosy and nice like that. Good music and my husband’s breath tickling the back of my neck… mmmmmm  blissssssssss!

To my surprise they didn’t only play their newest releases, but also many older songs. I do like their newer music, but I admit that it’s not as familiar to me as some of the older stuff. It was all great to be honest. I also enjoyed that every song had an illustrative visual projected on the wall behind the band. I mean, it’s great to see my favourite band play live, but I always appreciate any artistic touch that adds to the overall experience.

During one of the songs, Kyo turned his back to the crowd and started making faces at a camera near Shinya’s drums. His face was then projected on the wall behind them with some filters xD It was kind of hilarious and especially so when he started shoving fingers in his mouth and dragging lines of spit in front of the camera xD Classic Kyo! xD

Random memories from the show:

  • Toshiya being super into it all. I am used to him just kind of being there, playing his bass, but this time he was jumping and dancing around a lot. He genuinely seemed to enjoy himself.
  • Kyo looked like a tiny angry goblin xD He had contacts that made his eyes look like snake eyes… It was adorable xD And man, has his singing evolved or what? It was brilliant.
  • Die was looking pretty and the fan directed at his face made his hair fly behind him very majestically xD
  • It was kind of a waaaaaaa moment when the entire crowd sang along to “The Final.”
  • Shinya was Shinya and behind the drums, so I didn’t see him much.
  • Kaoru was a bit out from my view as well. He did still look handsome tho.
  • I got several “lolz” moments when the apple computer running the background visuals froze and popped up errors XD

Sadly, the time flew past super fast and then it was over. It felt like they just started and then they were already finishing up. I wish it had been longer xD Oh well.

I loved the concert. I am so glad I got to go.

I will leave you with a few songs  from the band. Enjoy!

This is the song people sang along with. They played a bit updated version of the song during the concert, but the lyrics were still the same. And yes, the video is supposed to be silent in the beginning.

Their latest single. I figured Rannuculus would be some weird mythical demon or something creepy, but apparently it’s a common little flower :p

SPARK AND SPAAAARK

The last song wasn’t played during the concert we attended, but it’s one of my most favorite ones and means a lot to me. A funny fact, this song was playing in the registration hall when I got married to Indrek :p This is how much this song means to me.

– 10. October 2018

[what I ate.] 8-14. October 2018

8. October

A delicious cup of coffee before work @ The Living Room café. I had the Guatemala one. It was divine.

A slice of mushroom-bacon pizza and some chickpea-veggie soup with sour cream.

Almond-cardamom pastry.

Japanese style pork curry with rice and some pickles.

Some delicious candies.

9. October

I had a crappy morning, thus coffee and candy in a dreary bust stop on my way to work.

Chili sin carne with brown rice.

Coffee and a banana-chocolate muffin.

Japanese style pork curry with rice.

10. October – Concert in Helsinki

Yummy blueberry-raspberry yoghurt and a crappy salmon-shrimp salad on our way to Helsinki.

Chicken tofu bowl for lunch. Hubby had beef.

Dinner @ Zetor. I had sautéed reindeer with mashed potatoes, lingonberries and pickles. It was absolutely delicious. The meat was super soft and the flavour lush.

A peanut butter-chocolate chip filled taiyaki. So good!

11. October – Back to Tallinn

Epic buffet on the boat: croissants, mini doughnuts, coffee, beer, bulgur-edamame salad, ham, cold smoked salmon, some tomato and cucumber, pickles, meatballs, beetroot-oatmeal balls, scrambled eggs, pancakes, bacon, baked salmon. Everything was super good, except the bulgur-edamame salad which was flavourless and the meatballs that were a bit dry.

More coffee, chocolate mousse, vanilla ice cream and chocolate ice cream. I added some strawberry jam which was yummy and bean “crisps” that were not so very good xD

Japanese style pork curry with rice.

12. October

A caffé latte and a red velvet coconut ball @ Surf Café

Salmon soup.

Coffee and a cookie-hazelnut-chocolate truffle.

Bacon-garlic-cheese pastry.

Tonkotsu soy ramen and Midori Illusion cocktail (Midori Liqueur, Triple Sec, vodka, lemon juice, pineapple juice) @ Washoku Story.

Shared this cheesecake with Kerttu @ a neighboring café of which I can’t remember the name of 8D

A yuzu mocktail and a crappy-ish coffee at the same place.

More coffee and a couple of these cookie-hazelnut-chocolate truffles.

13. October

Wheat crackers with tuna. Also had some coffee.

Boiled potatoes with chanterelle sauce and some pickled cucumber. Also had a grape-banana smoothie.

14. October

Boiled potatoes with chanterelle sauce.

Coffee, a grilled sandwich with cheese and sausage.

Toast and scallop carpaccio at my parents’ house.

Pasta with scallops and chorizo.

Berry triffle.

[what I ate.] 1-7. October 2018

1. October

nākd. lemon drizzle raw nut and fruit bar. It was okay.

A banana.

Beef borscht with sour cream.

Fried seaweed with sudachi from Hiroshima prefecture.

2. October

Beef borscht with sour cream.

Rice noodle soup @ Kohvik Must Puudel. Didn’t like the soup very much.

Beef borscht with sour cream.

3. October

Coffee, beef borscht with sour cream.

Vegetable lasagna.

Beetroot brownie with hazelnuts.

Coffee and some chocolates my co-worker brought from Russia.

Buckwheat with beef liver, salad and sour cream.

4. October

Spinach smoothie, café latte and porridge with strawberry jam.

Pumpkin risotto with cold smoked salmon, pumpkin seeds and tomatoes.

Turkish delight.

Coffee, salmon pastry.

Buckwheat with beef liver and sour cream; pita bread sandwich with cold smoked salmon.

Coffee, a sweet pastry roll.

5. October

Buckwheat with beef liver.

Orange juice, baked potatoes with bacon and mushrooms.

Omelette with tuna, veggies and mayo.

Beer and beetroot brownie with hazelnuts.

6. October

Coffee, strawberry-passion fruit quark.

French fries and berry pastry from McDonalds.

Fried potatoes, boiled wieners and some salad.

Ice cream.

7. October

Coffee, fried eggs with potatoes and salad.

Coffee and banana bread.

Movie night, watched “Thor” (2011). We had cookies, coffee, mini doughnuts, gummy candy and plums.

Before the movie we assembled some mini building block figures: Thor, Batman and Loki 😀

[what I ate.] 24-30. September 2018

24. September

An apple and some coffee.

Vegetable pasta.

Potato chips.

Quinoa salad, vegetable pasta and some tomatoes.

25. September

Grilled sandwich with tuna and cheese.

Pumpkin soup with pumpkin seeds; warm potato salad with champignons and blue cheese.

Spicy and sour quinoa and tomato soup.

Some rambutans. These tasted fresh and interesting.

26. September

Chocolates with a strawberry gummy filling. Tasty snack!

Niçoise salad.

Sourdough bread with garlic butter and tomato.

Brown sugar Marubouru soft cookie from Saga prefecture, melon cookie from Kumamoto, Kurobo Meimon from Fukuoka prefecture and Romance Sandwich sugar cookie from Nagasaki prefecture. All of these were really nice snacks. I especially enjoyed the melon cookie and the kurobo snack. I suppose the sugary cookie was the most boring one, even though it wasn’t bad at all either.

27. September

Mushroom soup with sour cream and pumpkin seeds.

Banana-chocolate cake.

Mushroom soup and grilled sandwich with tuna and cheese.

Coffee, strawberry cookie and a Kinder Surprise chocolate egg.

28. September

Coffee, mushroom soup with pumpkin seeds.

Tuna pie.

Coffee, tuna pie and some salad.

29. September

Niçoise salad and grilled sandwich with tuna and cheese.

Mead.

Potato-minced meat casserole and some salad.

30. September

Coffee, porridge with banana, chia seeds and sunflower seeds.


I baked mayonnaise cookies. Turned out great! To my husband these were an old nostalgic taste, to me this was completely new.

Potato-minced meat casserole.

Grilled rye bread sandwiches with ham.

[Coffee.] Yamamoto Coffee regular coffee beans


My friend Eva brought these beans for me as a gift from Japan. She asked me if there was anything I would like from Tokyo and I asked for coffee beans roasted in Japan that would be suitable for filter brewing. The beans are from a coffee and tea specialized store in Shinjuku called Yamamoto Coffee.

Information from the package:
Beans: Ethiopia, Columbia, Brazil


Not much information on the package other than bean origin and the manufacturer information. Not a big fan of the clear non-resealable package the beans came in, but eh. I transferred the beans to a jar after I opened them, so they wouldn’t spill from the plastic bag or lose their aroma.


When I opened the bag, I was greeted by a strong, almost sweet smell- kind of like chocolate toffee, very pleasant. The beans are all different shapes and sizes (thinking it’s because it’s different beans from 3 different places, yes?), but the beans are whole and there is no dust or other refuse among the beans. The roast is on the lighter side.

Brewing method – Chemex.


The brewed coffee had a very weak unremarkable smell. I expected a more distinct smell considering how aromatic the unground beans were. The taste however was rich and the mouthfeel slightly creamy. I tasted strong plum flavour. No aftertaste of note. A simple straightforward coffee flavour, not very complex.

Also, my new colourful piggy mug is cute, yes? I have a mug hoarding problem :p

Is it still drinkable when the coffee gets cold? – Yep. The sweet plum turns slightly bitter cinnamon and nutmeg-y, but it’s still nice enough to drink.


Would I buy/drink this coffee again? – Sure, it was alright coffee. Wouldn’t go seeking it out specifically, but when offered, would not turn it away.

More coffees I have tasted

[what I ate.] 17-23. September 2018

17. September

Coffee, wheat crackers with tuna.

An apple.

Grilled cheese sandwich with tuna.

Chicken risotto.

18. September

Coffee, cheese pastry.

A warm potato salad with champignons.

Pelmeni with sour cream.

19. September

An apple.

A cheese roll and some soup.

An iced mocha.

Sushi for dinner from Sushi Plaza.

Matcha cake and coffee.

20. September

Toast with salmon and poached eggs + a caffé latte.

Bread with butter.

Buckwheat, beef cutlets and salad.

Raspberry dessert.

21. September

Lemon-cookie quark.

Vegetable soup and tuna pie.

Some chocolates.

Fresh orange-apple-carrot juice.

A cheese pastry.

Beef tongue and sorrel soup with sour cream and a slice of bread.

22. September

Coffee, grilled cheese sandwich with ham. Also had a banana.

Plum ice cream shake.

Beef tongue and sorrel soup with sour cream and a slice of bread.

Hot cocoa and pelmeni with sour cream.

23. September

Coffee, oatmeal porridge with strawberry jam.

Three doughnuts I shared with Kadi.

French fries, fried chicken and beer @ Naganana.

Fish soup.

Quinoa-tuna salad. I tried the cappuccino drink, but didn’t like it, so hubby drank it.

Tiny Kit Kat bites. The hazelnut and salted caramel ones were the best. The double cocoa one was a bit too intense.

[what I ate.] 10 – 16. September 2018

10. September

Flatbread with edamame hummus and some wasabi sprouts.

A banana.

Toffee in chocolate. A replica chocolate I got from the Estonian Open Air Museum.

We had curry for dinner. I forgot to take a photo.

11. September

Japanese style seafood curry with rice and sour cream.

A green smoothie.

A not so very tasty soup and a disappointingly tiny portion of fried chicken and chips from Loca. Seriously my box had only three tiny pieces of chicken even though I paid extra for a big size 😦

12. September

Snickers chocolate.

Coffee, wheat crackers with Nutella.

More coffee and a chocolate cake.

Even more coffee and a cheese croissant.

Tuna and veggies with rice, sour cream and soy sauce.

Pomegranate gummies.

13. September

A ham sandwich.

Coffee and a banana.

Rice with tuna, veggies, sour cream and soy sauce.

Kimchi stew and fried chicken from Gotsu.

14. September

Coffee, porridge with beef jerky and butter.

A grilled cheese sandwich with tuna.

Pelmeni with sour cream.

Tangerines.

15. September

A banana and some figs in chocolate.

Tuna sandwiches.

Chanterelle flavoured potato chips.

Spaghetti with meatballs in tomato sauce. Also had some beer. We watched “What We Do in the Shadows” with hubby and Kadi. The paskeeti was a themed food to go with the movie :p

16. September

Coffee, cereal with milk.

An apple.

I baked cumin cookies.

A grilled cheese sandwich with tuna. Also had some coffee.

Cookies and mini tosca cakes. We watched “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” which was super fun and funny 😀

Spaghetti with meatballs in tomato sauce.