Solving life’s daily mysteries

Ana Cabanban, Miko Superable

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Solving life’s daily mysteries
Solve everyday mysteries by adopting these detective-like qualities

MANILA, Philippines — Life leaves little to the imagination.

Everyday, we would wake up from our sleep, shower, eat, and go about our lives. But just when we thought we’ve seen it all, a new occurrence, a new realization, and a new mystery come and shock us all.

This is what the timeless whodunit novel, Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie, is all about. And this year, the movie adaptation of this mystery novel will have Agatha Christie fans itching to put their detective hats on.

While the plot contains dramatic twists and storylines that are far from reality, the moral and learnings are as relevant as ever. Take a cue from the perseverance and neuroses of crime-solvers to unravel happy endings. 

Here are some of the notable qualities of the film’s protagonist and famed detective, Hercule Poirot, that we should adopt in solving life’s daily mysteries:


Detective Hercule claims to be the world’s greatest detective. He has a never-ending quest to find answers by asking question after question after question.

In the movie, we would often see Detective Hercule walking back and forth along the train hallways to interrogate suspects or to just gather information. The cases he dealt with may be too farfetched but the habit of asking the right questions is something we can practice. By being inquisitive, we are able to distinguish what’s true from what’s not. Amidst all that’s happening in the world, especially on social media – fake news, fake identities, fake websites – this is an important quality to have.

Attentive to details

A piece of note left lying on top of a shelf, a contradicting statement, faint traces of evidence hidden in the room’s nooks and crannies – most of the time, small things like these are the key to solving big mysteries. In life, we tend to overlook these seemingly insignificant details that might just provide the answers to our most pressing questions. Be discerning. Look beyond the big picture. 

Not an overthinker

Nowadays, the mind has access to more information than ever. However, too much information can sometimes do more harm than good. Learn to simplify your thought processes. Critical thinking is important but you also need to learn how to compartmentalize your thoughts to focus only on what matters. Sometimes the solution is right in front of you.


You know what they say about trusting your intuition? Science says it’s never just a feeling. In dealing with everyday situations, it’s almost always an argument between mind versus heart. But at the end of the day, trusting your gut feeling is almost always the right decision. There are times when the only thing you need to listen to is that little voice inside your head (or heart).

So, do you think you have what it takes to be a great detective? Come check out Mystery Manila and test your crime-solving skills!

Mystery Manila offers live role-playing mystery rooms, the first in the Philippines, where participants are transported to themed locations and scenarios to solve a real-life case in 60 minutes. –

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